Master of Midwifery

Choose this intensive programme if you want to pursue independent research and scholarship. This internationally-recognised programme has a strong focus on research and theory. You can also build on your Postgraduate Diploma with another year to achieve the degree. 

About the programme

Already practising as a registered midwife but want to develop advanced skills through independent research and scholarship?

This internationally-recognised programme has a strong research focus and builds on the knowledge and skills gained during the Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery through the provision of more demanding and intensive study. 

During this programme, you will benefit from the support and advice from experienced lecturers and make use of our extensive networks to increase your career prospects. You'll need to attend two Thesis Schools each year; these are online so you can attend from wherever you are studying. The Thesis Schools are an opportunity for you to present your progress to lecturers and your peers in the programme, to seek feedback and contribute to the discussions about the work of others, a fertile ground for great ideas!

Studying part-time 

We know part-time study isn't always possible so we offer a part-time study option for this programme - talk to us about what will suit you best!

Thesis or dissertation

There are two options for completing this programme. 

You can complete a 120 credit midwifery thesis or in some instances a 60 credit midwifery dissertation.

The thesis option enables you to complete a piece of original research based on higher order skills of analysis and critical evaluation.

Both pathways also require the completion of two compulsory prerequisite courses: Knowledge and Theory in Midwifery, and Research Methods in Midwifery.

Further study options

Opportunities for further research and enrolment in PhD programmes are available elsewhere in New Zealand and overseas.

Midwifery organisations 

The New Zealand College of Midwives (NZCOM) is the professional organisation, and recognised 'voice', for midwives and student midwives in New Zealand, and represents over 2800 members: NZ College of Midwives

Nga Maia o Aotearoa me to Wai Pounamu  (Nga Maia) is the national organisation representing Maori birthing. The kaupapa of Nga Maia focuses on Mama, Pepi and Whanau and promoting Matauranga Maori in pregnancy and childbirth: Nga Maia

International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) supports, represents and works to strengthen professional associations of midwives on a global basis. At present ICM have over 90 member associations in more than 70 countries. The ICM works with midwives and midwifery associations globally to secure women's right and access to midwifery care before, during and after childbirth: International Confederation of Midwives

The Midwifery Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) is the regulatory body for New Zealand midwives. It is responsible for the protection of the health and safety of women and babies during the childbirth process by providing mechanisms to ensure that midwives are competent and fit to practise midwifery: Midwifery Council NZ

A change for 2023 enrolments


When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.