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Bachelor of Midwifery

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


4 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024




This programme is for those who want to learn to confidently nurture and care for women through pregnancy, childbirth, and up to the first six weeks following birth. Students will gain a wide range of knowledge and skills to work autonomously, be fully responsible for the wellbeing of women and babies, and support families safely and appropriately.

Students study full-time and are required to complete the programme within five years, as prescribed by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). On application to MCNZ, a sixth study year may be approved. The first year is mainly theory-based, with the second- and third-year split between practical and theory, and the fourth year is predominantly practical.

Offered across the Midland region, students can enrol to a regional hub in their local area. Please note, students can only sign up for regional hubs if they live in the catchment area of the specific hub and local DHB.

On-campus block courses are held in Hamilton throughout the programme. Attendance is compulsory for all students, due to the intensive, theory-heavy content of these classes. Students are responsible for organising their own transport and accommodation. Block courses take place 11 times in Year 1, for a week at a time. Hours of block days are 8am–5pm, Monday to Thursday, and Friday 8am-12pm. Finishing at lunchtime on a Friday will enable hub students from outside Waikato to travel safely in daylight hours back home.

Compulsory clinical placements and several scheduled tutorials, called Education Fridays, are usually held in regional hubs so that students can complete most of their clinical experience close to home. There is an expectation that students have one four-week placement outside their area during their study, usually in either year three or year four.

During the programme, students will be able to apply their knowledge in clinical placements at primary units (eg birth centres), secondary and tertiary DHB hospitals, with self-employed community midwives (LMC midwives), and other community services. Students will have the opportunity to follow women through their pregnancy, labour, birth, and postnatal care. On completion of the programme, students will be required to sit the National Midwifery Examination to become a registered midwife.

This unique programme structure has been designed to provide students with a direct pathway to starting a career as a midwife.

What you will learn

Modules are offered via mixed-mode delivery, so students must have computer competencies and be able to access a computer and the internet.

Career/further opportunities

Graduates will be eligible to sit the National Midwifery Examination to become a registered midwife. The Bachelor of Midwifery may lead to employment as a registered midwife in the community (self-employed), hospitals, or birthing units.

Location: Gisborne, Hamilton City Campus, Hawke's Bay, Rotorua, Tauranga or Whakatane

Entry criteria

Candidates who have no midwifery or nursing qualification must have gained University Entrance, including:

a minimum of 18 credits at NCEA Level 3 in either biology, or chemistry, or physics; and
a minimum of 16 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher in an English language-rich subject (such as English, History, Art History, Classics, Geography, Economics, Religious Studies or Media Studies); and
a further 16 credits at NCEA Level 3 in an additional approved subject.

or Equivalent

b. Candidates aged under 20 years must meet the general academic admission criteria as detailed above.

c. Candidates who have studied on a Midwifery Degree programme at another institution will need to meet the Bachelor of Midwifery programme entry requirements or equivalent. Candidates will only be accepted for year 1, year 2 or year 3 into the programme. They will also need evidence of a B grade average (i.e. above a B minus average) and a letter of recommendation from the Head of Midwifery of the previous programme before they will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Midwifery programme.

d. Candidates who have completed an approved foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme in Health at Level 4, with 65% or higher in four subjects (one module must be science) will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Midwifery programme.

Candidates who have English as an additional language are required to achieve in the International English Language Test System (IELTS) (academic version) with an overall score of 7.0 with not less than 6.5 in writing and comprehension; and not less than 7.0 in speaking and listening.

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