Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

About the School

The Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery (OSNM) is a partnership which provides nurses and midwives with all they need to excel. Inspired by world-leading exemplars such as John Hopkins University in the US, it combines research driven education and clinical practice with the opportunity to be involved in high quality healthcare research. 

The partnership comprises Oxford Brookes University, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, under the umbrella of the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC).

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We aspire to bring together preeminent figures in healthcare research through our Centre for Nursing Health and Social Care research. And we strive to nurture the next generation of researchers.

The majority of our research is already accredited as ‘world-leading’. Meanwhile, our unique partnership allows us to create the best possible opportunities for our researchers.

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We offer a range of courses to help you along your healthcare journey.

Our courses are highly rated and informed by evidence from practice and research. Healthcare education is constantly evolving; the partnership at the heart of OSNM was created to help us keep pushing those boundaries.

Study with us if you want a well-respected course, run with internationally renowned partners such as Oxford Health and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundations Trusts (a world-renowned centre of clinical excellence and one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the UK).

Our combined expertise will help you reach ever greater heights.


Practice education is critical to the current provision and future development of nursing and midwifery courses. At Oxford Brookes, placements are managed by our Practice Education Unit, who work with local trusts to provide you with the best possible preparation for your profession.

In both Midwifery and Nursing courses, students currently spend 2300 hours in practice placements. Students on placement are counted as ‘supernumerary’. This means that they are not included in the minimum numbers required for safe care. But this doesn’t mean they only observe; students on placement take a more active role as their competence grows.

Through these placements, you will learn what it means to provide vital care.

“Within Oxford Brookes, the School comprises all aspects of Nursing and Midwifery education, alongside many Allied Health Professionals; from short courses to degrees and more”

“Within Trusts, the School oversees education via placements, as well as helping facilitate coaching, mentoring and providing Continued Professional Development”

“In research, the Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR) supports world-class research that helps transform healthcare”