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MSc Midwifery (pre-registration)

Our three year midwifery masters degree gives you all the academic knowledge and practical ability to begin a successful career as a midwife. Importantly, this masters in midwifery programme is a pre-registration course, which means that you do not have to be a registered midwife to enrol. However, you will need a first degree in a related subject like human biology, for example. This MSc midwifery degree is fully recognised and accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Please note: Our programme will not be accepting applications for 2018/19 enrolment. Visit our course pages for information on our pre-registration BSc Midwifery and MSc Midwifery with Advanced Standing (2 years).

Introducing your degree

Midwives work with women and their families from early pregnancy until after the birth, across all social groups, in a wide range of settings, being the lead professional for women who are well, and with the interprofessional team for women experiencing complications. We provide a values-based curriculum, giving you a comprehensive understanding of pregnancy and childbirth, and the skills of critical enquiry to support your career development. Practical experience is at the heart of our Midwifery course, with at least 50 per cent of the programme being in practice.

Midwife checking patient's blood pressure

Intake: January

This midwifery masters degree is your opportunity to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, understanding, professional skills, intellectual skills, attitudes, values, and key skills that are necessary for practice.

Here at the Health Sciences all of our courses are research-led, helping you to begin your career with the most up-to-date knowledge.

As a masters in midwifery student you will also benefit from first class academics, excellent facilities and a values based curriculum.

In particular, this postgraduate midwife degree will develop your skills of critical thinking, helping you to graduate with the confidence and competence to challenge practice for the benefit of both service users and your profession.

Furthermore, you will learn leadership skills to help you delegate and supervise the delivery of high quality care.


View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

As mentioned above, the government has yet to decide whether bursaries will be offered for masters level study in midwifery. For this reason our programme will not be accepting applications for 2017/18 enrolment. For information on our pre-registration BSc Midwifery programme please visit our course page.


Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Programme Structure

Central to this MSc Midwifery Studies programme are your clinical placements, which you will complete under the supervision qualified training mentors in both hospitals and the community.

You will also be expected to integrate what you learn during the clinical placements into your university based midwifery masters modules. This means you will share your practical learning with the rest of your cohort - this will contribute towards your award as well.

There is also a strong inter-professional thread running right through the masters in midwifery course. This challenges you to view your role in its wider context and not just in isolation. As a result, you will become adept at working alongside doctors, nurses and allied healthcare professionals.

Key Facts

Typical entry requirements

Typical GCSE entry requirements for MSc Midwifery (pre-registration)
GCSEGCSE Maths Grade C or above. Plus GCSE English Language at Grade C or above OR overall IELTS of 7 or above with no less than a 7 in each component.
Hons Degree

Graduates with relevant 2:1 Hons degree or above. Other degrees at 2:1 honours or higher may be considered if supported with at least one pure science (Biology/Human Biology/Chemistry/Physics) A level at grade A.

Selection process

To study this masters degree in midwifery, you must meet our academic criteria. You must also have undertaken some formal academic study within the past five years.


To apply, you must complete an online application form. Once you have submitted your application, the Admissions Team will review it to check that you either already meet or are on target to meet our academic entry criteria for this course. If so, your application will be passed to the Programme Admissions Tutor who will review your personal statement and reference and assess these against fixed criteria.


What will the Admissions Tutors look for in my Personal Statement?

The Admissions Tutor looks for evidence that you offer a caring and compassionate approach; that your personal values and attitudes align with those of the NHS Constitution and the University; that you have realistic insight to the area you plan to study; and that you are committed to both study and practice parts of the course.

Why do you want to be a Midwife? What is it about ‘your’ attitudes, values and character that makes this profession so appropriate for you?

What do you understand about the role? To further strengthen your application, it is important that you demonstrate a clear insight into your chosen profession and scope of the role. This should hopefully be achieved by reflecting on relevant work experience, volunteering or shadowing you may have undertaken.

Discuss your relevant academic preparation. What have you particularly enjoyed during your studies and how do you feel this has prepared you for this degree. Discuss any particularly relevant projects/coursework you may have undertaken.

Personal interests – sports / music / drama / ‘team’ / job / responsibilities / relaxing / etc. Identify transferable skills that will be useful in your chosen profession

The Admissions Tutor will then decide whether to shortlist your application and invite you to attend a selection session or reject your application. You will normally be notified of this decision within 3 weeks of submitting your application, however at peak times this can be longer.


