At a glance

  • Register as a practising midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council upon successful course completion
  • Experience continuity of care, from pregnancy to postpartum, through our student case-holding system
  • Benefit from expert teaching and interprofessional learning with medical and other healthcare students

Undergraduate courses


What is Midwifery?

What is midwifery?

Midwifery is a profession that requires students to develop the academic abilities, clincial skills and personal qualities to take responsibility for the overall care of women in pregnancy and childbirth in a variety of settings. Midwives can work in the community, in hospitals, or both. 

Their role goes much further than delivering babies; they are involved in antenatal and postnatal care, in counselling, in offering support and education, and in helping mothers and their partners to prepare for parenting.

Professional regulation

On successful completion of our programmes you will be eligible to register as a practicing midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


How will I study?

Our programme adopts a modular structure within a spiral curriculum, and teaching staff employ a variety of learning methods including clipped learning, seminars, interprofessional education, project work, debates and simulation. You'll be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and to be active in the learning process.

The majority of theoretical and taught content will be delivered in Nottingham. We use a home and away model to allocate you to clinical placements. Your year one clinical placement will be classed as your home, year two clinical placement will be in a different NHS Trust area, which will be the away placement. You will return to your original home placement area for year three.

Your year one clinical practice placement area (home) needs to be allocated before you commence the programme, and we’ll offer you the opportunity to indicate a preference for your placement*.

The preferences available are:

  • Nottingham University Hospitals (includes both City Hospital and Queen’s Medical Centre)
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals (Boston)
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals (Lincoln)
  • Royal Derby Hospital (Derby)
  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital (Chesterfield)
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals (Mansfield)

When you are allocated to a practice placement area away from where you live or away from University residences, the University will provide additional accommodation for you in the vicinity of the practice placement area. Please be aware that students may be required to fund this additional accommodation.

In addition to clinical placements you will undertake case-holding throughout all years of the course. You’ll follow two or three women per year throughout their pregnancy journey. This is highly valued by our students and the women they care for.

*Please note that while we offer this opportunity, due to the volume of students on the course and the number of commissioned places for each clinical trust site, we cannot guarantee that all preferred choices will be granted.


Assessment is viewed as an integral part of the teaching and learning process. Students are involved in self-assessment of their progress through reflection. A range of assessment methods is used including case studies, seminar presentations, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), unseen written exams, debates and assignments.

Visit our school website for more details on how you will study.


Our midwifery graduates achieve high levels of success in obtaining posts following graduation and qualification as a midwife. Most newly-qualified midwives initially work in hospital midwifery practice, as NHS Band 5 midwives. Following this, midwives have a wide range of career opportunities that include hospital and community midwifery practice; specialist roles; clinical academic careers; work in management, public health, research and education.

A newly qualified NHS midwife will start at Band 5, on a starting salary of £22,128*. 

In 2016, 99.4% of undergraduates from the School of Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,523 with the highest being £38,000**.

* Correct as of 1 April 2017.

** Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for work, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.


Study abroad

All undergraduate students have the opportunity to spend between two and four weeks undertaking an international clinical elective placement. Previous students have undertaken placements in Australia, Barbados, Cape Verde, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and USA.

Students in the School of Health Sciences also have the opportunity to apply to study abroad with one of our prestigious Erasmus+ partner universities. Students spend two months on clinical placements with our European partners. 


Application and interview

Please note: around 30% of total applicants are shortlisted*. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a selection day event which will comprise of a number of multiple mini interviews. These days will include interviews by service users, midwife teachers, clinical midwives and student midwives. Please note your conduct on the day will also be taken into consideration when making offers. Applicants are expected to demonstrate potential for academic progression, commitment to a career in midwifery and an understanding of the role of the midwife. Applications from mature students are welcomed; you will be expected to show evidence of personal motivation and recent academic study (within three years prior to the year of application).

For more information on the application process including the University’s flexible admissions policy, alternative qualifications, key dates and deadlines please see our applying page

*Feedback will not be provided for unsuccessful applicants at this stage.


Open days

University-wide open days are held in June and September – for details, please see the University Open Days website.  
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