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Midwifery is one of the most rewarding careers, offering excellent employability prospects alongside a unique professional role. At its heart is the provision of expert, respectful care tailored to a woman’s individual circumstances and needs. Midwives are central to the provision of high-quality maternity care to mothers and babies across the world.

As a student here you will gain comprehensive knowledge of the craft and science of midwifery with excellent teaching and mentorship from academics and experienced clinicians who are committed to excellence in midwifery education, practice, and research.

Salford was one of the first UK universities to be awarded UNICEF Baby Friendly accreditation, and in 2015 we were reaccredited with the highest mark ever awarded. UNICEF was highly complementary of the midwifery staff and students, praising their knowledge, skill and enthusiasm.

Studying midwifery at the University of Salford, you will acquire the skills and knowledge to optimise the normal biological, psychological, social and cultural processes of childbirth and learn how to provide the safest evidence-based care for women and babies through pregnancy, birth and beyond.

On successful completion of our undergraduate midwifery programmes you will be eligible to register as a midwife on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Professional Register.

Our ‘156 week’ programme is suitable for those who have no nursing background and our ‘Post RN’ programme is designed for those who already have a nursing qualification.

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Our postgraduate midwifery programme caters for qualified midwives who wish to advance their knowledge and skills in areas such as clinical practice, management, leadership and research.

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As the world of work evolves rapidly, we have developed a suite of higher and degree-level apprenticeships, offering a viable alternative to traditional university study.

Our degree apprenticeship programmes open doors to rewarding and challenging careers across a wide range of and our portfolio of programmes is continually developing to meet the needs of today’s employers.  

You will benefit from the expertise of our academics who are leaders in their field as well as the opportunity to continually apply your knowledge in the workplace.

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The Midwifery team has a substantial research portfolio. The midwives are allied with the ‘Knowledge and Place’ research group, largely due to one of the director’s work with midwifery education and maternity care in Uganda. There is a strong focus on education and practice issues, with both a national and international perspective.


The University of Salford has a long-standing partnership with Mountains of the Moon University in Uganda, which endeavours to improve healthcare provision in the country, particularly maternal and neonatal care.

The University team of academics, researchers and practitioners have undertaken research, support and transnational placements to share practice and expertise, with the aim of advancing knowledge and achieving positive outcomes. In collaboration with other leading institutions, we are supporting the development of a social enterprise to reduce infections caused by hand hygiene. We are also supporting work in hospitals which aims to improve the management and repair of equipment.

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Midwifery Simulation Suites

The midwifery directorate provides state-of-the-art simulation facilities which are extensively used in teaching and learning. These facilities allow students to learn with their peers, using simulated ‘real life’ scenarios thus applying theory to practice and increasing confidence and competence.

Other facilities

We have a range of other facilities within the School including our B’Hive social space and Allerton learning space where you have access to a range of literature, computers and study spaces.

It’s always great to hear from our current students and alumni about their experience studying here. Take a look at what our students have to say below.

I chose Salford even though geographically it is the furthest place from me because when I came here to visit, the atmosphere was so lovely and the staff were really supportive. There was a level of care and understanding at Salford which really appealed to me and made me want to come here. There  are  great  facilities for midwives with simulated wards allowing you to practice your skills before you go on placement. Nicolette Peel, BSc (Hons) Midwifery      

The choice of modules available on the MSc Midwifery enables me to develop and integrate knowledge and skills in clinical practice, leadership, management, and research. The support from the lecturers was excellent, with both face to face tutorials and on line support, which enabled me to maintain  a  workable balance between study, work and home life.     Anne McGlone, MSc Midwifery, Ward Manager, St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester

There are a wide range of societies to get involved with here at the university both linked to your programme of study as well as over 50 different societies covering all aspects of student life, from political to performance, and international to faith. The likelihood is if you have an interest, we'll have a society! Find out more

We also have a range of events taking place throughout the year within the School. Take a look at our events page to find out more.