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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.

This offering version is phasing out and no longer taking applications. You may be able to apply for a later version.

Course outline
  • Qualification
    Master of Midwifery
  • Duration


    2 years full-time
  • Credit


Course outline



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. There are several pathways to becoming a registered midwife.

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. You will build relationships with women, attend their antenatal appointments, be on call to support them through their labour and birth and visit them postnatally.

Over the two years, you will recruit and follow 30 women, conducting antenatal appointments, advising and educating these women and their partners and be on call to provide full labour care and comprehensive postnatal support. In addition, you will also complete:

  • 2-4 weeks full-time clinical placements in maternity settings per semester
  • 2-3 weeks full-time of 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 make informed decisions, recognise warning signs 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.

On graduation, 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


Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course. This means some of your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.



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.

Work experience

You’ll undertake 1000+ hours of supervised clinical practice.

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 with a high course weighted average (greater than 70 percent). It is essential that applicants have successfully completed a research unit and a human biology related unit at tertiary level. Domestic students who have not completed tertiary units in the above mentioned areas will be able to study these unit(s) 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.

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

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.

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  • Curtin course code: MG-MIDW
  • Last updated on: 12 June 2024

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