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 ( 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!

2023 course dates

Learning packages will be displayed on our online learning management system (Moodle) and includes tutorials and activities such as quizzes, worksheets, and the use a forum for discussion and presentations.



13 February - 9 June

Pathway to Thesis: Midwifery Knowledge

10 July - 3 November

Pathway to Thesis: Research Methodologies


Complex Care pathway

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



13 February - 9 June

Midwifery assessment and decision-making for complexity

10 July - 3 November

Practicum for complexity

If you are a returning student, please contact for a 2023 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 ( for advice on enrolling in the Master of Midwifery

We are part of Te Pūkenga

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic, 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, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


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.