Published: 01 April 2019

A week in the life of a midwifery student

From shadowing community midwives to writing essays, discover a typical week in the life of first-year BSc Midwifery students at Surrey.

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Typical timetable

The following timetable is a general example - for the latest module information, visit our BSc Midwifery degree page.


  • 9am to 12pm - Understanding Research tutorial, followed by small group session for critical appraisal of chosen research area
  • 12pm to 1pm - Lunch in Hillside
  • 3pm to 5pm - Meet coursemates at the Library and Learning Centre for a study session in a pre-booked study room

Tuesday: Day in the community

  • 7:56am - Catch the train from Guildford to Haslemere to get picked up by community mentor at 8:30am
  • 9am to 12pm - Shadow community midwife mentor on community postnatal and antenatal visits
  • 12:30pm to 1pm - Lunch at GP surgery
  • 1pm to 6pm - Undertake a booking clinic and get dropped back at the station to catch the 17:32pm train back to Guildford

"I  recently started my midwifery placement in the community. It’s great to learn skills from your mentor and other midwives on the job, some of which you just can’t learn from studying. Although I’ve only just started my placement, I am loving every minute of it!"

Lucy Paruit, BSc Midwifery


  • 9am to 11am - Care and Management on Third Stage of Labour lecture
  • 11am to 12pm - Tutorial to discuss assignment


  • 9am to 11:30am - Begin preparations for essay in the Library
  • 12pm to 1pm - Grab lunch at Hillside
  • 1pm to 4pm - Practical skills session in the Simulation Suite to cover neonatal resuscitation theory, venepuncture theory and venepuncture practice
  • 4:30pm to 6pm - Personal Tutor group meeting


  • 9am to 12pm - Revision and study session with coursemates
  • 1:30pm to 2:30pm - Essay writing in Library

Work hard, play hard

Outside of lectures and library sessions, there’s lots to do during your free time at Surrey.

Campus life

The Students’ Union lies at the heart of campus life. With over 100 sports clubs and societies on offer (such as the Midwifery Society), it’s bursting with opportunities for you to discover new interests, have fun and make friends. The Union nightclub, Rubix, is a popular choice for nights out, and our beautiful lakeside campus has plenty of places to get a coffee, drink or bite to eat.

Ten minutes to town

The campus is also a short 10-minute walk from Guildford town centre, home to over 70 pubs, bars and restaurants. From ice skating at Guildford Spectrum to watching a film at the Odeon, Guildford has plenty to offer when you’re looking for a well-earned break from your studies.

“There is always lots to do while studying in Guildford. The town is really close to the campus where there are plenty of restaurants, bars, cafes, and nightlife to keep you entertained.”

Danni Bush, BSc Midwifery

Further afield

From London to the coast, discover some of the places our students like to visit during their free time at University.

Learn more about our Health Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery degrees and read what our students have to say about life at Surrey to discover why we were named ‘Best University for Student Experience’ by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016

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