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School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Midwifery

Start Date(s): 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)

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module

UK - £7,560

International - £13,860

Full-time PgDip - £5,040

Full-time PgCert - £2,520

Full-time PgCert - £2,520

In Brief:

  • The MSc Midwifery will offer you an opportunity to develop a mastery of contemporary midwifery and practice
  • It will empower you to examine your practice and develop an evidence based approach to care and service provision
  • You will enhance your professional credibility and develop personal confidence for career advancement
  • Part-time study option
  • Clinical placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

The University of Salford is a supportive and thriving student community with modern learning spaces, shops and cafes. The dedicated team of midwifery and neonatal lecturers pride themselves on tailoring study to your needs and helping you reach your full potential. The MSc Midwifery will empower you to take forward your practice in any environment such as clinical, management, leadership and research roles. There is also a dedicated pathway for those with, or planning to have educational responsibilities.

You will be taught by a dynamic multidisciplinary team of academics and clinicians who are recognised experts in their disciplines and who have strong practice links across the North West. The teaching environments are equipped with state-of-the-art classroom facilities and dedicated midwifery and neonatal clinical skills simulation suites. Creative learning and participation is encouraged through reflection and critical discussion.

Please note that some modules require a clinical placement which must be in place prior to application. In some circumstances assessment and practice can be undertaken via simulation.

One to one support and preparation is provided for assessments which emulate the real life environment and allow practitioners to develop their skills and confidence. Although this might seem daunting you have opportunity to learn at an achievable pace with a group of like minded peers which students find friendly and supportive.

You will be encouraged and supported to present and publish your work.

Course Details

The MSc Midwifery is underpinned by a student centred teaching and learning philosophy. A range of teaching strategies are used, including seminars, lectures, action learning, online learning, directed study, practice based assessments and peer supported learning. Online material will use live streaming and pre-recorded sessions. A variety of methods including recorded lecturers, blogs, discussions boards and live stream lectures will form the learning and teaching strategy. You will have access to tutorial support via email, phone, facetime, Skype or any other appropriate methods that can be supported dependent on student and lecturer preference.

Course Structure

This course is delivered by a team of dynamic staff who are committed to supporting your development and 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 women and their families. Please see individual module information to help you make your choices or contact the programme leader to discuss your individual needs.


Semester 1    

Two x 30 credit modules with at least one from Option A.

Semester 2    

Two x 30 credit modules with at least one from Option A.

Semester 3    


Option A module list    

  • Normal Childbirth      
  • Examination of the Newborn      
  • Emergency and Intensive Care of the Newborn      
  • Care of the Compromised Baby      
  • Maternal Critical Care      
  • Complementary Therapies for Labour Support      
  • Professional Advocacy and Leadership      
  • Perinatal Mental Health      
  • Independent Learning Midwifery      

Module list

This module aims to support and promote normal birth, challenge the medicalisation of birth and increase your confidence to practice autonomously.            
This module provides you with a systematic, in-depth understanding of knowledge, evidence and skills in relation to perinatal mental health, identifying, assessing and supporting pregnant and new mothers, their infants and families.            
Develop specialist knowledge, skills and expertise to meet the needs of women requiring critical care during the childbirth continuum, and to facilitate a multi-disciplinary team approach.            
This module will enable you to develop comprehensive knowledge and enhanced skills in relation to integrative holistic modalities for support in labour. It will also enable students to explore self and others in the context of holistic support labour. Students will be provided with simulated experiences to develop their knowledge & skills utilising holistic modalities within an integrated approach.            
Professional Advocacy and Leadership 1 (leading to eligibility to apply for the role of Professional Midwifery Advocate)  
This module provides midwives with the knowledge and skills to become a Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA). It introduces the concepts of the A-EQUIP model focusing on coaching, clinical supervision and restorative practices. Taught by experts in the field and PMAs; leadership, advocacy and the midwifery profession are critically explored. Students will have opportunity to be taught in the state of the art simulation facilities and examine real life case studies.
Professional Advocacy and Leadership 2  
This module can be studied concurrently with Professional Advocacy and Leadership 1 to provide the student with 30 credits at level 7 and learning focussed on wider leadership issues. Students will have an opportunity to explore self and others in the context of contemporary leadership and develop their own leadership styles. Emotional intelligence and resilience will be experienced using the state of the art facilities. Social media and the use of technology will be introduced as a learning tool and to improve students’ use of these in their field of practice.
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'.            
This module will enable you to advance your academic knowledge and clinical skills expertise to meet the needs of the newborn who require intensive/emergency care. You will also develop the skills necessary for decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations. Students will ultimately foster a deeper understanding of the needs of the family within the context of changing health care provision.            
This module will enable you to advance your academic knowledge and develop your clinical expertise to meet the needs of the compromised newborn. It will also enable you to develop the skills necessary for decision making in complex and unpredictable circumstance.            
This module focuses on your professional development as a midwife  nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice.            
This module allows midwives to study with other health care professionals to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively as an independent prescriber. It also allows you to critically evaluate and challenge prescribing practice with reference to evidence based practice, equality, diversity and clinical governance.            
This online module allows you to critically evaluate a range of research techniques and prepares you for the dissertation module. It includes an overview of the research theories, guidance on critically reviewing research, developing a research proposal and the fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.            
This module develops your knowledge and skills in teaching, learning and assessment while preparing you to undertake the role of mentor and fulfil the requirements of your professional body. It is delivered entirely online meaning you can study at a time that suits you.            
This online module allows you to undertake a comprehensive literature search on a topic of your choice (agreed with your academic supervisor) and to critically evaluate a range of evidence. This will provide you with the opportunity to formulate, negotiate and undertake a project that will enhance or  develop skills and knowledge of a midwifery topic of choice.            

