Start Date

1.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4CM051 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Degree overview

  • Extend your skills in midwifery practice, policy, leadership, research, education and management.
  • Study at a university with well-above world-class research in midwifery.1
  • Gain specialised qualifications in perinatal mental health.
  • Be supported by learning resources, available to you 24/7.
  • Use your qualification as a pathway to further learning, including doctoral studies.
  • Study with South Australia’s No.1 university for student satisfaction in health.2
  • Benefit from flexible learning options, with both full and part-time study modes available.

1Results in Nursing - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 2ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2021-22, Health Services and Support – Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Domestic Postgraduate). SA Public universities.



Explore senior leadership roles, and advance your unstoppable midwifery career.

In just 1.5 years of full-time study or three years of part-time study, you can extend your knowledge, practical skills and understanding of evidence-based practice, grow your understanding of professional issues and develop the ability to independently undertake research.

What you'll learn

Postgraduate nursing students

Perinatal mental health is a main focus of this master’s degree, as this transitional life stage is often a very vulnerable time for the emotional wellbeing of women, their infants and their extended families. The ability to support and alleviate the experiences of mental health disorders requires a specialised and advanced form of care.

You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to assess and screen pregnant women; and to identify and refer mental health issues such as postnatal depression.

You’ll develop the ability to:

  • independently complete projects and research
  • identify and investigate questions
  • address issues or problems to inform midwifery practice, knowledge and research.
  • apply advanced critical analysis to contemporary midwifery professional practice to further the quality of the industry.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Clinical Pathway students complete the following two courses and select 36 units from the electives list below (can be completed in any order):
Research for Advancing Nursing, Midwifery and Health Care NURS 5153 9
Clinical Project NURS 5070 9 Rule(s): 1
Research Pathway students complete the following three courses and select 27 units from the electives list below (can be completed in any order):
Research for Advancing Nursing, Midwifery and Health Care NURS 5153 9
Minor Thesis A NURS 5003 9 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1
Minor Thesis B NURS 5004 9 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1
Elective courses (can be completed in any order):
Perinatal Mental Health for Health Professionals NURS 5157 9 Note(s): 3
Skills for Recovery Practice in Mental Health NURS 5160 9 Note(s): 3
Introduction to High Acuity Nursing and Midwifery NURS 5172 9
Leadership and Management in Nursing and Midwifery NURS 5150 9
Decision-Making for Midwifery and Nursing Practice NURS 5171 9
Critical Perspectives on Nursing and Health Services HLTH 5136 9
Clinical Inquiry NURS 5137 4.5
Epidemiology for Advanced Practice NURS 5138 4.5

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for planned learning activities. Depending on your study mode, these activities may include online discussion forums, virtual classroom sessions, lectures, tutorials, workshops, and seminars. You will also need to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings, and projects.

As a rule, most postgraduate study is completed part-time. If you are studying full-time, your studies should be treated like a full-time job, with approximately 35-40 hours of study per week. The full sum of these hours should balance your planned learning activities and your own independent study.



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • presentations
  • case studies
  • online activities
  • portfolios
  • critical analysis
  • discussion papers
  • minor thesis
  • research proposal.

Global opportunities

One of the key benefits of studying at UniSA is our ability to attract and retain internationally renowned researchers. You’ll learn from researchers and academics who are directly connected to industry and all of our clinical teaching staff combine teaching with industry experience. 

In addition, our diverse student population means you have the opportunity to gain global and cultural understanding, ideas and insights direct from your peers. 

Global opportunities

Why Master of Midwifery

Why this Degree

Further your career of care and make an advanced contribution to midwifery practice. 

You'll build important industry relationships when you learn from experienced clinicians and acclaimed researchers, and benefit from our leading midwifery teaching staff and academics.

We’re home to the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre, in partnership with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s South Australian branch (ANMFSA), where leading researchers are working to strengthen the role of the nursing and midwifery professions across the health system.

As Australia’s University of Enterprise, we’re:

  • No.1 in Australia for research impact and engagement.1
  • One of the World's Top Young Universities.2
  • In the World Top 100 for nursing.3

Our flexible suite of postgraduate midwifery qualifications are designed to recognise your prior learning and advance your career. Upon successful completion of a postgraduate qualification, you may then be eligible to gain credit into higher level qualifications and reduce the overall duration of your study.

This master's degree is offered online, with some attendance required at on-campus workshops, and you can choose a mix of part-time or full-time study.

12018 ARC Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI), Combined Impact – Approach to Impact and Engagement on Assessed Fields. 2Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings. 32023 QS Subject Rankings.

Real-world connections

Learn from award-winning teaching staff, academics and health professionals via our online forums and virtual classrooms. This platform offers you the opportunity to learn from experienced clinicians in the field and build valuable industry networks and relationships, from wherever you are.

We also host regular University-wide alumni events, employee master classes and employment expos in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

Study for the Master of Midwifery can be organised to suit your lifestyle, with interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment. You can:

  • access videos and course resources online
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use online forums for team work and communication.

Some on-campus workshop attendance is required at UniSA’s City East campus. These requirements are detailed on individual course pages.

Advance your Midwifery Career with Postgraduate Study

Hear from Dr. Allison Roderick, UniSA's Program Director of Postgraduate Nursing and Midwifery Programs, on how postgraduate study can take your career as a Midwife even further.

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Career outcomes

Your career

Graduates are qualified to pursue leadership roles in the specialised area of perinatal mental health across a wide variety of healthcare settings, such as:

  • hospitals
  • women’s health services
  • community services.

Industry facts


Employment for midwifery and nursing professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 56,100 (16.2% per cent) by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020


To November 2025, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 249,500 jobs.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • Check you meet the full entry requirements for this program.
  • Go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply.
  • You will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I have worked as a clinician, clinical educator and academic, working extensively within the international and post-graduate portfolio, particularly the re-entry to practice program. I have an interest in improving the learning experience for international students and policy underpinning re-entry to clinical practice.

Dr Allison Roderick

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Allison Roderick

Dr Allison Roderick

Program Director


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What others are saying

The flexible online study environment, together with the opportunity to apply knowledge to real-life health care settings, has given me the skills and experience I need to graduate as a midwife.

Nicole Clohessy

Master of  Midwifery

Nicole Clohessy

Nicole Clohessy

Master of  Midwifery

The University of South Australia understands that quality teaching in nursing and midwifery goes hand-in-hand with industry partnerships. They work collaboratively across all health care services to design industry-informed curriculum.

Jennifer Fereday

Executive Director | Women’s and Children’s Health Network

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Jennifer Fereday

Executive Director | Women’s and Children’s Health Network

Staff who have upskilled with postgraduate study really shine through as motivated workers. We often employ people with postgraduate qualifications in our managerial positions as they have equipped themselves with those extra specialised skills.

Jo Boylans

Director of Operations | Southern Cross Care

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Jo Boylans

Director of Operations | Southern Cross Care