What happens if my application is shortlisted?

If the Admissions Tutor decides to invite you to a selection session you will receive an invitation via email. You will be offered a range of dates to choose from and further information on how to confirm your attendance. You will also receive a link to a website with important information informing you how to prepare and what to expect during your selection session.

Midwifery Selection sessions normally last approximately 4 hours and include:

Group Discussion – small groups of around 6 applicants will have 20 minutes to discuss a particular topic linked to NHS Core Values. Two assessors will monitor this discussion and you will be assessed on your contribution and your interaction with other members of the group. It will be helpful to draw on your experience during this task and hopefully interesting to hear views and opinions from others with similar interests to you.

Interview – approximately 20minute discussion between you and two interviewers. During this interview you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the role of a midwife and reflect on your work experience.

For each activity you will be given a numerical score. All scores will be combined and used in conjunction with details from your application to determine whether to make you an offer or reject your application. You will normally be notified of this decision within 2 weeks of attending the selection session.

During the selection session you are likely to meet academic members of staff, current students and clinicians. Their thoughts and observations support the evidence you have provided on the day but be assured that all final decisions are made by the admissions tutor, who will review your whole application to enable a final decision to be made.

As part of the selection session, you will also have the opportunity to pose yours questions to Admissions Tutors and current students in order to discover more about the course and studying at Southampton. We get a lot of information from you in this session so it’s important that you ask all your questions too.


Understanding your offer

If you receive an offer of a place to study on our course, this will be a “Conditional” offer. This means to secure your place on this course you need to meet certain conditions such as attaining certain academic grades/qualifications. Any conditions attached to your offer will be shown on UCAS Track.

All offers are also made on the condition that you pass an Occupational Health check and Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal record) check. Further information on these processes will be provided to you before you start the course.

You will only be able to enrol on the course when you have met all these conditions and your offer becomes “Unconditional”.


This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

Study includes modules taken at both level 6 and 7.

A number of core modules are offered in a shared learning capacity with other professional student groups on this midwifery masters course e.g. nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry.

Year 1

Semester One
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Year 2

Semester One
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Year 3

Semester One
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
MidwiferyMSc 2019Full-time£9,250not offered 
View the full list of course fees


Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens (Black, red and blue), pencils, colouring pencils, notebooks (for class and practice activity), folders/files etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentMedical Equipment and Materials: Fob watch; stethoscopes; You are expected to buy your own fob watch. Stethoscopes are available in practice, if you wish to use your own it will be purchased at your own expense. IT: Computers are provided on the campus but many students choose to use their own laptops/tablets to support their work. There is no requirement for you to have your own portable electronic devise for the electronic Assessment of Practice Portfolio as you will have access to NHS Trust computers and University computers.
ClothingThere are very strict uniform policies that must be followed. A uniform for clinical practice will be supplied but you will need to buy suitable footwear. You are responsible for the washing of all clothing. In some clinical settings it may be appropriate to wear your own clothes for which an allowance is not available.
Printing and copyingPrinting of material for study purposes will be at your own cost Some pages of the Assessment of Practice document will need to be printed/photocopied. In the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:
Disclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance: Students will be required to provide evidence of DBS clearance. Translation of Documents: If any documents that you use during the programme that are not in the English language (for example those that might be used to support requests for extensions to deadline), you will need to provide an English translation from a professional translator.
OtherParking Costs: Students may opt to pay for parking whilst on campus, and there may be opportunity to buy parking space whilst on placement. Professional Organisation Membership: If you elect to become a member of the RCM (or similar organisation) you are responsible for the subscription fees. On graduation there is a professional registration fee to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Fees are posted on their website .

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

This masters degree in midwifery is half practical experience and half academic study.

Throughout your MSc Midwifery Studies placements you will demonstrate competencies in a range of areas to the satisfaction of your mentor. As and when you are successful your mentor will officially ‘sign off' each competency. 

In terms of academic learning, you will attend lecture and seminars that guide you through each module, with written assignments and exams also featuring in the assessment regime.

Your midwifery masters studies will culminate with the preparation and presentation of a research project. This will evidence your development into a skilled, knowledgeable and reflective student.

Study locations

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