Midwifery PGDip


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Qualification name:Midwifery
Duration:9 - 12 months full-time or 18 - 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, "
IELTS:6.5 (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. 

Being part of the School of Health Sciences promotes opportunities for developing interprofessional 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 aim of these shared learning opportunities is to enhance future interprofessional working, learning, training and supervision.

Course-specific entry requirements

All prospective applicants to the course will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to the practice of midwifery and healthcare 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 (Word).

For more information download the Midwifery flyer (PDF).

Key facts

  • Rated 4th in the UK for physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide 2015 and 7th for nursing and midwifery in the Guardian University Guide League Tables 2015
  • We are a leading environment for world class research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014; 86% of our research activity is rated as world leading and internationally excellent with significant impact on people's health and wellbeing. We have also seen a 35% improvement in the quality of research undertaken in the past five years
  • Ranked 5th best in terms of research power in our unit of assessment, a measure which includes the quality of research and number of research active staff according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • 98% of students from nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy who participated in the 2013 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey were satisfied with the experience of their research degree programme
  • Our teaching team includes a number of Senior Fellows and Fellows of the Higher Education Academy
  • We have a community of over 3,000 students and around 280 academic and support staff

Course Details

The PG Diploma 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.

To complete the PG Diploma Midwifery students should achieve a weighted course average of 50%. The pass mark for all postgraduate modules is 50%. If you then choose to progress to the MSc Midwifery by completing the Dissertation module, a weighted course average of at least 50% is to be achieved.

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
  • 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

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)

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:
Advancing Nursing and Midwifery Practice in a Global Context

Semester four:
Optional module (30 credits)

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.

We also offer a MSc Midwifery, which includes the same taught components as the PGDip Midwifery but also has a 60 credit dissertation requirement.


Core modules:

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

If you have a question about funding please call +44 (0)115 823 1213.

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

International and EU students

The International Office provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, scholarships, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.


The PG Diploma 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 course enables midwives to advance their careers and operate at senior levels be it in clinical practice, higher education, management or research, with diplomats securing posts as clinical managers, consultant midwives, lecturers, practice development midwives, research midwives and specialist midwives.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 100% of postgraduates from nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy taught courses and research courses who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £24,070 with the highest being £45,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for NHS trusts (eg. clinical specialists, advanced practitioners, modern matrons), universities (eg. lecturers and senior academics, lecturer practitioners, researchers) and in private practice.

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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