University of Technology Sydney

C09051v2 Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours) (BMid(Hons))
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus


This course is not offered to international students.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


This course provides the opportunity for eligible graduates of the Bachelor of Midwifery (C10225) to extend their skills and understanding of the research process. It emphasises the reciprocal relationship between midwifery research and the contexts of midwifery practice.

This course provides Bachelor of Midwifery graduates with the opportunity to develop training in clinically focused research. The course deepens students' understanding of the importance of research in midwifery.

Course aims

The purpose of the course is to enable graduate midwives to conduct research relevant to midwifery in any of its dimensions. It aims to develop students' skills in using research designs and methodologies, and to reinforce their understanding of the crucial role of research in the evolution of the discipline of midwifery. Students also develop academic writing skills to produce a dissertation.

Career options

Career options include registered midwife in a clinical specialty supported by their research project work, such as antenatal care, or preparation for roles such as midwife educator or manager. However, graduates are also well prepared to undertake postgraduate research degrees or begin a career as a researcher.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Practice woman-centred care
1.1 Demonstrate woman-centred care, acknowledging the physiological, psychological, cultural and spiritual needs of women, their babies and family members
1.2 Appreciate the centrality of the relationship with each woman to the practice of midwifery
1.3 Promote continuity of midwifery care regardless of settings
1.4 Provide an optimal child-bearing environment for each woman
2.0 Are professionally competent midwives who provide safe and effective midwifery care using intelligent kindness
2.1 Have a sound and thorough knowledge base about anatomy and physiology
2.2 Demonstrate critical thinking and sound clinical judgment that is based on evidence and reflects appropriate reasoning within the relevant professional codes and guidelines
2.3 Communicate effectively using spoken, written and non-verbal language across a range of contexts and to diverse audiences
2.4 Utilise information technologies with a high level of literacy
2.5 Demonstrate competence in all clinical skills at the level of a new graduate midwife and be eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for registration as a midwife
3.0 Work collaboratively in order to provide excellence in maternity care.
3.1 Influence change and contribute to the development of midwifery as a strong profession through leadership, mentoring and positive role modelling
3.2 Demonstrate respectful and collegial collaboration with women, professional peers and other stakeholders
3.3 Participate effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team
4.0 Are resilient, emotionally competent midwives who foster human flourishing
4.1 Practice and promote the principles of self-care that build resilience and foster human flourishing
5.0 Are socially responsible citizens who value the diversity of people
5.1 Practice midwifery within a primary health care philosophy
5.2 Demonstrate knowledge of the broader health system and advocate for midwifery as a local and global public health strategy
5.3 Practice with the knowledge that midwifery can make the biggest difference to the least advantaged women and families
5.4 Communicate and provide effective care for women from diverse backgrounds and needs
6.0 Are professionally engaged critical thinkers who take a lively and questioning approach and embrace lifelong learning
6.1 Interpret and value the evidence to underpin practice and influence change
6.2 Integrate strategies for ongoing personal and professional development
6.3 Actively contribute to the development of midwifery as a profession
7.0 Graduates have professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness
7.1 Demonstrate respect and value for world view differences and in particular Australian Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing
7.2 Critique and reflect upon the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing
7.3 Recognise the diversity of Indigenous Australians and integrate this knowledge into practice

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

All applicants must be eligible to graduate from the UTS Bachelor of Midwifery or another tertiary institution at the time of application (followed by successful completion). Applicants must be registered as a midwife in their country of citizenship or residence at the time of enrolment (in exceptional circumstances, exemptions to this rule may be sought from the Bachelor (Honours) Selection Committee).

All applicants must have a weighted average mark or grade point average of credit or higher for their bachelor's degree. Applicants are admitted to the honours course only if appropriately qualified academic members of UTS: Health are available for supervision of the dissertation component.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Course duration and attendance

The course may be completed in one year of full-time or two years of part-time study.

Course structure

The course comprises a total of 48 credit points. Students complete two 6-credit-point subjects and a 36-credit-point thesis.

Course completion requirements

92265 Midwifery Honours Dissertation 1 18cp
92266 Midwifery Honours Dissertation 2 18cp
92618 Health Care Research Methodology 12cp
Total 48cp

Course program

A typical course program is shown below.

Year 1
Autumn session
92618 Health Care Research Methodology   12cp
92265 Midwifery Honours Dissertation 1   18cp
Spring session
92266 Midwifery Honours Dissertation 2   18cp

Other information

Further information is available from:

Research administration officer
telephone +61 2 9514 4834

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Health