Midwifery (BSc) — Dual study programme
At a glance
- Study programme
- Midwifery (BSc) — Dual study programme
- Nursing and Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
- Type of programme
- Dual study programme
- Standard Duration
- 7 semesters
- Admission Capacity
- Start of study programme
- Winter semester
- Admission Restriction
- Limited entry
- Admission Requirements
- general university entrance qualification or nursing education, training contract with a cooperation clinic, Health certificate, extended certificate of good conduct
- Language of instructions
Literature in English
- Language Requirements
- For international students: DSH 2 level German language skills by the day of enrolment. At the time of application, a lower level is sufficient. Applications submitted by 30 April: B 1 or equivalent, applications from 1 May: DSH 1 or B 2 or equivalent
- Application Deadline
- 20 August
- External Partners
- We cooperate with institutes of obstetrics in the region – for more information, go to "Subject information" at the end of this page.
- Specific Features
- During the programme, students obtain permission to use the professional title of midwife with the state-recognised midwifery examination. By obtaining the two qualifications, graduates can work as a midwife in Germany and abroad. The training programme covers 3000 hours of professional practice in cooperating institutes of obstetrics, some of which count towards programme requirements. No training allowance is paid, however some practical placement partners pay a fee for practical phases or even a scholarship. Midwifery training that has already been completed may count towards up to half of the study programme. The programme may then be completed in two years.
What Is This Programme About?
Midwives tend to the needs of women and their families during pregnancy, labour, in the days immediately after the birth and during the nursing period, and they offer advice on family planning. If these processes occur physiologically, i.e. normally in the broadest sense, midwives work independently and autonomously, focusing on the needs, possibilities and choices of the women they are caring for. To handle the complex tasks of a midwife responsibly and according to each situation and to provide compassionate support and care, midwives must have a high level of professional expertise but also be able to critically reflect upon themselves and their own actions, work under pressure, empathise with women in different life situations and help them guarantee their family's long-term well-being.
This first degree-level course in midwifery covers the entire spectrum of traditional midwifery duties. It also offers scientifically sound, practice-oriented training at university level, teaching students the basic skills required to practise the profession of midwifery. The university qualification guarantees that training and professional practice comply with international standards.
Why Choose This Programme?
Prospective students should be motivated to work independently and on a sound scientific basis so that they can give women and their families all the help they need before and after the birth of a child. Students have to develop an awareness of needs-oriented care and protect the midwifery profession by raising its profile in society. They should be willing to work shifts, including night and weekend shifts. Midwives can be employed in maternity clinics or work independently as freelance midwives, in birth clinics or in their own practices. The practical work of a midwife involves a high level of physical contact.
How is the programme structured?
Seventeen competence-oriented modules prepare students for midwifery work at the university in seminars, lectures, through self-study and on the basis of project-related and problem-oriented assignments in the Skills Lab.
Alongside the core competencies of midwifery, the curriculum focuses on methodological skills in midwifery research and 3,000 hours of practical work (in accordance with the German Training and Examination Regulations for Midwives). From the second semester, these sessions are completed parallel to classes (alternating every two weeks with theoretical and occupation-related studies) and in block work placements over a period of several weeks during the lecture-free period.
In nine different practical phases, students acquire and develop their professional midwifery skills. The programme cooperates with the obstetrics departments of various clinics and non-clinical midwifery-led institutions (birth centres, midwifery practices) and paediatric clinics in the area. There are also plans to offer a one-semester work placement in the third year of the programme through a cooperation with institutions elsewhere Germany and Europe.
Where does it lead?
There is a very urgent need for well-qualified midwives. Midwives provide prenatal care and advice, they help women with problematic pregnancies, assist during labour, and they offer postpartum care and nursing and nutritional advice. They also offer courses on parenthood (antenatal, postnatal and baby care) through various social service providers.
Midwives can be employed or work independently in clinics or doctors' practices, or as self-employed midwives with their own practice, as part of a practice team or in a birth clinic. They are part of interdisciplinary teams or networks. Related areas of midwifery, such as counselling centres, youth welfare and the public health service, are also possible areas of employment. Mention should also be made of the "family midwife", who visits homes and supports families during the first year of a child's life.
On the basis of their academic training, graduates of the Midwifery programme can work as research assistants at universities and institutes of higher education and participate in projects or clinical or social science research.