Midwifery with Leadership MSci

4 years

Midwifery has to be one of the most rewarding jobs imaginable. But this four-year degree goes one step further. Alongside gaining core midwifery skills and experience, you’ll also discover what it takes to be a clinical and professional leader within the field of maternity and healthcare.

Midwifery with Leadership MSci, 4 years

Midwifery has to be one of the most rewarding jobs imaginable. But this four-year degree goes one step further. Alongside gaining core midwifery skills and experience, you’ll also discover what it takes to be a clinical and professional leader within the field of maternity and healthcare.

Start date:

2024

Course information

UK fee £9,250

UCAS code B720

International fee £25,900

Institute code L34

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Baby friendly by Unicef

Accredited as a Baby Friendly University by UNICEF UK

NHS

Students on this course are eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund

Course description

Course description

This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and fully reflects the NMC (2019) Standards for Pre-registration Midwifery Programmes and Standards of Proficiency for Midwives from September 2020 entry. Details on this page describe the course as studied by all intakes of student midwives from September 2020.

The NHS needs midwives. Midwives work in a range of roles and settings which need effective leadership. We are currently the only university in the UK offering a pre-registration midwifery degree with an integrated leadership component.

This unique School of Healthcare degree draws on the experience and expertise of more than 40 years of health education at the University of Leicester, partnerships with regional NHS trusts, as well as the expertise of our School of Business.

By putting leadership at the heart of the curriculum, we give you all the tools you need to qualify as a registered midwife - and also to progress further in the midwifery profession. Throughout your degree you will be offered mentoring by experienced academics and clinicians with national and international reputations, as well as leaders in the midwifery profession and the wider NHS.

Whilst at Leicester, you will study and work within our superb facilities, which include a state-of-the-art clinical skills unit with high-tech simulated mannequins to enable you to practise procedures in a safe environment. You'll even have lectures in Leicester Medical School's anatomy dissection room and gain experience supporting mothers with feeding their babies in our newly established Infant Feeding Café.

However, practical real-world experience is a vital part of your training. You will spend 50% of your studies on placements, working alongside experienced midwives and the multi-professional team. Through these, you will develop your knowledge, skills and professional values to become a safe, proficient and confident midwife.

This undergraduate Masters degree lasts four years, at the end of which there will be employment opportunities as a midwife in the local NHS.

Students on this course are eligible for a grant of at least £5,000 a year, which you do not need to pay back.

This course is part of the Higher Education Pathway for Armed Forces project, which recognises the qualifications, skills and experience of ex-armed forces personnel.

Student Learning Contract

As part of the offer for a place on this course all students are required to agree to abide by the conditions of a Student Learning Contract (Word, 63kb) which you will be asked to sign during the induction week at the beginning of the course. This learning contract will apply to the entire duration of the course and the signed copy will be stored as a PDF on your University electronic record.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A-levels: ABB (should include one science from Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology). General Studies, Critical Thinking and Global Perspectives not accepted.
  • GCSE: Maths and English Language at grade 5/C, plus a science subject at grade 5/C. Functional Skills not accepted as an equivalent to GCSE.
  • BTEC: DDD in Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care, Health Studies or Applied Science (including Medical or Forensic streams).
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass diploma with 30 points including grade 6 in HL Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology. Minimum of 3 in HL Maths, or 4 in SL Maths, or 5 in SL Maths Studies, if not held at GCSE. Minimum of 4 in English A or 5 in English B if English Language not held at GCSE.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Grades H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, which must include a science (from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology). Minimum of O3/H3 in English Language and Maths.
  • Access to HE: Healthcare or Science based Diploma at Level 3: 60 credits overall, including 15 credits in topics relating to Human Biology/Anatomy and Physiology. Of the Level 3 credits, at least 30 at distinction and 15 at merit.
  • Graduate entry: Honours degree in a relevant subject at 2:1 (or international equivalent)
  • Armed Forces into Allied Health: Please contact our Admissions Tutors for an advisory consultation. More information about the AFIAH project.
  • T Levels: Distinction in Health (with an Occupational Specialism in Supporting the Midwifery team). Other healthcare-related Occupational Specialisms can be considered.

NB. You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your first clinical placement. If you will not be 18 at that point, but meet all other entry requirements, you can still apply. If we make you an offer, it will be for deferred entry one year later. 

