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Midwifery - Pre-Registration


Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council

The MSc in Midwifery (pre-registration) is a professional programme for graduates with a first degree, leading to registration at master’s level.

You will have the opportunity to develop and refine your academic skills to critique and synthesise the best available evidence base which informs clinical midwifery. In identifying the strengths and limitations of evidence, you can identify areas to improve the knowledge around and to engage in undertaking research that aims to improve an aspect of care provision for women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.

You should have a deep understanding of the importance of woman-centeredness, combined with excellent interpersonal skills and leadership potential.

A master’s degree in midwifery will provide a strong basis for a future career in clinical work alongside research, education, management, leadership or consultancy.

This course welcomes applications from home, EU or international students.

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus, Marston Road site

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally and across the region.
  • We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of maternal and women's public health, cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.
  • Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development.
  • You will benefit from our large and dedicated building in Oxford (Marston Road) equipped with state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills simulation suites and resources. 
  • We support multi- and interprofessional learning and teaching, and many of our courses are either fully multiprofessional or offer excellent opportunities for shared learning.

Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the midwifery master's programme, you will be entered onto the midwifery part of the register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of the United Kingdom.

This course is currently approved by the NMC. Please note that this approval is subject to review and can be withdrawn at any time.

The following midwifery courses are offered:

  • a three-year midwifery programme for those with a first class or 2:1 bachelors degree, plus Biology or Human Biology A level at grade B or above. Previous health care experience is desirable, but not essential.

The practice and educational content of the course is the same as the BSc course; however, assessment will be at master's level. This will enhance development of critical thinking skills which will prepare students for further postgraduate studies. In addition, Midwifery MSc students will have the opportunity to undertake primary research for their dissertation.

During Year 1, you will undertake level 6 modules. In years 2 and 3 you will study level 7 modules.

Please note: as our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurnace framework, the module list may vary.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be a fully qualified midwife and eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. http://www.nmc-uk.org/

Teaching and learning

We offer a friendly and stimulating learning environment; we consistently receive high satisfaction ratings for our student support and learning resources in student surveys. We have excellent teaching facilities, dedicated clinical skills suites and simulation resources, which include a well equipped movement laboratory, a family of computerised simulation manikins (including a simman, simbaby and birthing mother), an extensive range of anatomy models and fully networked computer rooms.

At Oxford Brookes, no professional group works in isolation. We teach a wide range of pre-qualification and foundation courses including health and social care, all branches of nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, operating department practice, paramedic emergency care, and social work. You will share your learning with these other health care students. This is a key component of the course as it is essential to developing your teamwork skills and your understanding of the other roles you will encounter in practice.

We have excellent library resources, accessible both through the web and through a range of locally based facilities on university and NHS sites.

Information technology plays an important role in health care courses and a very extensive range of learning resources can be accessed through ‘Brookes Virtual’, an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises.

Additional costs

For 2017 Entry:

Placement costs:

These are costs that need to be paid for by midwifery students when travelling to and from clinical practice placements throughout Oxfordshire. As an example, a random sample of current first year students spent approximately £30 - £700 travelling to placements during the first year of their programme. There are 6 assessed placements during the 3 year midwifery programmes, plus at least 2 short placements each year. Midwifery students spend at least half of the course programmed weeks in clinical placement. On average, this is 23 weeks per year.

Other costs:

Books and other learning resources; £50 - £300

Shoes for practice to be worn with clinical uniform; £30 - £60

Equipment (for example stethoscope and watch) and suitable non clinical clothing for community placements; £60 - £250

Further information on additional costs for healthcare courses can be found here.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2019/20: £9,250 2020/21: £9,250

International - full time: 2019/20: £14,080 2020/21: £14,500

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For specific additional costs relating to your course, visit the course 'in detail' section above.

Find out more from the Student Loans Company about accessing loans for new postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students.

Please also see our Healthcare students FAQs

For general sources of financial support, see funding for Postgraduate students from outside the EU

Entry requirements

Three years MSc:
  • An honours degree with a first or 2:1 classification or above (or equivalent).
  • 5 GCSEs, including Mathematics, English Language and a science subject (ie Chemistry or Biology) at grade 5 (B) or above (or equivalent).
  • All applicants must be screened for fitness to practise.
  • An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.
We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and from both genders.


All applicants will be screened for fitness for practice and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

English language requirements

All non-UK midwifery applicants are required to have an IELTS score of 7.0 in all areas.

Please also see the university's standard English language requirements

International applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

How to apply

Applications for the MSc will be through the University's online application system. If you also wish to be considered for BSc Hons entry, it will also be necessary to make a UCAS application

Early application is advised and we expect to have completed the recruitment process by March.

Selection process

All Oxford Brookes University Health and Social Care Programmes conduct Value Based Recruitment (VBR). We recognise that values and attitudes have the greatest impact on the quality of people's care and their experiences.

VBR is a way of helping our Programme recruitment teams to assess the values, motives and attitudes of those who wish to work with people in health and social care settings. When we refer to values we mean, for example, the values included in the NHS constitution.

VBR focuses on 'how' and 'why' an applicant makes choices in how they act and seeks to explore reasons for their behaviour. 

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.


Midwifery is an exciting and diverse career choice. As the main healthcare professionals for the pregnant mother and her family throughout the childbearing process, midwives play a fundamental role in providing care and advice during pregnancy and birth, and in the postnatal period. Midwives are the experts in normal childbirth.

A master's degree in midwifery will provide a strong basis for a future career in research, education, management or consultancy. It is hoped that future graduates will influence midwifery practice in the UK and elsewhere.

How Brookes supports postgraduate students

All our courses adopt a student-centred approach to teaching and learning and are strongly focused on encouraging you to attain your full potential as lifelong learners.

There is a range of support mechanisms for students, such as academic advisers, who will facilitate your academic development, and student support co-ordinators, who provide a drop-in service for queries about any aspect of student life, covering both academic and personal welfare.

The university’s support services include Upgrade, which provides advice on study skills such as planning and writing essays, assignments and dissertations, research, or preparing for an exam. They also give advice on statistics and maths. There is a dedicated Student Disability and Dyslexia Service, which provides support for students with disabilities including sensory and mobility impairments, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, mental health problems and medical conditions. Here, staff offer advice and support on a range of issues, including physical access, funding, alternative assessment arrangements and liaison with teaching staff to ensure that they are aware of your requirements.

EU students

As a new EU student you will join the Academic and Cultural Orientation Programme, which has been set up to enable you to make a smooth transition into study at the university. Within the sessions, you will explore the culture of the university, which will assist you in developing the appropriate academic skills required for your programme of study. The university also provides a comprehensive range of support networks and services to EU/international students. For more information, go to www.brookes.ac.uk/international/why-oxford-brookes/support/

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Research highlights

In the Research Excellence Framework  (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent. The university has been careful to nurture emerging research strengths, and the international standing achieved by subjects allied to health demonstrates significant progress since 2008.
Find out more about the department's research portfolio.

Research areas and clusters

We have a number of both promising and experienced researchers working in established areas including maternal and women's public health,  drugs and alcohol and interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Over the past few years, these researchers have won external research and consultancy contracts including grants, fellowships and studentships for NHS staff. Our research staff collaborate with researchers from across Oxford Brookes University and from the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, along with research teams from many other UK and international centres.

Our academic staff have extensive experience of NHS,  clinical practice and general management at senior level. They also have a significant record of research and publications on a range of topics, including water birth and breast feeding. The currency of the course is also assured by the lecturers' close involvement in the maternity services and their movement between that sector and education.