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Midwifery Pre-Registration Midwifery BSc (Hons)

A unique role in healthcare often described as ‘privileged’, being a midwife carries a lot of responsibility, is demanding but also brings a lot of satisfaction. During the course you will learn to communicate and work with women from all reaches of society, striving to promote their health at all times while recognising your important role to women at each stage of maternity. 


The government is changing the way in which students beginning nursing, midwifery and speech and language therapy courses are funded.

For all students attending university from September 2017 onwards NHS bursaries will no longer be available. Instead, you will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs. Please be aware courses commencing in the March 2016/17 academic period will still be eligible for the 2016 funding package unless stated otherwise.

Despite these changes the process for getting on to your chosen course, the standards of teaching and the reasons you have for choosing a career in the health sector all remain the same.

For current details, please visit and the Council of Deans of Health website. Or for more information about the financial support available at DMU, visit our fees and funding webpage.

Reasons to study Midwifery Pre-Registration Midwifery at DMU:

  • 98 per cent graduate employability
    with our students from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences in work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015/16)

  • Positive student feedback 
    with 95 per cent of Midwifery students satisified with the teaching and learning opportunities on the course (National Student Survey 2017)

  • Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    with eligibility to register with the NMC upon graduation enabling extensive career opportunities in the UK and worldwide (subject to country-specific criteria) 

  • Awarded the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) accreditation
    acknowledges DMU's high standard of breastfeeding training, equipping you with the skills needed to support new mothers
  • More than 50 years’ teaching experience

    in delivering high quality professional education to our diverse studentship

  • Established reputation for innovative and sector-leading midwifery education; 
    winning an award for providing the first course in deaf awareness and basic sign language

  • Benefit from two intakes 
    per academic year, allowing you to begin your course in September or March 

  • Opportunities for dedicated clinical placements in local hospitals
    and in the community and birth centres, with the support of a dedicated academic tutor

  • £12million investment 
    in our Faculty’s facilities which include dedicated teaching spaces and purpose-built Midwifery practice suites which replicate real-life settings

  • Benefit from the consistently outstanding teaching and learning on offer
    which recently earnt DMU a gold ranking in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Rated in the top 10 most popular universities in the UK by UCAS
    find out more #ichoseDMU

Midwives are the lead professional for all healthy women with straightforward pregnancies. For women with complex pregnancies they work as the key coordinator of care within the multidisciplinary team, liaising closely with obstetricians, general practitioners, health visitors/public health practitioners and maternity support workers/maternity care assistants.

Midwives have an increasingly greater public health role aiming to meet the challenges of reducing inequalities and improving maternal and family health midwifery education, whilst rooted in normality prepares midwives to care for all women including those with complex medical, obstetric and social needs. It prepares and develops midwives to be skilled and safe, empathic and trustworthy, developing skills of autonomy and accountability within multidisciplinary and multi-agency teams

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Centre for the Promotion of Excellence in Palliative Care (CPEP)


  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B720

Duration: Three years full-time (45 week year). You are expected to attend all timetabled sessions. When on placement you will be required to work a full time NHS shift pattern of 37.5 hours, to include weekends, bank holidays and night shifts.

Location: De Montfort University, Leicester UK Clinical placements throughout Leicestershire / Lincolnshire.

Fees and funding: For 2018/19 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.



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Key facts for international students

Not available to international students


Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above including: English, Maths and Science. At least two GCSEs at grade B or above are required 

Plus one of the following:

A Level

  • A minimum of 120 points from a maximum of three A levels, including at least one of the following subjects at grade B or above: Health and Social Care, Biology, Sports Science, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Sociology (General Studies is not accepted)


  • BTEC National Diploma - BTEC in Health and Social Care or Applied Science at Distinction/Distinction/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - BTEC in Health and Social Care or Applied Science at Distinction/Distinction/Merit

International Baccalaureate

  • 28+ including at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology at higher level

Access course

  • AHE (Nursing and Midwifery)
  • AHE (Science)
  • AHE (Health Professions)

Pass in the QAA Science or Health Professions or Nursing and Midwifery Access to HE, with at least 24 level 3 credits in Human Biology (or General Science; Chemistry; Physics) of which 18 must be at distinction. Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including: English, Maths and Science are required as separate qualifications. At least two GCSEs at grade B or above are required.

DBS required: You must complete an occupational health check, declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service application form before starting the course (if you are overseas you will also need to submit a criminal record certificate from your home country), which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU's admission policy. 


Interview required: Yes. Interviews will take place at De Montfort University; these will include numeracy and literacy tests. Professional conduct during the event will also contribute to the decision making regarding an applicant’s application.

The recruitment process for this course includes assessing applicants by the content of their personal statement and interview for the core values of the NHS constitution.

Work experience: Yes, minimum of 6 months.

Evidence of study in the last five years is required.

Please note that we do not accept childcare qualifications for midwifery.

Personal statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • If relevant for the course - work and life experience
  • Evidence of relevant reading
  • Commitment for academic study and the demands of the programme
  • Capacity to take responsibility and participate in teamwork

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 7 in all components when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

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UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2018 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise



First Year

  • Caring and Compassion: Introduction to Midwifery and Professional Practice
  • Communication and Contextual issues for Childbearing
  • Biological and Scientific Underpinnings of Midwifery Care

Second Year

  • Evidence-Based Holistic Midwifery
  • Complexity in Childbearing
  • Critical Skills for Midwifery Practice

Third Year

  • Dissertation
  • Continuity and Midwifery Practice
  • Midwife as Leader

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 an electronic professional portfolio throughout the course, which assists with your continuous assessment in practice. Theory is assessed by exams, assignments, case studies 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 allocated they may be more one week and less the next. 

Teaching contact hours

Contact hours in a typical week can vary.

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 4 hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week

Medium group teaching: approx. 4 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: approx. 20 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: approx. 10 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), this course has been recognised for its high standard of teaching quality, and upon successful completion of the course you can register as a midwife with the NMC. 

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences 


Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

Midwifery Placement


Placements take place 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 different 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.

An elective period is included in your second year, and this is an opportunity to witness maternity care in a different social, cultural and organisational environment as a representative of De Montfort University.

The elective is scheduled at a specific point in your programme and it cannot be undertaken at another time. Electives abroad may be supported by our ground-breaking #DMUglobal imitative. It is expected that learning in these alternative settings will enable you to think comparatively about the health care learning and experiences you encounter across your programme

Midwifery Graduate

Graduate Careers

The course enables you to practice 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 (subject to country-specific criterion).



International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.

Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.


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