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Midwifery BSc Honours

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Code
B728
Start
17 September 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Jo Killingley

Please note, this course is no longer accepting applications for 2017 entry

Midwifery is an extremely rewarding career and yet there is a shortfall of qualified professionals to meet a growing demand. Our degree offers partnerships with many of London's most prestigious NHS hospitals and leads to professional status as a registered midwife.

Why study BSc Midwifery at Middlesex University?

As a leading provider of midwifery training, our degree offers a perfect mix of theory and practice. 50% of the course is practical and carried out in our partner NHS hospitals - which include some of London's leading maternity units. Many of our graduates also start their careers with their placement host. The theoretical component prepares you for every aspect of the midwife's role, from learning the essential skills required to support families to prepare for parenthood to developing a thorough knowledge of antenatal and postnatal care. Upon graduation you will be armed with the confidence to offer counselling, guidance and care to women at all stages of pregnancy, from the initial hospital visit through to the 28th day following birth.

Course highlights

  • Over 90% of our graduates are in employment and the midwifery profession offers excellent career progression
  • Your studies are supported by brand new state-of-the-art facilities including nursing skills labs and a separate building set up to deliver a range of high-fidelity simulations in areas such as resuscitation and dealing with seriously ill patients
  • Our industry-standard equipment allows you to gain practical skills and experience in a safe learning environment
  • This course has been developed in partnership with local NHS trusts so we are able to offer placements within leading maternity wards
  • Our team of dedicated academics and support staff ensure that you receive the highest standard of clinical training
  • This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to meet the highest standard of healthcare training
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BSc Midwifery?

Through your three years study, key modules will provide the necessary theory to meet Nursing and Midwifery Council standards of proficiency for midwifery, which include anatomy and physiology/pathophysiology, cultural and psychosocial issues, and interprofessional working, legal and ethical issues.

During your time in clinical practice (on placement) you will experience the role of the midwife in a professional context. Working shifts across a 24/7 care plan, you will develop your understanding of the needs and experiences of women and babies within a clinical setting.

Upon graduation, you will be able to confidently assess, plan, implement and evaluate effective midwifery care. Your learning will be integrated with other students from our School of Health and Education and designated study days will be organised for shared learning with midwifery, medical and social work students.

You will learn the skills to function effectively in a multi-professional team across healthcare and related sectors.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Foundations of Midwifery (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to build a firm foundation of knowledge relating to normal anatomy and physiology of mother and baby. In addition, it will help you to recognise and appreciate the midwifes role, responsibilities and sphere of practice when providing care to healthy women and their babies during the antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum periods and to enable the integration of theory and practice. This module is theory and practice based as part fulfilment of the statutory midwifery requirements. The outcomes will be achieved by combining theoretical learning and reflective practice. You will work with qualified midwives practising in both hospital and community settings.

    • Foundations of Professional Practice in Midwifery (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides a foundation from which you can develop the necessary skills, knowledge, attitude and conduct required for working as an autonomous midwife. These skills will be developed further throughout the midwifery programme and into your professional career.

    • Midwifery Practice 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This practice module runs between September and March in Year 1 and in tandem with theoretical modules which run throughout the year. The aim is to enable you to link practice to theory and learning, through structured facilitated processes of written and verbal reflection and skills acquisition. The module gives you the opportunity to carry a small caseload of women whose pregnancies you will follow up throughout the year. This will give you the opportunity to experience a woman's journey through her pregnancy, labour and postnatal period.

    • Midwifery Practice 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is the second of two practice modules and runs between March and July in Year 1 and in tandem with theoretical modules which run throughout the year. The aim is to enable you to link practice to theory and learning, through structured facilitated processes of written and verbal reflection. The module give you the opportunity to continue to carry a small caseload of women whose pregnancies you will follow up throughout the year. This will give you the opportunity to experience the woman's journey through her pregnancy, labour and postnatal period.

  • Year 2

    • Approaches to Health and Social Care Research (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the process of health care research. It is a professional requirement for those working in health-related disciplines to underpin knowledge with research and evidence-based practice. Professionals need to be able to access research findings, and through an understanding of the research process and methodology, be able to critique research and apply this knowledge to practice. The aim of this module is to develop your awareness of the research process and to equip you with the skills required in the subject area appropriate to the target award and to offer some preparation for the final year project/dissertation.

    • Care of Mother and Baby with Complex Needs (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to enable you to understand that although pregnancy and childbirth are normal physiological occurrences, they may be complicated by health issues which may contribute to adverse health outcomes for mothers and/or babies and may influence the mother’s choice of how she feeds her baby. It is vital that midwives have the appropriate knowledge and skills to recognise, assess and communicate risk to the most appropriate person. Midwives also need to be able to support women throughout their pregnancy and childbirth even when there are complications or deviations from normal.

