Midwifery MSc


Fact file

Qualification name:Midwifery
Duration:12 months full-time or 24 - 48 months part time
Entry requirements:At least a 2.2 honours degree
Other requirements:Applicants must be a registered midwife in current practice. Please note that if you are a non EU trained applicant and require registration to the nurses or midwives part of the NMC register the academic version of the IELTS test that you must achieve, before submitting your application to the NMC, is: • At least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections • At least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections • At least 7.0 (out of a possible 9) overall The NMC will not accept applicants who score lower than this standard International students will be required to have occupational health clearance, supply a declaration of good character and health form certified by their current employer and undertake governance training in order to undertake insight/observational visits. Please note if vaccinations are required, these will be at the student’s own expense
IELTS:6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element)
Start date:September
Campus:Nottingham Centre

Course Overview

The course aims to enable midwives to develop, deliver and direct high quality midwifery services within the context of the national and international drive towards improving maternity/health outcomes for the childbearing woman and her family. The midwife will study in depth the art and science of midwifery and the ethical, political, legal, economic, multi-professional and global context in which contemporary midwifery is practised. The course aims to equip midwives with the knowledge and skills required to operate at senior and strategic levels in today’s midwifery and health care services. To achieve this, the Division of Midwifery offers a learning environment that facilitates the development of reflective, analytical and critical thinking and the ability to lead and manage change.  

Course-specific entry requirements

All prospective applicants to the course will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to the practice of midwifery and health care through their current professional/practitioner role and in addition to the University regulations must:

  • hold a degree (usually 2:2 or above)
  • be a registered practising midwife in current practice

International students

International students whose first language is not English are normally required to have an overall average score of 6.5 (out of a possible 9) in the British Council’s International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent.

Applicants from certain countries may have these requirements waived subject to The University of Nottingham Policy for Waiving English Language Requirements.

For more information download the Midwifery flyer (PDF).

Key facts

  • Being part of the School of Health Sciences promotes opportunities for developing inter-professional working and learning with colleagues and students across all three divisions. Midwives on this course will study four modules, two of which are compulsory modules undertaken with students from nursing and physiotherapy. The aims of these shared learning opportunities is to enhance future inter-professional working, learning, training and supervision.
  • The Academic Division of Midwifery offers the course at the Nottingham centre
  • We are 2nd best in the UK for nursing and midwifery and 5th for physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide League table 2014
  • One of the leading centres of healthcare scholarship in the UK; 90% of our research is of international significance, with over half (55%) defined as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' for nursing and midwifery research according to the last Research Assessment Exercise
  • 5th for research power and 7th for research quality in the UK as identified by the last Research Assessment Exercise
  • We have a community of over 3,000 students and around 280 academic and support staff
  • Three Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellows

Course Details

The MSc Midwifery provides a framework within which midwives undertake four modules including one optional module pertinent to their area of practice/personal interest which can be selected from a menu of modules in order to achieve a total of 120 credits. Students may exit at this point with a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery.  

The MSc Midwifery course requires students to complete four modules and a further compulsory module: Dissertation module (60 credits). The criteria being that the student has achieved a satisfactory academic standard for postgraduate study ie. weighted course average of at least 50%.

The dissertation project – this is a 12,000–15,000 word modified systematic review, an audit/service evaluation or empirical research project

Course structure

The course commences in September/October each year. 

Part-time option: The minimum length of the course is 24 months for the MSc Midwifery.

Full-time option: The minimum length of the course is 12 months for the MSc Midwifery.

Full-time students will normally be expected to complete the course in 24 months. Part-time students will normally complete the course within four years, having the option to complete within 24, 36 or 48 months. 

Teaching and learning methods:

Midwives are allocated a personal tutor for each module. A variety of teaching and learning methods are incorporated within the course and include lectures, group discussion, student and tutor-led seminars, web-based learning activities using Moodle, tutor-led group tutorials, individual tutorials and academic supervision, online discussion boards, online group tutorials and discussion forums. Where appropriate, outside lecturers with particular expertise will be used in addition to school staff.

Methods of assessment:

Each module has an assessment that can take a variety of forms, for example: written assignments, online assessments, critical incident analysis, action plan development, evidence-based portfolios, oral presentation with supportive paper.

We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma Midwifery, which shares the same taught components as the MSc Midwifery but does not have a dissertation requirement.

Curriculum map: 

Full time students:

Semester one:
Evidence for Health and Social Care (30 credits)
Empowering Midwifery Practice (30 credits)

Semester two:
Leadership in Health and Social Care (30 credits)
Optional Module (30 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits) 6 months to complete

Part time students:

Year one 
Semester one:
Evidence for Health and Social Care (30 credits)

Semester two:
Leadership in Health and Social Care (30 credits) 

Year two 
Semester three:  
Empowering Midwifery Practice (30 credits)

Semester four:  
Optional Module (30 credits)

Year three
Semester five
Dissertation (MSc students only) 8 months to complete

All of the compulsory modules are run from the Nottingham Centre.

One optional module (30 credits) - choice to be negotiated with Course Director.

Other optional modules may be added from time to time according to demand from our NHS partners. Please note that all module details may be subject to change.

For more details on our modules, please see the module catalogue.


Core modules:

  • Evidence for Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Empowering Midwifery Practice (30 credits)
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Plus one of: 

  • Advanced Nursing and Midwifery Practice in a Global Context (30 credits)
  • Best Practice in Perineal Care (30 credits)
  • Examination of the Neonate for Health Care Practitioners (30 credits) 
  • High Dependency Care of the Childbearing Woman (30 credits)
  • Infant Feeding and Nutrition (30 credits)
  • Supporting Learning and Assessment in Health and Social Care Practice (30 credits) / Mentor Preparation for Health Care Practitioners (level 4) (30 credits)
  • Teaching and Learning in Health and Social Care (30 credits)


Home/EU students

Midwives working in the East Midlands may be funded via their Manager and LBR Co-ordinator through the Strategic Health Authority/Local Education Training Boards contract with the University of Nottingham. Other midwives may self fund the course or seek support from scholarships.

You can find out more detailed information about course fees, scholarships and funding on the School website.

The Graduate School website at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding. 

International students

Further opportunities for funding may be available to overseas students through the International Office at The University of Nottingham. 

The Master of Science in Midwifery is a vocationally-driven course aimed at practising midwives. As such, the content is designed to put you at the cutting edge of thinking, research and practice in the area of Midwifery, with a view to accelerating your career progression and prospects.

The Master of Science in Midwifery enables midwives to advance their careers and operate at senior levels be it in clinical practice, higher education, management or research, with graduates securing posts as clinical managers, consultant midwives, lecturers, practice development midwives, research midwives and specialist midwives.

This course also provides an excellent foundation for future study at PhD level. Midwives will be required to attain at final degree classification of at least a merit in order to be eligible to apply for this higher level of study.


The MSc Midwifery has enabled individual midwives who have successfully completed the course to develop their careers, for example as clinical managers, consultant midwives, lecturers, practice development midwives, research midwives and specialist midwives.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2012, 100% of postgraduates from nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy courses and research opportunities who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,711 with the highest being £46,620.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2011/12.

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops. 


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