Midwifery Sciences (BSc Hons) B720

BSc Honours

Midwifery Sciences


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Key Course Information

Entry Year


Course length

3 year(s)

A-Level Requirements *



Medicine, Health and Life Sciences



Professional Year Out





Nursing and Midwifery

*Indicative Only. Please see the Course Entry Requirements section for details on subject specific or GCSE requirements.


This three-year degree programme integrates theory and practice, preparing students for an outstanding career in Midwifery.

Students will spend 50 per cent of their time in class learning midwifery theory and clinical skills, and 50 per cent of their time with one of our internationally-recognised training partners in a wide variety of clinical and community settings.

Our highly-trained midwifery teaching staff are actively engaged in practice and our personal tutor system for student support is very well regarded.

There are also opportunities for elective placements with one of our international partners in the final year of study.

Why Queen's?

Unique: Queen's is the only university in Northern Ireland offering a degree in Midwifery.

Facilities: we have one of the leading simulation suites in Europe, allowing students to undertake skills training in a safe, controlled environment.

Funding: students undertaking our programmes may be eligible to have their fees paid by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Northern Ireland (DHSS&PS), and to receive a bursary.

Course Content (including module information)

Designed to meet the targets set by the Strategy for Maternity Care in Northern Ireland 2012-2018 and Transforming Your Care, this programme develops all the knowledge, skills and attributes central to practice: woman/family-centred; clinically effective; competent and safe; evidence-based; and established on caring and ethical principles. It provides students with direct contact with women, their babies and families in home, hospital and community settings under the supervision and guidance of lecturers and skilled midwives.

Modules are designed to develop the knowledge and skills that students will need to deal with normal midwifery practice and to co-ordinate the care of women experiencing more complex pregnancies.

The public health role of the midwife is highlighted throughout and students gain experience in planning and co-ordinating care for mothers and their babies from the outset.

Assessment & Feedback

Assessment (general):  The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module.  Modules are assessed through project work, written assignments, written and oral examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Module Handbook which is provided to all students at the start of each module.

Feedback (general):  As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers.  University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including: 

  • Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted. 
  • Face to face comment.  This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query.
  • Placement employer comments or references.
  • Online or emailed comment.
  • General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
  • Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid.  In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time. 
  • Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
  • Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.

Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work. 

Learning and Teaching

At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.

On the BSc in Midwifery Sciences we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.   Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:

  • Lectures: introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading.  Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year group peers).
  • Practicals:  where you will have opportunities to develop midwifery practical skills and apply theoretical principles to real-life or practical contexts.  All midwifery students participate in simulated emergency drill training on an annual basis and have opportunities to engage in interprofessional education (IPE).
  • E-Learning technologies:   Information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online.  A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree through, for example:  interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space; podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities.
  • Seminars/tutorials:  Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-20 students).  These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers.  You should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.  There are also opportunities to engage in inter professional interactive education.
  • Self-directed study:  This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and research for assignment work is carried out.
  • Practice placements:  Students will undertake clinical placements regularly throughout the programme.  This enhances the link of theory to practice in midwifery and provides students with a wide variety of opportunities and experiences in all fields of maternity care.  This is an essential component of the programme, ensuring that the student has sufficient opportunities to develop skill and competence in care provision and decision making, meeting the requirements for professional  Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC, 2009).
  • Personal Tutor:  Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor who meets with them on several occasions during each year of the programme to support their academic development.

Entry Requirements


Selection Criteria

In addition to the entrance requirements below, it is essential that you read the How We Choose Our Students pdf prior to submitting your UCAS application.

Entrance Requirements

This information is prepared in advance of the academic year to which it relates and the grades stated should be treated as a guide only and entrance requirements are reviewed annually.

Overall academic background will be taken into account when considering applications.

All applicants (except Access/Foundation applicants) must normally have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade B to include Mathematics and a Science subject (ie Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Double Award Science or Single Award Science). GCSE Applied Science is not acceptable in lieu of GCSE Science. A minimum of a grade C in GCSE English Language or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is also required.

Applicants offering Access/Foundation course qualifications must also have a grade B at GCSE in both Mathematics and a Science subject or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Within an Access programme, 70% in NICATS Mathematics and in a Level 2/3 Biology or Chemistry or Physics module (minimum of 15% of the programme) would fulfil the requirements. A minimum of a grade C in GCSE English Language or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is also required.

