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.
Why study BSc Midwifery (Short) at Middlesex?
“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
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.
- We have outstanding employment results - 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
- 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
What will you 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; 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.
What will you gain?
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:
- Fundamentals of Midwifery
- Evidence Based Midwifery Practice
- Care of Mother and Baby with Complex Needs
- Towards Autonomous Midwifery Practice
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.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.
Teaching and learning
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.
Nationality and status
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.
How to apply
UK and EU students
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.
Application and interview process
- Applications should be made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
- Our admission team will then consider your application, and we will contact you within four weeks to inform you whether you have been shortlisted.
- If your application is successfully shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a maths and English test at the University’s Hendon campus. These tests are compulsory even if you meet our maths and English GCSE application requirements.
- If you pass these tests, you will be invited to attend an interview.
- If you are successful at interview, you will then be offered a place on the course subject to academic, health and DBS requirements.
What are the career options with a degree in Midwifery?
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.
What about work placements?
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.
- The programme comprises 50% theory and 50% practice.
- Practice takes place with hospitals in north London with whom we have excellent relationships – Whittington, Chase Farm, North Middlesex and Royal Free hospitals.
- During clinical practice weeks, students are required to work shifts to experience 24 hour, seven-day care to develop understanding of the needs and experiences of women and babies throughout a 24-hour period. They are assessed in the practice area and have the support of a designated mentor. To promote the development of proficiency and promote continuity, students follow a small caseload.
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.
What about 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.
Why industry links can support academic success:
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.
What support is available?
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.
What our students say
“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.”