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Midwifery & Health Sciences

Department of Midwifery & Health Sciences

The Midwifery & Health Sciences department supports the development of professionals for midwifery, paramedic science and operating department practice (ODP).

These occupations play a key role in today’s healthcare environment, providing essential care and support for people with a range of needs in diverse and evolving environments.

Staff also participate widely in research and professional practice, both through our research centre in maternal and infant health, and by engaging with a variety of other research centres and activities.

Our courses

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BSc (Hons) Midwifery

Accredited by the Nursing & Midwifery Council and UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative and with a strong emphasis on women-centred care, this course offers an equal balance of theory and practice.
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BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice

This three-year course is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) meaning that, upon successful completion of the programme, you will be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for registration as an Operating Department Practitioner.

BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

This three-year course features an equal spilt of theory and practical elements and you will have access to simulation suites within the university- during both taught and student-managed learning sessions.


Our Operating Department Practice and Paramedic Science degrees are both approved by the Health & Care Professions Council, with the latter course also endorsed by the College of Paramedics until July 2024. BSc (Hons) Midwifery is accredited by the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health

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The Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health aims to promote the health and wellbeing of women, babies and their families by enhancing practice through education, research and scholarship.

The centre focuses on research in midwifery, maternal and perinatal care. Academic researchers associated with the group employ a wide spectrum of research approaches, ranging from qualitative to quantitative research and from mixed-methods studies to systematic reviews.