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PG Diploma
Duration: Up to 5 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: PG Diploma
Not suitable for international students
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Faculty of Health Studies
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The postgraduate Midwifery programme adopts a holistic approach to developing experienced registered midwives into skilled leaders of the profession.

It is designed to develop the skills in complex reasoning, critical thinking and analysis required to undertake these roles. The awards offer you the opportunity to apply knowledge to a range of clinical and professional situations through reflection and practice experience, supported by an experienced mentor. Learning and teaching is designed to equip you with skills in using a range of information, data, tools and techniques to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes as well as demonstrate impact and value.

The Midwifery programmes are designed to address current and future demands of midwifery practice services, including the recommendations from Midwifery 2020 (DoH 2010). The awards recognise the changing clinical environment and allow you to develop key advanced skills or those associated with service delivery and enhancement within the current social and economic climate.

Your programme of study and the collection of modules you may choose to study will contextualise your learning. Modules such as the research or work based project modules, for example, enable you to shape your own focus of study within the modules aims and learning outcomes by learning the principles being taught and applying them to your own professional/employment area.

There are a number of approaches to the manner in which modules are delivered and these include block attendance, study day attendance, distance learning and blended learning using face to face and on-line activities/ materials. When devising your study plan with your academic supervisor you will be informed regarding which delivery methods are utilised for which module and in which semester your chosen modules are being delivered.

The programme was written specifically for registered midwives, but shares modules throughout the Faculty of Health Studies and a multi-professional approach is used in teaching and learning.

Why Bradford?

The Faculty of Health Studies is a major provider of education and training for individuals working within the health, social, independent and community/voluntary sector organisations across, the Yorkshire and Humber Region and wider. The Faculty’s focus on excellence though knowledge, practice, research, leadership and management aims to support the future sustainability of individuals, through lifelong learning and improved employability and thereby influencing the future adaptability of individual organisations and service delivery to promote change.

At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.

The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development. It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs. The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying. Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.

Entry requirements

To register for this MSc you must be registered with the NMC as a midwife, and also be in current employment in a midwifery capacity.

You should also normally have completed an undergraduate Honours degree or an Advanced Diploma course with a distinction and NMC registration.

If you are an unemployed new graduate, you may also be eligible for the programme.

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Whilst following this programme of study you will engage with learning through a range of teaching methods. These methods will be dependent on modules studied, however student centred approaches to learning are a feature of the modules and you will be expected to take responsibility for your learning as you develop your academic skills.

The aims of the teaching and learning strategies have been designed so that you will be given the opportunity to develop theoretical and experiential understanding, advance your knowledge and critical thinking with the assistance of research informed teaching, and to develop a range of skills appropriate to your professional field. This may include work based learning with competencies undertaken in your organisation or with an additional clinical area.

The Midwifery modules and awards nested within the framework offer you the capacity to acknowledge and build upon the knowledge and skills you may have acquired through previous learning experiences including those in the work place.

Your Programme of study will expose you to a range of different teaching, learning and assessment strategies required to achieve the learning outcomes. The teaching approaches that are used across the Faculty of Health Studies are informed by the University core values which are for teaching and learning to be:

  • Research informed
  • Reflective
  • Adaptable
  • Inclusive
  • Supportive
  • Ethical
  • Sustainable

You will experience these across your choice of modules in order to meet both the aims and outcomes which may include any number of the following:

Lectures: to a group of students where information will be presented and discussed whilst informed by core values.

Facilitated seminars and group discussion: social interaction develops learning through the interpretation and critical application of information and group learning.

Tutorial: where a small group of students reflect and discuss issues related to their learning. These may also be individual for formative feedback on assessed work prior to submission.

Work-based learning: where learning is directed within the work environment and is reflected upon and then reported on, and competencies maybe undertaken.

Web based virtual learning environments: to support technology enhanced learning, such as the Blackboard, or Pebble Pad3; to access information such as key professional learning packages, interact with other students, undertake group work activities or developing wikis.

Directed reading: where set reading may be recommended.

Self-directed learning: where you are expected to develop your own learning by, identifying areas of interest, selecting research articles for debate and identify areas in which knowledge needs to be developed.

Undertaking a work based project or a research module: which is shaped by your own self-directed learning needs and the learning outcomes at MSc level, if you wish to progress beyond Postgraduate Diploma level.

You will be expected to develop an autonomous learning style and become self-directed as a learner.

Assessment Strategy

The university has a scheme where you will be able to have some discretion on how you are assessed within a module.

You will be able to negotiate the assessments choices within the module descriptor but there will be some areas that can only be assessed through one method Assessment will be against the learning outcomes and programme aims through the use of a range of different assessment techniques which may include one or more of the following approaches:

  • Written essay
  • Reflective case study
  • Audit report of your practice competencies
  • The development of a reflective portfolio
  • Completion of a set of competencies
  • Completion of a set number of clinical contacts
  • Practical examination (OSCE)
  • Computer based Multiple Choice Question examination
  • Computer based open book examination
  • Oral seminar / poster presentation
  • Written project report
  • Completion of a dissertation
  • Research paper/executive summary

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

See the Fees and Financial Support website for 2018/19 module fees.

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.