“Middlesex has connections all over the world and I was lucky to be selected to go to China to visit a maternity unit in Changzhou.” Sarah Jevons, Midwifery student
Midwifery is an extremely rewarding career and yet there is a shortfall of qualified professionals to meet a growing demand. Our degree is designed for qualified adult nurses wanting to train as midwifes within a supportive and professional learning environment.
As a leading provider of midwifery training, our 18 month course 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 start their careers with their placement host. The theoretical component prepares you for every aspect of the midwife's role; you will learn the essential skills required to support families to prepare for parenthood and develop 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.
Please note that we are no longer accepting new applications for this course for September 2014 entry.
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; interprofessional working, legal and ethical issues.
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.
There are four 30 credit theory modules:
These modules aim to ensure that you move towards the role of autonomous midwife practitioners, competent to deal with a variety of normal and/ or challenging situations in midwifery practice. You will learn the midwives' roles, responsibilities and spheres of practice when providing care to healthy women and their babies during pregnancy, labour and postnatally, and integrate theory with practice building on existing knowledge and skills. The emphasis will be on maintaining normality.
Midwives are the key professionals providing maternity care for mothers and babies. It is vital that midwives have the appropriate knowledge and skills to recognise, assess and communicate risk and be proficient and confident in supporting women, babies and their families in all aspects of childbirth. You will explore wider perspectives in midwifery including ethics in healthcare, the public health role of the midwife and develop management skills.
The other modules are shown below.
Practice Modules (30 credits each)
There are three practice modules which run in tandem with theoretical modules. These enable you to link practice to theory and learning, through structured and facilitated processes of written and verbal reflection. They draw on your previous experiences as nurses to facilitate the transition from nurse to midwife.
Dissertation (30 credits) This synthesises academic learning providing an opportunity to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry based approach, the employment and application of research skills. You select a topic of personal interest for further study and manage your own learning, with the support of a supervisor.
The course is split equally between theory and practice, with clinical experience and practical simulations forming an important part of your learning - the emphasis is on observing what to do, doing it yourself and then improving through feedback. You will have your own patients and will be supported by a mentor. You will also gain some experience in other areas of healthcare.
You will also attend lectures, seminars, workshops and group and individual tutorials, and learn through problem-solving and role-play exercises, visits, critical reviews of research studies, case study analyses, group work and online research. You will keep a reflective diary of your progress.
You will be assessed through clinical examinations, written examinations, a viva voce exam, laboratory simulations and coursework including your dissertation, your portfolio, projects, reports, drug calculations, presentations and online learning. You will also be assessed on your clinical placements.
The BSc Midwifery (Short) degree is an 18 month course tailored towards qualified adult nurses who are on the NMC Professional Register and who have 80 credit points at diploma level, and 12 months experience working as a nurse.
For nursing and midwifery courses you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK, throughout the 3 years preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course for purposes other than full-time education AND have settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971. There must be no restrictions on your length of stay in the UK. You must be ordinarily resident in England, Scotland, Wales or Northen Ireland. EU students are usually eligible to study nursing but may not receive full financial support.
To begin the course you must also complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check, Occupational Health Check, and provide suitable references. GCSE Maths and English at grade C (or equivalent) will be required.
Applications for UK and EU students should be made to UCAS – the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. The institution code for Middlesex is M80, and the code name is MIDDX. You also need the code for the course you wish to apply for – this is found in the 'at a glance' box above.
Please note that international students are not eligible to apply for this course.
Career opportunities for midwives go beyond hospitals with antenatal, labour and postnatal wards and neonatal units in the private sector and NHS, these include work in the community, local clinics, children's centres and GP surgeries.
Midwifery is a well-paid field with excellent career progression. Your can also diversify your career adding elements of research, teaching, practice development and management - including management at board level within an NHS trust.
Placements are an integral part of the course. Many of our students go on to get their first job after graduation in their placement locations.
Work experience in the form of placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and students who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.
Our Specialist Placement Department and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious placement opportunities.
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.
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.
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business. Find out more here.
"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 Cross, Médecins 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."