Blended delivery for BACHELOR OF MIDWIFERY


What is blended delivery?

Blended delivery means that you learn through a combination of practical experience, online learning and traditional classroom teaching. The Bachelor of Midwifery is delivered this way in all of our satellite areas, including Dunedin. It consists of:

Weekly ākonga
(face-to-face tutorials
in small groups)

Online learning
& online tutorials
with lecturers

Midwifery practice experiences* 
(such as hospital
shifts and community-
based midwifery experience)

Intensive seminar 
blocks** held on
campus in Dunedin
and the Kāpiti Coast




 *Practice experience starts early in Year One where you will follow up to 5 whanau through their childbirth experiences. You will also complete 21 shifts in a maternity facility/ies across the year. The shifts will be a mixture of day, afternoon, and night shifts. Shifts may be in the antenatal and post-natal ward/s and/or birthing units depending on the hospital.

Second year students/tauira follow a community based caseloading midwife for two weeks, then follow six women in the midwife’s caseload They also complete 24 shifts in antenatal and post-natal wards and birthing units. Additional shifts may be undertaken in NICU, SCBU, Family Planning, breastfeeding support, and other women and child health areas. Placements will depend on the availability of services in each area.

Third year students/tauira complete 33 weeks of placements with midwives in both community and hospital environments.  At least one and possibly more of these placements will be away from student/tauira home areas.  

In addition there are 5 one-week Intensive course blocks each year in Year One and Year Two and 3 one-week Intensive courser blocks in Year Three. These are held at Whitireia Porirua campus in the North Island, or on the OP Dunedin campus in the South Island.


** 5 one-week seminar blocks each year in Year One and Year Two and 3 one-week seminar blocks in Year Three


Where can I study?

Choose one of our six satellite areas around New Zealand. Each area has a designated Midwifery lecturer (kaiako) who provides support and runs the face-to-face ākonga. 

South Island



Central Otago

North Island


Palmerston North

Greater Wellington

Please note: In some years not all satellite areas will be available. Please enquire.