Midwifery PGDip


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PGDip Midwifery
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, "
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
Nottingham Centre
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course enables midwives to develop, deliver and direct high quality midwifery services, helping the drive towards improving maternity/health outcomes for the childbearing woman and her family.
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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. 

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's Policy for Waiving English Language Requirements (Word).

Key facts

  • Rated 8th in the UK for nursing and midwifery in the Complete University Guide 2018
  • 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
  • Our teaching team includes a number of Senior Fellows and Fellows of the Higher Education Academy

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:
Empowering Midwifery Practice (30 credits)

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

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

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 Lead.

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 an 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:

  • Sign-off mentor preparation for midwives
  • 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) 
  • Teaching and Learning in Health and Social Care (30 credits)

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



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 2016, 98.6% of postgraduates from the School of Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £25,082 with the highest being £61,000*.

*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for work, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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

Career prospects and employability

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.   

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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