Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery

This advanced qualification can help you extend your knowledge in midwifery. It will enable critical thinking and research in your practice while you analyse your experiences as a midwife. You can also build upon this qualification with a Master of Midwifery.  

About the programme

Are you a registered midwife and want to extend your midwifery knowledge through a review of current thinking and research?

Build on the Postgraduate Certificate in Midwifery Practice and extend your professional skills during this relevant and practice-focused programme. Critically analyse your own experiences as a midwife as a means of adding depth to your knowledge base, and further develop your confidence and transferable skill set enabling you to work anywhere in the world and to really make a difference in people's lives. 

Successful completion of this Diploma contributes half the credits required for our Master of Midwifery. Our online learning means that you can study from home and benefit from the support of experienced lecturers and the opportunity for networking. Online learning resources may include PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, word documents, interactive web pages and links to relevant electronic documents or websites.

To complete your Diploma, you will need to complete the two pre-thesis courses: Pathway to Thesis: Midwifery Knowledge, and Pathway to Thesis: Midwifery Research Methodologies (30-credits per course).

Consult with our Postgraduate Course Coordinator (suzanne.miller@op.ac.nz) to plan your future study pathway.

Studying part-time 

We know that full-time study isn't always possible. We also offer this programme with part-time options - talk to us about what will suit you best!

2022 course dates

Learning packages will be displayed on the online Moodle learning management system supported by Adobe Connect online tutorials and activities will include quizzes, completion of worksheets, and the use of the Moodle forum for discussion and presentations.

Dates Course
14 February - 17 June 

Pathway to thesis: Midwifery knowledge

11 July - 11 November   

Pathway to thesis: Research methodologies

Complex Care pathway

Choose these two courses PLUS one course from the Postgraduate Certificate course list

Dates Course
14 February - 17 June 

Midwifery assessment and decision making for complexity

11 July - 11 November   

Midwifery practicum for complexity

You can find a Postgraduate Diploma course summary here.

If you are a returning student, please contact ebsMID@op.ac.nz for a 2022 course selection form. If you're a new student, please apply online.

Further study options

Hone your expertise and increase your career prospects by applying for the Master of Midwifery.

If you have completed your Postgraduate Certificate, Complex Care or the pre-thesis Diploma courses (Knowledge and Theory in Midwifery, and Research Methods in Midwifery Practice), please contact Suzanne Miller (suzanne.miller@op.ac.nz) for advice on enrolling in the Master of Midwifery

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.