Taught course


University of the West of Scotland · School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

Candidates must possess an appropriate first degree (life sciences; social sciences; life sciences; sports sciences; nursing/health studies/ healthcare; education). Qualifications to demonstrate English, numeracy and science are required for Midwifery in accordance with NMC. All applicants must satisfy NMC entry requirements as per NMC Standards for pre-registration midwifery education. Entry is also dependent on the following successful screening: health screening; Protection of Vulnerable Groups; and personal interview. Preference is given to those with qualifications at first examination sitting. Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent. Further desirable skills pre-application: communication/interpersonal skills; ability to work as part of a team; IT literate; research literate; driving license; previous work experience in a caring/health environment

Months of entry


Course content

The only midwifery course of its type in Scotland underpinned by masters level education (midwifery 2020, 2010), enabling you to become a highly educated midwife with the potential for management, leadership,consultancy, educational and research roles.

About the programme Within the next decade, there will be new challenges and opportunities for midwives to develop their roles as practitioners, partners and leaders in delivering and shaping future maternity services (Midwifery 2020, 2010). This programme will give you the education and skills to embrace this challenge.

Practical experience The programme comprises 50% practice and 50% theory. Practice

placements are available throughout NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde; NHS Ayrshire and Arran; NHS Lanarkshire; NHS Highland and NHS Dumfries and Galloway. There is at least one placement outwith the acute maternity sector.

Your learning

Year 1 Focuses on normality in the childbirth process, receiving specialist education in relation to life and social sciences, adaptation to pregnancy, and basic caring practical midwifery skills. You are introduced to midwifery practice during the pre-conceptual, prenatal, intranatal and postnatal periods; key public health issues; and professional, ethical and legal issues.

Year 2 Focuses on the assessment, management, support and carefor women with complex medical, obstetric and/or social ill-health and/ or needs during pregnancy, labour and/ or the postnatal period. Issues are examined around women’s emotional and mental health including eating disorders, suicide, and reaction to bereavement.

Year 3 Further enhances your knowledge and understanding to advanced scholarship level within leadership and management frameworks. This enables you to challenge existing practice, develop new ideas, and work creatively and innovatively to advance practice. You will also undertake a dissertation project.

Our Careers Adviser says You will be equipped to consider postdoctoral studies, project management and leadership, postgraduate teaching and learning, and specialist consultant clinical midwifery roles.

Professional recognition The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Graduates are eligible for registration as a registered midwife with the NMC.

Information for international students

For more information please visit - www.uws.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

For more information please visit - www.uws.ac.uk/fundingadvice

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Lyz Howie
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)