Master of Midwifery

Course summary for local students

Award granted Master of Midwifery
Length1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777


School of Nursing and Midwifery Postgraduate Enrolments Team

Tel 03 9244 6102

Deakin course code H776

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Midwifery (12 credit points) is designed to allow midwives to explore at an advanced or expanded level, issues surrounding healthy women during the childbearing experience, their newborn infants, and families; women who experience complex health issues (risk management) during pregnancy, labour, birth or the time after birth, and newborn infants who experience health issues (risk management).

Students who wish to complete the Master of Midwifery by research are required to undertake the 4 credit point minor thesis following successful completion of the unit HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery or equivalent.  Alternatively, students may complete the Master of Midwifery via coursework.

Course rules

The Master of Midwifery comprises twelve credit points of study and is designed for currently practising midwives who wish to expand their professional knowledge and practice.

Course structure

Course structure for currently practising midwifery practitioners

Following successful completion of the first 8 credit points of study and registration as a midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (“AHPRA”), through the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (“NMBA”), a further 4 credit points of study are required for the Master of Midwifery. These 4 credit points may be chosen as Option 1 or Option 2 below and undertaken in Cloud (online) study mode.

Option 1 - by coursework (Cloud (online) units of study)

Students wishing to undertake the 4 credit point minor thesis in order to complete the Master of Midwifery by research (option 2) must have previously completed HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery** (or equivalent).

Elective units that have not been undertaken previously in the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery must be chosen

Students choose four elective units from the following:

HNN727Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2 credit points)

HNN780Quality and Safety in Medication Management

HNN781Therapeutic Medication Management

Alternatively, students may select level 7 electives from other Schools within the Faculty of Health.

Option 2 - by research

HNN727** or equivalent, is the prerequisite unit for the thesis units

HNN725Research Thesis A

HNN726Research Thesis B

**this unit is worth 2 credit points

Income support

Domestic students enrolled in this postgraduate coursework program may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy.

Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.

Support for Cloud (online) students

As a Cloud (online) student in the Master of Midwifery you will usually receive course material package for each unit you are studying (except for the units HNN780 and HNN781 – online materials provided) to ensure you have support and direction for your studies, and access to the academic material that is relevant for your course. You will also be supported by our award-winning library services and interactive learning technologies such as CloudDeakin, teleconferencing, eLive activities (i.e. group work or discussions) and iLectures (online class recordings). These technologies facilitate student engagement in a large proportion of the specialist units.


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