Taught course

Midwifery Studies

Northumbria University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants must be registered as a nurse level 1 (adult) with the NMC and will normally have a degree with honours and relevant nursing experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is designed for applicants who are registered as a nurse level 1 (adult) with the NMC. Successful applicants will normally have a degree with honours and relevant nursing experience. The content of the Postgraduate Diploma Midwifery Studies programme will meet the requirements of the NMC Standards for Pre Registration Midwifery Education and reflects the concepts and intentions of ‘Delivering High Quality Midwifery care: the priorities, opportunities and challenges for midwives’ (GB DH 2009). Thus the programme will address key issues such as the provision of women-centred care, maintaining normality in childbirth, the development of essential skills for midwives and the role of the midwife in the promotion of public health.

Further Study: MSc Midwifery Studies

Students who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma Midwifery Studies / Pre-Registration (Shortened) programme can engage in study which will further enhance their ability to develop research knowledge and skills as they apply their learning to an aspect of contemporary midwifery practice. The MSc in Midwifery Studies will, in addition, prepare students to demonstrate originality and responsibility in researching and advancing an aspect of midwifery practice. On completion of this study students will be eligible for the award of MSc Midwifery Studies.

The programme is practice focused with students spending 60% of their time in clinical practice. Practice assessment is graded and contributes to module marks along with essays, a clinical simulation examination and a leadership tool box. The ‘pebble pad’ personal e learning system will be used to support both formative and summative assessment. This innovative web based approach to learning and assessment will enable students to record evidence of their learning, integrating theory and practice whilst contributing to achievement of outcomes.

Award holders from this programme are well placed to seek employment, with a 100% employment rate for those wishing to practice as midwives on completion.

Employment opportunities in a range of roles and environments are enhanced through the additional contemporary professional skills achieved through the programme. Skills are gained in adapting and evaluating professional and personal practice (for example, through service level and personal practice audit), mastering advanced information management skills, sharing and implementing research findings, and judging and using evidence to underpin practice.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 243 7900