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Master of Midwifery

Masters by coursework (graduate entry)

Gain a rewarding career in women’s health, caring for mothers and babies through pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Course outline
  • Qualification
    Master of Midwifery
  • Duration


    2 years full-time
  • Credit




  • Location


    Curtin Perth
Course outline

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Extended Delivery Period 1, 2024

1 May 2023

Applications now closed!

Extended Delivery Period 2, 2024

1 March 2024

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Extended Delivery Period 2, 2025

1 March 2025

16 June 2025

Course outline



The WA Department of Health offers Nursing and Midwifery scholarships to help cover the cost of course fees. To learn more about eligibility criteria and the scholarships available, please visit the WA Department of Health website.

Our Master of Midwifery is the only postgraduate midwifery course in Australia that does not require you to have a nursing qualification to enter. It also offers Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) to domestic applicants, which means part of your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. 

Midwives are registered health professionals trained to support and care for women during pregnancy, labour and birth. They work in clinics, hospitals, community practices, birthing centres or in the home. 

The Master of Midwifery can be studied over two years full-time or four-years part-time. Course content blends evidence-based theory with more than 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice and covers physical, biological, psychological and social sciences.

You’ll learn to work as a professional midwife in real settings, using your midwifery skills over the whole childbirth continuum. As part of your learning, you will recruit and follow 30 women; you will conduct their antenatal appointments, advise and educate these women and their support person, and be on call to help them through their labour and birth, and provide postnatal support.

You will also complete:

  • 24 weeks full-time clinical placements in maternity settings per semester
  • 23 weeks full-time face-to-face workshops at Curtin Perth per semester.

In your theory learning, you’ll critically analyse scientific literature and health standards, and evaluate clinical and diagnostic data. This gives you a broad understanding of midwifery practice and helps you to make informed decisions, recognise risks associated with pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, and provide safe and effective care.

Throughout the course you’ll develop your cultural awareness and your communication and leadership skills, giving you the confidence to work in interprofessional healthcare teams, establish relationships with women and their families, and gain an understanding of the midwifery profession.

You’ll become knowledgeable on topics such as reproductive health and nutrition, mental health and breastfeeding, and will be able to provide families with the evidence they need to make informed choices.

When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

What jobs can the Master of Midwifery course lead to?


  • Midwife.


  • Healthcare
  • Social assistance
  • Education and training.

What you'll learn

  • actively support culturally safe, values-led care for all women and babies through the development of personal and professional skills for cultural competence
  • appraise reflectively, critically and with initiative to apply midwifery knowledge and skills within dynamic and complex midwifery contexts
  • distinguish the importance of skilled professional midwifery care for women and babies in an international context
  • critically analyse scientific literature and health standards; synthesise and integrate into woman centred-care; engage with health and scientific information when seeking, evaluating and using data related to midwifery care and clinical decision-making
  • demonstrate proficiency and make informed decisions on therapeutic interventions by utilising current technology to inform midwifery practice for the delivery of safe and effective care
  • communicate effectively, to meet the woman’s needs, establish collegial relationships with interprofessional teams and promote midwifery within the community in the broader contexts of primary healthcare and public health policy
  • analyse and practice the values intrinsic to midwifery practice; demonstrate critical reflection and the ability to enhance the development of self and others; demonstrate leadership skills
  • examine current midwifery health legislation; work in an autonomous accountability framework within the scope of ethical and legal midwifery practice as a member of interprofessional teams
  • appraise and access opportunities for lifelong learning and enhance personal knowledge and skills to further contribute to the midwifery profession

Why study Master of Midwifery

Get the Curtin edge

Our Master of Midwifery is the only postgraduate midwifery course in Australia that does not require you to have an undergraduate nursing qualification to enter.



Professional recognition

Work experience

You’ll undertake 1000+ hours of supervised clinical practice, giving you valuable, hands-on experience. 

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

All applicants must hold a recognised Bachelor’s degree or graduate degree. Entry to this course is competitive and a strong academic achievement is required.

It is essential that applicants have successfully completed a human biology related unit with an anatomy and physiology focus at tertiary level. Domestic students who have not completed a tertiary unit in the above mentioned area will be able to study the unit through the Health Sciences Graduate Entry Foundation course. Curtin University requires all students to demonstrate competency in English. Please refer to the following for further information It is a condition of enrolment that applicants are screened for, and immunised against contracting a number of infectious illnesses prior to the commencement of the clinical placement. Further information on Health Screening for students in the Faculty of Health Sciences can be obtained by visiting the website Screening and vaccination costs are the responsibility of the student. In addition to satisfying Curtin University minimum English standard requirements for midwifery courses, all applicants must also demonstrate English language proficiency as specified in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's (NMBA) English language skills registration standard. Refer to English language requirements for Nursing courses for detailed information on how to meet English proficiency for this course. You must complete the declaration form for English primary language competency.

This can be a physically and mentally challenging course. Please familiarise yourself with the Inherent requirements before applying. Reasonable adjustments can be made for students with disability.

Entry to this course is competitive, with limited places available. Offers will be made on a continuous basis until the course is full. Please submit your application and documentation as soon as possible.

Please note:

  •  Applicants will be ranked and selected based on published entry requirements and entire academic record.
  • Applicants must provide all required documents and be assessed as eligible to be included in the ranking for an offer.
  • Meeting the minimum entry requirements and course specific prerequisites, does not guarantee selection.
  • Applicants with outstanding results will only be considered for an offer upon submission of the results.
  • Eligible applicants will remain in the ranking pool until the conclusion of all offer rounds.
  • In the event the course reaches capacity the University reserves the right to close the application process.


English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

Please refer to English language requirements for Nursing and Midwifery courses for detailed information on how to meet English proficiency for this course.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Application Requirements

Please refer to our application requirements before applying for this Curtin course.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

2024 Fee year:


Commonwealth supported

Commonwealth supported




Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

To be eligible for the Commonwealth supported fee:

  • Australian citizens must complete some of their course of study while residing in Australia.
  • Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens must be residing in Australia for the entire course.

For further information on eligibility please refer to the Australian Government Study Assist website.

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Looking for more detail on the course structure?

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For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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Extended Delivery Period 2
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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. View our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: MG-MIDW
  • CRICOS code: 114106J
  • Last updated on: 19 June 2024

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