Taught course

Midwifery (pre-registration)

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health

Entry requirements

Three years MSc: An honours degree with a first or 2:1 classification. A-level grade B (or equivalent) in Biology or Human Biology. 5 GCSEs, including Mathematics, English Language and a science subject (ie Chemistry or Biology) at grade C or above (or equivalent). All applicants must be screened for fitness to practise. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made. Post-experience 21-month master’s degree: Honours degree in nursing with a first classification. 5 GCSEs, including Mathematics and English Language. All applicants must be registered on Part 1 (adult) of the NMC register and have at least 6 months post registration experience. All applicants must be screened for fitness to practise. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made. Securing a place is subject to both a satisfactory DBS an an Occupational Health clearance. If neither clearance has been completed prior to enrolment or a DBS issue has been declared on application, then enrolment may not be possible. If enrolment has been agreed, then continuation on the programme will be contingent on satisfactory clearances.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Midwifery is a programme leading to registration for graduates with a first degree.

Midwives are the primary healthcare professionals in normal pregnancy and childbirth: they provide health and parent education, carry out antenatal and post-natal assessments, and support mothers and families through pregnancy and after the birth. They also provide care during labour and birth in a variety of settings, including home birth.

The following midwifery courses are offered:

a three-year midwifery programme for those with a bachelor's degree but no previous health care experience;
a 21-month, post-experience master's degree for adult nurses registered with the NMC who have completed a bachelor's degree.

The practice and educational content of the course is the same as the BSc course; however, assessment will be at master's level. This will enhance development of critical thinking skills which will prepare students for further postgraduate studies. In addition, Midwifery MSc students will have the opportunity to undertake primary research for their dissertation.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be a fully qualified midwife and eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Information for international students

This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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