Research course

Midwifery and Women's Health

University of West London · College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a good first degree (First Class or 2.1), or equivalent qualification in a relevant field, plus MA/MSc qualifications, or relevant postgraduate or research experience. Candidates with other qualifications are required to discuss their eligibility with a member of staff.

Months of entry


Course content

Research degrees in Midwifery and Women's Health:
You will be part of a dynamic group of research students and will be working on diverse topics relating to midwifery and childbirth. Current doctoral topics include:

  • Analysis of risk concepts in midwifery
  • using narratives to explore midwifery knowledge
  • economic analysis of models of maternity care
  • breastfeeding within its cultural context.

The student base is international and some students have progressed from our Master's programme in midwifery.
The Midwifery Subject Group has a number of Research-active academic staff able to supervise doctoral work, including Professor Debra Bick, who has expertise in experimental and quantitative research and Dr Chris McCourt, Reader, who has expertise in qualitative and cultural research and consumer-oriented studies.

We welcome students who wish to study for a PhD/MPhil research degree in subject areas such as: Nursing, Midwifery, Psychology, Health and Social Science, Microbiology and Biochemistry, Physiology, Complementary Medicine, Public Health, Community Health, and other health and human science related subjects.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
33 months


full time
36-72 months

Course contact details

University of West London
+44 (0)20 8579 5000 / 0800 036 8888