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Bachelor of Midwifery

Midwives work across the continuum from pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, labour and birth, postpartum and early weeks of newborn infants’ life. This BSc course* will prepare you to provide skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate care to women, newborn infants and their families as a qualified midwife.

This 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. Furthermore, you will develop knowledge and positive role modelling to promote leadership in midwifery.

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.

*Subject to validation

We’re ranked 1st in Scotland for overall student satisfaction in Midwifery (National Student Survey 2020)

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

3 years
Year 1

You will be introduced to three dynamic themes: Universal Care for all Women and Newborn Infants, the Professional Midwife and Additional Care for Women and Newborn Infants with Complications. You will also learn introductory clinical midwifery skills in a simulated environment as well as in maternity care settings. 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 able to provide skilled, knowledgeable, respectful and compassionate care for all women, newborn infants and their families. You will meet the professional outcomes set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


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 60-80 students.

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

Activity Summary
  • Lectures – 60-80 students per group, 100 hours per year
  • Tutorials – 20 students per group, 40 hours per year
  • Practical class or workshop – 15-20 students per group, 40 hours per year
  • Independent Study - 590 hours per year
  • Placement / Work Based Learning - 770 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.


A range of assessments will assess knowledge and understanding, including essays, examinations, portfolios and practical assessments.


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

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, Midwifery & Paramedic Practice 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.



The Inclusion 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.

The Inclusion CENTRE


All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online 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 - 20 weeks, 37.5 hours per week
  • Year 2 - 21 weeks, 37.5 hours per week
  • Year 3 - 23 weeks, 37.5 hours per week

Placements are allocated in maternity settings across the North of Scotland, allowing you to achieve all required learning across antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care settings.


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.

Is Midwifery a good career choice?

Previous B Midwifery graduates of Robert Gordon University have gone on to pursue the following careers:

  • Practice
  • Education
  • Research
  • Management
  • Leadership

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.

find your CAREER Path

Standard Entry Requirements
  • 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.
Minimum entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for widening access applicants are:

  • SQA Higher: BBC/BCCC to include English and a Science subject. Biology, Human Biology or Psychology is recommended. Maths is required at National 5 C 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

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

English Language Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English are required to have an Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) overall score of 7.0 with a score of 7.0 in all elements apart from writing where minimum score is 6.5. Appropriate equivalents will be considered.

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

  • £8,240 per academic year

International Students 

  • £13,670 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.

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