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Midwifery Studies (PG Dip)

Course Description

About this course

Please Note: Application is now closed for the January 2016 intake. Applications for the January 2017 intake can be submitted from April 2016.

Our Midwifery Studies Postgraduate Diploma is designed for applicants who are registered as a nurse level 1 (adult) with the NMC. Successful applicants will normally have a degree with honours and relevant nursing experience.

The content of the Midwifery Studies Postgraduate Diploma programme will meet the requirements of the NMC Standards for Pre Registration Midwifery Education and reflects the concepts and intentions of ‘Delivering High Quality Midwifery care: the priorities, opportunities and challenges for midwives’ (GB DH 2009). Thus the course will address key issues such as the provision of women-centred care, maintaining normality in childbirth, the development of essential skills for midwives and the role of the midwife in the promotion of public health.

In line with the principles and values which underpin the NHS constitution, the University expects all students undertaking programmes which lead to registration as a health professional to demonstrate the NHS values.

See the website https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/midwifery-studies-ft-dtfmss6/

Further Study: MSc Midwifery Studies

Students who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma Midwifery Studies / Pre-Registration (Shortened) course can engage in study which will further enhance their ability to develop research knowledge and skills as they apply their learning to an aspect of contemporary midwifery practice. The MSc in Midwifery Studies will, in addition, prepare students to demonstrate originality and responsibility in researching and advancing an aspect of midwifery practice. On completion of this study students will be eligible for the award of MSc Midwifery Studies.

Midwifery Studies is practice focused with students spending 60% of their time in clinical practice. Practice assessment is graded and contributes to module marks along with essays, a clinical simulation examination and a leadership tool box. The ‘pebble pad’ personal e learning system will be used to support both formative and summative assessment. This innovative web based approach to learning and assessment will enable students to record evidence of their learning, integrating theory and practice whilst contributing to achievement of outcomes.

Award holders from this course are well placed to seek employment, with a 100% employment rate for those wishing to practice as midwives on completion.

Employment opportunities in a range of roles and environments are enhanced through the additional contemporary professional skills achieved through the course. Skills are gained in adapting and evaluating professional and personal practice (for example, through service level and personal practice audit), mastering advanced information management skills, sharing and implementing research findings, and judging and using evidence to underpin practice.


PlacementsWe take your placement profile very seriously and all students are provided with practice learning experiences based on Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health and Care Professions Council requirements.


When you want to get hands-on experience within Public Health and Wellbeing we can support you. The Clinical Skills Centre, which has been established for 10 years, is the result of our continued commitment to create an interactive environment in which health related students can be equipped with a diverse range of skills.


- Top quartile in the UK for its research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing
- More than 80% of research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014)

Who would this Course suit?

This course will suit a compassionate person with a strong work ethic and desire to take the lead in women's care. You will have a passion for healthcare and want to work in an ever-evolving environment.

Visit the Midwifery Studies (PG Dip) page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be registered as a nurse level 1 (adult field) with the NMC, and hold a degree with honours (normally with a classification of 2:2 or above) and relevant nursing experience. This is an accelerated programme and students will need to have effective and recent study skills including independent and group working, IT and information retrieval skills. For specific guidance please contact the admissions team. Successful applicants will be subject to satisfactory good health and good character assessment

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