Bachelor of Science

Midwifery Science

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Accompanying the start in life

Midwives advise, support and care for women, newborns and families during pregnancy, birth, the postpartum period and breastfeeding. High-quality care requires specialist knowledge that is always up to date with the latest research, practical skills and psychosocial competencies. The midwifery science course teaches this in seven semesters.

  • ECTS: 210 ECTS
  • Programme duration: 7 semesters
  • Campus: Furtwangen
  • Faculty: Health, Safety, Society
  • Programme begins: winter semester (September)
  • Application deadline: 1 July (Winter Semester)
  • Entry requirements: university entrance qualification
  • Teaching language: German
  • Accreditation: yes (accredited through the university system accreditation)
  • Two in one You complete this course with state recognition as a midwife and with a bachelor's degree. The course is organised as a cooperative, practice-integrated degree. In addition to the theoretical content taught at HFU, there are regular practical assignments.
  • Motivation for studying Accompanying the phase around birth and the start of life is a highly responsible profession. For your studies and career, you should have an interest in medical content and psychology and be keen to continuously develop your communication and empathy skills.
  • Wide range of expertise Midwives take the central key position in the interprofessional team. As a midwife, you always keep your specialist knowledge up to date with the latest scientific findings, combine theory and practice professionally and have planning and management skills.
  • Wide-ranging expertise From anatomy and communication to quality management, we teach you theoretical and practical knowledge from various specialist areas.

Details of the programme

Programme content and structure

The Midwifery Science degree programme prepares you for the complex practical and theoretical requirements of the midwifery profession. In addition, important fundamentals of evidence-based midwifery and midwifery research are taught. Accompanying and reflection seminars offer space to further develop your own psychosocial skills. These are important in addition to professional expertise, as midwives accompany a personal, emotional and intimate phase of women's lives and also come into contact with their own life experiences in the context of family planning and parenthood. In addition to the topics of midwifery and midwifery science, the course also teaches important fundamentals of women's health, anatomy, physiology, professional knowledge, quality management, psychology and ethics. Before beginning the course, a contract must be concluded with a cooperation clinic, which ensures the practical training phase and pays a training allowance. In addition, practical assignments take place in the field of freelance midwifery, for example in birth centres or with self-employed midwives.

The theoretical and practical courses take place at the Furtwangen campus. The course begins in the third week of September.


Foundation studies

The foundation course teaches the basics of science and medicine. You will also learn initial scientific methods. Midwifery-specific skills are taught right from the start and promoted in lectures, seminars and through practical exercises in the skills lab.


Advanced studies

The advanced studies focus on practical midwifery work in the cooperating clinics. In addition to accompanying and reflection seminars and in-depth teaching of evidence-based midwifery, the basics of midwifery research are taught.

Exam and thesis

The bachelor's thesis requires independent scientific work on a question relevant to midwifery science. It forms the conclusion of the theoretical studies at the university.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Midwifery Science course require a high degree of independence and organisational skills, physical resilience due to the duality of studying and working in the clinic (three-shift system, duty also on weekends and public holidays), psycho-social skills, communication skills, interest in intra- and interdisciplinary cooperation, the desire to provide women and their newborn children, men and families with high-quality and individual care in a sensitive phase of life and the willingness to continuously reflect and develop.

To apply, you will need:

  • a student contract with a cooperating hospital
  • a university entrance qualification 

To be submitted upon conclusion of a student contract:

  • extended certificate of good conduct (no more than one month old)
  • medical certificate of health suitability (no more than one month old)

HW specifics

Cooperation partnerships

The following clinics cooperate with the Midwifery Science degree program to provide practical training:

  • Evangelisches Diakoniekrankenhaus Freiburg
  • Gesundheitsverbund Landkreis Konstanz, Standorte Singen & Konstanz
  • Helios Klinik Überlingen
  • Klinikum Hochrhein GmbH
  • Krankenhäuser Landkreis Freudenstadt
  • Ortenau Klinikum
  • Schwarzwald-Baar-Klinikum Villingen-Schwenningen
  • SRH Kliniken Sigmaringen
  • Zollernalb Klinikum Balingen
  • St. Elisabethen-Krankenhaus Lörrach gGmbH
  • SLK-Kliniken Heilbronn

What's included

Special features

Here you get two degrees at once! After seven semesters, you will be a state-approved midwife and have a Bachelor of Science. You will earn a reasonable salary during the standard period of study. During two practical semesters and further practical phases, you'll work in regional hospitals, midwife-led facilities and with freelance midwives. In addition to practical knowledge, our highly qualified lecturers also teach you how to work academically - the entire academic path up to a doctorate is open to you.

Your career prospects

In addition to a wide range of career opportunities in various settings, studying midwifery science also offers you international career opportunities and academic career paths up to doctoral level.

Faculty of Health, Safety, Society

The Facult of Health, Safety, Society is the perfect place to start your career in health, social care and safety! From Midwifery Science to Risk Engineering, studying at GSG will give you the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others and help improve the health and safety of individuals and communities. You make the difference!

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  •  Manuela Kern
    Manuela Kern Midwifery Science Programme Assistant