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 midwifery core module plus an optional module; or two midwifery modules (PG Certificate Midwifery).

Semester 2

A further two modules, one of which is normally a research module (PG Diploma Midwifery).

Semester 3

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

Midwifery Core Modules

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 women requiring critical care during the childbirth continuum, and to facilitate a multi-disciplinary team approach.
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.

Optional Modules

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.
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.
Gives you a broad understanding of the processes and safe practices associated with planning, implementing and evaluating a pregnancy aquatic session.
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.
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.
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.
This module will enable you to develop personally and professionally in the knowledge of self and the significance of you as a leader - to see you through the demands of your job.

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 midwifery core module plus an optional module; or two midwifery modules. You will then have completed the PgCert. 

Year 2

In year 2 you will study a further two modules. 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. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROGRAMNME DOES NOT CONFER REGISTERED MIDWIFE STATUS i.e. it does not qualify you to practise as a midwife.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

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 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

Enthusiastic practitioners with midwifery experience who wish to develop professionally and/or work towards becoming a consultant midwife, leader/manager, or midwifery educationalist. 

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 be keen to explore and analyse the latest developments in midwifery knowledge and practice and develop a lead role in clinical practice.


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
  • Vivas
  • Practical assessments

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Sarah Davies is Programme Leader for this course. Her current research interests include physiological birth, human rights and birth, trauma, and safety in the maternity services She runs two modules on Evidence Based Care for Normal Birth. has published papers in a number of midwifery and consumer journals. Further details...


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.

Alumni Profile

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

“The choice of modules available on the MSc Midwifery enables 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 on line 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.”

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.

Careers & Employability Service

The Careers & Employability Service at Salford offers a wide range of opportunities for postgraduate students to enhance their job prospects. Your studies can help you secure your future and our specialist careers and employability team offer a range of services in addition to what you gain through your course that will assist you during your time with us and after graduation.  Assistance includes career development workshops, industry insight days, CV and application checking alongside access to a database of thousands of opportunities from employers many of whom specifically contact the University to recruit Salford Graduates.

Further Study

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

Fees and Funding

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