Otago Polytechnic



Health Bridging Certificate (Level 4 only)

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory block courses
  • Six months full-time or one year part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts July
  • Apply anytime

This Level 4 programme is the second part of our health bridging pathway for those that don't yet meet the entry requirements for our diploma- or degree-level health programmes. To enter directly into Level 4, you need to hold a New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) (our Level 3 Health Bridging certificate), or equivalent.


Bachelor of Midwifery

  • Dunedin or other*
  • Three years full-time (45 weeks per year)*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply from June 2021 for our 2022 intake

Attain a unique and internationally-renowned qualification which leads to registration as a midwife in New Zealand. Receive a solid theoretical education and gain significant midwifery practice in a range of settings. Study in one of five satellites through blended learning with compulsory block courses in Dunedin or Kapiti.


Postgraduate Certificate in Midwifery Practice

  • Online
  • Six months full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February, April, July or September
  • Apply anytime

Already a registered midwife and looking for a way to expand your professional practice? Undertake four courses of seven weeks each that focus on aspects of midwifery practice and develop your existing skills. We are now also offering a Postgraduate Certificate Complex Care Pathway. Please contact suzanne.miller@op.ac.nz for more information about this option.

Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery

  • Online
  • One year full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February, April, July and September
  • Apply anytime

Build on the Postgraduate Certificate in Midwifery Practice to extend your midwifery knowledge through a review of current thinking and research. Tailor the courses to enhance your employment potential.

Master of Midwifery

  • Online
  • Two years full-time*
  • Level 9
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply anytime

This qualification allows you to develop skills through independent research and scholarship, thus increasing your career prospects. Students can build on from their Postgraduate Diploma with another year to achieve their Master of Midwifery degree.


Recertification and Registration Competence Programme for New Zealand Midwives and Overseas Midwives

  • Online
  • Flexible durations
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

We offer four courses, approved by the Midwifery Council, as part of the Registration Competence Programme for overseas midwives and Recertification Programme for New Zealand registered midwives.