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Midwifery (Professional Practice) (Top-up) BSc Honours

For practising midwives who want to study for an undergraduate degree, we've developed this 18-month top-up course with London's leading hospitals so you graduate and maximise your career potential
January 2024
18 months (over 3 terms)
£63 per taught credit (UK)*
Course leader
Emilie Edwards

This course enables you to top up your qualification to degree level and maximise your career opportunities as you practise midwifery.

Why choose Midwifery (Professional Practice) Top-up BSc at Middlesex?

Join us on this top-up course and learn from expert academics currently working in the NHS. You'll study at some of the most advanced nursing and midwifery facilities in the UK. And, if you're a registered midwife with an existing CertHE or DipHE qualification, this course will significantly boost your career options.

What you will gain

This midwifery top-up course for midwives has been created to help develop your existing skills and expand your career options.

After you finish the course, you'll be able to take on specialist and leadership roles or move on to further postgraduate studies. Previous graduates have gone on to work in roles such as research midwives and clinical managers.

We have 145 years of experience delivering professional, creative and technical education that prepares our students for success in global careers.

3 great reasons to pick this course

  • Ranked 2nd in London
    For Nursing and Midwifery by the Guardian University Rankings, 2022
  • New state-of-the-art facilities
    Study in our West Stand facilities. These include our simulation labs with our Lucina VR equipment, the first one in a UK university to simulate an entire birth
  • Student satisfaction
    89% of students were positive about the quality of learning resources and facilities on their course (National Student Survey 2023)

What you will learn

This course is offered once a year and the next start date is January 2025.

If you're a qualified midwife seeking to boost your skills, this professional practice course is for you. The projects you'll work on are practice-based, so they'll be highly relevant to your current job.

You'll have the chance to explore clinical and professional practice methods in order to deepen your understanding of the field. You'll also have the chance to reflect on your current workplace and find ways to improve it.

Taking a top up midwifery degree will expand your career opportunities in order to take on specialist and leadership roles. As part of your learning, you will be able to:

  • Access our brand-new £23 million re-development project of the West Stand, our training and research centre which offers top facilities
  • Use some of the most advanced equipment in the UK, including simulation suites
  • Have dedicated support throughout your studies from a personal tutor
  • Study two 30-credit modules which will boost your knowledge and skills and add to your degree.

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This course offers qualified practising midwives the opportunity to study modules which will enable them to gain an honours degree. You will study two 30-credit modules as part of your degree: a professionally relevant work-based/practice-based enquiry module and a work based/practice-based project module with a focus on personal and/or organisational professional practice development and change.

As well as developing your critical thinking and decision making, you will also gain the ability to reflect and analyse your own performance. You will have research analysis and evaluating skills and will focus on the facilitation of learning and communication to a range of audiences including students, peers and clients.


  • Modules

    • Work Based Project (30 credits)

      This module will support you to undertake a real work-based project that is designed to develop or inform areas of your own or your colleague’s professional practice with service users/children, in a healthcare, social care or educational setting. You will plan, carry out and evaluate a project and critically discuss the learning gained, as well as the outcomes of the project for your area of practice. The focus of the project is negotiated and can be related to individual or team practice development and/or wider organisational development aims.

    • Practitioner Inquiry (30 credits)

      This module is designed to develop practitioner inquiry skills and understanding of inquiry methodologies in order to design a work-based project that has the potential to improve your own and others’ practice for service users. It will explore approaches to practitioner inquiry appropriate for your area of work/ practice and enable reflection upon your position as a practitioner researcher and the potential ethical implications that could arise during the project.

To find out more about this highly regarded course, please download the Midwifery (Professional Practice) (Top-up) BSc Honours course specification (PDF).

We review our courses regularly to improve your experience and graduate prospects so modules may be subject to change.

How we'll teach you

As you will be a professional practitioner with significant prior learning, you will be taught via an adult learning approach. The modules use a variety of approaches that will encourage you to be responsible for your own learning and progress. It is recognised that individuals learn in different ways therefore a range of teaching and learning strategies are used. Scenario work and pre and post-sessional work are also important components of the modules that you will be required to engage in.

Assessment aims to encourage reflection and autonomous but supported learning. You will receive ongoing support from the programme leader, who will also act as project supervisor.

New nursing and midwifery tech and facilities

We have recently launched our outstanding new clinical health facilities in the West Stand at StoneX Stadium.

Our high-tech simulation suites link the theories of the classroom with the practice of treating patients in a hospital environment with:

  • The latest simulators for you to practice realistic emergency care situations and hospital scenarios
  • Life-like mannequins that can simulate symptoms, diseases and conditions you’ll encounter as a working nurse
  • Video recorders so you can receive evidence-based feedback from students and teachers watching you practice.

Student support

We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health, and disability support.

Additional needs

We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability Advice and Support service.


Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.

How can the BSc Midwifery (Professional Practice) Top-up support your career?

This course will enhance your opportunities for career progression or further study, allowing you to pursue careers within healthcare education or research.

Although you will be in current employment, successful completion of the course may rapidly expand your career opportunities into specialist and leadership roles, and allow you the opportunity to undertake postgraduate studies. Career opportunities may include senior clinical positions, research midwife, or clinical manager.

  1. UK entry
  2. International
  3. How to apply

These fees are for the 2024/25 academic year unless otherwise stated:

UK students1

Part-time students: £63 per taught credit

The following study tools are included in your fees:

  • Free access to the resources, learning materials and software you need to suacceed on your course
  • Free laptop loans for up to 24 hours
  • Free printing for academic paperwork
  • Free online training with LinkedIn Learning.

Fees disclaimers

1. UK fees: The university reserves the right to increase undergraduate tuition fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions. The tuition fees for part-time UK study are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

2. International fees: Tuition fees are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

Any annual increase in tuition fees as provided for above will be notified to students at the earliest opportunity in advance of the academic year to which any applicable inflationary rise may apply.

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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