Bachelor of Health Science (Midwifery)

Develop the skills to provide excellent midwifery care with AUT's Bachelor of Health Science (Midwifery) degree.

AUT’s midwifery degree prepares you for a successful and rewarding career as a midwife, either as a hospital midwife or a lead maternity carer (a self-employed case loading midwife). Study midwifery at AUT's South Campus in Manukau or via distance learning in Northland and Taranaki (through a live online platform and local classes).

Practical experience is a key part of the midwifery programme. You spend more than half of your time in clinical practice, developing the skills to become a confident and competent midwife. Throughout your studies you complete 2,400 practice hours, an experience that reflects the real world of midwifery.

Start date: 2019

Start date: 2020

Minimum entry requirements

  • University Entrance or equivalent
  • 18 credits at level 3 in either Biology or Chemistry, and 16 credits in one subject from Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, Art History, Media Studies, Social Studies, Te Reo Māori, Te Reo Rangatira, Business Studies, Economics, Physical Education
  • Must be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) requirements and Vulnerable Children’s Act (VCA Act) including police clearance
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license

Applicants with English as a second or other language who have not completed at least three years of secondary schooling in NZ will be required to meet IELTS requirements.

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 7.0 overall with 6.5 or higher in Reading and Writing, and 7.0 in Listening and Speaking

*The New Zealand Midwifery Council has additional IELTS requirements for registration

English language requirements

There are three semesters per year. This 480-point curriculum will normally be offered full-time over three years (including Summer School).

Year 1

Papers this year cover the scientific underpinnings of midwifery and normal childbirth.

Complete the following papers

Year 2

You further your understanding of the art, science and practice of midwifery and pharmacology. Papers also explore complications of childbirth, the newborn with special needs, women’s health and factors that impact on midwifery. These skills prepare you for professional practice.

Complete the following papers

Year 3

You spend 80 percent of your time in practice placements with lead maternity carer midwives (self-employed case loading midwives) in the community and in primary and secondary maternity hospitals.

Complete the following papers

Workplace experience

Throughout your studies you complete 2,400 practice hours, an experience that reflects the real world of midwifery.

Te Ara Hauora Māori papers

If you're interested in a career with a Māori development perspective select the following papers as electives or as an alternative course of study

We will help you form relationships with Māori health providers, industry stakeholders and communities, and AUT Māori staff and students.

Job opportunities for midwives are good, especially in the Auckland region.

Midwives work in the areas of pregnancy and childbirth, including the first six weeks after childbirth. They are employed
in public hospital services, or set up in practice as a self-employed midwife in the community. Throughout your studies you complete 2,400 practice hours, an experience that reflects the real world of midwifery.

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Midwifery Careers

Quick facts
Programme code:
AK1035
Level:
7
Points:
480
Duration:
4 years full-time
Campus:
South Campus
Distance *
Starts:

25 Feb 2019

24 Feb 2020

Fees:
Domestic
$6,580 - $6,759
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee range based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. Exact fees will depend on papers selected and may exceed this range.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • Check if you're eligible for fees-free study
International
$36,370
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. The exact fees will depend on papers selected and may vary from the figure stated.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019 the fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

Scholarships at AUT

* Taranaki and Northland only

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.