Midwife

General information

This three-year study programme (both full-time and combined or part-time mode) aims to train competent professionals with a university degree to work as midwives in the healthcare system. Graduates must be able to use their theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to work autonomously as midwives within the full scope of practice and responsibilities set for their profession.

The programme focuses on unsupervised care for women with normal pregnancy during their pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum period as well as care for healthy newborns. In the case of health conditions, graduates are able to help caring for the mother and newborn and diagnose and resolve problems over the whole life of the women and her family.

Educational goals of this programme include effective communication with the client and her family, teamwork in the case of health conditions, adherence to ethical principles, and preventive procedures used at the individual levels of prevention, with special emphasis on primary prevention and education of the woman and her family at all stages of her life, especially as regards reproductive health.

Practical training within the scope set by legislation for the regulated profession of midwifery is an important part of the studies. The study programme is accredited in accordance with relevant legislation and the Definition of the Midwife developed by the ICM (International Confederation of Midwives) to allow graduates to obtain registration and licence for autonomous, independent, and fully responsible practice of the profession within the healthcare systems in the EU countries.

Graduates of the study programme are competent healthcare professionals in accordance with the ICM documents (ICM Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice, Definition of the Midwife, and ICM International Code of Ethics for Midwives) as well as national and other international regulations for midwifery practice.

A successful graduate is able to

  • Demonstrate a professional and mature approach to individuals, families, and communities, contributing to the professionalization of midwifery and raising the social prestige and status of midwives.
  • Make autonomous and qualified decisions in caring for health and in the prevention of diseases and complications.
  • Provide care to women during pregnancy, labour, delivery, and postpartum, to newborns, and to women with gynaecological conditions; and to detect risks and irregularities early and help resolve them.
  • Provide care to women during pregnancy, and postpartum period, to newborns, and to women with gynaecological conditions in hospitals as well as in other environments (such as home care and community care).
  • Actively use evidence-based practice and critical thinking methods and apply the results in practice.
  • Apply procedures appropriate for the individual levels of prevention with special emphasis on primary prevention and education of the woman and her family at all stages of her life, especially as regards reproductive health.
  • Assess client needs and provide care through the midwifery care process in culturally appropriate environment.
  • Run parenthood preparation classes and provide advice in the area of female reproductive health and child care within the scope of midwifery practice.
  • Make, justify, and bear full responsibility for own professional decisions.
  • Reflect on his/her actions, find fulfilment in his/her profession, and continue to learn and improve oneself.

“I chose Masaryk University because of its excellent reputation and its brand new facilities. It surprised me how well the programme of general medicine runs. It has a very good structure and everything is well planned.”

Simen Viker Brekke Simen Viker Brekke
student of Faculty of Medicine from Norway

Work experience

Cílem studia je aktivní zvládnutí teoretických i praktických poznatků a dovedností tak, aby vám umožnily samostatný a zodpovědný výkon povolání porodní asistentky v plném rozsahu kompetencí.

Velká pozornost je věnována právě praktické přípravě. Celkově studium zahrnuje 4600 hodin, z toho zhruba polovinu tvoří odborná praxe, která probíhá blokově, konkrétně ve čtyřtýdenních blocích a formou klinických cvičení. Praxi budete vykonávat pod vedením školitelek a mentorek ve státních i nestátních zdravotnických zařízeních.

Graduate employment

The primary career for the graduates of this programme is the practice of midwifery as an autonomous profession (without professional supervision and indication) in hospitals, primary care, and community settings. Graduates can work as independent midwives in prenatal care and education centres, hospitals, and institutions providing help to women and their children. As employees, graduates can offer to their employers an ability to detect and, within the scope of their practice, resolve needs and health issues of women and their families using critical thinking and scientific evidence. They are familiar with the basic principles of scientific work and are able to carry out research and propose new alternative ways to deal with existing healthcare challenges based on their findings; research institutes and centres are, therefore, another possible place of employment for them. Graduates only have a limited opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree in the field of midwifery (MU does not currently offer this option). They can work as midwives anywhere in the EU.

Faculty Faculty of Medicine
Type of study bachelor's
Mode full-time
Standard length of studies 3 years
Language of instruction czech

Natasha Mazumder

“Although I applied for some other universities in Europe, when I saw Brno and uni for the first time, I knew I wanted to study there. I immediately fell in love with Brno – everywhere were a lot of students and young people and also, Brno was not a big city, it has the ideal size enriched with culture and life. Masaryk University has good ranking. I also liked the university environment - during the open day tour, my parents and I were really impressed with all the study departments, biochemistry labs and libraries.”

Natasha Mazumder
The Faculty of Medicine graduate from UK

Field of study combinations

Field combinations with Midwife


This field of study is only offered in single-subject study mode

Admission Requirements

Unfortunately no information about admission requirements is available.

Frequently enrolled courses

Recommended study plans and other information can be found in the faculty study catalouge.

Further studies

The Faculty of Medicine at MU does not currently offer a Master’s degree programme in midwifery.

Additional information

For more information, visit the website of the Faculty of Medicine:

http://www.med.muni.cz/index.php?id=2

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