Bachelor of Midwifery Bachelor of Midwifery

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A photograph of a pregnant lady talking to a friend.

DegreeFull-time, 3 years | Part-time, 4 years (with approval)

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$9,900 - $11,100







Course related costs

Approx $2000-$4500 per year including text books and equipment plus travel and accommodation expenses for satellite students attending compulsory block weeks in Christchurch. $200 National Midwifery Exam (Year 3).



Domestic Applications due

1 September, late applications may be considered

International Applications due

1 September, late applications may be considered


Christchurch - Manawa Campus, with satellites based in Nelson/Marlborough, West Coast and South Canterbury


Learn how to confidently nurture pregnant women through one of life's most meaningful events.

Midwives work with women to provide care in pregnancy, childbirth and up to the first six weeks of a baby's life. Midwives have a wide range of knowledge and skills to be able to support women and their families safely and appropriately.

Recognised by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand, our three year degree* uses blended delivery techniques to enable you to study and work in your own community. You will be able to access practical experience, face-to-face tutorials and online study while living in your own region, including Christchurch, Nelson/Marlborough, West Coast and South Canterbury. All sites are supported by a midwifery lecturer/s who will provide individual support, organise the tutorials and coordinate local midwifery practice experience for you. Compulsory block weeks are taught in Christchurch throughout the year, and all students are required to attend these sessions.

To meet the Midwifery Council of New Zealand requirements the degree is made up of theory and practice content carried out over 45 weeks of delivery per year. You will have the opportunity to follow at least 25 women throughout their midwifery care and facilitate 40 births in a variety of maternity settings.

Studies cover a wide range of topics including midwifery practice skills, nutrition, lactation and bioscience foundations. You will also learn about Maori health, integrated midwifery practice and rural midwifery practice to allow you to adapt to the wide range of needs and circumstances encountered in midwifery.

You will gain a good understanding of how to assess the social, psychological, physical, emotional, spiritual, and cultural needs of each woman and her family, so you have the knowledge and skills needed to support women during their childbirth experience.

† With approval from Head of Midwifery, students may study part-time over four years, choosing one of the following options depending on your personal circumstances: The first option (preferred) is for students to complete year one full time, undertake the second year over two years and complete the third year full time. Option two involves undertaking year one over two years and then completing years two and three full time. In both options course progression is planned to maximise recent midwifery practice before entry to year three of the programme.

*Three years full-time study. Please note the credit value is equivalent to four years full-time study. All courses are compulsory.

In our most recent graduate survey, 100% of 2016 Bachelor of Midwifery graduates were in employment (Ara Graduate Outcome Survey, 2016).

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Degree you are required to complete 480 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher) which must:

    • include 18 credits at Level 3 in biology and/or chemistry††
    • a minimum of 16 credits at Level 3 in an English language rich subject such as English, history, art history, classical studies, geography or economics
    • a further 16 credits at Level 3 in one other subject from the list of approved subjects* and
  • Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing and

  • Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627).

    Note: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (eg International Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact us for requirements.

    *NZQA approved subjects: see

    †† We require that if you don't have a minimum of 18 credits at Level 3 in BOTH biology and chemistry, you have at least 16 credits at Level 2 in your secondary subject.

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for Alternative Entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

  • If you are a registered nurse or other registered health practitioner please contact the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health for entry requirements for this qualification.

  • The New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation provides a pathway into the programme if you do not meet the entry criteria. View the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation Pathway (PDF: 1MB) document for further information.

Additional requirements
  • Consent to Disclosure of Information Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form. The form will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to the Head of Midwifery. Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.

  • Hold a valid first aid certificate (minimum 12 hours) covering NQF unit standards 6400, 6401 and 6402).

  • As part of your application you will need to complete an assignment which discusses your recent work/life experience relevant to midwifery and / or women's health. On your application form you are also required to disclose any health or learning issues which may affect your ability to meet the academic and/or practical requirements of the programme.

  • Current Class 1 Driver Licence.
  • Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via Two referee report(s).
  • You need to have basic computer skills prior to starting the programme.

English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed after the closing date. However, late applications may be accepted. Applicants may be invited for interview by phone or face to face if further information is required. Final selection is based on both academic and other entry criteria.

Should the number of applicants who meet the entry criteria exceed the available places, they will be placed on a wait-list. Provisional entry does not apply.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an application form.

Application documents

Career opportunities

Please note: on completion of Year 3 you will be required to sit the Midwifery Council National Exam (at an additional cost of $200) to enable you to be registered to practice as a midwife.

You can work as a midwife, providing midwifery services either as a self-employed midwife with a caseload in the community or employed in a hospital setting providing maternity services to women.

Many graduates have established practices with their colleagues or joined an existing midwifery practice.

Midwives have the opportunity to develop skills in health management areas, education, and women's health settings and to participate and undertake research projects as well as work with other health professionals to enhance health care provision for women and their families.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry