Taught course


University of Bedfordshire · Department of Midwifery and Child Health

Entry requirements

This degree is for registered nurses (adult) wishing to become a midwife. It is a practice-based course, preparing you fully to care for women/birthing people through pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period, conducting at least 40 supervised deliveries by the time you graduate as a professional midwife.

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

As a qualified midwife, you are the main contact for an expectant mother so you need to be able to recognise and respond to all her needs - physical, psychological, cultural and socio-economic – while supporting her family. On this course, taken over 21 months, you spend half your time in University and half on placement, supported by a community midwife. The degree prepares you for professional practice through roleplay, simulation and scenario-based learning as well as lectures, seminars and groupwork. You also undertake allocated clinical shifts with a midwife mentor. Theory and practice are woven together so you apply the knowledge you learn in the classroom to the clinical skills you are developing.

Key features
  • Successful completion of the course leads to the award of both an Honours degree and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, allowing you to practise as a professional midwife
  • Benefit from a course that attracts full fee-paying bursaries from the Local Education Training Board and guarantees you placement experience as part of your degree
  • Learn the complete role of the midwife as the expert in normal pregnancy and birth as well as caring for women experiencing complications
Career opportunities
Graduates can go on to work as a qualified and registered midwife within the NHS, or as an independent midwife, or progress to management, research or teaching. Many of our graduates go on to complete a Supervisors of Midwives course with the support of their employer.
Areas of study may include:
  • Being an accountable, professional midwife
  • Enhancing midwifery practice through public health
  • Human development: preconception to birth
  • Participating in midwifery care
  • Understanding universal care for women, newborn infants and their families
  • Additional and first line management of midwifery care

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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