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 one module from Option A and one other module. You will then have completed the PgCert.      

Year 2

In year 2 you will study a further two modules with at least one from Option A. You will then have completed the PgDip.      

Year 3

In year 3 you will complete the dissertation to achieve the full master's.

Entry Requirements

You should  be a qualified midwife with a Bachelor’s degree with honours from a UK University or an equivalent academic or professional qualification for international students.

Please note that this course does not confer qualification as a midwife and applicants who apply for modules with a practice element must be in employment in a maternity setting. For those without a placement, following discussion with module leads may be assessed in a simulated setting in the University. Teaching will reflect upon previous clinical experience for both UK and international students.

This course is suitable for qualified midwives from any field of practice who are looking to enhance their personal, professional and academic development in order to underpin existing practice; and to push the boundaries to influence future midwifery practice, education, research in the UK or internationally.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

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).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

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 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 If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link:

All students on a Tier 4 visa must attend a minimum of eight hours timetabled face to face sessions over three days per week. This would only be available to those students taking a full-time route.

NB: Certain elements of the PG Dip Midwifery: Education and MSc Midwifery: Education are subject to accreditation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and not available to international students.

Suitable For

You will be a practising midwife, normally with at least a year’s clinical experience. You will hold a BSc Midwifery or related degree at 2.2 or above, or have evidence of recent Level 6 study. You will be keen to explore and analyse the latest developments in midwifery knowledge and practice and develop a leading role in clinical practice.

Applicant profile

  • Qualified midwives who wish to develop advanced knowledge, mastery and critical awareness in relation to practice, education, leadership  or research
  • Qualified midwives with a desire to expand to prepare for progression into senior roles within their organisation or to diversify within their career
  • Aspirational individuals looking to gain the confidence to use an evidence base from which to challenge and influence practice

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£13,860
Full-time PgDip£5,040
Full-time PgCert£2,520

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section.


As students have a variety of different learning styles, the mode of delivery is varied and includes:

  • Seminars
  • Masterclasses
  • Peer teaching
  • Hands-on practical workshops using simulation
  • Audiovisual and online materials


Contemporary midwifery requires a diverse range of skills and the programme is designed to nurture and develop these according to individual need. The MSc Midwifery allows for a variety of assessments related to the real world, depending on the module undertaken, and includes:

  • Practical assessments
  • Portfolios
  • Written assignments
  • Seminar presentations
  • Viva voce

“The choice of modules available on the MSc Midwifery enabled me to develop and integrate knowledge and skills in clinical practice, leadership, management, and research. The support from the lecturers was excellent, with both face to face tutorials and online support, which enabled me to maintain a workable balance between study, work and home life. The modules are well designed and allow students to access areas of study that are relevant to their professional development, interests and aspirations. The MSc Midwifery has provided me with the necessary skills and knowledge, particularly in critical analysis, with which to continue to lead and support ongoing developments in midwifery care, and thereby continue to support the women and their families during the childbirth continuum.”

Anne McGlone, ward manager, St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester


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

This course is mapped against the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework, which was introduced to provide greater flexibility and benefits for individuals and employers. It provides a single, consistent, comprehensive and explicit framework on which to base the review and development of all staff. By undertaking this programme, you can therefore demonstrate you have the knowledge and skills to deliver a high quality service for childbearing women.

Links with Industry

This course has close links with the maternity and neonatal services and module teaching teams are multidisciplinary. This means your learning will be current and relevant to contemporary midwifery practice.

The MSc Midwifery: Education confers NMC accredited teacher status for those wishing to move into midwifery education.

Further Study

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

“The MSc Midwifery course team at Salford have an openness to recognising and valuing prior learning and clinical experience in the  mature student. Salford gave me the encouragement and vision to drive me to achieve my full potential. Completing my dissertation (MSc in Midwifery) was quite a journey, given the extra demands and challenges of maintaining a fulltime job and a busy family life. However, the encouragement, support and facilitation that my supervisor provided was second to none. I would recommend others to grasp the opportunity of studying for their MSc at this excellent and dynamic academic institution”.

Chris Navin, Specialist Midwife Bereavement Support, University Hospitals South Manchester


Simulation Suite and Immersive Suite 

The University has state-of-the-art simulation facilities for clinical skills and simulation scenarios in a variety of high and low risk environments. The immersive suite, one of only a handful of its kind in UK universities – will enable students to practice dealing with any kind of incident in a virtual setting. A series of cameras project realistic images onto three walls of the room as well as onto the floor, while sounds can be piped into the room by specialist technicians working from a separate control room.

The room can be transformed into anything from the back of an ambulance transporting women between hospitals or from home to hospital or to a challenging environment such as a house boat where a woman has chosen to give birth.

The dedicated counselling suite with therapy and psychotherapy rooms can also be utilised for learning such as debriefing and coaching sessions.

Birth Simulators

We use a maternal and fetal simulation system called Sim Mom which allows you to appreciate the birthing experience from the onset of labour, through delivery, to treatment of the mother after the birth.

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