Midwifery: postgraduate papers and qualifications you can study

Shelley Ashcroft

Shelley Ashcroft
Master of Health Science in Midwifery

This page has the postgraduate midwifery papers and qualifications that you can study at AUT. See links to paper descriptions and outlines of each AUT midwifery qualification.

Who can study midwifery at postgraduate level?

  • Postgraduate programmes in midwifery are open to all registered midwives. 
  • Students, provided they meet the entry requirements, can enter postgraduate programmes at the postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or master's levels outlined below.

About postgraduate midwifery

  • The midwifery papers within the AUT health programmes provide midwives with woman- and family-centered education that is applied and practice orientated. 
  • The programmes encourage midwives to critically analyse and develop midwifery practice and expertise. 
  • Our midwifery programmes draw on the university’s teaching and research expertise in the midwifery, interdisciplinary health, education, and social policy disciplines.
  • You can now choose to take online papers that are only seven weeks long so you can complete your study while still working.

More information 

  • Below is a summary only. Detailed information sheets for each paper can be downloaded or printed from the More Information web page.

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science in Midwifery (AK3484) 60 points

The PgCertHSc provides you with the opportunity to undertake an approved course of study to advance your specialty discipline, knowledge and scholarly development.

This qualification may contribute 60 points towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science*, Master of Health Science or Master of Health Practice.

You select at least 15 points from:
MIDW801 Physiological Childbirth for Midwifery Practice 
MIDW802 Midwifery Care for Women with Hypertensive Conditions
MIDW803 Midwifery Care for Women with Obesity and Diabetes 

And select 45 points from:
MIDW804 Complexities in Midwifery Practice  
MIDW805 Assessment of Foetal Wellbeing for Midwifery Practice  
MIDW806 Assessment of Maternal Wellbeing for Midwifery Practice 
MIDW807 Expanding Intrapartum Midwifery Practice
MIDW808 The Newborn Baby  
MIDW809 Developing Midwifery Practice  
HEAL801 Disability and Health
Elective Midwifery Practicum
MIDW810 Midwifery Practicum in Complex Contexts
MIDW804 Complexities in Midwifery Practice

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Midwifery (AK3487) 120 points

The PgDipHSc is a coursework midwifery programme which can lead into the Master of Health Science or Master of Health Practice. It provides you with the opportunity to undertake an approved course of study to advance your specialty discipline, knowledge and scholarly development.

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science in Midwifery papers* (60 points)

And select one research paper:
HEAL840 Critical Inquiry for Evidence Based Practice
HEAL811 Integrative Research

Select one professional paper:
HEAL812 Health Professional Practice
HEAL813 Practice Reality

Complete the following paper:
MIDW812 Childbirth Constructed

And one approved 15 point paper

Master of Health Practice in Midwifery (AK3733) 180 points

The MHPrac is for health professionals with at least three years’ clinical experience. It is ideal for those health and sport practitioners who wish to extend their practical knowledge and take their career to a higher level. 

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Midwifery papers (120 points)

And:
HEAL997 Practice Project
(60 points)

Master of Health Science*** (AK3485) 240 points

The MHSc provides an opportunity for graduates from a variety of health backgrounds to advance their scholarly and professional knowledge in an interprofessional and collegial learning environment, and to develop research capabilities.

This degree comprises core and specialist papers and a thesis or dissertation, which gives you the opportunity to complete research relevant to your programme of study.

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Midwifery papers (120 points)

And:
HEAL999 Thesis** (120 points)

Within this subject area other relevant optional papers may be undertaken with the approval of the Programme Leader. Optional papers may be selected from other relevant subject areas.

Doctor of Health Science

The Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) is designed for health professionals with at least five years’ professional experience who wish to broaden their professional practice competency and expertise. It comprises papers and research development, which culminates in a thesis.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is undertaken by research only. There is no compulsory coursework involved.

The PhD is an advanced postgraduate degree that is particularly suitable for students wishing to pursue an academic or research career. A successful candidate will make a significant original contribution to the body of knowledge in relation to a contemporary issue in health and environmental research.

Students will have supervisors to guide and advise them, with one assigned as the primary supervisor.

What the symbols mean

Flexible learning options are available. This involves online, block course or distance learning (subject to change).

# These papers will not be offered in 2016.
^ For non research-thesis pathway.
* A Postgraduate Certificate must be surrendered in order to claim full credits towards a Postgraduate Diploma. Please refer to the AUT Calendar for further details regarding Recognition of Prior Learning
** If completing a 120 point thesis, you need to have completed
either: Qualitative Research II OR Quantitative Research II.
*** Unendorsed

Last updated: 22-Aug-2017 3.05pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.