As a midwife, you have an opportunity to make a profound difference to the lives of babies and their whānau.

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Why study Midwifery?

Join the University of Waikato as we work to address the serious shortage of midwives in Aotearoa New Zealand.  Our innovative new graduate-entry midwifery programme allows registered health professionals to transition to a rewarding new career in midwifery.

This programme has been developed in close partnership with local midwives and maternity service providers.  It provides a flexible and accessible pathway to becoming a midwife that recognises your previous skills and experiences.

The Master of Midwifery Practice degree has been designed to attract new students to the midwifery profession.  It aims to make our world-leading model of maternity care available to everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Master of Midwifery Practice

The Master of Midwifery Practice (MMidPrac) provides an accelerated pathway to becoming a midwife for students who have an existing Bachelor’s qualification and are registered health professionals.

Entry requirements:

Entry is restricted to students with a previous Bachelor’s qualification who are registered under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.

Career opportunities:

The Master of Midwifery Practice is currently being considered by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand.

If the programme is accredited, graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as a midwife in New Zealand.  They will be well-prepared to practice both in the community as Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) midwives or in hospital and birth centres as core midwives. 

All graduates who begin working as midwives in New Zealand are required to complete the Midwifery First Year of Practice (MFYP) programme administered by the New Zealand College of Midwives. 

Contact us

Student Centre

0800 924 528 (0800 WAIKATO)