Midwifery is a rewarding, dynamic and highly skilled profession. This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes to deliver woman and family centred, safe and effective care, and work alongside interdisciplinary teams in maternity services as a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registered midwife.
You will have the opportunity to learn in our state-of-the-art clinical skills and simulation suite and complete practice placements in a range of clinical settings including hospital and community with our internationally-recognised training partners. An international elective placement (optional) is offered in your final year to explore the context of international midwifery care. The course is split equally between tuition in QUB and in clinical practice.
The course is taught by midwifery experts in education and research, clinicians and specialist practitioners who will support you in becoming a caring, compassionate and competent midwife providing high quality care. The inclusion of interdisciplinary learning throughout the three year course will enrich your experience and prepare you for working together in practice.
The content of the midwifery course is currently under development in response to proposed changes to the NMC Standards for Midwifery. Please review the Coursefinder pages for the latest information about our midwifery course.
Midwifery Sciences Degree highlights
Queen's is the only university in Northern Ireland offering a degree in Midwifery.
- Student exchange programmes enrich your ability to critically compare the diverse delivery of health care and practice from a more global perspective. As globalisation becomes increasingly important, the opportunity to study abroad, and experience another culture is a rewarding and meaningful experience. Final year students have the opportunity to apply for an international elective placement with the guidance and support from International co-ordinators in midwifery.
- Professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a midwife.
- Midwives learn to be an integral part of a healthcare team. Within this School, multidisciplinary teams of medical students and midwifery students work together during interprofessional learning scenarios. Final year Midwifery students teach fourth year medical students about normal pregnancy and birth as part of this exercise.
World Class Facilities
- It is important for students to rehearse and advance skills in a safe environment which can be achieved through the use of state of the art simulation equipment. Our revolutionary facilities allow our educators to role play scenarios, including simulated birthing and emergency situations. A new QUB Simulation Centre is planned ,which is one of a few in the UK to incorporate simulation based education with an interdisciplinary approach including Medical, Nursing, Midwifery, Dentistry and Pharmacy students who will learn alongside one another.
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BSc Midwifery Sciences
Introduction The course has been designed to meet local strategic drivers in maternity care, whilst meeting the requirements of the NMC Standards to register as a midwife and is developed in partnership with service users, local voluntary and charitable organisations and stakeholders.
The programme will develop knowledge, skills and attributes central to midwifery 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.
The course is modular and designed to develop the knowledge and skills that students will require to deal with normal midwifery practice and to co-ordinate the care of women experiencing complexity during pregnancy.
Stage 1 You will be introduced to professional working alongside foundational knowledge and skills in Midwifery to support you in implementing safe and effective woman centred care. Stage 2 You will deepen your knowledge of pregnancy and birth, and learn more about the complications that can arise. Stage 3 Leadership will be a key focus in this final year whilst managing specialist and complex care and supporting women across a range of services. You will have the opportunity to consolidate your learning in practice preparing you to enter the register as an Midwife.
People teaching you
Nursing and Midwifery
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Contact Teaching Times
Medium Group Teaching 24 (hours maximum)
Students should expect to spend 5 days per week in classes during teaching time. On placement you will work a 37.5 hour week, on a shift pattern as set by the host clinical area, including night shifts and long days, weekends and bank holidays.
Learning and Teaching
On the BSc (Hons) Midwifery Sciences we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning.
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:
- E-Learning technologies
A range of e-learning experiences are embedded in the degree using the Learning Management system, Canvas. Other examples include: interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space, podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities.
Introduce 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).
- 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.
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). You will be expected to attend 100% of classes within your midwifery modules.
- 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).
Midwifery students are normally attached to one Trust area and will conduct the majority of their placements within that area; students should expect to travel to placement. Students are allocated a supervisor while on placement, and are expected to work alongside that person regardless of their shift pattern. Students should expect to work night shifts etc as required throughout the programme.
- 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.
Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 15-20 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.
Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:
- The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module. Modules are assessed through a variety of assessments that may include assignments, project work, presentations or 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.
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.
Students have access to our cutting edge simulation and clinical skills suite, where they can learn and practice skills in a safe environment.
- E-Learning technologies
In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.Read more Read less
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
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: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
International Students - Foundation and International Year One Programmes
INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.
The INTO progression course suited to this programme is
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
The course will prepare you for practice as a midwife, whether as the lead professional or as part of an interdisciplinary providing care for pregnant women and their families. You will complete the course and graduate ready for practice as a competent practitioner ready to care for women during pregnancy, labour and birth and the postnatal period.
There are many career opportunities for midwives, whether in practice, education or research. You may choose to pursue further academic study at Master’s or PhD level or specialise further in practice in a specific area, such as mental health or drug and alcohol addiction. Midwives who graduate from QUB are in demand, both regionally and nationally and we have a very high employment rate for newly qualified midwives.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.
Fees and Funding
Northern Ireland (NI) No Fee England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250 Other (non-UK) EU * No Fee International £16,400
Tuition fees for 2020-21 have not been set. Those quoted above are for students commencing study in 2019-20. These will be subject to an increase for students commencing study in 2020-21.
Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.
* The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit
GB students (England, Scotland, Wales) are not entitled to a commissioned place with associated funding (tuition fees, and maintenance allowance from the NI Department of Health) and a decision as to whether or not we can admit GB students with funding from the Student Loans Company has not yet been decided. Clarification on this position is currently being sought and further information will be available in due course.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.
If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.
Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Midwifery Sciences costs
All students entering this programme are required to undergo an enhanced disclosure check with Access NI which costs £33.
In year 1 students must buy a uniform from a QUB uniform supplier (approximate cost £180), a name badge (£10) and a Practice Assessment Document (PAD)(£10) from the University.
All students on this program will undertake clinical placements, students are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placements. Some reimbursement may be available.
In Year 2 students may wish to undertake an international elective placement, students are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placement.
Students may wish to buy a Fob Watch or Pinard Horn, approximate cost £15.
International students pay a placement charge which is for facilitating the clinical placement. It is collected by the Student Finance Office and is passed on to our placement provider partners. The cost is currently £3,000. Students will also be required to pay for transport to and from their placement locations.
How do I fund my study?
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.
Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.
Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How and when to Apply
1. How to Apply
Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at:
2. When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2020 from 1 September 2019.
Advisory closing date: 15 January 2020 (18:00).
Applications received after this date will not be considered.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.
The Institution code for Queen’s is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.
Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at:
3. Terms and Conditions
After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.
4. International (Non- EU) Students
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) STUDENTS
Applying through agents and partners
The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.
4.1 Applying through UCAS
Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's.
4.2 Applying direct
The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application.
4.3 Applying through agents and partners
The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.
Fees and Funding