Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours)

Available to:
Domestic students only.
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time.

Applications close 7 February 2021.

Domestic students


The Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours) is a one-year degree for high-achieving students who have already completed the Bachelor of Midwifery or equivalent. The Honours degree allows students to build upon the knowledge gained in their past degree, develop research skills that will equip them for future study at a higher degree level and work closely with an academic expert to contribute to a particular area of interest. The main focus of the degree is to produce a research thesis under supervision from experienced academic staff.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours) will have:

  • an understanding of research principles and methods
  • a significant amount of knowledge in a particular area, which will allow them to undertake further study, research and/or other professional work
  • the ability to research, interpret and re-lay potentially complex theoretical principals
  • the technical skills to design and conduct a research project, with some level of independence
  • the skills to work collaboratively within an academic team of researchers as a junior member.

Importantly, this degree does not lead to registration as a midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Course duration

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 HLSC401
Research methods in health sciences
Preparing for research in health sciences
Qualitative research methods in health sciences
Quantitative data management in health sciences research
Honours thesis Part A
Year 1 - Semester 2 MIDW401
Honours thesis Part B
(Pre: MIDW400)

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units


No deferment available.

Credit Points


Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - July
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - July

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $7035 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible to apply for admission to the course, a student must have completed a Bachelor of Midwifery and attained a GPA of 5.50.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2020

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer N/A N/A
Median ATAR to receive an offer N/A N/A
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer N/A N/A
  • N/A – Students not accepted in this category.

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2020
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) N/A N/A
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) N/A N/A
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) N/A N/A
International students 0 0.00%
All students <5 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • N/A – Students not accepted in this category.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Direct Applications

Career paths

Completion of an Honours degree equips graduates with important skills in research, data analysis and interpretation, and project management. It is the most efficient pathway to doctoral studies. An Honours degree also provides graduates with greater knowledge of research and interpretation, which can be usefully applied in the clinical setting.

Pathways to further study

Graduates may be eligible to progress to a postgraduate coursework degree within the Faculty of Health Sciences. Graduates may also be eligible to undertake a Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

More course information

Supervision and Examination of the Honours Thesis

The thesis will be prepared under the guidance of a supervisor appointed by the School Committee on the advice of the Head of School.

On completion of the course of study and research the candidate shall submit a written thesis based on work carried out during the period of study and research. Examination and assessment of the thesis will be congruent with the current Faculty Policy Pertaining to Students Undertaking Honours.

Students will be required to attend and participate in graduate seminars organised by the School.

Contacts for future students


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