This midwifery degree takes place in our partner NHS hospitals, including London’s leading maternity units. Because the course has been developed in partnership with local NHS trusts, we’re able to offer you placements on different maternity wards. Your time studying will be equally dedicated to theory and practice.
All our teaching staff have professional career experience as midwives while many are actively involved in practice in the UK and overseas. You’ll study key modules including anatomy, physiology/pathophysiology, cultural and psychosocial issues, plus many more, to meet Nursing and Midwifery Council standards for proficiency for midwifery.
You’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities throughout your studies. These include a midwifery skills lab, housed in a separate building, where a range of high-fidelity simulations are set up in areas like resuscitation and dealing with complex care needs.
Once you graduate, you’ll have a lot of career opportunities available. Your skills will be in high demand in settings like the labour and antenatal wards, private practices, as well as within communities, local clinics, and GP surgeries.
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 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 mentor.
Your degree will be made up of 50% practice, and many of our graduates get their first job in their placement locations. Practice hospitals include Whittington Hospital, North Middlesex Hospital, and Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.
This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to meet the highest standard of healthcare training. You’ll gain the status of a registered midwife when you graduate.
We know sometimes you’ll need assistance and support when it comes to your studies. During your time with us, you'll get assistance from a Personal Tutor. If you require a little extra help, we have Student Learning Assistants and Graduate Academic Assistants on hand.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
We maintain strong partnership relationships with NHS organisations so that you’ll have access to excellent placement opportunities as a midwifery student. We have approximately 220 pre-registration midwifery students out on placement at any one time.
Our main placement providers for Midwifery are:
We also work with a number of other London NHS Trusts in supporting a range of pre-registration pathways for Nursing and Midwifery students. For Midwifery this includes:
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.
Midwifery BSc graduate