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Midwifery application process

Below is some information and advice on applying for a place on our Midwifery (BMidwif) course.

How to apply

All applications for entry to undergraduate study in the UK must be directed through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Please refer to the UCAS website for further information on key dates and the application process.

How your application is considered

We usually receive well over 1,200 applications for the Midwifery (BMidwif) course.

From these, we shortlist approximately 300 candidates who are offered an interview. We aim to recruit between 76 and 80 students each year. Candidates meeting most of the required criteria to a high standard will be called for interview.

To make the process as fair as we can for everyone, candidates who meet some of the criteria may be kept 'on hold' in case we are able to offer them an interview later in the process. You will be notified if we are holding your application in order to make a decision later in the process.

The interview days are normally scheduled from November through to March.

Personal statement

What information should I include in my UCAS personal statement?

Be honest about yourself when completing the personal statement. It is acceptable to write about situations in which you did not achieve as much as you hoped, as you can indicate what you have learnt from the experience. If you have previously studied on midwifery or other healthcare courses, but did not complete the programme, please tell us, as this will have been part of your personal development.

Be accurate in relation to your academic qualifications. We will ask to see original certificates or other evidence of these achievements before we offer a place. We recommend that you apply for copies of any lost documents when you apply for the course in case you are offered a place.

Be careful as you complete your form. We receive hundreds of application forms and read them all with due care and attention; however, any application that is incomplete, written in poor English or contains errors will not be considered.

We recommend that you discuss the following:

  • reasons for wanting to study midwifery and how you have found out about this career;
  • understanding the needs of maternity service users and the midwife's role in meeting these needs;
  • skills and attributes that will help you meet the academic and practical demands of the course;
  • personal development, employment or voluntary work experience and skills you have that are relevant to a career in midwifery.

What sort of reference should I include?

Your application should be supported by a reference from your most recent educational institution and may also comment on the criteria set out above. If you have not studied recently, you may supply a reference from an employer. We often ask for additional references prior to offering a place.

Interview requirements

All shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an online interview via Zoom.

The panel will usually include a midwifery lecturer, a clinical midwife and a service user.

You will also be asked to produce verification of your academic achievements and complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check form.

If you have a disability that you think will affect your ability to participate, please tell us about this when you confirm your intention to attend for the interview, so that we can make reasonable adjustments.

Placement information

Students will complete their Year 1 placements (community and hospital) in the maternity services of one NHS trust. You will then move to complete your hospital and community placements for Years 2 and 3 in a second NHS trust.

Find out more about our midwifery placements.

After the interview

While our aim is to inform applicants of our decision as soon as possible after the interview, there will be a number of cases when our decision will be delayed, and we will need to wait until ALL interviews have been completed before we are able to update UCAS Track.

In this scenario, we will inform applicants of a potential delay and the timeline of when we expect to be able to confirm our decision.

Events for offer holders

Following the interviews, our intention is to arrange on-campus offer holder events (from March 2022) to give you the opportunity to visit the University of Manchester campus, meet our staff and current students, and see the facilities in the Jean McFarlane Building.

Should the situation change and we are restricted from allowing visitors onto campus, we will arrange our offer holder events via Zoom.


The overwhelming majority of unsuccessful applicants are rejected because they do not satisfy our entry requirements, or because the Admissions Tutors does not feel the personal statement fully reflects their interest in midwifery, but requests for reconsideration of a decision can be made.

Requests should be made via email to the Midwifery admissions team ( while also being supported (again via email) by the applicant's tutor/academic advisor.