Midwifery Undergraduate Courses

Midwives are in high demand. Study with us and take your first step into a satisfying career where you will be able to make a positive impact every day.

Midwifery is a challenging, yet rewarding career. A midwife provides care to women and families at one of the most important times of their lives. As a qualified midwife, you will be responsible for providing care and supporting women to make informed choices about their care.

Undergraduate Midwifery courses

What is the role of a midwife?

Midwives provide skilled, knowledgeable, respectful and compassionate care for all women, newborn infants and their families. They work across the continuum from pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, labour and birth, postpartum and the early weeks of a newborns 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.

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Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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Midwifery facilities

Our excellent facilities include a birthing pool, birthing beds, birthing stools and birthing balls, as well as model abdomens, pelvises and breasts which provide a safe environment for you to develop the skills you need to thrive in a rewarding career. Take a look with our Virtual Tour.

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Adapting to the pandemic: midwives and maternity services

The Covid-19 pandemic is impacting on health care services beyond any expectations. Jayne Leverton, our Lead Midwife for Education and Senior Lecturer, looks at the effect the pandemic has had on maternity services.

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Student stories

Our students and graduates are people just like you. And they are making an impact in our region and around the world by using their knowledge and skills to drive innovation and change. You can be part of that story. Let our students and graduates tell you theirs.

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