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Nursing, midwifery and social work

Further your career in health care at a University ranked 3rd in the world for nursing (QS World Rankings 2019).

Undergraduate nursing and midwifery

A degree from Manchester is just the start of your rewarding career in nursing or midwifery. We challenge you to be the best you can be and prepare you for your future as a leader in healthcare.

Why nursing and midwifery at Manchester?

As a nurse or midwife, you will make a valuable impact on the lives of others on a daily basis. Manchester is an exciting place to start your training for such a fulfilling career – it’s a diverse and vibrant city with specialist hospitals on your doorstep and quality placement opportunities that develop your skills and employability.

Hear what some of our students have to say…

Lauren Dearnley

"I decided to choose nursing because I wanted to spend my career impacting on other people’s lives and really making a difference to the care they receive... The nursing course at Manchester is recognised as one of the best in the world."

Lauren Dearnley / BNurs Adult Nursing

Be a Greater Manchester nurse

Many of our nursing and midwifery graduates stay in Greater Manchester, launching their careers in practice in the region they loved during their studies.

We’re supporting ‘Be a Greater Manchester nurse’, a campaign to encourage more people to start and continue their nursing careers in Greater Manchester. See our third-year adult nursing student Sam talk about his experiences of studying here.

"Knowing that you've made a difference to somebody's life - nothing compares to it."

Sam / 3rd year student nurse

How you learn

You'll split your time equally between learning theory on campus and applying your knowledge to practice alongside other health professionals on your placements, so you get a strong academic grounding, designed to make you the best nurse or midwife you can be.

Our degrees meet the requirements for you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on graduation.



Quality placements

Our links with NHS trusts and charities means we can offer a wide variety of placements where you’ll put the theory you’ve learnt into practice. 

Most placements are in travelling distance of Manchester and you'll be supported by qualified health professionals. Our students often get employed by the hospitals where they did a placement.

Supporting you through your degree

As a student nurse or midwife at Manchester, you’ll be part of a really supportive community that helps you get the most out of your degree and your time here.

You’ll get access to:

  • peer assisted study sessions with a student from the year above to support your learning outside lectures
  • a personal peer mentor in your first year (nursing students only) who is a student from a higher year who will help you navigate life on your course
  • a practice placement mentor who will support your learning and help you stay on the right track
  • student societies for nursing and midwifery, living at home, mature students and carers.
Vimbai Tagarira

"You form a little community with the other student midwives because they also understand the journey you’re on, so use that as a support system. Utilise other forms of help such as mentors on placement, or lecturers. They are there to help you and want you to succeed on the course."

Vimbai Tagarira / Midwifery student


"My greatest achievement so far is knowing that I’ve made a difference to someone’s life, and those special moments when you know the person you’re caring for won’t forget you, and you certainly won’t forget them."

Sophie Birch / Research nurse and Manchester alumna


Apply for nursing or midwifery

If you’re ready to apply to a nursing or midwifery degree at Manchester, here’s what you need to know.


Contact us

Course enquiries

tel: +44 (0)161 306 7601



General undergraduate enquiries

tel: +44 (0) 161 275 2077




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Taught master’s in nursing, midwifery and social work

We are a recognised international leader in education for nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and social work and provide a range of high quality pre- and post-registration courses.

Our courses give you the opportunity to study at postgraduate level so you can enhance your practice by acquiring, developing and critically appraising your knowledge and skills.

These include specific courses for continuing professional development (CPD), many of which can enable you to earn credits to put towards a full postgraduate qualification.

Prepare for leadership

Our Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice courses are aimed at nurses, social workers and allied healthcare professionals who want to take the next step in their professional development.

You will learn contemporary knowledge and skills in the areas of clinical practice, leadership and collaborative practice, improving quality, developing practice, and developing self and others through a coherent programme of professionally relevant study.

I'm already applying a lot of the skills that I'm learning, especially in the Developing Practice and Managing Change unit. Because my team at work knows that I am doing this unit, they give me a lot more responsibility and I can see the ways in which it's going to help me progress in my career already.

Rachel Hunter / MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice (Nursing)

Develop your research skills

Our research-focused master's courses are ideal for roles that involve research in clinical and health and social care settings. Many of our other courses also offer research-specific units to help you develop this skillset alongside units in another area of interest.

You'll also benefit from studying in a research-intensive environment. Our nursing and allied health professions research was deemed excellent in the REF 2014, and researchers are among the teaching staff on our postgraduate courses. Find out more about our nursing, midwifery and social work research.

Researcher in a hospital lab

Find your speciality

If you want to specialise in clinical nursing, mental health, paediatrics or oncology, our postgraduate courses can equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to make your next career move.

"I have received the right amount of support from both the course facilitators who have been contactable and helpful throughout my modules, and also a lot of support from fellow students."

David Wright / MSc Specialist Practice (Cancer)



Qualify as a social worker

Our MA in Social Work will give you a nationally and internationally recognised professional social work qualification, and eligibility to register as a qualified social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council.

"The interventions module was really useful when hypothesising on what kind of support might suit certain people and applying solution-focused brief therapy to each case, as well promoting approaches like cognitive behavioural therapy."

Eric Boateng / MA Social Work

Our courses

Professional development courses

Courses leading to a professional qualification

Mental health courses

See all taught master’s

Pharmacy courses

Research-focused courses

Specialist and advanced clinical practice courses

Other courses

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Some of the units from the above postgraduate courses can also be taken as standalone CPD courses in areas such as cancer care, leadership and research.

We offer additional CPD courses such as Independent Prescribing and CAR-T Cell Therapy.

Find out more about our CPD courses in nursing, midwifery and social work.

Physiotherapy CPD

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Course enquiries

tel: see our individual courses



General postgraduate taught enquiries

tel: +44 (0) 161 275 2077



Postgraduate research

We offer both full and part-time study options, as well as distance learning, high-quality supervision, and excellent training and support.

Our PhD and MPhil programmes

The subjects covered by our programmes include:

You can also see a full list of the Faculty's postgraduate research subjects or search for a specific project.