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Midwifery BSc Honours

Gain registered midwife status with our course and help address the growing shortfall of qualified professionals in the field.
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Code
B728
Start
September 2022
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK) *
£14,700 (EU/INT) *
Course leader
Jo Killingley

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To apply, call 0208 411 6565 or WhatsApp us.

This course is no longer accepting applications for September 2022 entry. The next start date will be 2023.

We’re leading providers of midwifery training

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 during 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.

How you’ll practice your skills

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 accredited 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.

Get the support you need

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.

Course highlights

  • The Midwifery degree (BSc Honours) at Middlesex in London is a three year qualification that leads to professional status as a registered midwife.
  • Dedicated support throughout your studies where you’ll have a Personal Tutor.
  • This course is based in our modern facilities at StoneX Stadium, a centre of excellence for the London Sport Institute and Health Faculty in the London Borough of Barnet. You’ll have access to the brand new £23 million re-development project of the West Stand, offering state-of-the-art facilities as a top educational and high-performance centre for teaching and research excellence. With some of the most advanced equipment in the UK, you will be able to utilise the new specialist spaces, stimulation suites, specialist labs and much more that can aid you with your learning.

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What will you study on the BSc Midwifery?

Through your three years 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 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.

You will learn the skills to function effectively in a multi-professional team across healthcare and related sectors.

Modules

  • 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.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

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.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback

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:

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply

New students in England studying pre-registration nursing and midwifery courses will have access to the NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF). This includes a £5000 bursary for all new students from September 2020 entry.

For more information on funding arrangements for studying nursing and midwifery pre-registration courses and what it means for you, visit The NHS Business Services Authority website or check out their FAQ.


  1. UK
  2. EU/International
  3. Additional costs

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.

Professional accreditation

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.

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.

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.

  • 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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