University of Technology Sydney

C03049v3 Master of Midwifery (Research)

Award(s): Master of Midwifery (Research) (MMid(Res))
CRICOS code: 052680G
Course EFTSL: 2
Location: City campus


Research degrees are offered on a sponsored, scholarship or full-fee-paying basis. Contact the UTS: Health or the UTS Graduate Research School for further details.

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


This degree is designed for registered midwives wanting to develop research skills that have practical application for innovations in the healthcare industry and scholarly understanding of midwifery practice. It enables informed participation in research endeavours and clinical practice innovation and improvement. Students extend and deepen their knowledge of a specialised area in midwifery through a program of supervised research.

This course assists students to complete original research that contributes to knowledge in their field within an international context. Research at UTS takes place in a dynamic and outcomes-oriented environment. The university attracts students who want to develop their knowledge and expertise within a professional and stimulating framework. Students are a part of a lively and vigorous research culture, working closely with academic staff and health industry partners.

Career options

This degree offers solid research training to registered midwives who are required to undertake research in their current employment or who aspire to such positions.

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 Practise 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 Practise 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, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.

Applicants are required to have authorisation to practise as a registered midwife. Applicants are also required to submit a research proposal and have the agreement of a suitable supervisor at the time of application.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 27; or PTE: 65-72 overall with a writing score of 65; or C1A/C2P: 185-190 overall with a writing score of 185.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The maximum course duration is two years of full-time or four years of part-time study.

Subjects are run in intensive mode, with an additional online component. All research students are expected to attend the twice yearly Research Student Forums and are required to present a seminar during these weeks, twice a year for full-time students and once a year for part-time students.

Course structure

This course is a structured program of study incorporating research preparation subjects undertaken in the first year and the production of a research thesis for examination.

Students are required to undertake a candidature assessment at the end of the first two sessions for full-time students, and at the end of the first three sessions for part-time students. Students work closely with a principal supervisor and a supervisory panel, and are required to report on their progress each session.

Course completion requirements

92976 Master of Midwifery (Honours) Thesis 
92618 Health Care Research Methodology 

Other information

Further information is available from:

Research administration officer
telephone +61 2 9514 4834

and from the UTS Graduate Research School:

UTS: Graduate Research School