Master of Midwifery - Distance

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  • Objectives
    The Master of Midwifery is designed for graduates who are current practitioners to advance their professional learning and practice development as midwives. The course options allow midwives to explore, at an advanced level, issues surrounding healthy women during the childbearing experience, their new born 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 complex health issues (risk management). Students wishing to complete the Master of Midwifery by research and undertake the 4 credit point minor thesis must have completed HNN728 Research Methodologies in Nursing and HNN722 Research Project Preparation or equivalent.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants for the Masters should be midwives endorsed as registered nurses (Division 1) with the Nurses Board of Victoria or equivalent, who have completed a Graduate Diploma of Midwifery.
  • Academic title
    Master of Midwifery
  • Course description
    Fees and charges

    Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
    EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
    This is a fee-paying course.  Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance in paying these tuition fees.  For more information about FEE-HELP go to

    Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
    A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
    Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

    * The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2009, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
    The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2009 can be viewed at
    Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
    Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

    Course rules

    The Master of Midwifery is an off-campus course and comprises twelve credit points of study. An applicant must have successfully completed a Graduate Diploma of Midwifery, or equivalent, prior to entry, and be practising as a midwife. To complete the masters program, students choose four credit points of elective units - refer option 1 or option 2 below.

    Course structure

    Option 1 (by coursework - each unit is worth 1 credit point)

    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:

    HNM708 Midwifery Professional Practice  

    HNH739 Primary Health Care  

    HNH765 Family Health  

    HNN722 Research Project Preparation  *

    HNN728 Research Methodologies in Nursing  *

    Alternatively, students may select level 7 electives from other Schools within the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences.


    Option 2 (by research - thesis units)

    HNN725 Research Thesis A  

    HNN726 Research Thesis B  


    * These units or equivalent, are prerequisite units for the thesis units

    Admission requirements - general
    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
    For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide

    Admission requirements - specific
    Applicants for the Masters should be midwives endorsed as registered nurses (Division 1) with the Nurses Board of Victoria or equivalent, who have completed a Graduate Diploma of Midwifery.

    Advanced standing - general
    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    How to apply

    Applications must be made directly to the university through the Applicant Portal referring to closing dates for applications as dates for particular courses may vary.

    Your faculty may require further information from you when submitting your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

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