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.
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.
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.
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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 aims to begin the process of the development of skills required to become an autonomous and life-long learner. It provides a foundation from which the students 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 in their professional career.
This practice module runs between September and March in year 1 of the programme and runs in tandem with theoretical modules which run throughout the year. You'll be enabled to link practice to theory and learning, through structured facilitated processes of written and verbal reflection and skills acquisition. You'll have the opportunity to carry a small caseload of women whose pregnancies you will follow up throughout the year, giving you the chance to experience the 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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