Other official national and international qualifications considered from across the world. You can review some of the qualifications we accept on our countries page and English Language equivalencies.

If your qualification or country is not listed, please contact us for more information, including the name and result of the qualification you have studied.

Contextual offers

The University of Leicester is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all applicants from all backgrounds. We make contextual offers to support students who may be impacted by the area they live in, their personal circumstances or who have completed one of our progression programmes. These offers are usually one or two grades lower than the standard entry requirements. To qualify for a contextual offer, you must apply for an eligible course and meet specific criteria – check if you’re eligible.

Selection procedure

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including academic achievement. Suitable applicants will be invited for a values based Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). Your capability for digital and technological literacy is tested through submitting your application via UCAS and a further opportunity during the MMIs.

Occupation Health and Criminal Records Check

Home Students

An offer to study this course at the University of Leicester is subject to satisfactory Occupational Health clearance, which will include current vaccination and testing requirements as stated by our placement providers. Alongside our NHS colleagues and the NMC we consider vaccination to be a professional responsibility and the best way to protect students, NHS colleagues and their patients. If you receive an offer, you will be required to complete and submit an Occupational Health Questionnaire Form. 

Offers are also subject to a satisfactory enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). 

Overseas Students

An offer to study this course at the University of Leicester is subject to satisfactory Occupational Health clearance, which will include current vaccination and testing requirements as stated by our placement providers. Alongside our NHS colleagues and the NMC, and the GMC we consider vaccination to be a professional responsibility and the best way to protect students, NHS colleagues and their patients.  If you receive an offer, you will be required to complete and submit an Occupational Health Questionnaire Form.

Offers are also subject to you providing a Certificate of Good Standing or Good Conduct Letter from your embassy or local police force, which should be no more than 6 months old prior to starting the course. This must specifically include confirmation that there is no known reason that you cannot work with vulnerable adults and children.

If you have studied in the UK for a minimum of 12 months prior to starting the course we will not require the Good Conduct Letter but will require a satisfactory ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ (DBS) check (as required for Home students) upon arrival.

 

English Language Requirements

IELTS 7.0 (a minimum score of at least 6.5 in writing and at least 7 in all other components): as required by the NMC regulatory body. We recommend that you complete your IELTS test before you apply.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

Starting in 2024 

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years

You may be eligible for support from the Learning Support Fund, administered by the NHS Business Authority. From September 2020, the LSF has been extended to include a non-repayable £5,000 per year bursary for new and existing students.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2024 

  • £25,900 per year

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

From 2022 onwards, EU nationals will pay the International fee. If you are an EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme, you may qualify for the UK fee (subject to criteria).

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Accreditation

Accreditation

This programme has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). At the end of the course you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a midwife. The programme has also been mapped against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Midwifery Education Standards. In 2023, the University was awarded Baby Friendly accreditation by UNICEF UK.

On completion of your studies, you will graduate from a Stage 2 accredited university, having fulfilled the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Standards that enable you to effectively support mothers and families with optimal infant feeding choices.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

This course will develop key employability skills that are important to leadership positions in healthcare, including:

  • Leadership and management
  • Advanced interpersonal and communication skills
  • Entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity
  • Evidence based decision making
  • Change management
  • Team working

At the point of registration, it is expected that you will have the ability to practise autonomously and will be able to progress to specialist midwifery roles such as in public health, perinatal mental health as well as become consultant midwives.

You’ll also graduate with a clear plan to accelerate your career. You will start employment within the NHS at Band 5 and it is anticipated that, with support from your educators in practice, you will be able to use your leadership education and skills to fast-track into key NHS leadership roles.

If you aspire towards a career in academia or research, secondments to the university setting to engage with the education of students or assist with project work is also a possible career option.

Career Development Service


Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

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Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to providing skills and knowledge to help prepare you tackle global challenges. We have mapped our undergraduate degrees for learning which aligns to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This degree includes learning which relates to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Find out more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Placement

Placement

As a student midwife at the University of Leicester, hands-on experience is integral to your education programme; you will spend 50% of your studies working on placements, which equates to 2,400 hours, over the four years of study. Your placement specification adheres to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for pre-registration midwifery programmes. The NMC is the recognised Professional Statutory Regulatory Body for nurses and midwives across the UK.

During your placement

Whilst on placement, you will develop all the practical skills necessary to gain entry to the professional register and become a practising midwife. With a variety of day and night shift rotations throughout the placement, you will work alongside sector-leading professionals, gaining vital on-the-job experience. You will be supervised by midwives and other registered health care professionals who will support your ongoing development and progression on the course.

You will translate theoretical knowledge into real-life understanding in caring for childbearing women/people, neonates, and their families. As well as putting theory into practice, you will develop your interpersonal skills and professional values alongside leadership skills to become a safe, proficient and confident midwife.

Additional financial support whilst on placement

For placements outside Leicester, you are entitled to reimbursement from the NHS Learning Support Fund for some of the additional costs of attending, including travel expenses and accommodation.

Year one

You will experience placements in a hospital from the very beginning of your course, based within maternity services, which includes the following areas:

  • Community; GP surgeries, health centres, local children’s centres, stand-alone birth centres and within the home setting
  • Antenatal and postnatal wards
  • Birthing units

Year two

In your second year, you will gain the opportunity to attend a variety of placements across healthcare services, in areas such as maternity (antenatal, postnatal and community), neonatal, gynaecology, homebirth, and perinatal mental health and health visiting.

Year three

During your third year, you will attend placements within maternity but you will also have the opportunity to attend a leadership elective/internship placement either based in the UK or overseas. These placements are negotiated with the programme team, based on your specific interests and are to enhance your understanding of leadership within a clinical, education, management, or research setting. Planned placements will include experience within antenatal care, working with specialist midwives and in the birthing setting.

Year four

All placements in your fourth year will be in maternity. This will include areas within the community, the antenatal and postnatal ward and in birthing settings.

Placement area

Placement areas are grouped by NHS providers, which are listed below; this means your placements will be across different sites to offer you variety and every opportunity to meet the NMC programme standards and proficiencies. We continue to explore and expand new placement opportunities, so the below list may be subject to change during the course of your studies:*

*for more information, please contact midwifery@le.ac.uk.

Testimonials

Testimonals

Three midwifery students posing for a photo with patients in the backgroundDestiney reflects on her elective placement in Tanzania

“…this elective placement was important because it taught me about an adaptive leadership style that was required by the midwives practising in a resource-limited setting. I enjoyed learning about the different cultural traditions surrounding childbirth and motherhood. The “mamas” were very welcoming. I enjoyed being an additional support for the “mamas” in labour as birth partners are not common and it is not common culture for the midwives to stay with the women before the imminent time of birth”. 

Two midwifery students posing for a picture in a car.Holly and Georgia discuss their case holding experiences

“Caseholding in the second year was a wonderful experience where I had the opportunity to really develop my skills and even lead most of the appointments! I formed such amazing relationships with the women and their families and got to witness 2 incredible births. The continuity of care I was able to provide meant I could advocate for the women and was overall such a brilliant experience” Holly

“…you feel a lot more involved and gain more responsibilities as you enhance your midwifery and leadership skills. Providing continuity was so valued by the women in my caseloads, and I was also fortunate to facilitate their births, which I’ll never forget!” Georgia

Selena was nominated in the Royal College of Midwives 2023 Annual Awards in the Unsung Hero category for support workers or students from a Black, Asian or ethnic background.  Selena also contributed to the RCM’s Decolonising Midwifery Education Toolkit

 “I was able to speak about the toolkit at the RCM’s recent Education and Research conference and although it was daunting, it was such an amazing opportunity. It was a lovely surprise to be nominated – I feel incredibly proud. Being there at the start of someone’s life journey is extremely rewarding.”

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

The first year of the course introduces fundamental knowledge required to be a midwife and a leader of the profession. You will gain knowledge and skills that are key to maternal and neonatal care, which will underpin your development in years two, three and four. You will be introduced to both core theoretical and clinical skills. Your knowledge will be complemented by clinical placements, a focus on leadership and inter-professional learning experiences.

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

During the second year you will undertake modules that specifically address the provision of safe and compassionate midwifery and neonatal care and the needs of child-bearing women and babies with complex health and social care needs, including perinatal mental health. The full physical examination of the newborn infant is learned and practised and, through a professional portfolio and clinical assessment, you will acquire sufficient knowledge and clinical experience to be deemed proficient in the examination by the end of the course.

