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Midwifery with Professional Registration (Shortened Programme for Registered Adult Nurses) BSc Honours

Our fast-track 85-week degree will build on your existing nursing skills, giving you the training you need to become a qualified midwife.
Monday 13 September 2021
Shortened programme
£9,250 (UK) *
Course leader
Jilly Pride

Become a qualified midwife with us

A shortage of qualified midwives means now's the perfect time to switch to this rewarding healthcare field. This course has been especially designed for registered adult nurses and has been developed in partnership with local NHS trusts. Studying midwifery at university will give you an equal mix of theory and practice, preparing you for a new career in just 85 weeks.

You'll spend half your time with us learning theory to meet Nursing and Midwifery Council standards of proficiency. This will cover anatomy, physiology/pathophysiology, cultural and psychosocial issues, interprofessional working, legal and ethical issues.

The other half will focus on clinical practice. You’ll be required to work shifts, experiencing 24-hour, seven-day care to develop your understanding of the needs and experiences of women and babies. You’ll have your own patients and get support from a mentor. To promote efficiency and continuity, you’ll follow a reduced caseload.

How you’ll practice your skills

Clinical practice will be a vital part of your studies. Your placement will take place at one of our partner hospitals: Whittington Hospital, North Middlesex Hospital, Royal Free London NHS Foundation. Many of our students get their first job after graduation in the same location as their placement.

Your studies will be supported by our brand new facilities, including midwifery skills labs. Additionally, there’s a separate building where you’ll practise with a range of high-quality simulations such as resuscitation as well as dealing with women who require complex care.

Our course is approved by the NMC and you’ll be placed on the professional midwifery register once you graduate. Your career opportunities after the completion of this course can go beyond hospitals. Your skills will be highly sought after by local clinics, GP surgeries, children’s centres, and private practices.

Get the support you need

We ensure every student has adequate support throughout their time with us. That’s why you’ll get matched with a Personal Tutor as well as a Student Learning Assistant and a Graduate Academic Assistant. They’ll have experience in your subject area and will be able to help whenever you need.


Our degree is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

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What will you study on the BSc Midwifery with Professional Registration (Shortened Programme for Registered Adult Nurses)?

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 also have the skills to function effectively in a multi-professional team across healthcare and related sectors.


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 modules below 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.

  • Core modules

    • Fundamentals of Midwifery (30 credits) - Compulsory


    • Evidence-Based Midwifery Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will enable students to determine what constitutes best evidence and apply this to a variety of practice situations. They will develop their skills of critical analysis, using these to construct and sustain logical and cohesive arguments. They will consider issues in midwifery practice and examine and analyse the evidence on which practice is based.

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

      This module recognises deviations from normal in pregnancy, labour and the puerperium including physical/psychosocial issues and effects on environment affecting the mother and the fetus/neonate, including relevant anatomy and pathophysiology. They will apply and critically reflect on appropriate theories to promote health through education activities.

    • Towards Autonomous Midwifery Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of the module is analyse the role of autonomous midwife practitioners and that they are competent to deal with a variety of normal and challenging situations in midwifery practice. Students will be encouraged to reflect upon their own practice and examine the impact of external influences on the midwifery profession as they consolidate their management ability within the midwifery practice areas.

    • Practice Modules (30 credits each) - Compulsory

      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) - Compulsory

      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.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

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.

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How can the BSc Midwifery with Professional Registration (Shortened Programme for Registered Adult Nurses) 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, 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.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and leads to eligibility to receive the 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.

Jilly Pride
Course Leader

Jilly joined Middlesex in 2009, after previously working as an inpatient manager at University College Hospital. She is a Supervisor of Midwives at Royal Free Hospital and her qualifications include DPAS in Midwifery, BSc Applied Social Science and MSc in Midwifery.

  • 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.

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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