As a midwife, you will learn how to provide skilled, knowledgeable, respectful, and compassionate care for all women, newborn infants, and their families. Study with us and enter this satisfying career where you'll be able to make a difference every day.

Postgraduate Midwifery courses

What is the role of a midwife?

Midwifery is one of the most important healthcare professions in the UK. Midwives work across the continuum from pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, labour and birth, postpartum and the early weeks of a newborn's life. This includes women's future reproductive health, well-being and decisions in promoting very early child development and the parents' transition to parenthood.


Following registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, midwives can work in the trust obstetric maternity unit, midwife-led unit or in the community. Midwives may specialise in roles such as diabetes specialist midwife, bereavement services, vulnerable women or safeguarding. Midwives can also work in managerial, research or teaching roles.

Florence Nightingale Foundation Academy Member

The University of Derby has become the very first Higher Education Institution to join the Florence Nightingale Foundation Academy as a member. 

The Foundation’s principal focus is on improving health, clinical outcomes and patient experience, through building nursing and midwifery leadership capacity and capability. Our Nursing and Midwifery students will therefore have the opportunity to contribute to policy consultations, gain opportunities for elective placements, and enjoy access to leadership programmes including Nightingale Frontline, a peer group coaching service.

Postgraduate student

Student stories

Discover how our postgraduate students are using their passion, skills and determination to make a difference.