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.
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.
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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This module aims to aid you to integrate anatomy and physiology and related theory with practice, building on your existing nursing knowledge and skills. You will be encouraged to relate this knowledge to the midwife’s role, skills and responsibility when providing care to healthy women and their families during pregnancy, labour and puerperium. Throughout the module the emphasis will be on normal anatomy and physiology, drawing on your previous knowledge as qualified nurses and assisting you in your transition from nurse to midwife.
This module aims to build a firm foundation of knowledge relating to normal midwifery for the mother. In addition it will help you to recognise and appreciate the midwife’s role, responsibilities and sphere of practice when providing care to healthy women during the antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum periods and to enable the integration of theory with practice. During this module, you will build on their communication and research skills. The module will also draw on your previous experiences as nurses to facilitate the transition from nurse to midwife. The MORA (Midwifery Ongoing Record of Achievement) book will be incorporated for this module.
This module is designed to enable you to undertake the examination of the neonate from birth to 6-8 weeks of age. The theoretical and practical knowledge gained during the module will enable theory to be applied to practice with regards to physiology and recognition of deviation from normality in order to support parents in the partnership of care of their new born baby. This will enable the provision of a framework of practice and will empower you in an enhanced and autonomous role as lead professional within the care of the newborn.
The aim of the module is to understand complex care in midwifery and deviations from normality whilst working with the multiagency team. You will be supported to develop an understanding of recognising complexities and effectively managing the mother and her baby to produce good birth outcomes. You will learn to participate and manage emergencies when caring for mothers and fetus/newborn during childbirth process. There will be a focus on midwifery proficiencies in the administration and calculation of medicines.
This module is designed to enable you to undertake the examination of the neonate from birth to 6-8 weeks of age. The theoretical and practical knowledge gained during the module will allow early identification of abnormalities and/or potential problems in order that the baby, parents and professionals can be informed and prepared for the required care. This will enable the provision of a framework of practice and will empower you in an enhanced and autonomous role as lead professional within the care of the newborn.
The aim of the module is to ensure that you move towards the role of autonomous midwife practitioner and that 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 scrutinize and reflect upon your own practice and critically examine the impact of external influences on the midwifery profession as you consolidate their management skills within the midwifery practice areas. You will also be able to promote normality, and act as an advocate for women and support their choices. There will be a focus on change management and Innovation to improve on existing practices and offer evidence based midwifery care.
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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.
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.
Midwifery BSc graduate
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.
Start: September 2023
Duration: 3 years full-time
Start: January 2023
Duration: 18 months (over 3 terms)
Start: September 2023
Duration: Usually 3 years full-time