Nursing - Midwifery


The MSc Midwifery programme will enable you to build on your existing skills as an adult nurse, and develop professional competency as a midwife. You will graduate with a Masters in Midwifery and you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Midwife.

Midwifery is a rewarding, dynamic and highly skilled profession. This course will equip students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to deliver woman-centred, compassionate, safe and effective care. You will have the opportunity to learn in our new state-of-the-art Simulation Centre and complete practice placements in a range of settings.

Our personal tutor system for student support is highly regarded, and we were awarded the Best Student Experience award in the 2021 Student Nursing Times Awards.

This programme has been co-designed with all relevant stakeholders including maternity service users and carers, midwifery students and practice partners to ensure adequate preparation for midwifery practice on completion. The programme will ensure you meet all requirements for registration as a midwife on successful completion including systematic examination of the newborn.

The programme is taught by experts in Midwifery who will support you in becoming a caring, autonomous and evidence based practitioner incorporating leadership skills and working in partnership with women, families, and communities. Our focus on interdisciplinary learning throughout the two-year programme will enrich your experience and help prepare you for professional practice.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be currently employed as an Adult Nurse by a HSC Trust within N Ireland. Successful applicants will be exempt from programme tuition fees.

Placements during your midwifery programme are normally within one HSCT in NI, however you may also be required to undertake placements in other NI HSCTs.

Subjects taught

Year 1

Core Modules

• Quality Improvement in an Interprofessional Context - Part A (0 credits)

• Safe Medicate 3 - Midwifery (0 credits)

• Developing Skilled Midwifery Practice (20 credits)

• Foundations of Professional Midwifery (20 credits)

• Infant Feeding (10 credits)

• Health for All: Women, Families and Midwives (20 credits)

Year 2

Core Modules

• Quality Improvement in an Interprofessional Context - Part B (60 credits)

• Midwives as Skilled Practitioners (20 credits)

• Leading Professional Midwifery (20 credits)

• Applied Pharmacology for Midwives (10 credits)

Course Structure

The two year programme will comprise of 50% academic modules and 50% in practice learning. All modules are listed below.

Academic Modules

Students will be required to complete all compulsory modules, plus a Portfolio of evidence to successfully complete this programme.

Entry requirements


All applicants must hold a Bachelor (Honours) degree in Adult Nursing of 2.1 standard, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Applicants with a Bachelor (Honours) degree in Adult Nursing of 2.2 standard, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

All applicants must provide evidence of their registration as an adult nurse within the NMC.

All applicants must have at least 6 months' post-registration experience as a nurse.

Applicants should provide details of two referees as part of their application. Where possible, applicants should provide one educational and one employment referee. However, if this is not possible, two employment referees would be acceptable. Two satisfactory references are required as part of the application process.

Please note: This course is not open to international applicants.

Please note: Applicants must be currently employed as an Adult Nurse in a HSC Trust within Northern Ireland.

Application dates

Closing date for applications for February 2024 entry is Wednesday 22nd November 2023 at 12 noon. It is anticipated that interviews will be held week commencing Monday 27th November.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.


2 years full-time.

Contact Teaching Hours

Medium Group Teaching

25 (hours maximum)

This is a full time programme using blended learning. Students should be available to either attend class or complete all online elements across the week. 100% attendance is required for face to face teaching.

Personal Study

0 (hours maximum)

Students will be expected to prepare for classes and develop assignments during unscheduled time.

Enrolment dates

Entry Year: 2024/25

Post Course Info

Career Prospects

Employment after the Course

Graduates of this programme will have the potential to become leaders in midwifery, building an exceptional career from the point of registration.

Professional Opportunities

Further study is also an option open to Midwifery graduates, and some may choose to follow a to engage in further professional and academic development. There is a range of MSc and PhD opportunities available within the School; click here for more information.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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