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Midwifery BSc Honours

When you become a midwife with our highly respected Midwifery BSc, you'll learn how to provide exceptional patient care through pregnancy, childbirth and the early years
September 2024
3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK)*
£16,000 (INT)*
Course leader
Jo Killingley

This course has been developed in partnership with local NHS trusts, and so we’re able to offer you placements on different maternity wards. Your time studying will be equally dedicated to both theory and practice.

Why choose the Midwifery BSc at Middlesex?

Our brilliant Middlesex team have current first-hand experience of the exhilaration and challenges of being a midwife, both in the UK and internationally.

Your role will be pivotal at the very start of someone's life. So we offer much more than just an education. We'll help you build the much-needed resilience, skills and tools to thrive in this wonderful, unique environment.

You'll work alongside many NHS heroes as part of your placement at one of London’s leading maternity units. And you'll gain practical experience with simulation tools at our new West Stand facility, our state-of-the-art training centre which is well known as one of the best in the country.

What you will gain

There is currently a real shortage of midwives. Studying on our highly ranked course gives you the opportunity to become a highly valued part of the solution.

To meet the highest standard of healthcare training, our course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, which means that you'll become a registered midwife with great career opportunities.

Your skills will be in high demand in NHS labour and antenatal wards, as well as within communities, local clinics, and GP surgeries.

Upon graduation, you will be able to confidently assess, plan, implement and evaluate effective midwifery care. You will also have the skills to function effectively in a multi-professional team across healthcare and related sectors.

Over 90% of our graduates are in employment. Why don't you join them?


This course is accredited 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.

3 great reasons to pick this course

  • Ranked 2nd in London
    For Nursing and Midwifery by the Guardian University Rankings, 2022
  • New state-of-the-art facilities
    Study in our West Stand facilities. These include our simulation labs with our Lucina VR equipment, the first one in a UK university to simulate an entire birth
  • Student satisfaction
    89% of students were positive about the quality of learning resources and facilities on their course (National Student Survey 2023).

What you will learn

All our teaching staff have professional career experience as midwives while many are actively involved in practice in the UK and overseas.

They'll be teaching you based on the required theory and their crucial been-there experience. Key modules include anatomy, physiology/pathophysiology, and cultural and psychosocial issues.

Our Midwifery BSc has been developed in partnership with local NHS hospitals, which means that up to 50% of teaching takes place in London's leading maternity wards.

Our degree will ensure you get extensive practice while you study. Clinical practice weeks will require you to work shifts and experience the 24-hour, seven-day care cycle to develop your understanding of women’s and babies’ needs throughout a 24-hour period.

Your caseload will be purposefully small so you’re able to practice proficiency and continuity while being supported by a practice supervisor.

On our highly respected midwifery degree in London, you will:

  • Spend half your time doing practical work at your placement hospital. Our partner hospitals include Whittington Hospital, North Middlesex Hospital, and Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Whipps Cross, Northwick Park and BHR
  • Use state-of-the-art facilities at our new West Stand facility, a centre of excellence for the London Sport Institute and Health Faculty in the London Borough of Barnet
  • Have access to a midwifery skills lab, which features a range of high-fidelity simulations set up for you to practice skills such as resuscitation and dealing with complex care needs
  • Link the theories of the classroom with the practice of treating patients in a hospital environment in our high-tech nursing and midwifery simulation suites.

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Here is a brief overview of what you will study over three years:

Year 1

You will be focusing on building a foundation of knowledge around the normal aspects of pregnancy, birth and postnatal care.

Year 2

You will be focussing on developing knowledge around complexities in pregnancy, birth and postnatal care.

Year 3

This year focusses on consolidating the care given in pregnancy, birth and postnatal care.

Through your three years of 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 midwife's role 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.

Your learning will be integrated with other students from our Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education to share your learning with other midwifery, nursing and social work students.

These are the areas you will study:

  • Mandatory training, clinical skills and safety training
  • Enquiry-based learning, seminars and group presentations
  • Academic writing support
  • Professional values and ethical education
  • Communication and reflection skills training
  • Planning and education towards assessments related to each module such as the EMORA (Electronic Midwifery Ongoing Record of Achievement), numeracy and academic writing, skills and clinical safety.


