Midwifery Practice MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

About the course

Midwifery Practice is designed for midwives who wish to undertake part-time postgraduate study preparing them for senior positions in practice, management, research, education, or as a consultant midwife.

You will benefit from partnership teaching and support from our practitioner academics, who are all registered midwives, and strong links with employing NHS trust.

Our established reputation and strong partnerships have enhanced our involvement in local, national and global healthcare initiatives; including our recent partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, as well as our Care and Compassion initiative, which has been recently shortlisted for a prestigious Times Higher Education award, and aims to improve the attitudes and practices in patient care.

This course aims to:

  • Apply critical reflection and theory to practice, allowing you to implement change in your current practice
  • Facilitate the development of innovative leaders in the midwifery profession who will make a substantial contribution to the development of practice
  • Provide theoretical and research modules based firmly on advanced study of the challenges which you may face in clinical practice
  • Develop inter-professional learning and the exchange of ideas that will enhance your learning across both professional and specific practice boundaries

Choose from a range of optional modules and tailor your learning relevant to your career interests.

Key facts

Duration: Three-six years part-time

Attendance: Wednesday pm, three–four hours per week for 10 - 12 weeks per semester

Start date: September 2014

Entry and admission criteria

  • Professional midwifery qualification with evidence of current registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Employed in the UK as a midwife with an employer willing to provide a clinical mentor during the course

Plus either:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a degree relevant to midwifery and awarded by a British university
  • Or Portfolio evidence which demonstrates expertise through publication, change management and/or leadership in midwifery and successful study at degree level at a British university
  • You may be required to attend an interview for non-standard qualifications

You may be required to attend an interview for non-standard qualifications. If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and during the course if you need it. 

To find out more, please visit dmu.ac.uk/international|

NHS East Midlands employees may be eligible for funding from Health Education East Midlands and should check with their line manager/trust authorised signatory. Employees from the private, voluntary and independent sector may also be eligible. Please contact us for more information.

Teaching and assessment

There are no exams. Continuous assessment is by clinical learning outcomes, assignments, seminars, presentations and case studies.

You will be guided to develop a self-directed approach to learning which is required throughout the course.

Course modules

You can expect to study a range of modules including:

  • Research Designs in Health (30 credits) is designed to give a grounding in both the technical and socio-political processes of research.
  • Midwifery Theory and Practice (30 credits) aims to facilitate individual, personal and professional growth, assist development of a greater woman-focused care and the ability to focus on salutogenesis within the birth context.
  • Dissertation (60 credits) provides the opportunity to undertake a piece of original research, which will incorporate both the academic and practice elements of the course. You can also choose to study option modules up to the value of 60 credits from a range available within the faculty, some of which can be at degree level. You must complete a total of 180 credits to be awarded the MSc.

Academic expertise

Midwifery Practice is delivered by a team of highly experienced academics and professionals. A number of these are both lecturers and researchers in midwifery.

Tina Harris has developed a national reputation in her research work on third stage practice. 

Rosemary Garratt| is currently undertaking research with independent midwives and is also a supervisor of midwives, and Fran Mills| is undertaking research on emotional intelligence in midwifery work.

The Midwifery MSc supports your development in clinical practice and may facilitate career progression to more senior posts within NHS trusts or within higher education institutions.

Graduate careers

The Midwifery MSc supports your development in clinical practice and may facilitate career progression to more senior posts within NHS trusts or within higher education institutions.

Fees and funding

Those working in the NHS may be eligible for funding from the Education Commission Unit of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority.


As part of the universities commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2013/14.
Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >|

How to apply


UKPASS is the postgraduate equivalent of UCAS and gives you a simple and efficient way to apply online. It allows you to search for a course and guides you through the application process. Using UKPASS you can apply for up to ten courses for free.

You can create your application in your own time, so you can consider, research and complete each section at your own speed. You can track your applications as they progress, and can also receive and reply to offers online. Apply online with UKPASS|

You will need to attach qualification transcripts, references and evidence of English language (if you are an overseas student) with your UKPass application. If these documents are not attached to your original application, this will delay the process of your application.

International students can also apply directly to DMU using our online applications portal|.

Contact details

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Admissions Team
De Montfort University
Edith Murphy Building
Leicester, LE1 9BH

Online enquiry form|

T: +44 (0)116 250 6070
E: hls@dmu.ac.uk|
W: dmu.ac.uk/hls|

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