Master of Midwifery

Otago Polytechnic

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Entry requirements

Selection will be made on the basis of the following criteria:
* registered midwife, and
* Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery with B grade average, or equivalent.

Master of Midwifery (by portfolio, 180 credits)
Consideration for direct entry into the 180 credit thesis pathway will require presentation of a portfolio which demonstrates academic and personal skills appropriate for enrolment in a 180 credit Master's programme.

These may include:
* Eligibility for cross crediting of postgraduate level courses completed elsewhere
* Portfolio of publications
* Completion of 60 credits of postgraduate study or its equivalent
* Presentation of a comprehensive and well-structured research proposal
* Completed research projects or ongoing involvement in collaborative research projects which demonstrate understanding and facility with research processes
* Midwifery experience which could include an extensive practice history including project work undertaken during self, or institutional employment.

Admission Procedure
Applicants will make an application using the Otago Polytechnic online application process. Those seeking admission via a portfolio application will need to provide their CV and portfolio with the application form.

The Postgraduate Programme Leader or Head of School will assess the portfolio against the portfolio criteria of the courses or programmes for which the ākonga has applied. Assessment of some aspects of portfolio applications may be through interview.

All documents in support of an application for recognition of prior learning cross credit or portfolio must be verified by a JP or an institutional e-Qual verification service.

International student language requirements
The same entry criteria apply to international ākonga. New Zealand registered kahu pōkai | midwives for whom English is a second language are admitted using the Midwifery Council of New Zealand requirements i.e. to have an IELTS score of 7.0 or Occupational English Test (OET) minimum pass mark of A or B in each section. International midwifery ākonga who are not registered in New Zealand will require an IELTS score of 7.5, with no less than 7.0 in any band, or an OET score of A or B in each section.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

To produce graduates who will demonstrate mastery of theoretical and sophisticated subject matter through a body of scholarly applied work in the form of a thesis or other negotiated research output, which will form the basis of scholarly journal articles and national and international conference presentations. The work will respond to societal needs, address practice from multiple perspectives positioned within a wider framework of academic and applied research. This qualification prepares learners for doctoral level study.

What graduates earn

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Contact details

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