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BMidwif Midwifery / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course description

Jennifer Pountain - BMidwif Midwifery

"What I have learnt since starting the course is the value of peer support. My fellow colleagues, midwives and lecturers are so very supportive.

"I love being a student midwife and I am very proud of my achievements so far."

Jennifer Pountain / Midwifery (BMidwif), Year 2
This course is being updated for students starting in September 2022 to align with the revised Nursing & Midwifery Councils (2019) Standards for pre-registration midwifery programmes and standards of proficiencies for midwives. Any updates to course design and content will be displayed on our website and communicated directly with applicants and offer holders once they are confirmed.

What do midwives do?

Midwives are the main providers of care for the majority of childbearing women and their families throughout pregnancy, labour and the first few weeks after the birth. Midwives assess the wellbeing and needs of the mother and her family, provide information on a wide range of issues, work with women to plan and provide their care, promote the health of the family, teach skills for labour and parenthood and support women and their partners throughout the childbearing process. Midwives work with a range of other professionals and refer women to others as needed.

Our Midwifery (BMidwif) course will develop you into a highly employable, first-class midwife.

You will follow a woman-centred approach to midwifery care thanks to a curriculum that has been highly commended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Our course also includes themes such as applying bioscience knowledge to practice, tackling health inequalities and evidence-based practice.

Your study time will be divided equally between academic and  practice-based learning , enabling you to apply theory to work. You will learn from some of the country's leading midwifery lecturers, 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.


We aim to help you develop the clinical, communication and thinking skills needed to provide high-quality midwifery care for women and families from a range of diverse backgrounds, as well as to coordinate services from the wider health, social care and voluntary sectors.

By the end of this course, you will have developed into a competent and compassionate midwife with a unique set of skills in woman-centred care, clinical decision-making, leadership, research, and public health.

Special features

Split weeks

Spending most weeks studying two days engaged in theory-learning activities such as lectures, seminars, group work and reading, and three days in the practice learning environment helps you to apply theory to practice, enjoy a varied schedule, and have regular access to tutor support and university facilities.

Excellent support

Support from a wide range of sources, including your academic advisor, link lecturers, placement supervisor, practice supervisor, practice assessor, our Peer Assisted Study Scheme and University-wide services.

Inter-professional learning

Enjoy specific learning experiences alongside students studying for other healthcare profession qualifications, such as pharmacists and mental health nurses.


Learning through simulation-based experiences including clinical decision making and home birth scenarios.

Continuity of care

The opportunity to provide continuity of midwifery care for a small number of women, building confidence in your skills as they develop.

Midwifery electives

Choose from specialist options for your Year 3 elective to explore future midwifery careers, including research, education and global midwifery practice (subject to Covid-19 regulations).

Examination of the Newborn qualification

The theory part of this additional qualification is included in your degree, helping your future career development.

This is also part of the Standards of proficiency for midwives.


Manchester is ranked the best for nursing and midwifery research in the UK, so our undergraduates benefit from studying in a rich learning environment.

Additional course information

You will be allocated to work in practice learning environments in two different NHS maternity services to develop your midwifery skills, working regularly with midwives who have been trained to supervise, support and assess students.

More information can be found on the midwifery practice learning environment page. You can also read a blog post by one of our Midwifery students, Jennifer Pountain, about what it's like to go on placement.

Teaching and learning

Each year comprises 45 weeks of study (37.5 hours per week) and seven weeks' holiday. Your time is equally divided each year between academic and practice-based learning. Some weeks are theory-based and others placement-based, but most will include two days of theory-based learning and three in practice.


You will be taught predominantly by experienced midwifery lecturers who work closely with our clinical practice sites through direct clinical work or as link lecturers or midwifery researchers.

Where appropriate, we draw on the expertise of a range of clinical specialists and lecturers from across the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at Manchester.


You will engage in a range of different activities designed to make learning enjoyable, challenging and effective, such as lectures, small group seminars, directed reading and case studies. The course will provide high quality learning whether this is face-to-face or online.

Simulated learning activities and sessions in the skills laboratories are part of the curriculum and are very popular. Find out more about midwifery teaching and learning at Manchester .

Dedicated student support

As the course combines academic study with working in a physically and emotionally demanding environment, we ensure that you benefit from caring and robust support systems to create a quality learning experience and to ensure your enjoyment of the course.At the beginning of the course you will be assigned an academic advisor who will provide you with regular academic and professional guidance and pastoral support. You will get to know them really well over your three years at Manchester.