    • Midwifery Practice 3 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is the third of five practice modules and runs throughout Year 2 of the programme and in tandem with the Year 2 theoretical modules. The aim is to enable you to link practice to theory and learning, through structured and facilitated processes of written and verbal reflection. Your previous learning will have developed your knowledge and skills in normal midwifery and during this module, you will gain experience in areas outside midwifery, as you consider the wider contexts of midwifery practice. Your focus will be on developing knowledge and skills to deal with women's reproductive health issues, and concepts of ill health. This module will enable you to apply what you have learnt in practice outside midwifery, to future midwifery practice.

    • Wider Context of Midwifery (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will enable you to consider the extent to which health is influenced by a wide range of factors including public health issues, psychological and sociological issues. Through studies undertaken, you will learn how to plan care effectively for mothers, babies and families in collaboration with other professionals and agencies. You will consider strategies to enhance the promotion of health in pregnancy, labour and the puerperium.

  • Year 3

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to synthesise learning from the programme providing an opportunity for you to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry based approach, and the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. You will select a topic of personal interest you wish to study further and manage your own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.

    • Midwifery Practice 4 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This is the fourth practice module which runs in tandem with theoretical modules, spanning the first six months of the final year of the midwifery programme. The aim is to enable you to link practice to theory and learning through structured and facilitated processes of written and verbal reflection. Your previous learning will have developed your knowledge and skills of normal midwifery, the wider context of midwifery practice, women's reproductive health, and concepts of health and illness. During this module, you will consolidate these skills in normal midwifery and in dealing with obstetric emergencies and complicated pregnancies. You will also begin to take on more responsibilities in your practice areas as you prepare to become practising midwives.

    • Midwifery Practice 5 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This is the final practice module which runs in tandem with theoretical modules, spanning the final six months of the final year of the midwifery programme. The aim is to enable you to link practice to theory and learning through structured and facilitated processes of written and verbal reflection. Your previous learning will have developed your knowledge and skills of normal midwifery, the wider context of midwifery practice, women's reproductive health, and concepts of health and illness. During this module, you will consolidate these skills in normal midwifery, and in dealing with obstetric emergencies and complicated pregnancies. You will also begin to take on more responsibilities in your practice areas, as you prepare to become practising midwives.

    • Towards Autonomous Midwifery Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to ensure that as you move towards the role of autonomous midwife practitioners, you are competent to deal with a variety of normal and/or challenging situations in midwifery practice. During this module, you will be encouraged to scrutinise and reflect upon your own practice and critically examine the impact of external influences on the midwifery profession as you consolidate your management ability within the midwifery practice areas.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply

From September 2017, new students in England studying pre-registration nursing and midwifery courses will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs. This replaces the NHS bursaries and tuition funding by Health Education England.

For more information on funding arrangements for studying nursing and midwifery pre-registration courses and what it means for you, visit The Funding Clinic website.


  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BSc Midwifery support your career?

Career opportunities for midwives go beyond hospitals, with antenatal, labour and postnatal wards and neonatal units in the private sector and NHS. They include work in the community, local clinics, children's centres and GP surgeries.

Midwifery is a well-paid field with excellent career progression which can be enhanced with elements of research, teaching, practice development and management - including management at board level within an NHS trust.

Professional accreditation

This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and leads to status as a registered midwife. This means the course is professionally recognised for being of the highest quality, focused on developing the knowledge and skills that employers require.

Industry links

We are committed to our strong relationships with partner NHS Trusts, with whom our programme has been developed. All of our staff have had successful careers as midwives and many of them are still actively involved in practice, not just in the UK but also in developing midwifery overseas.

Jo Killingley
Course Leader

Jo's nursing experience as a qualified RGN involved gastrointestinal surgery at the Royal Free Hospital until she decided to pursue a career in Midwifery. Jo’s key educational interest is to encourage student midwives to promote methodical evidence based culture in their everyday care.

  • Sarah Jevons

    Midwifery BSc graduate

    I feel very fortunate to have worked with clients, students and midwives from such a wide variety of geographical, social, cultural and spiritual backgrounds. I've learnt such a lot from that. Middlesex has connections all over the world and I was very lucky to be selected with some of my fellow students to go to China on a two-week trip to a maternity unit in Changzhou to observe maternity care there. It was an amazing experience!

    Midwives are very busy with so many demands on their time but as a student I felt I could support women that bit more and be their advocate. The women and families valued that continuity of care. I really hope that as a qualified midwife I will still be able to make the time for that.

    I've met some wonderful people and I know we will stay in touch, wherever we end up working. It has been an overwhelming; physically, emotionally and intellectually challenging three years. And I've loved it. Once I have some experience I would definitely like to do some work abroad, short or long term with the Red CrossMédecins Sans Frontières or VSO for example. And in a few years, when I find the time and the energy, I would like to tackle a masters.

    Discover more student experiences through our students' own Steller Story.

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