  • Year 1 - Compulsory

    • Introduction to being and becoming a midwife (30 credits)

      You will be able to demonstrate the ability to work autonomously in the child health field of practice caring for all people across the lifespan with a range of physical, mental, cognitive and behavioural challenges. You will display advanced clinical skills and have the ability to integrate leadership in all aspects of care management. You will utilise a critical and reflective approach in delivering high standards of professional conduct in line with the NMC Code as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

    • Introduction to fetal and neonatal care (30 credits)

      This module aims to introduce you to undertaking the examination of the newborn infant from birth to 6-8 weeks of age. The module will provide the foundations of knowledge and practical skills to empower you in being able to undertake the initial examination and daily examination of newborn infants under direct supervision.

    • Foundations of midwifery care in labour and birth (30 credits)

      The aim of this module is for you to gain a foundation of knowledge and skills that enable them to care for women, under supervision, during normal labour and birth. The focus of this module is on the physiological birth process and the associated midwifery care. A grounding in the related anatomy and physiology is included. An emphasis on how physiology can be supported and promoted forms an integral part of this module.

    • Foundations of antenatal and postnatal care (30 credits)

      This module aims to provide you with a broad insight into maternal changes during pregnancy and the postnatal period. It will help you develop an understanding of a woman’s support structures as well as their needs during pregnancy and the postnatal period thus informing your supervised provision of midwifery care in a variety of settings.

  • Year 2 - Compulsory

    • Developing being and becoming a midwife (30 credits)

      This module aims to develop the your practical skills and practice-based knowledge, including care planning and decision-making. It will enable you to expand your study skills to include searching literature and critiquing research to provide evidence-based practice. Furthermore, you will explore the wider contexts of health and implications for maternity care within a multidisciplinary team.

    • Developing knowledge of fetal and neonatal care in complex situations (30 credits)

      This module aims to build on Foundations of Children and Young People's Nursing Knowledge and will develop the theoretical and practical knowledge to allow you to continue to validate normality. You will begin to recognise and identify abnormalities and/or potential problems to inform the parents and professionals and prepare for the required care.

    • Developing care in labour and birth for women in complex situations (30 credits)

      This module aims to develop the your knowledge and skills in caring for women, under supervision, in labour with complex needs. The emphasis of this module is on deviations from the normal birth process. This module will enable you to build on their existing knowledge around the normal birth process and apply it to women experiencing complexity in labour. An introduction to pharmacology will also be incorporated.

    • Developing antenatal and postnatal care in complex situations (30 credits)

      This module aims to develop your expertise in the provision of multifactorial midwifery care in a variety of settings. It will enable you to analyse, plan and evaluate care provided for the mother during pregnancy and the postnatal period where there are complex needs.

  • Year 3 - Compulsory

    • Being and becoming a midwife (30 credits)

      This module aims to embed the knowledge and skills of previous years and to apply them to more complex situations, including any legal and ethical considerations. This will enable you to become safe, accountable and autonomous practitioners, performing advanced skills with minimal supervision. The module will enable you to recognise your own role in ensuring effective team working, the contribution you make to the quality and safety of maternity care and the importance of continuing professional development.

    • Consolidating fetal and neonatal care (30 credits)

      This module aims to enable future practitioners to undertake the examination of the newborn infant from birth to 6-8 weeks of age. The theoretical and practical knowledge builds on previous modules and enables the student to confirm normality, identify abnormalities and/or potential problems in order that the parents, and other professionals can be informed and prepared for the required care. This will enable the provision of a framework of practice and will empower the student to practice in an autonomous role as lead professional within the care of the newborn.

    • Consolidating midwifery care during labour and birth (30 credits)

      This module aims to develop and consolidate your expertise in providing midwifery care for women experiencing complex situations during labour and birth. A focus on equipping students with the necessary knowledge and skills to deal with obstetric emergencies is integral to this module. Existing pharmacology skills and knowledge will be built upon. Preparation for independent practice is included.

    • Consolidating antenatal and postnatal care (30 credits)

      This module aims to develop your expertise in maternity care and its provision as you prepare for an independent role. In addition, it will explore some of the politics around motherhood, feeding and maternity care both nationally and internationally.

To find out more about this highly ranked course, please download the full Midwifery BSc Honours specification (PDF).

We review our courses regularly to improve your experience and graduate prospects so modules may be subject to change.

