Midwifery at University of Manchester - UCAS

Course summary

This course has been updated for students starting in September 2022 to align with the revised Nursing and Midwifery Councils (2019) Standards for pre-registration midwifery programmes and Standards of Proficiency for Midwives. The course is an undergraduate, pre-registration programme over three years for those taking the bachelor's in Midwifery route and over four years for those who choose to take the master's in Midwifery route. Successful completion of either route will lead to registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You will split your time on the course equally between theory study and clinical learning in practice learning environments. The theory component will be delivered in a blend of face-to-face and online teaching, including face-to-face lectures, tutorials and seminars, clinical teaching in our skills laboratories, online lectures and seminars, guided independent and self-directed study. All teaching is provided by academic staff who are qualified midwives or other professionals with qualifications related to health. Learning in clinical practice will take place under the supervision of qualified midwives and other health professionals within local NHS maternity services. To enhance your experience, you will move to a new NHS Trust site at the start of your second year. Your knowledge, attitude and skills will be assessed using a variety of methods, including written academic assignments, written examinations, viva voce examinations, clinical skills examinations in the skills laboratories and assessment of performance in clinical practice using the national, NMC validated Midwifery Ongoing Record of Achievement. You will be supported by your academic advisor to decide to extend your studies by 10 months and take the integrated master's in midwifery, which depends on your performance during Years 1 and 2. Tuition fees apply to the fourth year, and student finance is available. The integrated master's will support your further development in leadership, clinical practice, critical thinking, education and research through examination of new insights related to and at the forefront of midwifery practice. Successful completion of the integrated master's in midwifery will give you a step-up as you prepare for your career progression. What do midwives do? Midwives are the main providers of care for the majority of childbearing women, people and their families throughout pregnancy, labour and the first few weeks after the birth. Midwives assess their wellbeing and needs, provide information on a wide range of issues, work with them to plan and provide their care, promote the health of the family, teach skills for labour and parenthood and support them and their partners throughout the childbearing process. Midwives work with and refer to a range of other professionals to provide high-quality care to birthing women and people. Our midwifery course will develop you into a highly employable, compassionate midwife. You will follow a person-centred approach to midwifery care based on our curriculum that has been underpinned by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards of Proficiency for Midwives. Our course also includes themes such as applying bioscience knowledge to practice, tackling health inequalities through continuity of midwifery care and public health and evidence-based practice through research skills. Your study time will be divided equally between academic and practice-based learning , enabling you to apply theory to clinical care. You will learn from some of the country's leading midwifery lecturers, health researchers and clinicians, as well as experts from across the University. Upon graduation, you will be able to register with the NMC and practice midwifery anywhere in the UK, as well as in many other parts of the world.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this course. Applicants studying a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care must complete the Foundation Degree (levels 4 and 5) with an overall distinction grade. Your Foundation Degree studies must have included sufficient study of human biology. We consider your full educational background. A decision about your suitability for this course will not be taken based solely on the foundation year completed, and will include all prior qualifications.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

If your application is successful, you will be required to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Health checks

All offers will be dependent on the outcome of an occupational health review to determine that you are fit to start the course and do not pose a health risk to colleagues or clients. Midwifery requires physical stamina and emotional resilience, and you should consider these demands before you apply. There are a limited number of medical conditions (eg being a chronic carrier of Hepatitis B) that may affect your ability to register as a midwife with the NMC and your freedom to practice in certain clinical situations on health and safety grounds. The occupational health team will carry out screening tests and supply immunisations. It is also necessary to be tested for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), before you start your studies.


Interviews are part of the selection process.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)77.0, with no component less than 7.0.

All applicants to the University (from the UK and overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency. The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either: - GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade C/4 or; - IELTS 7.0, with no component less than 7.0.or; - An acceptable equivalent qualification. Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification. The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'. Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level.

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Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please see our website for the International Fees for each course.
Midwifery at University of Manchester - UCAS