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Bachelor of Midwifery


  • Semester 1 starts 23 January 2017
  • Duration: Three years full-time, block study
  • Fee Guideline: $9,062 per year (International students: Please click here for fee information)
  • Additional costs - read more here.
  • Campus: Hamilton City Campus for all mandatory classes and regional hubs in Tauranga, Gisborne, Rotorua, Hawkes Bay and Whakatane for clinical placements and some tutorials.

The Bachelor of Midwifery programme will lead you onto registration as a qualified Midwife. Midwives are experts in maternity healthcare, and provide care to expectant mothers and their babies before, during and after the baby’s birth. 

This programme is studied full-time and must be completed within four years. Your first year is mainly theory-based, the second year is split between practical and theory, and the third year is predominantly practical.

This programme delivers its theory classes in blocks of 5- consecutive days, spread throughout the year.  Attendance is compulsory for all students, due to the intensive, theory-heavy content of these classes.

All students must attend mandatory classes at the Hamilton City Campus and are responsible for organising their own transport and accommodation.

During the programme you will be able to apply your knowledge with hospital clinical placements and a midwife in community practice. This includes simulations and placement in maternity care settings. You will also have the opportunity to follow women through their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care.

On completion of the programme you will be required to sit the National Midwifery Examination to become a registered midwife.

This unique programme has been designed to provide you with a direct pathway to starting a career as a midwife.

90% of Midwifery Degree Grads get relevant jobs*

“I didn’t choose midwifery. Midwifery chose me.”

* Graduate Destination Survey 2016

Programme Content

The modules include:

  • Midwifery Knowledge and Skills
  • Art and Science of Midwifery
  • Midwifery Practice
  • Lactation and Breastfeeding
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Normal Process of Childbirth
  • Human Biological Science
  • Cultural Safety
  • Childbirth Complexities
  • Health Research
  • The Well and Sick Baby

Modules are offered via mixed-mode delivery, so you must have computer competencies and be able to access a computer and the internet.

Useful Documents

*please note that the dates will change each year.



Group A

Year One

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
HLBM501Introduction to Midwifery Knowledge and Skills515
SCM501Human Structure and Function515
HLBM502Interpersonal Skills515
HLBM503Constructions of Knowledge515
HLBM504Introduction to Midwifery Practice515HLBM501,HLBM502, HLBM503, SCM501 HLBM506,HLBM508
HLBM505Lactation and Breastfeeding515HLBM501,HLBM502, HLBM503,HLBM504, HLBM506,HLBM508, SCM501
SCM502Human Biological Science515SCM501
HLBM506Art and Science of Midwifery I515HLBM501,HLBM502, HLBM503, SCM501 SCM502
HLBM507Midwifery Practice for Normal Birth I515HLBM501,HLBM502, HLBM503,HLBM504, HLBM506,HLBM508, SCM501,SCM502
HLBM508Cultural Frameworks for Midwifery Practice515HLBM501,HLBM502, HLBM503, SCM501
HLBM509Health Research515HLBM501,HLBM502, HLBM503,HLBM504, HLBM506,HLBM508, SCM501,SCM502
Total credits165

Year Two

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
HLBM601Midwifery Practice for Normal Birth II615All year 1 Modules HLBM602,HLBM603
HLBM602Midwifery Practice and the Normal Neonate615All year 1 Modules HLBM601,HLBM603
HLBM603Art and Science of Midwifery II615All year 1 Modules HLBM601,HLBM602, HLBM604
HLBM604Women's Health Assessment and the Midwife615All year 1 Modules HLBM603
HLBM606Exploring Women's Health and Midwifery Practice615All year 1 Modules,HLBM601,HLBM602, HLBM603, HLBM603, HLBM604
HLBM609Midwifery Practice: Complications of Childbirth II615All year 1 Modules,HLBM601,HLBM602, HLBM603, HLBM603, HLBM604,HLBM606, HLBM611,HLBM612
HLBM611Complicated Childbirth630All year 1 Modules HLBM612
HLBM612Midwifery Practice: Complications of Childbirth I615All year 1 Modules,HLBM601,HLBM602, HLBM603, HLBM603, HLBM604 HLBM611
SCM601Pharmacology for Professional Practice615All year 1 Modules,HLBM601,HLBM602, HLBM603, HLBM603, HLBM604,HLBM606, HLBM611,HLBM612
Total credits150

