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Bachelor of Midwifery

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jan 2024


Central Otago Campus


Real-world practice is at the core of this three-year programme. From the start, you'll apply theory to practice. You'll work with a midwife in the community to provide antenatal and postnatal care to women and whanau, and you'll graduate with essential knowledge and skills for your health and maternity career.

This programme leads to registration with the Midwifery Council of New Zealand.

As a registered midwife you can be a: Lead Maternity Care – working with women and families in the community; Core Midwife – working at a hospital or birthing centre.

Delivery: Blended delivery with weekly face-to-face tutorials at local satellites, midwifery practice experiences, online learning and block courses in Dunedin or Porirua (Whitireia Porirua campus). Location: Satellites in Dunedin, Southland, Central Otago, Wellington, Palmerston North and Whanganui

Programme content: The Bachelor of Midwifery degree is 3 years of full-time study, but the credit value is equivalent to 4 years of full-time study (compressed into 3 calendar years).

YEAR ONE: Year One focuses on the woman/wahine and her family/whanau and explores the wider context of New Zealand's maternity services and the options and choices available to women and families. It provides a context for midwifery practice and development of specific midwifery knowledge and skills. Gain practice experience in maternity facilities and through one-on-one continuity of care with women and midwives, where you provide a support role for women throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period.

YEAR TWO: Year Two focuses on the midwife and her developing professional framework for practice. It provides the opportunity for you to develop specific midwifery practice knowledge and skills. Courses focus on the knowledge and skills required for you to work in the Midwifery Scope of Practice and to work collaboratively with other health professionals when required. Gain experience in a variety of settings including one-on-one continuity of care experiences with women and midwives, and undertake placements in a range of maternity facilities, particularly secondary and tertiary facilities.

YEAR THREE: Year Three focuses on the partnership between each midwife and woman in the shared experiences of pregnancy and childbirth. It enables you to integrate and consolidate your learning from Years One and Two and demonstrate your readiness to meet the Competencies for Entry to the Register of Midwives.

Greater Wellington
Central Otago
Palmerston North

Entry criteria

Students need to have achieved a secondary school qualification that is equivalent to New Zealand’s NCEA levels (National Certificate of Educational Achievement). Entry requirements vary from country to country.

For those over 20: Evidence of academic equivalence of the above qualifications, such as through successful completion of a Level 4 bridging programme for health-related degrees, or Demonstrated evidence of ability to study successfully at degree-level, such as applicants who have already successfully completed a degree programme and have demonstrated transferable study skills.

If English is not your first language, you must provide: Overall Academic IELTS of 7.0 from one test completed in the last two years, or equivalent (an OET test with passes at A or B in the four areas): Comprehension band 6.5; Writing band 6.5; Speaking band 7.0; Listening band 7.0

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill;

Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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