NHS Funding available
Part-time study available
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Midwifery at Salford:

  • The only course of its kind in the Manchester area
  • A current course that will put you at the forefront of midwifery practice
  • Ideal for those planning to become leaders in clinical practice.

Key Information

Start Dates: September

MSc (one year full-time or three years part-time)
PgDip (eight months full-time or one year, six months part-time)
PgCert (four months full-time or one year part-time)

Course Summary

This course provides practising midwives and other health care professionals with the opportunity to explore and analyse the latest developments in midwifery knowledge and practice. You will be encouraged to evaluate your own clinical practice, as well as to clinically appraise wider issues relevant to women and families in society.

Leadership in the NHS forms part of this course and you will be encouraged to opt for a module in leading and managing in your workplace.

100% of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work postgraduates go on to employment and/or further study within 6 months of graduating.

DLHE 2009 and 2010

Course Details

This course is delivered by a team of dynamic and supportive staff who are committed to helping you move professional practice forward. We have a strong tradition of working closely with health care organisations and this ensures your studies will be focused in the real world. This enables you to develop skills and knowledge that are relevant to the workplace and, more importantly, the needs of your patients.


Semester 1

One module from pot 1 and a second module from either pot 1 or pot 2. You will then have completed the PgCert.

Semester 2

A further two modules from either pot 1 or pot 2. You will then have completed the PgDip.

Semester 3

In semester 3, you will complete the dissertation to achieve the full Masters. 

Pot 1 - Midwifery

This module encourages a holistic approach to the care of the neonate by addressing the relevant physiology, pathophysiology, psychological, professional, social and behavioural issues underpinning the 'routine newborn examination'.
Develop specialist knowledge, skills and expertise to meet the needs of neonates who require intensive/emergency care.
This module aims to support and promote normal birth, challenge the medicalisation of birth and increase your confidence to practice autonomously.
Delivered via e-learning this module prepares you to undertake the role of mentor and fulfil the requirements of your professional body.
Gives you a broad understanding of the processes and safe practices associated with planning, implementing and evaluating a pregnancy aquatic session.
This module analyses women's health issues from feminist perspectives and explores the culture of local, regional, national and international organisations who are key players in women's health care provision.

Pot 2:

In this module you will learn about contemporary issues and debates in research, theories/paradigms of research and the ethics of research to help support your dissertation module.
Understand and apply the principles of ultrasound image production and recording in a safe manner.
Equips you with skills and knowledge in gynaecological and early pregnancy ultrasound.
Equips you with skills and knowledge in second and third trimester obstetric Ultrasound, including fetal development, anatomy and physiology, screening and diagnostic procedures in obstetrics.
Develop the knowledge and skills to understand and apply the evidence to your current practice for the benefit of patient care.
This module covers theories of leadership and management including governance, strategic management and stakeholder engagement.
Use knowledge and skills and the evidence base to plan for real and sustained change to bring about patient and/or service improvement within your health care organisation.
Develop effective project management skills and learn how to justify your business case to bring about patient and/or service improvements.
You will learn to develop your own practice within an extended role and be able to reflect upon the strengths and limitations of your service, and the potential for service improvement related to enhancement of your own professional role.You will also learn to evaluate the role of the Multi-Disciplinary Team and service delivery in relation to the patient journey within the negotiated area.
This module provides a framework for you to use work-based learning to bring about significant change in practice and allows you to develop a work-based learning project that demonstrates personal and professional development at Masters level.

Semester 3

Carry out a structured, comprehensive or systemised review of evidence on a particular topic concluding with a robust analysis of implications for implementation in professional practice.


Year 1

  In year 1 you will study two modules, one module from pot 1 and a second module from either pot 1 or pot 2. You will then have completed the PgCert. 

Year 2 

In year 2 you will study a further two modules from either pot 1 or pot 2. You will then have completed the PgDip.

Year 3 

In year 3 you will complete the dissertation to achieve the full Masters.

Entry Requirements

BSc Midwifery or related degree, normally at 2.2. or higher, or evidence of recent level 6 study

Students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English - IELTS - an overall score of 6.5

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Suitable For

Midwives and other health care professionals who aspire to develop their career to become a midwife consultant, manager, lecturer or who wish to continue their professional education at postgraduate level.

Applicant profile

You will hold a BSc Midwifery or related degree, normally at 2.2. or above, or have evidence of Level 6 study. You will want to explore and analyse the latest developments in midwifery knowledge and practice and develop a lead role in clinical practice.

International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at https://www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at application@salford.ac.uk. If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk.

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link: https://www.atas.fco.gov.uk/


Students at postgraduate level are encouraged to be independent learners but you will be allocated a supervisor for each module as well as for the dissertation. You will be taught by lectures, seminars and a series of practical sessions


Assessment methods will vary depending on the modules chosen, you can expect to be assessed via:

  • Essays
  • Seminar Presentations


Past students have gone on to take up posts as midwifery managers, educationalists and consultant midwives. Others have continued their studies at PhD level, for example undertaking the Professional Doctorate offered at this University.

Career Prospects

The NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework was introduced to provide greater flexibility and benefits for individuals and employers. It defines and describes the knowledge and skills which NHS staff need to apply in their work in order to deliver quality services. It provides a single, consistent, comprehensive and explicit framework on which to base the review and development of all staff. This course is mapped against the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework. You can therefore show you have the knowledge and skills to deliver a quality service. This is essential if you are interviewing for a job or looking to take on extra responsibility.

Links with Industry

This course has strong links with industry because the midwifery team work out in practice so have been able to develop key working relationships with NHS and private hospitals. This is of direct benefit to you because it means your learning is current and relevant to modern midwifery practice.

Further Study

After completing the MSc in Midwifery you may wish to further your study with a research degree.

Fees and Funding

Fees 2014-15

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£2,625 for year one
Full-time International£12,800

Fees 2015-16

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£2,675 for year one
Full-time International£13,050

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section