Your academic assessor will support the assessment of your progress in the practice learning environment. 

The Peer Assisted Study Scheme (PASS) Groups run by our Year 3 students are very helpful for supporting students throughout the first and second years of the course.

The University also provides many additional student support services .

Coursework and assessment

Unit assessments vary and include written and multiple-choice exams, essays, case studies, online work, vivas, a skills lab-based exam and a dissertation.

Most units also include the assessment of relevant skills in practice, which are carried out by the midwifery mentors within the practice learning environment.

All assessments must be passed in order to meet the professional requirements of the NMC. Course regulations govern the decision to offer a second or subsequent attempt at any failed assessment.

Course content for year 1

The year begins with eight-nine weeks of university-based learning activities to prepare you for your first experiences in the practice learning environment.

Semester 1 focuses on developing basic clinical skills, enhancing your academic skills, learning about biosciences in relation to childbearing and understanding women's needs during pregnancy and birth.

Semester 2 focuses on providing care following birth and supporting women with breast feeding. You will also examine some of the social factors contributing to health inequalities among childbearing women.

A research unit will help you understand how evidence is used to determine best practice and to equip you with the skills to begin to use such evidence for yourself.

Practice-based learning in Year 1 focuses on the development of essential midwifery skills in a range of settings usually including community, antenatal clinic, delivery suite and postnatal care.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Building Academic and Professional Capability NURS13101 0 Mandatory
Life sciences for Midwives NURS13111 20 Mandatory
Midwifery Care -pregnancy and birth NURS13120 40 Mandatory
Tackling Health Inequalities NURS13132 20 Mandatory
Midwifery Care - following birth and infant feeding NURS13142 30 Mandatory
Midwifery Knowledge & Research NURS13152 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

You will focus on providing midwifery care for women with more complex needs, including a focus on the safe management of medications.

The leadership unit will enable you to understand the need for sound leadership within healthcare settings, with a clear focus on midwifery practice.

You will also begin your case-holding experience, providing continuity of care for a small number of women through pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Midwifery care for complex needs (pregnancy) NURS21210 30 Mandatory
Midwifery care for complex needs (birth) NURS21220 20 Mandatory
Medicines Management for Midwives NURS21240 10 Mandatory
Midwifery Care for Complex Needs (Postnatal and Neonatal Period) NURS21262 20 Mandatory
Establishing a Case Load NURS21272 20 Mandatory
Evidence-Based Midwifery Practice NURS21291 10 Mandatory
Contemporary Leadership in Healthcare NURS21292 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 3

The final year will develop your confidence and competence ready for qualified practice.

Your studies will also enhance your skills for managing midwifery emergencies, help you develop strategies to tackle wider health issues, and challenge you with contemporary midwifery issues.

You will complete a dissertation under the supervision of a midwifery lecturer. In addition, you will complete the theory that is part of the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination award (you will need to complete the clinical requirements of this qualification once you are in employment).

You will also be able to choose from elective opportunities to explore career options in research, international practice, education, or practice development (subject to Covid-19 regulations).

A wide range of practice learning environments will be available in your third year.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation NURS31310 40 Mandatory
Parenting for early years (including optimal infant feeding) NURS31320 20 Mandatory
Managing a case load NURS31321 10 Mandatory
Contemporary midwife practitioner - incorporating NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination theory NURS31340 30 Mandatory
Midwifery emergencies NURS31350 20 Mandatory

What our students say

Completing the midwifery programme here in Manchester has been a really enjoyable experience. It's been very challenging, but also inspiring and life-changing!

Ailsa Gaskill-Jones, recent graduate

Find out more about what it's like to study at Manchester on the  Biology, Medicine and Health Student Blog .


You will practice a wide range of key skills in our simulation facilities to support your learning in the practice learning environment. These sessions will usually relate to infection control processes, assessing blood pressure, basic life support and antenatal abdominal examination of the pregnant woman.

Further sessions in the skills labs are included throughout the course; for example, during the Midwifery Emergencies course unit, sessions in the lab will help you develop and refine your ability to respond quickly and effectively to emergency situations that you may be faced with in clinical practice.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the  Disability Advisory and Support Office .

If you have a disability or long-term health condition that might affect your ability to meet the demands of the course, we recommend that you contact the Disability Support Office and the Occupational Health Service for advice and support as part of your application process.