21 months full-time.
The next available intake for this course is February 2020.
See Entry Requirements section below.
This course is designed for registered nurses to train as midwives. University of Suffolk offers an exciting environment, within which to study Midwifery. The staff that guide students through their studies are well qualified with a wide range of experience in the discipline. There are excellent links between us and the local trusts where students gain clinical experience. The course supports students in developing a range of knowledge, skills, values and competences, which meet the professional requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
This course enables successful students to gain registration as a midwife on the Nursing and Midwifery Professional Register.
This qualification provides opportunities for employment as a midwife in community and hospital settings within the NHS and in private or independent practice. Future careers in clinical practice, research, management and education are all possible options. Students are also able to work across the European Union, plus other countries where this qualification is recognised.
The Department of Health Studies 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.
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For those that do not meet the entry requirements of this course but are interested in becoming a Midwife, we offer a three years BSc (Hons) Midwifery.
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Further information about the University's relationship with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is available in the PSRB register.
The course consists of three modules which are a combination of theory and practice. The first six months of study provides students with an introduction to essential theories, principles and skills which are relevant to midwifery practice. In the second and third module the course builds on previous learning and focuses in greater depth on the knowledge, skills, values and competences required for professional midwifery practice.
Clinical placements are an integral part of the course and account for 58% of the programme. Experience will be gained in a variety of hospital and community environments.
The main site for the academic component of the programme is the Ipswich Campus. Students will have the opportunity to gain clinical experience in one of two geographical locations; Bury St Edmunds or Ipswich.
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.
Fees and finance
Students who are successful in getting on to this course will be salaried as a band 5 nurse by the respective NHS trust.
- Current NMC registration as a nurse level 1 (adult)
- Diploma level Nursing (Adult) or evidence of recent study equivalent to 60 level 5 credits (a portfolio of evidence will be required).
- A minimum of 6 months full-time (or equivalent) post-registration experience within the last 2 years
Any offer of a place will be subject to:
- Successful interview
- Satisfactory health checks
- Satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
- Two satisfactory references
If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.