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Bachelor of Midwifery FAQ

How long is the course?

The programme is 3 years fulltime.

How many intakes per year?

There is one intake per year, which starts about the third week in January each year.

Can I study the course outside of Hamilton via distance learning?

  • You can study in Tauranga, Rotorua, Whakatane, Gisborne, or the Hawkes Bay, however all students are required to attend their block classes at Hamilton’s City Campus.  
  • A clinical tutor will support you in your hometown and have access to online tutorials.  
  • The block classes are up to ten weeks in the first year and spread out over the year in 1-week segments, but at the start of the year, it will be 2 weeks. 
    • In the second year it is up to six weeks of block classes
    • In third year, it is up to five weeks of block classes.

In the past, students have booked into the YMCA in Hamilton when doing block classes. Often, they will share a motel unit initially, however many stay with family or friends.

What do I need to supply to enter this programme?

Everything you need to supply is detailed here.

I am a registered nurse, can I apply for a transfer of credit and will the programme be shorter?

  • A person with a Bachelor of Nursing may receive a transfer of credit for no more than 5 papers. This will mean that a candidate’s first year will consist of 6 papers instead of 11. 
  • Transfers of credit are determined by a candidate’s previous study and may include a challenge exam.
  • Students who are awarded a transfer of credit should be made aware of the financial implications should they become part-time.
  • The current Bachelor of Midwifery programme is 480 credits across three years, which equates to 45 weeks each year and 35.5 hours per week.  You will not have to attend the modules for which you have been granted a transfer of credit.

How much are the fees and can StudyLink pay my fees?

Fees are detailed on the course page and StudyLink may be able to help. You will need to contact them directly to determine your eligibility for funding

* Please note these fees are subject to change each year.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs that you will need to cover while studying the Bachelor of Midwifery. Click here to find out more about additional costs.

The Course Structure

35 hours per week

45 weeks per year

24/7 on call when on some placement, others are rostered shifts

2400 Practice Hours

2400 Theory Hours (including self-directed study)

Mainly full-time as you must complete within four years of starting.

What is the entry criteria?

You will need to have a background in Maths, Science, and English at UE level. For full details, please visit our website;

1. Students under 20 years must have NCEA University Entrance, or equivalent (students who do not may be considered for entry under 3 and/or 4 below).

2. Students 20 years and older will be eligible for special admission and can pathway into the Bachelor of Midwifery via the Te Ara Pūtake My Academic Pathway as long as they attain a B (65% ) average overall and a satisfactory reference.

For students under 20 who do not have NCEA UE or equivalent, provisional entry (from NCEA Level 2) is not available; however, students may pathway into the degree as follows:

3. Students aged 16 to 18 years who do not have NCEA University Entrance, or equivalent, will be directed to the Certificate in University Preparation (Level 4) offered at the University of Waikato.  Such students should be advised to enrol in specific modules (either Bridging Science or Bridging Biology, and, where students do not have numeracy (10 credits at NCEA Level 1), Bridging Mathematics.  Students must also enrol in Introduction to critical thought and expression).

4.  Students aged 19 (and potentially, on a case-by-case basis, some 18-year olds) who will turn 20 at the start of the programme or who can demonstrate capability and/or maturity in some way, can be directed to the Te Ara Pūtake My Academic Pathway to pathway to the Bachelor of Midwifery as long as they attain a B (65%) average overall in the Certificate.