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Midwifery (78-week shortened programme for nurses)  MSc / Postgrad Diploma


As a midwife you will be working with families and parents at one of the most important times of their lives. You will be caring for and supporting women and their partners during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period.

The Postgraduate Midwifery Diploma (78 week shortened course for Nurses) prepares qualified adult nurses to pursue a rewarding and challenging career in midwifery. Nurses will be able to specialise and enter a career in midwifery, where they can support women and their families at crucial stage in their lives.

Who is the course for?

Our graduate-entry courses allow graduates with a first degree from disciplines other than healthcare to gain a pre-registration health qualification in approximately two years as opposed to the usual three - providing a fast-track route into health. They are also designed for students who wish to gain a second registration in midwifery.

Why study Midwifery 78 week shortened course at City?

  • Fast track to a rewarding and challenging career in midwifery in 18 months.
  • Combine theoretical study and develop clinical skills within our excellent clinical simulation facilities.
  • Benefit from a salaried course funded by the NHS.
  • Undertake work placements within four London communities of practice as part of the midwifery diploma.
  • Have the option to top up the Postgraduate Diploma to a Masters degree at City.

Entry points are in September and January of each year.

The fee for the dissertation for 2014-15 is £2000 (Home Students) / £4000

The fee for the research methods module is discounted for all PGDip Alumni costing £1500.

For further information on the MSc conversion please contact Mandie Scamell (

To apply please contact

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £This salaried course is funded by the NHS.

Start Date:

September 2015

UCAS code:

Apply directly to City University London

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

English Requirements

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2015
The full-time course is 78 weeks in length over three semesters. It commences with a one week compulsory orientation period.

Course Content

The course is delivered through a mixture of clinical practice and academic study. You will experience a wealth of opportunities for learning with midwives, women and their families within the hospital and community settings. From the outset of your journey you will be able to apply your growing knowledge and skills holistically through the undertaking of a small caseload of women. This will be with the support of your mentors and supervisors of midwives. A portfolio of practice will help to steer your learning and integrate the theoretical strands into your practice.

On successful completion of the course students will be able to register with the NMC to practice as a midwife. Students will also be able to top-up their Postgraduate Diploma to a Masters degree at City University London.

Courses start in September and March each year.

Course Structure

The programme will enable you to develop your skills, your professional knowledge and your understanding of the midwife's role, understand childbirth and the current issues in midwifery practice. It will provide knowledge and skills on the promotion of health and well-being of childbearing women and their families.

Experience will be gained in all areas of maternity services including community clinics, birthing centres, the antenatal clinic, delivery suite, antenatal/postnatal wards and women's homes. You'll also understand the value and importance of working within a multi-professional team to ensure the best possible outcome for women and babies when complexities arise.

The course commences with an orientation module followed by modules related to the following themes:

  • Applied Biological Sciences
  • Fundamental Aspects of Care
  • Professional Midwifery Knowledge
  • Psychosocial Sciences and Public Health

Students will be able to combine theoretical study and develop clinical skills within our excellent clinical simulation facilities. The course has a theory/practice split of 40%-60%.

Students will be allocated to a clinical area and supported by a trained midwifery mentor and practice education facilitator.
Independent study time is also given so students can develop their individual learning.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching and learning involves lecture sessions, workshops, small group activities and discussions and whole class discussion. You will split your time between clinical practice and the university, with 60% of your time gaining clinical practice experience and 40% of your time being theory based. Some of the student-directed study time is used for reflective practice sessions held within the practice setting.

Modules are assessed through a combination of group work, written coursework, written and clinical examination. All assessments are focused on issues in midwifery practice.


  • Full-time EU: £This salaried course is funded by the NHS.

This salaried course is funded by the NHS.

Postgraduate Diploma Midwifery (78-week shortened programme) Conversion to MSc

The conversion fee for 2015-2016 is £2,000 and £4,000 for overseas students. Please note that fees are subject to change on an annual basis.


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.


The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January:


Students will be allocated to a community of practice for their clinical learning experiences. City University London currently has four communities of practice in Newham, City and Hackney, Canden and Islington and Tower Hamlets.

Clinical placements and Communities of Practice

Clinical placements are a vital factor in promoting understanding and development of professional skills. They help you become fit for practice, fit for purpose and fit for award by the time you complete your programme. Each placement provides you with educational opportunities to develop your professional skills.

Placements are undertaken within Communities of Practice. A Community of Practice is a group of healthcare practitioners, who share specific professional interests such as midwifery, mental health nursing, children's nursing, primary care and public health care or adult nursing.

Career Prospects

Becoming a midwife provides many career opportunities both within the NHS and private organisations both in the UK and overseas.

Postgraduate Diploma Nursing Conversion to MSc

Students who have successfully completed their Post Graduate Diploma in Midwifery Nursing at City University London graduating before 2016 can consider "topping up" their degree to a masters degree; MSc in Midwifery. Students who have successfully graduated from the Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery at City University London can convert to an MSc within 3 years of completion (this usually means starting the conversion within 2 years of finishing the Postgraduate Diploma). Once students have graduated they can enrol for the conversion in either September or January.

Entry to this programme is not automatic, and places are limited. Students whose PG Dip were awarded with a distinction or merit will be at an advantage.

In order to be awarded an MSc, students graduating before 2016 are required to complete a research methods module HRM001 and a dissertation module APM002, which is a major piece of research. Students should be aware that the research methods module is a taught module.  For your dissertation you may choose different formats for your research, the options will be explained to you during two half-study days. You will also have one or two supervisors to help you in developing your work. The submission takes one of two forms, either a small scale piece of research, written up in the style of a journal article (this doesn't have to be submitted or published for the award of an MSc), or a 15,000 word dissertation. Most students do the conversion on a part-time basis (half to one day per week). The MSc conversion takes 12 months. Students will need to complete their project within this timescale.

Entry points are in September and January of each year.

The fee for the dissertation for 2014-15 is £2000 (Home Students) / £4000

The fee for the research methods module is discounted for all PGDip Alumni costing £1500.

For further information on the MSc conversion please contact Mandie Scamell (

To apply, please contact

About the School and Department

School of Health Sciences

Midwifery (78-week shortened programme for nurses)

UCAS code: Apply directly to City University London

We can only guarantee submissions for the September intake will be processed if submitted by 21 May 2015.

Please note, to be considered for this course, applicants must already have an honours degree at 2:2 or above. For students whose first language is not English you must also provide evidence at application of IELTS: 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections. All applicants should refer to the applicant guidelines prior to making any application. Please also ensure you download the Academic and Character Reference Request forms and forward to your referees.

Application Guidelines

Academic reference request form

Character reference request form

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