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Bachelor of Midwifery
This Midwifery course gives you the skills necessary to become a motivated, professional Midwife and leads to a dual award. As a Midwife your role goes much further than supporting women during the birth of their babies. We will prepare you for antenatal and postnatal care, counselling, in offering support and education, and in helping mothers and their partners to prepare for parenthood.

The course covers all aspects of midwifery including supporting mothers in a wide variety of ways after the birth; promoting breastfeeding, establishing feeding routines, bonding with babies, checking their bodies are returning to pre-pregnancy state, and discussing contraceptive choices.

To be an effective Midwife you will need excellent interpersonal skills as you will be supporting a diverse range of people, some from vulnerable families, during some emotionally intense situations and this course will help you to develop these key skills.

95% of students in work / study six months after finishing this course
Unistats, 2018.

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
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Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
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Course Length
3 years
Year 1

You will be introduced to three dynamic academic themes: effective midwifery care, midwifery for health, and the Midwife within society. You will also learn introductory clinical midwifery skills in a simulated environment. You will undertake a variety of teaching and learning experiences with academic and clinical colleagues, incorporating theory, clinical skills and practice.

Year 2

The three academic themes will be explored further building upon your professional knowledge and experience from year 1.

You will gain further insight into the role of the Midwife working in partnership with women and families from our diverse society. This will be strengthened by your understanding of the importance of effective midwifery practice within maternity care teams.

Year 3

In your final year you will consolidate your knowledge, skills and attitudes to engage in midwifery care with confidence. You will be proficient in midwifery skills for low-risk pregnant women and their families. You will meet the professional outcomes set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the academic outcomes established for the BMidwifery course.


Get in touch  for information on the midwifery insight sessions we host for those considering the course and career of midwifery.


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course and module disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information

There is a strong focus on linking theory to clinical practice and 50% of the course is delivered in placement settings and 50% delivered within the university in a blended learning approach. You are supported in developing communication and IT skills which will equip you for working in contemporary healthcare settings.

Cohort sizes vary from year to year but at present there are around 50-60 students.

You have seven weeks annual leave in each year of the course. 

Activity Summary
  • Lectures - 60 students per group, 100 hours per year
  • Practical class or workshop - 18 students per group, 12 hours per week/semester
  • Independent Study - 595 hours per year
  • Placement / Work Based Learning - individual 900 hours per year
Independent Study

Self-study time is an important part of your success, including learning in practice settings. The course is delivered face-to-face in lectures and tutorials as well as online and you will be required to access and complete all elements. You will be considered an adult learner who needs strong organisation and self-direction skills.

Staff Delivering on This Course

The course is delivered by a team of midwifery Lecturers who have a wide-range of clinical and research backgrounds. All Lecturers are registered Midwives with the NMC. All Lecturers are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy or are working towards this.

The course draws on a wide range of expertise within the wider staff of the School of Nursing and Midwifery and we work in collaboration with partners in practice. Many teaching sessions involve expert clinicians sharing their knowledge and skills and we also incorporate women’s stories into the curriculum with women and families sharing their experiences through face-to-face sessions and recorded media.


Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 1 written exams, typically for 3 hours
  • 2 written assignments, including essays

Year 2

  • 1 written exam, typically for 3 hours
  • 1 written assignment, including essay
  • 1 practical skills assessment

Year 3

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 report

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.



The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.



All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.



The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support


Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library


50% of the Midwifery course consists of clinical placements, divided across the three years:

  • Year 1 - 21 weeks, 37.5 hours per week
  • Year 2 - 22 weeks, 37.5 hours per week
  • Year 3 - 24 weeks, 37.5 hours per week

Placements are allocated in The North of Scotland, including tertiary hospitals, birth units, and community clinics, allowing you to achieve all required learning across antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care settings.

While on placement during the course you have supernumerary status in the clinical setting, while also actively participating in midwifery care. You will work under the supervision of an experienced Midwife who has undertaken further mentor training.


Job Prospects

An increasing number of Midwives now work in the community, providing services in the home, local clinics, and GP surgeries. There is also the option to be hospital based and work on antenatal, labour and postnatal wards. Some Midwives also choose to work as independent practitioners outside the NHS, or specialise in a particular area such as perinatal care, with further study. There are many future career opportunities open to you, such as Ward Manager, Lactation Consultant, Consultant Midwife, Researcher or Lecturer.

Our close links with employers and professional bodies ensure that you will graduate with the knowledge and skills required of a modern midwifery professional. Our graduates are in demand and consistently achieve employment immediately following qualification in local, national or international settings.



SQA Higher: BBBC to include English and a science subject. Biology, Human Biology or Psychology is recommended. Maths is required at National 5 grade C or above if not held at Higher.

GCE A Level: BCC to include English and a science subject. Biology, Human Biology or Psychology is recommended. Maths is required at GCSE grade 5/C or above if not held at A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H3H3H3 to include English and a science subject. Biology, Human Biology or Psychology is recommended. Maths is required at grade O3 or above if not held at Higher.

IB Diploma: 27 to include Higher Level English and a science subject. Biology is recommended. Maths is required at Standard Level if not held at Higher.

Alternative Qualifications

For entry to year 1 we welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated above. These include:

  • HNC/HND in a related subject e.g. Care and Administrative Practice, Social Care, Applied Science, Social Sciences plus relevant Higher(s).
  • NC Level 6 plus 2 Highers in Science and English at required grade,
  • SVQs/NVQs (level 3 and above) Accepted in combination with other qualifications
  • QQI/FETAC level 5 Accepted in combination with other qualifications
  • Equivalent overseas qualifications

Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

This course is currently accepting applications from students from the UK and the EU only.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 7.0, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Rest of UK Students

  • £8,450 per academic year

International Students 

  • £14,000 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £8,240 per academic year
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and Living costs
  • Printing
  • £15 for Specialist Clothing – for clinical skills teaching

Other Fees and Charges


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS)

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance NI

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

I have really enjoyed the course, especially getting out into the clinical area and seeing and learning from the other Midwives and interacting with the women and their families. This experience has been everything that I had hoped for and more.


The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) set education standards, which shape the content and design of programmes and state the competences of a nurse, midwife or nursing associate.The NMC approve education institutions and programmes. This course is an NMC approved programme. Graduates are eligible to register as a Registered Midwife.


Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

University Wide Facilities


UCAS Code: B720

This course is currently accepting applications from students from the UK and the EU only.

We’ve got a few options for applying to our undergraduate courses for UK and EU applicants.

Applicants for first year entry will apply to other universities as well as to RGU through a single online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application.

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