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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

Advanced Practice Interventions in Mental Health (APIMH)

Part-time multidisciplinary practice-focused course which equips you to offer high-quality support and evidence-based interventions in dementia and primary care settings.

There are two pathways to choose from:

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Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice

If you have a nursing, midwifery, social work and allied health professional background, this gives the opportunity to deepen and enhance your practice in a range of different health and social care settings.

There are three pathways to choose from:

Clinical research

Ideal for you as a health professional aiming to enhance your skills and knowledge in clinically focused research. Gain a good grounding for a career in research, or careers where research is a core component.

Health and social care

A two-year, full-time master's course leading to a professional social work qualification and eligibility to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

A research-based master's course that will equip you with in-depth knowledge and skills in a range of theoretical underpinnings and research methods relevant to applied research in various contemporary health and social care contexts.

Specialist and advanced clinical practice

A partnership between The University of Manchester and The Christie School of Oncology aimed at nurses and other healthcare professionals. The suite of taught generic professional skills and advanced clinical practice units can be undertaken individually as CPD or as part of a full postgraduate qualification.

Progress your career as an advanced clinical practitioner with our tailored course units: 

Other courses

See all taught master’s



Continuing professional development (CPD)

We also offer a range of standalone course units within our postgraduate continuing professional development programme.

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.