Midwifery

Study midwifery at Otago Polytechnic and guide people through pregnancy, childbirth and the weeks that follow. You will provide real life support to someone during their journey gaining invaluable hands-on experience throughout your studies.

 

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Our midwifery qualifications will fully immerse you in this incredible life event providing or extending your midwifery knowledge and skills to develop professional practices for your career in health and maternity. 

The biggest point of difference at Otago Polytechnic is the real experience you’ll gain as you study by working and learning with someone who is pregnant. Our practical way of learning enables our graduates to go on to become confident midwives in their field who can provide informed support and guidance, and anticipate any risks. 

Our Midwifery programmes are taught via blended delivery in various locations across New Zealand. Blended delivery is a combination of online lectures, face-to-face tutorials, practice experiences and intensive block courses. This provides you with the flexibility to fit your studies around your life. 

Midwifery qualifications

Health

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.

Duration

3 Years Full-time

Delivery

Blended learning

Location

Central Otago, Whanganui, Dunedin, Palmerston North, Southland, Greater Wellington

Career potential

Registered Midwife

Health

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

Duration

14 Weeks Part-time

Delivery

Online

Career potential

Registered Midwife

Health

If you're a registered midwife and want to extend your expertise, this programme is for you. The online learning option allows you to study from home and participate in online discussions. This programme also takes you one step closer to more advanced midwifery qualifications.

Duration

6 Months Full-time

1 Year Part-time

Delivery

Online

Career potential

Registered Midwife, Specialist roles

Health, Health & Wellbeing

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.  

Duration

1 Year Full-time

Delivery

Online

Career potential

Registered Midwife, Specialist roles

Choose this intensive programme if you want to pursue independent research and scholarship. This internationally recognised programme has a strong focus on research and theory. You can also build on your Postgraduate Diploma with another year to achieve the degree. 

Duration

2 Years Full-time

4 Years Part-time

Delivery

Online

Career potential

Doctoral Research, Educator

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School of Midwifery

Postgraduate specialties in midwifery

Postgraduate specialties in midwifery

Choose from a range of specialist topics with our online Postgraduate study programmes.

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