Undertake the Bachelor of Midwifery to develop the professional skills required in providing care, education, support and advice to expectant mothers (and parents) through pregnancy, birth and the weeks that follow.

  • The Bachelor of Midwifery is underpinned by an innovative, inquiry-based approach to learning that has been informed in international best practice by industry experts, and responds to current national and global population health challenges.
  • Practical learning in a hospital starts in 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 undertaking more than 1300 hours of supervised clinical placements including continuity of care experiences, which involve accompanying women through pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.

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

    Undertake rostered clinical placement shifts and training sessions in case studies that include women and 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), Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Caboolture Hospital, Redlands Private Hospital.

  • Professional experience

    Clinical placements

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

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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.

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.

  • 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. This not only means your skills will always be in demand, but also that you can travel the world with your qualifications and make a big difference.

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Summary

  • Program code
    2261
  • 728402
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    48
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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

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 1,300 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 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
There are two offerings of the midwifery program (South-East Queensland (SEQ) and Mater) and within these offerings there are 'home hospital groups'. Upon entering your particular offering of the 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 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.

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