  1. Teaching and independent learning
  2. Coursework and assessment

New nursing and midwifery tech and facilities

We have recently launched our outstanding new clinical health facilities in the West Stand at StoneX Stadium.

Our high-tech simulation suites link the theories of the classroom with the practice of treating patients in a hospital environment with:

  • The latest simulators for you to practice realistic emergency care situations and hospital scenarios
  • Life-like mannequins that can simulate symptoms, diseases and conditions you’ll encounter as a working nurse
  • Video recorders so you can receive evidence-based feedback from students and teachers watching you practice.

The high-tech nursing and midwifery simulation suites allow you to link the theories of the classroom with the practice of treating patients in a hospital environment.

Student support

We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health, and disability support.

Additional needs

We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability Advice and Support service.


Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.

Work while you study

Our Middlesex Unitemps branch will help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above.

Financial Support

You can apply for scholarships and bursaries and our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.

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.

Our excellent placement opportunities at leading hospitals ensures that many of our students get their first job after graduation at their placement location.


Our Careers and Employability Service, MDXworks will launch you into the world of work from the beginning of your course, with placements, projects and networking opportunities through our 1000+ links with industry and big-name employers in London and globally.

Global network

You’ll study with students from 122 countries who’ll hopefully become part of your global network. And after you graduate, we'll still support you through our alumni network to help you progress in your chosen career.

Work placements

We have strong partnerships with local NHS hospitals and you will have excellent placement opportunities.

We have about 220 pre-registration midwifery students out on placement at any one time. Many of our students go on to get their first job after graduation at their placement locations.

The course is 50% theory and 50% practice. You will need to obtain 4600 hours (theory and placement) over three years to qualify as a midwife.

Our placement partners include:

  • Barking Havering and Redbridge University Hospital (Queens Hospital Romford site only)
  • Barts Health (Whipps Cross site)
  • North Middlesex University Hospital
  • Northwick Park Hospital
  • Whittington NHS Trust
  • Queens BHR
  • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (Barnet, Chase Farm, Edgware)
  • Whipps Cross University Trust

During clinical practice weeks, you will be required to work shifts to experience a 24-hour/seven-day care to develop an understanding of the needs and experiences of women and babies throughout a 24-hour period. You will be assessed in the practice area and be supported by practice supervisors and practice assessors. To promote the development of proficiency and promote continuity, you will follow a small caseload.

Placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and those who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.

  1. UK entry
  2. International entry
  3. How to apply

These fees are for 2024/25:

UK students1

Full-time: £9,250

International students2

Full-time students: £16,000

Additional Costs

The following study tools are included in your fees:

  • Free access to the resources, learning materials and software you need to succeed on your course
  • Free laptop loans for up to 24 hours
  • Free printing for academic paperwork
  • Free online training with LinkedIn Learning.

Scholarships and bursaries

To help make uni affordable, we do everything we can to support you including our:

  • MDX Excellence Scholarship offers grants of up to £2,000 per year for UK students
  • Regional or International Merit Awards which reward International students with up to £2,000 towards course fees
  • Our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

Find out more about undergraduate funding and all of our scholarships and bursaries.

Fees disclaimers

1. UK fees: The university reserves the right to increase undergraduate tuition fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions. The tuition fees for part-time UK study are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

2. International fees: Tuition fees are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

Any annual increase in tuition fees as provided for above will be notified to students at the earliest opportunity in advance of the academic year to which any applicable inflationary rise may apply.

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.

  • Nadia Khenchelaoui

    Midwifery BSc graduate

    I am beyond grateful to have qualified in such a diverse University. I have learned such a vast amount throughout my 3 years of studying at Middlesex. Between caring for a women antenatally to caring for a neonate after birth. The satisfaction of providing compassionate care is such an amazing feeling to experience. Being a midwifery student is really something special. As a student on placement I felt very appreciated as I was an extra person in the room to support the women in such vulnerable times, and that never goes unnoticed. Providing care and supporting women and their families throughout their journey is beyond rewarding. I also really enjoyed the theory side of things. You learn so much and in times can be overwhelming but with dedication and the fantastic support that the lecturers provide, nothing is impossible!

    Now that I am qualified, I have decided to return home to Ireland. I would like to undergo further studies to enable me to branch out into the safeguarding field as it is an area that I am and have always been very passionate about. I also hope to bring new ideas back to the trust where I will be working.

  • 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.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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