2022 start September 

Midwifery (with registration as a midwife)

Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

This course prepares you for practice as an autonomous midwife in the maternity services. Leadership and research skills are at the centre of our curriculum to support your career development.
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Course description

Midwives are autonomous practitioners who work in a range of roles and settings. The role requires strong leadership.

As a midwife, you’ll be recognised as an expert in supporting, advising and advocating for women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum care. You’ll become a highly educated and skilled midwife, who is able to deliver and progress evidenced-based research and holistic midwifery care to women and their families.

Leadership is at the centre of our curriculum, so we can give you the tools you need to qualify as a registered midwife with the potential for career development in several areas including management, leadership, consultancy, educational and research roles. The course leads to registration at masters level.

In preparation for practice as an autonomous midwife in the maternity services, our course emphasises active learning, with a particular focus on:

  • developing critical thinking and expert knowledge
  • personal and professional reflection
  • research awareness
  • leadership
  • education that is aligned to meet the UNICEF-UK Baby Friendly Initiative Standards


Clinical practice is provided in the following trusts:

  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHSFT (Jessop Wing)  
  • Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHSFT  
  • Barnsley Hospitals NHSFT 
  • Rotherham Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council – the professional regulatory body for nurses and midwives.


The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department directly.

Core modules

Year 1 

  • Foundations of Health in Practice 
  • Foundations of Evidence for Midwifery Practice 
  • Introduction to professional midwifery practice 
  • Introduction to concepts of public health in childbearing

Year 2

  • Professional Midwifery Practice - The Midwife as a Leader 
  • Management of complex care and obstetric emergencies during pregnancy and childbirth
  • Developing concepts of public health for women and infants with complex and additional needs

Year 3

  • Professional Midwifery Practice – transition from student to qualified midwife
  • Management of Public Health and Infant Feeding 
  • Research Skills for Professional Midwifery Practice

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.


Your programme is 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice.

Modules show you how to apply theory to practice so you can learn how to be a safe and effective midwife. Once registered, you’ll be ready to assume the responsibilities and accountability of a registered midwife.

We use a range of learning and teaching strategies so that you progressively acquire subject-specific knowledge, understanding and skills, as well as wider generic and postgraduate skills. You’ll develop your skills through a variety of learning and teaching activities, including high-fidelity patient simulation training.

Teaching methods include lectures, skills workshops, seminars, group and individual tutorials, and independent learning and reflection.

We also use supervised clinical practice. This develops your practice through supervision and assessment of the required clinical skills, which you’ll record as part of your portfolio.

We often invite guest speakers, including service users and carers. In addition to these visits, we use videos, patient stories and narratives and reports as teaching material.


We use a variety of assessment methods, including examinations, essays, task-based assignments, presentations, clinical skills and a clinical practice portfolio.


3 years full-time

Your career

The course will qualify you as a Professional Midwifery Advocate, which is recognised by all NHS Trusts.

You’ll become a highly educated midwife with the potential for roles such as midwifery manager, consultant midwife, university lecturer, practice development midwife, researcher and specialist clinical midwife, or you could even continue your education by studying for a PhD.

This courses enhances your employability skills by:

  • encouraging you to develop lifelong, independent learning skills to enhance personal and professional development
  • teaching you to adapt to the changing nature and context of midwifery practice
  • developing your presentation skills
  • encouraging professional networking
  • placing a strong focus on leadership and research skills

You’ll also have the chance to engage with local employers early on in your programme.


We have a high-fidelity patient simulation training facility at Samuel Fox House.

    Entry requirements

    The minimum entry requirement is a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline, as well as GCSE grades 4/C in English, Maths and Science. Applicants with relevant work experience and good academic potential are also encouraged to apply.

    Please note that the course does not accept international students.

    • IELTS grade 7 with minimum of 7.0 in speaking, reading and listening and 6.5 in writing or equivalent

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

    Fees and funding


    Eligible English domiciled students can access the undergraduate financial support package from Student Finance England. You can access this support even if you have received loans to study an undergraduate or postgraduate course before.

    NHS Learning Support Fund

    Eligible students may also be able to apply to the NHS Learning Support Fund.


    Depending on your household income you may also be eligible to receive support from the University of Sheffield Bursary Scheme.


    Rachel Jokhi, Programme Lead, + 44 114 222 2043

    Carrie Langham, Associate Programme Lead

    Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

    Our student protection plan

    Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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