Otago Polytechnic

Undergraduate midwifery


Studying the Bachelor of Midwifery takes passion, determination and commitment. It's a big decision – but we'll give you all the support you need to succeed.

The Bachelor of Midwifery gives you the knowledge, skills and professional practice to prepare you for a health and maternity career.

It also leads to registration with the Midwifery Council of New Zealand and aligns with European Union and UK requirements. 



What does a midwife do? 

A midwife supports and cares for women at births, and gives antenatal and postnatal care to women and whānau.

When you become a midwife you can be a Lead Maternity Care – working with women and families in the community or you can be a Core Midwife – working at a hospital or birthing centre. 


Here's what you need to know about studying midwifery: 


Bachelor of Midwifery

  • Dunedin or other*
  • 3 years full-time (45 weeks per year)*
  • Level 7
  • Starts January
  • Apply from June 2019 for our 2020 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.

Health bridging certificate

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory block courses
  • 1 year full-time; part-time options
  • Level 4
  • Starts February and July* (*six-month, full-time option possible for those with advanced standing)
  • Apply now for 2019 intakes

This year-long programme has replaced the Certificate in Health (Level 4). Offered by the School of Social Services, it can help you meet the minimum academic criteria for application to the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5), New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5), Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Social Services and Bachelor of Applied Science. It consists of two separate Certificate qualifications - the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4). You will be enrolled in both of these qualifications at the beginning of the year.