Bachelor of Midwifery - Dunedin Campus

Otago Polytechnic
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Bachelor's Degree
Study mode
Full-time, Part-time
3 years
Total tuition fee (local)
USD 19,311
Total tuition fee (foreign)
USD 56,482

Entry Requirements

  • NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 or higher and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher), including:
    • a minimum of 14 credits in each of three approved university entrance subjects as below:
      • Level 3 or higher in biology OR chemistry, and
      • Level 3 or higher in an English language-rich subject (such as English, history, art history, classics, geography or economics), and
      • Level 3 or higher from one other subject from list of approved university entrance subjects,and
      • remaining credits from either achievement or unit standards, and
    • Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing, and
    • Numeracy –10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects OR package of three numeracy unit standards.
  • OR you have a year-long Level 3-4 Health Science bridging course qualification. A Level 4 B+ average is required for entry including a B+ in a Level 4 bioscience course
  • OR you have a bachelor's degree in any discipline (additional bioscience courses may be required)
  • OR you can demonstrate equivalence to the above academic entry criteria.

Please note: a minimum of 14 credits at Level 2 in chemistry if you hold 14 credits at Level 3 in biology OR a minimum of 14 credits at Level 2 in biology if you hold 14 credits or more in chemistry will be an advantage.

  • You must submit your curriculum vitae and an essay demonstrating your commitment to midwifery and any life experience relevant to midwifery and/or women’s health.
  • You must demonstrate self-responsibility in relation to learning and practice and the personal qualities appropriate for midwifery practice such as strong communication skills and a demonstrated interest in women's health. 
  • You must provide the names and email addresses of two referees. One must be from an employer/community group and the other an academic referee; referees must be persons of standing in the community who are not friends or relatives. Please see more information about the referee reports in the Additional documentation section below. 
  • You must provide a health declaration and current First Aid Certificate (including proficiency in CPR – NQF unit standards 6401 and 6402 OR equivalent).
  • You must provide a conviction declaration and, if your application is accepted, you will be required to provide permission for a Police Check.
  • You must provide a verified copy of your driver’s license. 
  • You must have good computer skills.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure that they meet the Bachelor of Midwifery degree-level entry requirements and must have achieved the equivalent of Year 13 biology or chemistry (both would be an advantage), and Year 11 mathematics.

English Language Requirement

  • IELTS: overall band score of 7.0, with no less than 6.5 in writing and reading, and no less than 7.0 in speaking and listening


Year 1:

  • Midwifery Ways of Knowing 1
  • Midwifery Assessment and Practice Skills
  • Sharing the Woman's Experience of Childbirth
  • Women in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Bioscience Foundations
  • Hauora Maori
  • Integrated Midwifery Practice 1

Year 2:

  • Midwifery Ways of Knowing 2
  • Midwifery Scope of Practice
  • The Midwife and Collaborative Practice
  • Maternal and Newborn Nutrition and Breastfeeding
  • Bioscience in Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • Pharmacology and Prescribing
  • Integrated Midwifery Practice 2
  • Women's Health

Year 3:

  • Midwifery Ways of Knowing 3
  • Rural Midwifery Practice
  • Continuity Midwifery Practice
  • Sustainable Midwifery Practice
  • Secondary/Tertiary Midwifery Practice

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