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Midwifery 18 months Pre-Registration BSc (Hons)/PG Dip/Graduate Diploma

About the course



A midwife is the lead professional at normal births. The Midwifery degree is designed for qualified adult nurses who are interested in changing careers and returning as a midwife. It is suitable for nurses who have qualified via the diploma or graduate route.

Reasons to study Midwifery 18 months Pre-Registration at De Montfort University

  • Professionally accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • 100 per cent of graduates seeking to enter employment or further study are successful within six months of graduating earning an average salary of more than £22,441.17 (DLHE)

  • State-of-the-art clinical skills suites provide hands-on practical learning
  • Study a balance of theory and practice alongside experienced staff to enhance your employability

Degree Registered Nurses

You can either follow the 18 month midwifery programme and be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma, or follow the Graduate Diploma programme.

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Key facts

Direct entry to DMU: B72P46

Duration: 18 months (78 weeks) full-time 

Intake: September (subject to commissioning)

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

There are two programme routes:

BSc (Hons) Midwifery/Graduate Diploma (Shortened) criteria

  • Dip HE in Nursing (Adult)
  • Must be “live” on the NMC register as Registered Nurse (Adult branch)
  • Have had a period of practice as a registered nurse, meeting PREP requirements
  • Practice as a nurse must have been within the last 5 years from date of start of course ideally in the acute sector
  • Academic study within the last five years
  • The work based element necessitates students be able to clearly communicate in English from the start of the programme. This is assessed at interview and/or through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The programme will apply the NMC requirements for overseas applicants. IELTS much be achieved with a minimum score of 7.0 in all components.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that they have ‘good health and character’ on entry and throughout the programme, sufficient for safe and effective practice as a midwife
  • The University and NMC require You must complete an occupational health check, declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure application form before starting the course (if you are overseas you will also need to submit a criminal records certificate from your home country), which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admissions policy. Contact us for up-to-date information.
  • Where students declare a disability, they should submit a formal assessment of their condition and specific needs from their GP, or other recognised medical authority, to the Occupational Health department. DMU and UHL policies are in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act (2005) for the selection and recruitment of students/employees with disabilities. Students will be considered individually regarding reasonable adjustment in both academic and practice environments, towards ensuring safe and effective practice sufficient for future registration.

Interview: Yes

Postgraduate diploma criteria

  • All of the above (Except Dip HE Nursing (Adult) plus
  • BSc Hons Nursing (Adult).

Non standard entry

  • Non graduate/diplomate nurses will be considered on an individual basis as long as they have achieved 120 level five credits or their equivalent and can demonstrate the ability to cope with the demands of the academic programme to which they are applying.

Transfer in

  • Students may be considered for transfer in to this programme with credit for prior learning only where they wish to transfer in from another NMC approved pre-registration midwifery programme as per the School transfer in protocol. The relevant NMC requirements for good health and good character would need to be met. The student’s prior learning would need to map against the programme and clearly demonstrate that all necessary outcomes and standards can be met on completion of the programme. (NMC2009).

Exclusion Criteria

  • Currently under suspension, or on supervised practice.

Teaching and assessment

A wide variety of teaching and learning methods are used, putting you at the centre of learning. This includes enquiry based learning which encourages thinking and application of theory to practice.

You maintain a professional portfolio throughout the course, which assists with your continuous assessment in practice. Theory is assessed by exams, assignments and presentations throughout.

You must attend all theoretical and practice-based teaching. The theoretical teaching is normally 30 hours per week but varies as the course progresses with more self-directed learning and additional reading.

Clinical practice placements are currently based on a 37.5 hour week but because of the shift patterns they may be more one week and less the next.

Course modules

  • Promotion of Caring and Compassion in Normal Midwifery Practice
  • The Midwife Meeting the Diverse Needs of Childbearing Women
  • Research Methods
  • Caseload Midwifery Model of Care
  • Leadership in Midwifery

Work experience and placements

Placements are at NHS hospitals, midwifery-led units and community areas, giving you a variety of experience with opportunities to participate in innovative aspects of midwifery practice, such as case-holding practice, from the end of the second year.

You are mentored by a qualified midwife in each placement and work the same off-duty which can include nights, weekends and on-call duties, thus gaining understanding of total midwifery care. Midwifery lecturers are all practising midwives, and participate in student assessment.

UHL Uniform and dress code policy

This course includes compulsory hospital placements; these are an essential component for the completion of the course. Whilst on placement, students must adhere to the dress code policy of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS (UHL) trust. The UHL trust has given careful consideration to religious needs and every attempt has been made to accommodate these, however, there are some areas where the need to fully comply with infection control guidance has overridden religious requirements.

Further information can be obtained by contacting UHL direct on 0300 303 1573.

Graduate careers

The course enables qualifying students to practise and be entered on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s register in the UK. Midwives can then apply to work in the EU as well as commonwealth countries such as Canada and Australia.

You may also choose to further your study on our postgraduate course, Midwifery Practice MSc|, which enhances your career prospects to work in senior roles within the NHS or higher education institutions.

Fees and funding


Fully Funded. Paid at an NHS band 5 (excluding enhanced payments)

Employed by University Hospitals Leicester for the duration of the programme




Continued investment at DMU means that you will benefit from a newly refurbished Health and Life Sciences| building with improved learning and teaching facilities.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas provide hands-on, practical learning. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.

How to apply

All applications for this programme will be advertised on DMU website. For more information and email notifications about this programme which is in-collaboration with University Hospitals Leicester please email hls@dmu.ac.uk|

Contact details

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Admissions Team
De Montfort University
Edith Murphy Building
Leicester, LE1 9BH

Online enquiry form|

T: +44 (0)116 250 6070
E: hls@dmu.ac.uk|
W: dmu.ac.uk/hls|

International Students

We welcome applications from international students, see above entry criteria. Also, please refer to the frequently asked questions| document that may help answer some questions that you have about your application as an international student. Further information can be found on our School pages, where you can find out more about the School of Nursing and Midwifery School of Nursing and Midwifery| .

If you would like to find out more about student support, how to apply, accommodation and fees, please visit our central international pages|.

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