Taught course

Midwifery Studies (Pre-registration)

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

You should have: current registration on the NMC Professional Registers as a nurse (adult) normally practised for one year as a registered adult nurse a relevant honours degree (nursing, health, science) or 80-120 CATS points at degree level evidence of previous study that includes theoretical aspects of research at diploma and degree level evidence of current study within the last three years - current studies must be completed in time for course commencement. Please note: Revalidation for registered nurses from April 2017 means that individual registrants have a responsibility to maintain their registered nurse status whilst studying on the PgDip Midwifery Studies programme. The ability to maintain registered nurse status through revalidation will be assessed on an individual basis as part of the selection procedure. Admission to the course is dependent on completing the following selection processes: academic entry requirements being met satisfactory application form successful interview satisfactory references completed work-based risk assessment process enhanced DBS check. If you are successful in both shortlisting and interview you will receive a conditional offer which is subject to the following: evidence of achievement of the required academic qualifications a successful work based risk assessment which will reflect the HEOPS recommendations - please read these here. For more information on all of the HEOPS standards click here enhanced DBS check - please note that any warnings, cautions, allegations or convictions received in the last five years may have implications for your continued offer on the course satisfactory references. Please note until 1 to 4 have been successfully completed the offer of a place on the course remains conditional.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is suitable for registered adult nurses. It offers you pre-registration midwifery education together with the opportunity for academic development so that on successful completion you will be put forward for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery Studies. The term midwife means ‘with woman’. Midwives are required to be the lead professional for women with an uncomplicated pregnancy and co-ordinator of care for all other childbearing women. This requires midwives to demonstrate compassion, autonomy, critical decision making skills, competence and professional accountability. Midwives work in partnership with women providing support, advice and care enabling women to make informed choices during pregnancy, birth and early motherhood. Midwives make a unique contribution to public health and are able to influence the health and wellbeing of women, children and families.

This course prepares you to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2009) to become a midwife. It prepares you to become an emotionally intelligent worker, critical thinker, highly competent clinician, and advocate for childbearing women. You have the opportunity for academic advancement through strong emphasis on research and evidence-based practice. Health Education North East (HENE) commission the course from the University. Following successful completion of the PgDip you can complete MSc Midwifery Studies (Pre-registration). Please be aware that you will have to self fund for the reminder of the 60 credits in order to gain the MSc.

Professional accreditation

Following successful completion of the required theoretical learning outcomes (120 credits at master’s level) and the practice competencies (NMC 2009) you are eligible to register as a midwife with the NMC and eligible for the award Post Graduate Diploma Midwifery Studies

Following completion of the PgDip Midwifery Studies (pre-registration) an opportunity will be available to continue your studies and complete a 60-credit master’s level dissertation module leading to an MSc Midwifery Studies (pre-registration). This is undertaken as one year part-time or six months full-time study after midwifery registration with the NMC. It must be completed within five years of starting the PgDip.

What you study

You develop a comprehensive and critical knowledge of strategies to promote normality within childbirth and a critical understanding of birth as a life changing event that a woman experiences within her unique social and cultural context. You also develop the knowledge required to recognise and respond to the individual needs and requirements of women and babies who have complex needs. There is a strong emphasis on developing qualities of leadership, professional, scientific and research knowledge. There is also a clear focus on practice innovation and research skills.

How you learn

You are normally employed on a fixed term contract for this programme. 60% of time is spent learning in clinical practice whilst 40% is spent learning within the University.

How you are assessed

You are assessed in a variety of ways including assignments, debates, practical examinations and through the grading of clinical practice. Individual and group tutorial advice and support is available for you throughout.

Professional placement

During the programme you have placements within all areas of midwifery care. Placements are planned for you to gain a range of maternity experience to meet the skills and competencies required for a qualified midwife, as identified by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This includes two placements with midwifery care within the community and two placements on delivery suites. These are divided between part one and part two of the programme to allow you to develop from novice to competent practitioner. An eight-week summer placement at the beginning of part two includes short placements in a range of areas of ante and postnatal care. These include care on the antenatal and postnatal wards, antenatal clinic, daycare setting and neonatal unit. Placements are between 7-9 weeks in length on average. Finally there are two weeks of negotiated learning towards the end of the programme. Throughout placements you identify midwife sign-off mentors to help with your learning and assess your progress. You also have regular meetings with your midwife sign-off mentors and academic mentor to monitor your progress and give guidance.

Career opportunities

On completing this course your initial step is normally to seek a staff midwife post but other opportunities in maternity care may appeal to you as you progress within your career. Most staff midwives rotate around the different areas of maternity care. You gain experience within delivery suite, ward areas and community. You may later decide to specialise within a particular area of midwifery care with a recognised need, for example smoking cessation, or you may decide to go into clinical management. Alternatively you may develop your skills towards midwifery education, research or public health issues.

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations10
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Professional practice30
Dissertation30 (8000 words)

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care Admissions
+44 (0) 1642 384110