Faculty of Health Sciences

Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery (Short Programme)

Postgraduate - Taught PGDip

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in January

Full time
PGDip 85 weeks

About the course

We are now open to applications for February 2021 entry. The closing date for applications is Thursday 3 September 2020 and interviews are planned for early October 2020 (date to be confirmed).

This programme is also available to study at undergraduate BSc level.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery is ideal for adult nurses on the NMC Register at Level 1, who hold a BSc degree in nursing. This programme is full-time, commencing in February each year.

At the University of Hull, our Faculty of Health Sciences has strong engagement with patients, people who use services and their carers and friends. This ensures our programmes remain contemporary and relevant. Our professors’ research strengths in midwifery, and in maternal and sexual health, are applicable at all levels. Your degree is split 50:50 between classes and full-time mentored clinical placements with Hull and East Yorkshire, North East or North Lincolnshire NHS trusts, Leeds Hospitals, or at Scarborough Hospital. The course commences in February every year. 

Applicants must therefore be able to work in the UK without restriction and we are unable to admit students who require a student visa.

You will receive experience in a range of maternity care settings, including clients' homes, community clinics, hospitals and midwifery led birth units. On completion of the programme, you will be a qualified midwife, capable of providing a safe, competent and satisfactory experience for the childbearing woman, the baby, and the family.

What you'll study

Please note, this programme is also available to study at undergraduate BSc level.

This programme is made up entirely of compulsory modules:

Year 1

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

  • Public Health and Midwifery 2

    This module considers maternal and infant health using a population approach. Aspects of epidemiology and demographics will be used to demonstrate the influence of various medical, social and political factors on the health of families. You'll explore the midwives role as a public health professional in relation to health promotion, health education, screening, prevention, support and treatment.

  • Facilitating Normal Childbirth 2

    The increasing rates of intervention in childbirth cause much debate, and the current medical model for childbirth is much criticised. This module helps student midwives base their knowledge and skills within the context of women-centred care when pregnancy and birth are physiologically normal.

  • Practice Module PG1

    This module introduces you to the role of the midwife in the provision of maternity care and facilitates the transition to professional practice in midwifery. This is the first of the three practice modules and supports the transition from nurse to Student Midwife.

Year 2

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

  • Becoming a Midwife 2

    Develop the clinical decision-making skills required to practice autonomously as a lead professional responsible for delivering care that is safe, and clinically effective.. The module allows you to meet the expectation that professionals will base their decision-making on research evidence and best practice guidelines.

  • Practice Module PG3

    This module prepares you to undertake the role and responsibilities of the midwife. These is an evidence based practice element to the module which aims to assist clinical decision making, explaining, and giving a rationale for practice. This is the final practice module in which you will consolidate midwifery skills and prepare for professional practice.

  • The Neonate 2

    This module will support you to identify factors that predispose the neonate to ill health, recognise deviations from normal health status, and to initiate appropriate monitoring, care and referral for the compromised or sick neonate. There is opportunity to undertake additional education and practice to become qualified in The Neonatal and Infant Physical Examination of the Newborn (NIPE).

  • Complexities in Childbirth 2

    Complicated childbirth and emergency scenarios will be discussed, together with the role of the midwife when these emergencies occur. There will be focus on supporting the woman and her family together with the professional, clinical judgements which midwives need to make.

  • Practice Module PG2 

    This module enables you to explore risk factors and complications which may present during childbirth. Although the emphasis of the midwife’s role continues to lie within the boundaries of normal childbirth, it is paramount for you to understand the midwife’s role within the multidisciplinary team when complications do arise.

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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"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

Students apply for a student loan for fees, however there will be a training grant for the duration of the programme from Higher Education England which equates to a basic band 5 salary. Students must be live on the NMC professional register as an Adult Nurse to be eligible for this.

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

  • 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.

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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.