Bachelor of Midwifery

This internationally renowned qualification leads to registration as a midwife in New Zealand with solid, theoretical learning and real-life midwifery experience. Complete your studies through a blended combination of practical experience, online learning and compulsory block courses in Dunedin or Porirua.

About the programme 

Qualify in just three years* with this internationally renowned programme.

Our degree gives you real-world practice from your first month, working with midwives and women/pregnant people in your community. This programme takes passion, determination and commitment but we'll give you all the support you need to succeed. And, with the flexibility of blended learning, it's possible to do most of your study from your home base. 

Lots of support

We have a lot of support available to help you succeed in your studies.

Blended learning means you'll learn through weekly face-to-face hui ākonga (tutorials), online learning, midwifery practice experiences (such as hospital shifts and community-based midwifery experience) and wānanga (block courses) held on our campus in Dunedin and Porirua. Each site has a designated kaiako (midwifery lecturer) who provides support and runs the face-to-face hui ākonga. 

Māori and Pasifika tailored support

We also have a national programme, Te Ara Ō Hine - Tapu Ora, to support our learners who whakapapa Māori or Pasifika. We provide resources and tailored support to help you complete your midwifery qualification, so that Māori and Pasifika babies can be born into Māori and Pasifika hands. 

Registration and careers

Our Bachelor of Midwifery leads to registration with Te Tatau O Whare Kahu (Midwifery Council of New Zealand). Our graduates are highly sought-after and there is a particularly high demand for Māori and Pasifika midwives.

Career options include being a community-based, case loading midwife, working within a maternity facility, being involved in education and research in the field of midwifery, and providing advice to professional and regulatory bodies, government departments and maternity stakeholders.

Registered Nurse pathway

If you're a Registered Nurse who's interested in transitioning into a career in midwifery, we've developed a pathway programme just for you. Find out more

Studying part-time 

We know that full-time study isn't always possible. You can choose to study part-time over four years* at any of our locations. If you choose this option, you will:

  • only do theory in Year One (not practice)
  • complete the Year One practice and Year Two theory in Year Two
  • complete Year Two practice in Year Three, and
  • then your final year must be full-time. 

Find more information about this part-time option in the Workload section below.

*Please note: Our entry criteria will be changing for this programme in 2025. We will also be moving to a four-year, full-time programme, not a three-year, full-time programme and our curriculum will be changing. These changes are subject to final NZQA approval - we'll update this webpage as soon as we can with the most up-to-date information.

Courses

The Bachelor of Midwifery degree is three years* of full-time study, but the credit value is equivalent to four years of full-time study (compressed into three calendar years).

*Please note: Our entry criteria will be changing for this programme in 2025. We will also be moving to a four-year, full-time programme, not a three-year, full-time programme and our curriculum will be changing. These changes are subject to final NZQA approval - we'll update this webpage as soon as we can with the most up-to-date information.

Year one

Year One focuses on the woman/wahine and her family/whānau 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.

Course 

Course Name

Prerequisite

Corequisite

Level

Credit

Year one

All compulsory

 

 

 

 

BM101104

Midwifery Ways of Knowing

 

 

5

20

BM102104

Midwifery Assessment and  Practice Skills

 

 

5

45

BM102204

Sharing the Woman's Experience of Childbirth

 

 

5

40

BM104104

Women in Aotearoa New Zealand

 

 

5

15

BM105104

Bioscience Foundations

 

 

5

15

BM106104

Hauora Māori

 

 

5

10

BM103104

Integrated Midwifery Practice 1

 

All first year courses

5

5

BM105204

Pharmacology Foundations

   

5

10

Year two

All compulsory

 

 

 

 

BM201104

Midwifery Ways of Knowing 2

BM101104, BM102204, 
BM102104, BM103104

 

6

20

BM202104

Midwifery Scope of Practice

BM102104, 
BM102204,
BM105104

 

6

40

BM202204

The Midwife and Collaborative Practice

BM202104

 

6

45

BM202604

The Midwife, Newborn and Breastfeeding

BM102104, 
BM102204

 

6

20

BM205104

Bioscience in Pregnancy and Childbirth

BM105104

 

6

15

BM205204

Pharmacology and Prescribing

BM105304

 

6

10

BM203104

Integrated Midwifery Practice 2

All first year courses

All second
year courses

6

5

BM204104

Women's Health

 

 

6

5

Year three

All compulsory

 

 

 

 

BM301104

Midwifery Ways of Knowing 3

BM201104

 

7

10

BM302104

Rural Midwifery Practice

BM202104; BM202604;
BM202304; BM205104;
BM205204

 

7

30

BM302204

Continuity Midwifery Practice

BM202104; BM202604; BM202304;
BM205104;
BM205204

 

7

60

BM302304

Elective Midwifery Practice

BM202104; BM202204;
BM202304; BM205104;
BM205204

 

7

35

BM302404

Secondary/Tertiary Midwifery Practice

BM202104; BM202204;
BM202304; BM205104; BM20604

 

7

15

BM307104

Sustainable Midwifery Practice

 

 

7

10

How you'll learn 

Blended learning means that you learn through a combination of practical experience, online learning and traditional classroom teaching. And you'll learn this way at all of our satellite locations, including Dunedin. 

The Bachelor of Midwifery is delivered at a series of satellite sites (North Island - Whanganui, Palmerston North and Greater Wellington; South Island - Dunedin, Central Otago and Southland). Each satellite site has a designated kaiako (Midwifery lecturer) who provides support and runs face-to-face hui ākonga.

What your learning looks like 

1. Weekly hui ākonga: Weekly face-to-face tutorials in small groups with your kaiako.

2. Online learning: A mix of online tutorials and lecturers, both with your class and self-directed. 

3. Practical experience: Hospital shifts and community-based midwifery experience.

4. Wānanga: Intensive block courses held on campus in Dunedin and the Kāpiti Coast (Porirua). 

Programme structure by year  

Year one

Practice experience starts early in year one where you will follow up to five whānau through their childbirth experiences. You will also complete 21 shifts in a maternity facility/ies across the year. The shifts will be a mixture of day, afternoon, and night shifts. Shifts may be in the antenatal and post-natal ward/s and/or birthing units depending on the hospital. There are five, one-week wānanga in year one. 

Year two 

Second-year ākonga (students) follow a community-based, case loading midwife for two weeks, then follow six women in the midwife’s caseload. They also complete 24 shifts in antenatal and post-natal wards and birthing units. Additional shifts may be undertaken in NICU, SCBU, Family Planning, breastfeeding support, and other women and child health areas. Placements will depend on the availability of services in each area. There are five, one-week wānanga in year two.

Year three (final year)  

Third-year ākonga (students) complete 33 weeks of placements with midwives in both community and hospital environments.  Up to three of these practise placements will be away from your home area. There are three, one-week wānanga in year three.  

Wānanga

In total, there are five, one-week wānanga in both year one and year two, and three, one-week wānanga in year three. These are held at Whitireia Porirua campus in the North Island or at the Otago Polytechnic Dunedin campus in the South Island.