In addition to the GCSE requirements, or equivalent, applicants must offer one of the following qualifications:

A-level: BCC including a relevant Science (Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) OR BBC where a relevant Science subject is not offered.

BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits): successful completion with 60 credits at Distinction and 120 credits at Merit in a relevant Science based course OR successful completion with 80 credits at Distinction and 100 credits at Merit in a non-relevant Science-based course.

Access/Foundation Course: an average mark of 65% where at least half of the overall programme is in Biology/Human Biology or Chemistry or Physics OR an average mark of 70% is required for non-Science-based access courses.

Access to HE Diploma: successful completion with a minimum of 15 credits at Distinction grade and 30 credits at Merit grade, in Level 3 units. 

BTEC HND: successful completion with a minimum of Merits in at least 12 of the 16 units and Passes in all other units.

BTEC HNC: successful completion with a minimum of a Merit grade in each unit.

Scottish Highers: BBBCC where a relevant Science subject is offered (see list under A-level requirements) OR BBBBC where a relevant Science subject is not offered. All applicants must have a minimum of 5 Standards at grade 2 or a minimum of 5 Intermediates at grade B to include Mathematics and a Science subject. A minimum of a grade 3 in Standard English Language or a grade C in Intermediate English Language is also required.

Graduate: Honours Degree (minimum third class); Ordinary Degree (minimum pass). Graduates must satisfy the GCSE Mathematics and Science requirements as above.

Open University Credits: a minimum of 120 OU Credits.

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3H3H3H4H4 at Higher Level where a relevant Science subject is offered (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) OR H3H3H3H3H4 at Higher Level where a relevant Science subject is not offered. For all applicants - if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O3 in Mathematics and a Science subject is necessary (Biology, Chemistry or Physics).

International qualifications

For information on international qualification equivalents, please click on Your Country in the International Students website.

Please note: the BSc Hons programmes in Nursing and Midwifery are not suitable for international candidates who are already qualified nurses and midwives in their own country, as much of the learning would be repeated.  Nurses and midwives who are qualified to diploma level are eligible to apply for the BSc (Hons) Health Studies or BSc (Hons) Health & Clinical Studies, designed to bring your qualification to degree level. For full details, please visit the School of Nursing and Midwifery website.
If you wish to make an enquiry about these, or any of the other Continuing Professional Development programmes, please email the School of Nursing and Midwifery at

For students whose first language is not English

An IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at:

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO at Queen's is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Engineering and Science

For all applicants

  • All applicants must meet the academic entrance requirements by 31 August 2017.
  • Additional academic criteria may be applied at shortlisting depending on the volume of applications.
  • Applicants made an offer of a place on the programme are required to undergo a satisfactory Occupational Health Assessment and Criminal Record check (Access NI Enhanced Disclosure Check).

How To Apply

Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate courses at Queen’s should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at:

When to Apply

UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2017 from 1 September 2016.

The normal closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2017.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

Earlier applicants normally receive decisions more quickly, however, UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially those from outside the UK, may find this difficult. Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Take care to enter the details of the institutions and courses clearly and correctly on the application. For Queen's, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75. These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. A Campus Code is not required. For further information on applying to study at Queen’s, please click here.

Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.

Career Prospects

Studying for a BSc (Hons) Midwifery Sciences degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions.  Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by employers both nationally and internationally.

The majority of our graduates pursue a career in midwifery which offers a diverse range of post registration opportunities to specialise in areas such as: bereavement counselling; antenatal screening coordination; perinatal mental health; family planning and reproductive sexual health; ultra sound scanning; public health and health promotion; breastfeeding support; neonatology, and education and research

The Prospects websiteprovides further information concerning the types of jobs that attract Midwifery Graduates.

Further study is also an option open to Midwifery graduates. For taught postgraduate programmes, students can follow the Masters in Advanced Professional Practice or the Doctorate in Midwifery Practice.  Students can also choose from a comprehensive list of research topicsto follow research degree programmes.

Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers.  Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plusinitiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer.  See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.

Degree Plus and other related initiatives:  Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s.  Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports. 

Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students).  Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts.  As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.

Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies.  These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.

Fees & Scholarships

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union. Higher education funding arrangements mean that students can study now and pay later.

Further details can be found on our fees and funding section.

Queen's works to ensure that all those who can benefit from a university education have the chance to do so, and a generous system of financial support is in place to help them. Each year Queen’s offer a range of scholarships and prize for new students. The most up to date listings are available here.

For international students, information on tuition fees, can be found here. Information on scholarships for international students, can be found here.

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