Prepare yourself for life on the maternity ward and beyond with this double degree. You'll gain the skills and experience to handle the many situations, medical conditions and events that can happen in hospitals or during pregnancy.

  • This four-year program will prepare you to work as both a registered nurse and midwife in settings including public health, rural and community hospitals, and specialist services that provide medical or surgical care to mothers and babies.
  • Benefit from two innovative programs that were developed in consultation with healthcare professionals. Both degrees take a inquiry-based approach to learning and integrate lecture-based study with clinical placements in major teaching hospitals.
  • Learn from lecturers who are among the best in Australia and are leaders in both teaching and research. You will undertake theoretical courses that focus on specific case studies, so you can organise your thinking and apply everything you're learning.
  • Be confident and job-ready thanks to more than 1300 hours of supervised clinical placements at one of UQ's partner hospitals, commencing in your first semester of study. You will also complete extended clinical placements in your final year.

As both a nurse and a midwife, you'll be a competent, capable, and caring professional who gets to meet new babies, make new families and work across a range of healthcare settings.

  • Teaching spaces

    Hospital placements

    UQ partners with a number of hospitals in South East Queensland including the Mater Hospitals (South Brisbane, Springfield and Redlands), Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Ipswich Hospital, Logan and Redlands Hospital, Caboolture Hospital, Redcliffe Hospital, Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee and Holy Spirit Northside Hospitals.

  • Professional experience

    International study options

    Because this program is designed to meet international best practice standards, you can go on exchange during your first or third year. We have nursing exchange programs with the University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, University of Manchester and University of Nottingham.

  • 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.

  • Professional experience

    Begin your career at UQ


Career outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelors of Nursing/Midwifery are distinguished by their breadth of knowledge, professional readiness, initiative, and problem-solving skills.

Our graduates 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.

Specific roles include:

  • Aged care
  • Antenatal, birthing and post natal nursing
  • Community and primary care nursing
  • Critical care (such as emergency)
  • Indigenous health
  • Medical/surgical nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Neonatal nursing
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse manager
  • Paediatrics and child health
  • Perioperative
  • Public health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Rural and remote areas.

Other graduates further their research ambitions and enrol in a Nursing or Midwifery honours year, where they develop their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Careers

    Join a growing profession

    There is a worldwide shortage of trained nurses, and Australian employment prospects are projected to increase by 18.7 per cent during the next five years. There is also a worldwide shortage of trained midwives – the World Health Organization estimates the global shortage at 4.3 million.

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Entry requirements


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

Program structure

The Bachelors of Nursing/ Midwifery is made up of two course lists:

Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Bachelors of Nursing/ Midwifery has a single set of Program Rules, which explain what is required to complete the dual program. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

If you decide to enrol in a dual program, you can use a Dual Degree Planner to help organise your studies.

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 organisation. 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 settings.

^ 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 three years of the program your will normally complete 15x 8-hour shifts per semester and in the final year you will complete extended full time clinical placements in Nursing and Midwifery.

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
  • Australian College of Nursing

Accreditation body

The Bachelors of Nursing/ 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 (for registration eligibility information visit

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

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:

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