Midwifery with Leadership Msci

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


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January 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 29,691

Course Accredited By


  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
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 degree draws on the experience and expertise of more than 40 years of health education at the University of Leicester, a partnership with the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT), 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.

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 (PDF, 136kb) 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.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2022

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 B/6, plus a science subject at grade C/5. 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 4 in HL Maths, or 5 in SL Maths, or 6 in SL Maths Studies. Minimum of 5 in English at SL or HL.
  • 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)

NB. To study on this Midwifery degree you must have completed at least 12 years of general school education (or have evidence of passing an exam at an equivalent level).

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.

Health Requirements

  • The interview process is undertaken without consideration of any health or special circumstances. However, if you are made an offer and you accept, you will be required to complete a Health Screening Questionnaire (Word, 48kb). You may be contacted by the University's Occupational Health team if it is deemed appropriate.

Criminal Records Check (DBS)

  • The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. As part of the course entry requirements you must provide the university with an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. The university will bear the cost for this and will provide successful applicants with details of how to obtain their DBS certificate prior to the start of the course.
  • Checks can take 4-6 weeks to complete, so please complete your application as soon as possible after you have received instructions from us, to make sure that you receive your DBS Certificate by the beginning of term. If you will not be in the country on or shortly after the results day, you can consider carrying out the DBS application early but bear in mind that if you do not achieve your required results you may not be given a place on the course.
  • Read our DBS policy (PDF, 148kb)

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.

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.


  • Participating in care: Midwifery practice 1 (double module)
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Midwifery Practice (double module)
  • Leading the self: Leadership 1
  • Professional Development 1
  • Fundamentals of Evidence Based Practice
  • Psycho-social Concepts of Public Health, Health Promotion and Health Protectio

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.


  • Contributing to care: Midwifery practice 2 (double module)
  • Leading the team: Leadership 2
  • Promoting safe and effective midwifery care through continuity of care models
  • Mental health relating to childbearing
  • Full systematic physical examination of the newborn infant
  • Additional care requirements for mothers and newborn infants
  • Appraising the Evidence in Healthcare Practice

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.


  • Developing care partnerships: Midwifery practice 3 (double module)
  • Developing Evidence Based Practice (double module)
  • Pharmacology and medicines prescribing applied to midwifery practice
  • Leading in organisations: Leadership 3
  • Professional Development: elective/internship in midwifery
  • Emergencies in Midwifery

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.


  • Demonstrating proficiency: Midwifery practice 4 (double module)
  • Dissertation/report Applied to Professional Practice (double module)
  • Leading the management of change: Leadership 4
  • Promoting safe motherhood from a global perspective
  • Preparation for Professional Practice (double module) 

  • UK and EU Students 
  • Starting in 2021 
  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year. 
  • Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee. 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.

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