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3

Year 3

In year three you will build upon the foundations from the previous two years, and study more complex theory and application to midwifery practice (e.g. pharmacology and medicines management, maternal and neonatal emergencies). You will have the opportunity to undertake a short elective/internship placement that embraces all aspects of midwifery leadership roles; e.g. in clinical practice, education and research departments where you will work alongside effective role models and be nurtured in developing your leadership potential.

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 4

Year 4

In your final year, you will prepare for clinical practice as a registered midwife, including interview skills. You will explore safe motherhood in a global context that serves in not only addressing the diversity and complexities of maternity care in the United Kingdom, but also the role that midwifery plays in low to medium-income countries in improving maternal and child health. You will also undertake a project working alongside an academic supervisor who will guide you through a topic of your interest.

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Get all the practical experience you need. Our course includes maternity case-holding from the very start and placements account for 50% of the course. Develop your knowledge and skills by supporting new parents in the University’s Infant Feeding Cafe, which is open to the public and supports UNICEF-Baby Friendly Initiative standards.

Enhance your skills with superb facilities, including our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Unit, which offers high tech simulated mannequins to enable you to perfect your procedures. You'll also learn anatomy and physiology and its application to midwifery practice in Leicester Medical School's dissection room.

Study a unique course. We are the only university offering a pre-registration midwifery degree with an integrated leadership component. Develop the skills and knowledge to be a leader in the profession.

Healthcare education at the University of Leicester has been established for over 40 years. This means you'll learn from a dedicated team of experts with a huge amount of experience in training you to succeed. You'll have the opportunity to study inter-professionally alongside students from other healthcare areas, including nursing, operating department practice, physiotherapy, and medicine.

Teaching and learning

University teaching balances a mixture of online learning and campus based lectures (flipped classroom), clinical skills teaching and inter-professional group learning opportunities (alongside other healthcare students), therefore building your professional knowledge, skills and attitudes over the four years.

The four leadership modules, which are an integrated component of the programme, will enable you to develop your own leadership knowledge and skills. As part of the leadership modules, you will develop a leadership portfolio that will be part of your long-term career map - underpinning your accelerated career trajectory. You will prepare for professional practice, focussing on the knowledge and skills required for lifelong learning and professional practice, including specific interview preparation, presentation skills and numeric skills.

We have fully embraced the rapidly changing field of digital technology, both in its application to teaching but also to the provision of holistic personalised maternal and neonatal care. In the first year you will be given an iPad. Lecture and group work material is delivered directly onto these iPads enabling you to annotate during sessions. Content can also be rapidly revised and updated, and the iPad can support you to organise your own self-directed study.

Fifty percent of the course will be based in midwifery placements, building your professional knowledge, skills and attitudes over the four years. During these placements, you will develop how to act professionally, exercise personal responsibility and make decisions in complex and unpredictable circumstances. A system of personal development planning and reflective practice will support you in developing these skills.

Upon successful completion of the NMC and University requirements, you will not only become a registered midwife, but also an ambassador for midwifery, and the MSci Midwifery with Leadership degree undertaken at the University of Leicester.

As an alumnus, you will be encouraged to contribute to the ongoing work in education and scholarship at the University.

Student support

Midwifery education may sometimes be challenging or emotionally demanding, which is why we have developed strong support networks for all of our students. Peer support is really important, and you will be allocated to a Buddy group, so you are able to gain advice and learn from more senior peers, as well as have the opportunity to join a mentoring programme. You will receive mid-placement visits and personal tutorials from your own personal tutor who will support you through the duration of the 4-year programme.

Mature student, Jess, talks about her reasons for studying at Leicester

“…I made the choice based on the annual leave supporting childcare, as I had an 11-month-old and a 2-year-old at the time and the University was supportive of breastfeeding. I found it helpful that there was a mature student support network and a physical space on campus for mature students which I was keen to access. I was keen to work towards a master’s degree as I had previously undertaken a degree and wanted the challenge”.

University of Leicester Midwifery with Leadership Society logoMidwifery with Leadership Society (MidSoc)

The University of Leicester Midwifery with Leadership Society (MidSoc) is an organisation that is supported by the Student Union and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). It is run by a group of enthusiastic student midwives who provide a supportive environment, bringing members together across all four years of the programme. They arrange educational conferences, fund raiser for local charities and organise some pretty great social events too, including a summer ball! 

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