Start Date
February

Duration
1.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
IMMW

SATAC 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 teaching quality 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) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Health Services and Support (Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Snapshot

Snapshot

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  
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Perinatal Mental Health for Health Professionals NURS 5157 9
Skills for Recovery Practice in Mental Health HLTH 5151 9
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Research for Advancing Nursing, Midwifery and Health Care NURS 5153 9
Qualitative Design for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Research NURS 5151 4.5
Quantitative Design for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Research NURS 5152 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Minor Thesis A NURS 5003 9
Minor Thesis B NURS 5004 9
Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate or equivalent will be granted 18 units of credit and are required to complete the following Rule(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Research for Advancing Nursing, Midwifery and Health Care NURS 5153 9
Qualitative Design for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Research NURS 5151 4.5
Quantitative Design for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Research NURS 5152 4.5
Second Semseter (Study Period 5)
Minor Thesis A NURS 5003 9 Rule(s): 2
Minor Thesis B NURS 5004 9 Rule(s): 2

Study hours

For each course you study, you'll need to allocate time for learning activities. Depending on your study mode this may include online discussion forums, virtual classroom sessions, lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars. Plus you'll need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects. As a general rule most postgraduate study is completed part-time, and if you're studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

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.2
  • In the World’s Top 50 under 50.3
  • In the World Top 100 for nursing.4
  • No.1 in Australia for student satisfaction in nursing.5

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 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 22018 ARC Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI), Combined Impact – Approach to Impact and Engagement on Assessed Fields. 3Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50. 42020 QS Subject Rankings. 5ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20 – Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Postgraduate). Public universities only.

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.

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

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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

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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

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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.

Scholarships

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 should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect 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 advanced facilities including modern 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.

AsPr Paul Bennett

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

We offer high quality resources to assist student learning, including a simulated hospital and health service integrating the latest technologies, and our teaching is delivered by an outstanding group of nursing, midwifery, and allied health academics and clinicians.

Associate Professor Rachael Vernon

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Associate Professor Rachael Vernon