Hospital Placement Locations:
Colchester Hospital Ipswich Hospital James Paget Hospital Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital West Suffolk Hospital The Rosie Maternity Hospital
Three years full-time
January intake only.
The next available intake for this course is January 2024.
2023-24 entry; 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC), Merit (T Level).
Please see Entry Requirements section below.
- Midwifery students will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year
- Brand new Health and Wellbeing building with dedicated midwifery facilities
- Benefit from varied teaching methods including small groups, scenario based and interactive learning
- Enhance your experience and employability with an elective placement opportunity
- You'll have the opportunity to join a student-led Midwifery Society
- We have excellent standards of student supervision in the clinical environment
- Upon completion, you can register as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), providing opportunities to work within the UK, European Community and further afield
Welcome to BSc (Hons) Midwifery here at University of Suffolk. The team are proud that our programme is a popular choice for those wishing to undertake midwifery studies in the eastern region. The course offers an integrated approach to learning, providing a balance of both theoretical education and practical experience.
Student support from the experienced teaching and practice supervision teams is highly valued by students in their course survey feedback. As a team we are proud of employment statistics that identify all students as having gained employment within six months of the course completion.
The School of Health and Sports Sciences is committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values into everything we do; they define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students, underpinning the work we do in the theoretical and in the practice settings. View the full NHS England Constitution and Values on the Gov.UK website.
Further useful information on NHS Constitution Values can be found on the Health Education East of England YouTube Channel.
The course runs over 45 weeks per year and each academic year is divided into two semesters. Within each semester students will attend blocks of theory 2-6 weeks and blocks of practice 4-13 weeks. The first year concentrates on essential midwifery skills, anatomy and physiology, communication skills and the nature of professional practice.
The focus is on the normal childbearing experience and the knowledge and skills needed to monitor and facilitate this. As the course progresses students will be introduced to more complex aspects of theory and practice associated with childbearing and midwifery practice.
Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.
Normal midwifery practice will be the focus, enabling students to learn with and from their midwifery mentors in these settings. They will observe and participate in practice which will facilitate their learning and enable them to learn from the women and families in midwifery led centres, birthing units, the community and the acute setting.
This module will enable students to develop skills previously learned and deepen their knowledge through reflection and continued practice. They will also begin to observe and participate in higher risk non midwifery practice which may be experienced by women and babies as part of maternity care.
The skills and knowledge you acquire during the course can be transferrable across a range of professions within health and social care, including:
- Working as a clinical midwife in a variety of clinical settings
- Clinical specialisms (for example drug liaison, diabetic specialist, breastfeeding specialist to name but a few)
- Further professional development
What our students say
"Studying midwifery at the University of Suffolk has been both rewarding and challenging. I have experienced an amazing amount of support since commencing my course, both within the university and my placement location. The theory input is very comprehensive and sets the foundations for the practice side of the course. The tutors have set up tutorials when I have requested a need to see them and have also attended the hospital to see me and this has been very helpful. Alongside the course tutors, university has additional support in place for academic assistance, as well as counselling help if there is ever any need. I have been very fortunate to have worked with an array of wonderful midwife mentors. The experience I have had with my mentors has been confidence inducing, extremely educational and incredibly responsive to my learning needs." Mel, third year Midwifery student.
Fees and finance
- UK full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a
- International full time tuition fee: £17,768 p.a (inclusive of placement fee)
At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.
*2023-24 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap.
2023-24 entry; 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC), Merit (T Level) or Access to Higher Education Diploma - a minimum of 45 Level 3 credits at merit grade or above.
Applicants are expected to hold five GCSEs grade 4/C or above to include Mathematics, English and Science or equivalents.
Please note that A-Level General Studies will not be accepted.
For applicants whose first language is not English, but who have been living in the UK for less than 2 years (or have not lived in the UK at all), we will accept IELTS or the University of Suffolk Password test as meeting the English requirement.
Applicants whose first language is not English, but who have been living in the UK for 2 years or more will be expected to hold GCSE English at Grade C or above, (grade 4-9 for the new GCSE) or the relevant Level 2 equivalent (if applicable).
Any offer of a place will be subject to:
- Successful interview
- Satisfactory Health check
- Satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
- Two satisfactory references
As part of the selection process, you will be expected to demonstrate good knowledge and a clear understanding of the scope of work that a midwife is required to undertake as well as the significance of the NHS Constitution and its core values.
Recognition of prior learning is not permitted for pre-registration midwifery programmes. Therefore all modules are mandatory.
Facilities and Resources
While studying with us, you will have access to excellent facilities and technology. Our BSc (Hons) Midwifery course is based in our James Hehir Building, with access to Clinical Skills labs which utilises simulation equipment such as SIM BABY and SIM Junior. These high fidelity mannequins produce altered physiology, including heart and lung rhythms – ideal for your practice preparation.
View the below video to find out more about our brand new Health and Wellbeing building.
As well as this, you will also have use of our Waterfront Building, situated a short walk along the marina. The building has six floors, one auditorium which seats 200 people, two main lecture theatres each seating 140 people and 34 teaching rooms seating between 18 and 80 people. These include state-of-the-art AV equipment to enhance students learning experience with us.
There are also plenty of flexible study spaces in the Waterfront Building, with approximately 50 iMacs for students to access.