BSc | Undergraduate

Midwifery Sciences

Entry year
Entry requirements
3 years (Full Time)
UCAS code
  • Overview

    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.

    Students undertaking our programmes may be eligible to have their fees paid by the Department of Health (DoH), and to receive a bursary.

    Midwifery Sciences Degree highlights

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

    Global Opportunities

    • 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 and each field of nursing.

    Professional Accreditations

    • Professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2010).

    Career Development

    • 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

    • Learn and test your clinical skills through the use of state of the art simulation equipment. Our revolutionary facilities allow our educators to role play scenarios, including ultrasound scanning and simulated birthing. This activity takes place behind a one way mirror and provides the teaching team with the opportunity to observe and monitor the students' responses to the specific scenarios.
    “My course is everything I expected and more; I love the clinical placement.”

    Niamh O‘Neill, Armagh, Northern Ireland,
    BSc Midwifery Sciences

    EU Referendum

    Information on the implications of Brexit for prospective students.

  • Course content

    Course Structure

    IntroductionDesigned 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.
    Stage 1Health and Wellbeing
    Professional Midwifery Values
    Foundation in Midwifery Practice
    Stage 2Special Care of the Newborn
    Evidence Based Midwifery
    Complex Childbearing
    Antenatal and Reproductive Health
    Stage 3Managing and Leading for Midwifery Practice
    Public Health: National and International Perspectives in Maternity Care
    Integrated Midwifery Knowledge

    People teaching you

    Gail Anderson
    Lead Midwife Education

    Nursing and Midwifery
    E: T: +44 (0)28 9097 2233

    Contact Teaching Times

    Large Group Teaching9 (hours maximum)
    Medium Group Teaching5 (hours maximum)
    Personal Study20 (hours maximum)

    Learning and Teaching

    On the BSc (Hons) in 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
      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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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). 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 mentor 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.
    • 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.


    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 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.


    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.
  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    All applicants
    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 and additional academic criteria may have to be applied at shortlisting, depending on the volume of 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 GCSE Mathematics and Science 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 requirements
    BCC including a relevant Science (Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Life & Health Sciences, Mathematics or Physics)
    BBC where a relevant Science subject is not offered.
    Irish leaving certificate requirements
    H3H3H3H4H4 at Higher Level where a relevant Science subject is offered (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
    H3H3H3H3H4 at Higher Level where a relevant Science subject is not offered.

    All applicants - if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O3 in Mathematics and a Science subject.
    BTEC Extended diploma
    Successful completion with 60 credits at Distinction and 120 credits at Merit in a relevant Science based course
    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
    An average mark of 70% is required for non-Science-based Access Courses.
    BTEC Higher Diploma
    Successful completion with a minimum of Merits in at least 12 of the 16 units and Passes in all other units.
    BTEC Higher National Certificate
    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)
    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/National 5 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/National 5 English Language is also required.
    Honours Degree (minimum third class); Ordinary Degree (minimum pass). Graduates must satisfy the GCSE Mathematics and Science requirements as above.
    Open University Credit
    A minimum of 120 OU Credits.

    1. Applicants who satisfy the academic requirements or will be able to do so by 31 August 2019 are shortlisted for interview on the basis of their Personal Statement in their UCAS application. This is score against criteria set by the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC).

    2. Interviews normally take place in March and April and use the Multi-mini Interview format to test value-based skills.

    3. Offers are made on the basis of ranked interview scores are are subject to satisfactory Occupational Health Assessment and Criminal Record check(s), in addition to any academic requirements. More detail can be found on the School's website.

    Selection Criteria

    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.

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    International Students

    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:

    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.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Careers

    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.

    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

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) No Fee
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
    Other (non-UK) EU No Fee
    International £16,400

    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.

    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

    All Students

    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.

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    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 clinical portfolio (£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.

    A placement charge for facilitating the clinical placement is collected by the Student Finance Office and is passed on to our placement provider partners. The cost is currently £1,500. 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


    Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at



  • Apply

    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 2019 from 1 September 2018.

    Advisory closing date: 15 January 2019 (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
    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. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2019 (18:00).

    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.

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