Year Three

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
HLBM701Complexity and Diversity in Practice730All Year 1 and year 2 modules HLBM703
HLBM702The Qualified Midwife715All Year 1 and year 2 modules
HLBM703Childbirth Complexities715All Year 1 and year 2 modules HLBM701
HLBM704Integrating Midwifery Practice I730All Year 1 and year 2 modules,HLBM701, HLBM702,HLBM703 HLBM705
HLBM705Integrating Midwifery Practice II730All Year 1 and year 2 modules,HLBM701, HLBM702,HLBM703 HLBM704
HLBM706Transition to Practice730All Year 1 and year 2 modules,HLBM701, HLBM702,HLBM703, HLBM704,HLBM705
HLBM707Elective Practicum715All Year 1 and year 2 modules,HLBM701, HLBM702,HLBM703, HLBM704,HLBM705 HLBM706
Total credits165

Graduate Opportunities

The Bachelor of Midwifery may lead to employment as a Registered Midwife in hospitals, birthing units and communities, or as a Lead Maternity Care Giver.

Entry Criteria

1.1 General Academic Admission

  1. Candidates who have no midwifery or nursing qualification must have gained University Entrance, including:
    1. a minimum of 18 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher in Biology or Chemistry; and
    2. a minimum of 16 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher in an English language-rich subject (such as English, History, Art History, Classics, Geography, Economics or Media Studies); and
    3. a minimum of 16 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher in one additional approved subject ( [1]; and
    4. Literacy ( [2] (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and
    5. Numeracy ( [3] (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above); or
    6. Equivalent
  2. Candidates aged under 20 years must meet the general academic admission criteria as detailed above.
  3. Registered nurses seeking entry into the programme on the basis of their nursing qualification or nursing practice experience must hold registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand as a Registered Comprehensive Nurse, or a Registered General and Obstetric Nurse and must provide a Certificate of Good Standing from the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
  4. Registered health practitioners from other disciplines who have a qualification at Level 4 or above, seeking entry into the programme on the basis of their health professional qualification and practice experience must hold registration with the relevant regulatory authority in New Zealand and must provide a Certificate of Good Standing from that authority.
  5. Candidates who have studied on a Midwifery Degree programme at another institution will need to meet the Bachelor of Midwifery programme entry requirements or equivalent. They will also need evidence of a B grade average (i.e. above a B minus average) and a letter of recommendation and a confidential report on the student from the Head of School of the previous programme, before they will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Midwifery programme.

1.2 Special Admission

  1. Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Applicants under this criterion will be required to produce:
    1. Evidence of academic equivalence of the above qualifications, or
    2. Evidence of ability to study successfully at degree level.
    3. Applicants who have completed the Wintec Certificate in Introduction to Study (Health) (Level 4) or the Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4), or equivalent qualification, with 65% or higher in all modules, and have a satisfactory reference from the Team Manager of these programmes will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Midwifery programme.
  2. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

Application Process

  1. Check that you meet the Midwifery Regulations.
  2. Submit your Application to Enrol form as well as:
    • a completed Additional Information Form
    • a curriculum vitae outlining your work experience and life skills. Click here for useful advice on how to write a CV.
    • a personal statement outlining why you want to be a midwife (250 word summary)
    • a copy of your academic achievement with results (NCEA or tertiary transcripts).
    • a copy of your current Comprehensive First Aid Certificate (NZQA units 6400, 6401 and 6402). If you don't currently have the first aid certificate, you must complete the certificate by the end of semester one in your first year of study, so that you can participate in clinical placement. This must be kept up-to-date.
  3. Receive acknowledgement of your application
  4. Application assessed by the review panel
  5. You are encouraged to attend an information session with one our midwifery team to ensure you are well prepared.
  6. Application outcome - You will receive a letter advising you of the outcome of your application.
  7. Confirmation of entry - You will be sent a letter of offer - you need to sign and return the letter to accept your place.



Don't Meet the Entry Criteria?

There are pathways to help you get where you want to be. You could start with the Introduction to Study programme (Level 4, health pathways - nursing, midwifery), or if you just need to brush up on your science knowledge, check out this course.

Please note if you are under 20 years of age you will not be eligible to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Midwifery unless you have met the requirements of NCEA level 3.

After completing the Intro to Study (Level 4, health pathways) and reaching the age of 20 years, you may apply for entry into the Bachelor of Midwifery programme.

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