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Bachelor of  Midwifery

Program code: 2261
QTAC code: 728402
CRICOS code: 058541C

Location

St Lucia

Duration

3 Years full-time

Commencing

Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

The Bachelor of Midwifery will help you develop the professional skills needed to provide care, education, support and advice to expectant mothers (and parents) through pregnancy, birth and postpartum period.

  • The Bachelor of Midwifery is underpinned by an innovative, inquiry-based approach to learning informed in international best practice by industry experts, and responds to current national and global population health challenges.
  • Undertake practical learning in a hospital from your first semester of study. You'll learn from practising clinicians who have extensive midwifery experience, as well as lecturers who are among the best in Australia and leaders in teaching and research.
  • Benefit from a program that applies theory to specific case studies designed to reflect what it's like to really work with women and parents from diverse backgrounds. Generally, you will stay in the same placement hospital for the duration of your degree.
  • Graduate job-ready after completing over 1000 hours of supervised clinical placements. This includes continuity of care experiences, which involve accompanying women through pregnancy, birth and the weeks that follow.

Through innovative learning and hands-on clinical experience you can gain the expertise to play a pivotal role in communities around the world as you help new parents build their confidence and celebrate the essence of life.

  • Professional experience

    Hands-on skills

    Complete clinical placements and training with case studies that include parents from diverse backgrounds. This will consolidate your skills and knowledge to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's National Competency Standards for midwives.

  • Teaching spaces

    Hospital placements

    UQ partners with a number of hospitals in South East Queensland including the Mater Hospital (South Brisbane), Caboolture Hospital, Logan Hospital, Redland Hospital and Ipswich Hospital. 

  • Professional experience

    Clinical placements

    A dedicated team will help to arrange your placement. In addition to your placement hospitals, you can expect to undertake studies at the St Lucia campus, the Francis Baron Burnett Simulation Centre at Greenslopes Hospital, or the Mater Hospital at South Brisbane.

  • Beyond the classroom

    The right fit

    Upon enrolment you will be able to preference a home hospital group to undertake the majority of your clinical placement, ensuring a learning atmosphere that suits your goals and interests. Please note that hospital partners are subject to change and final approval.

  • Accreditation

    Professional recognition

    The Bachelors of Nursing/Midwifery is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council.

  • Alumni
    “Being on placement in a clinical setting using the skills I learnt each week was one of the most beneficial components of my degree." Andrea Sebastian, BMid (2016) graduate

Career outcomes

Our graduates are distinguished by their breadth of knowledge, professional readiness, initiative, and problem-solving skills.

They typically find employment in a range of different public and private healthcare settings, maternity and neonatal care settings, teaching and research centres, rural and remote health clinics, and aid organisations.

If you complete the Bachelor of Nursing with the Bachelor of Midwifery, you can also work in a broader range of hospital departments, including paediatrics and child health, rehabilitation, cardiac nursing and critical care.

Other graduates choose to further their research ambitions and enrol in an honours year, where they develop their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Fast Facts

    One more year, one more degree

    With just one more year of study, you can complete a Bachelor of Nursing and a Bachelor of Midwifery simultaneously as a dual degree, and qualify as a nurse as well.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Join a growing profession

    There is a worldwide shortage of trained midwives – the World Health Organisation estimates the global shortage at 4.3 million. Not only does this mean that your skills will always be in demand, but you can also travel the world with your qualifications and make a difference. 

Summary

  • Program code
    2261
  • QTAC code
    728402
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    48
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7
  • CRICOS code
    058541C

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

Year 12 or equivalent English and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

View the equivalent qualifications for international students.

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Midwifery are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Midwifery are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Midwifery. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

You will undertake over 1,000 hours^ of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals and a variety of health care organisations. You will have the opportunity during your placements to apply your theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop your clinical skills in real life setting.

^ included in these hours are a number of 'continuity of care' that are completed over the duration of the program; this involves accompanying a woman through pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. You may need to attend Continuity of Care experiences outside regular study and placement times.

You will commence your clinical placements in the first semester of the program. Over the first two years of the program you will normally complete 15 x 8-hour shifts per semester and in the final year you will complete extended full time clinical placements.

Location
Upon entering your program you will preference and then be allocated to a home hospital group. For further information on home hospital groups, visit the following website.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian College of Midwives

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Midwifery is accredited by:

  • Australian Nursing And Midwifery Accreditation Council

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Please see the NMBA website for additional mandatory registration requirements

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Bachelor of Midwifery may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Dual programs

Dual programs let you study two degrees at the same time. Each dual program has a single set of Program Rules.

The following dual programs are available with the Bachelor of Midwifery:

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Midwifery have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $32,928
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Midwifery for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Annual CPR re-certification (approximately $60 per year)
  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • Senior First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approximately $155 renewed every 3 years)
  • Police check for criminal history ($45)
  • A clinical uniform shirt is required and may be purchased from the School.
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.

Scholarships

International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Midwifery depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Additional application information

This program has limited intake capacity.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Midwifery is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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