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.
3 Years Full-time
*Approximate full qualification tuition fee
3 Years Full-time
*Approximate full qualification tuition fee
What You Study
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 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 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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Midwifery is a very rewarding, but very demanding study programme.
This is the equivalent of a four-year degree taught in three years, so the academic expectations and the demands of practice placements in this programme will have an impact on your family and personal life.
Before you apply, we recommend that you have a discussion with your whānau/family about how they can support you to succeed in this programme.
The information below should give you a good idea of what to expect when you study this programme.
Placements last from 4 to 14 weeks. Travel and accommodation will be extra costs on top of your programme fees (see Fees section for more info).
You can choose to study part-time over four years at any of our locations. If you choose this option, you will:
Please note that this part-time pathway will mean that you don’t qualify for Studylink funding in Year One (Studylink funding is for domestic students only during this programme).
There is some limited flexibility in the first three years of this study path depending on your personal circumstances; our Student Advisor will contact the successful applicants who have requested part time study in the month before orientation.
If you’re keen to find out more, please email our Student Advisor – Midwifery@op.ac.nz or phone 0800 786 762 and ask to speak with the School of Midwifery about studying part-time.
For those over 20
English Language requirements
If English is not your first language, you must complete an assessment of your English Language and pass the required standard.
You need either an:
Scores for both IELTS and OET assessments must be achieved in one sitting.
Evidence of successful completion must be provided at the time of application. If you believe that you should be exempt from this requirement, please contact the Midwifery Council by emailing email@example.com. Any exemptions are at the discretion of the Midwifery Council and applicants must provide written proof of exemption or IELTs results to be accepted to the Bachelor of Midwifery.
Applicants with Te Reo as their first language should contact the Midwifery Council of New Zealand.
Additional entry criteria
You must also:
Please note: Registered health practitioners from other disciplines who seek Recognition of Prior Learning on the basis of their health professional qualification and practice experience must hold registration with the relevant regulator authority in New Zealand and provide a Certificate of Good Standing from that authority.
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.
Don't meet the entry requirements?
Our Health Bridging Certificate acts as a bridging programme into this midwifery qualification.
A minimum B+/75 average pass, achieved across four courses during semester two, is required to meet the academic entry requirements into the Bachelor of Midwifery. This MUST include a B+/75 in Bioscience 2.
The Health Bridging Certificate is also ideal if you need to update specific knowledge and skills, and demonstrate your academic ability. Distance options are available.
Please note: Due to the high demand for places, successful completion of the Health Bridging Certificate (Level 4) will not automatically guarantee you entry into the Bachelor of Midwifery programme.
Covid-19 vaccination information
You don’t need to supply evidence of your Covid-19 vaccination status to apply for this programme. However, most placement providers will require evidence from you that you are fully vaccinated before allowing you to complete a placement at their organisation. Placements are an integral part of this programme and you’ll need to complete these to be able to successfully achieve your qualification.
Other risks and information
The nature of midwifery practice means that, at times, you may be at risk of:
Once you have been accepted into the programme, you will be notified that you must produce current evidence of immunisation status. Immunisation status is determined by a blood test and your vaccination history.
How we manage these risks
We will provide health and safety information relating to computer use and to practice equipment, and advise you how to reduce any risk of injury. You will have access to copies of relevant hazards registers and processes for reporting accidents and injuries so our Health and Safety Officers can follow them up.
You are required to undergo screening tests for infectious diseases and immune status prior to the commencement of the programme.
Registered Nurse pathway
Scholarship for Māori applicants
The Irihapeti Ramsden Memorial Midwifery Scholarship offers fees subsidies to one Māori midwifery student accepted for this degree each year. Nga Maia facilitates provision of whanau support for the Scholarship recipients during their studies. Applications are submitted to Nga Maia at the start of the academic year and the scholarship is awarded before June of applicants’ first year of study.
There are a number of additional costs for this programme. All the costs quoted are approximate. Please also see the Workload section (Placements information) for additional information about travel and accommodation costs.
The tuition fees shown above are approximate only. There may be a slight fee increase per year once Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) rules and guidelines are applied. These fees also don’t include additional costs or living costs.
Completing your application
Before you apply, ensure you understand the application process and all the requirements you need to meet.
You can enter information and upload documents directly into the application form. You may wish to prepare some of the required documentation beforehand.
To begin your application, click the Apply button at the top of this page.
You will need to provide:
Initial selection decisions will be made in late September. Applicants who complete their applications after 20th September can expect to hear our decision in four-six weeks.
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