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; February

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

The MSc Midwifery is a flexible course for qualified midwives, which recognises the skills and experience you bring and allows you to gear your learning to your own personal and professional development needs.

You will be taught by a dynamic multidisciplinary team of clinicians and academics who are recognised experts in their disciplines.

During the course, you will be encouraged to present and publish your work.

Course Details

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.


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.
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 (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 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/

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.


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, depending on the module undertaken, and includes:

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

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

Past students have gone on to take up posts as consultant midwives, managers and educationalists in local trusts and farther afield.
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.

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.”

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

“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”.

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.

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