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Faculty of Health Sciences

MSc Midwifery (Short Programme)

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Closed for admission in 2021/22

Open for admission in 2022/23

Start in September

Full time
MSc 2 years

About the course

The 2-year MSc Midwifery programme in midwifery is for adult nurses on the NMC register. Throughout the programme, you'll gain the knowledge, skills, and competence to care for women and their families across the childbearing period; during pregnancy, labour, birth, postnatal, including the systematic examination and assessment of the newborn infant. 

At the point of registration, you will be able to provide skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate care for women and their newborn infants and families.

This course commences in September 2022 and applications will be accepted from September 2021 - May 2022. Applications are made directly to the University, please visit our Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions page for further information.

What you'll study

To meet NMC requirements, you're expected to study for no less than 3,600 hours over 2 years, equating to 37.5 hours per week. This programme is organised into six trimesters of 13 weeks each, with additional scheduled time for assessment and holidays.

The first two modules are bespoke to the shortened midwifery programme, to introduce you to the principles of midwifery theory and practice

You will then join the student midwives undertaking the three year undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for the remaining 5 trimesters.

Clinical placements

Your time is split 50/50 between theory and full-time supervised clinical placements.

Year 1

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Initial midwifery practice

    Learn the fundamentals of legal, statutory and ethical practice of a midwife and their role in public health. Discover more about midwives’ role in antenatal postnatal and intrapartum care.

  • Fundamental skills for midwifery

    Learn essential skills for midwifery practice including antenatal, postnatal, infant feeding and pharmacology skills.

  • The delivery of care in complex pregnancy and birth

    Become equipped with the knowledge and skills to recognise, interpret, treat, and manage ill health and complications in the childbearing period.

  • Essential skills for midwifery: 4

    Learn essential midwifery skills for more complex midwifery care including obstetric emergencies.

  • Additional care: the neonate

    Learn about more complex care for the neonate, how to identify, monitor and refer where appropriate. Gain the understanding and skills to carry out a full physical examination of the newborn.

  • Practice 2: contribution to care

    Contribute to antenatal, intrapartum, postnatal and neonatal care under supervision. Undertake caring and midwifery specific skills and bring theory and practice together.

Year 2

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Promoting excellence: the midwife as colleague, scholar and leader

    Learn about the professional context of the midwife in practice, and how to summarise evidence and implement it into practice.

  • Essential skills for midwifery: 5

    Learn advanced essential midwifery skills, including communication, for caring for critically ill women and dealing with emergency situations.

  • Essential skills for midwifery: 6

    Learn advanced essential skills for midwifery practice in areas around postnatal care, perinatal mental health and breast feeding.

  • Supportive cultures and education

    Learn how to work autonomously and explore what it means to practice as a registered midwife. Become prepared for teaching in others in practice.

  • Practice 3: the proficient midwifery practitioner

    Consolidate your practice and demonstrate your proficiency in all areas of midwifery practice. Undertake caring and midwifery specific skills and bring theory and practice together.

Where you'll study

Blended between Hull Campus and work placements. 

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Hull Campus

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"The way the course is set out there is a lovely balance between placement, theory and modules. It was the right choice for me."

Ella Kirk

Fees and funding

Funding for this programme is still to be confirmed.

Please contact fhs.admiss@hull.ac.uk with any enquiries.

Benefit from the amazing facilities of our new £28-million Health Campus with its mock operating theatre, hospital ward and intensive care unit.

Find out more

Developed with our NHS partners, our programmes are constantly updated to reflect the very latest in health care thinking.

Our postgraduate taught options prepare professionals to deliver safe and compassionate care underpinned by the latest research and evidence.

Expert staff work with NHS clinicians to deliver programmes from 'bite-size' taster sessions to PhDs in some of the UK’s finest facilities.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:2 Honours degree in Adult Nursing
  • Adult nurse live on the NMC professional register
  • Currently employed as an adult nurse
  • Recent study within the last three years
  • For applicants whose first language is not English, we require IELTS Level 7 in every element. 
  • Applicants must be able to work in the UK without restriction and must not require a student visa

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 7.0 overall, with 7.0 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

The aim of the programme is to develop a midwife who is able to deliver the best possible care to women and their families.

Midwifery requires people who are enthusiastic, compassionate and understanding, knowledgeable and level-headed, who are responsive and can think decisively. As well as developing these qualities, this programme aims to equip you with the ability to apply biological, social, political, and cultural perspectives to the context of childbearing.

This programme provides opportunities for you to achieve your full potential and fosters commitment to continuing education. At the end of the programme, you will be ready to undertake the role and responsibilities of the midwife. Midwives leave the Faculty and go on to the wide range of career opportunities available for them. Students are prepared to work anywhere in the UK and throughout the world.