Postgraduate Course

Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years

UK fee

9,250 per year (2024/25)

International fee

14,900 per year (2024/25)

Course level




Start dates

September, January


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Available to registered adult nurses, this course will allow you to change your career from nursing to midwifery. The course will enable you to practice safely and effectively, to provide care for women and babies and upon successful graduation register as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Midwives are autonomous practitioners and offer specialist support to mothers from the antenatal to the postnatal period, working with a range of healthcare professionals to promote the best interests of a mother and their baby. This course has been designed to encourage you to think critically and apply evidence to underpin your clinical practice. It will provide you with a wide base of knowledge aligned to national policy and has been developed to meet the NMC's education requirements for the future midwife. It will enable you to be confident in using an evidence-based approach to support decision-making in complex mental, physical, cognitive and behavioural situations.

Inter-professional learning opportunities are embedded throughout the programme, enabling you to learn with different professions to expand your knowledge and develop your ability to work across various teams - an essential skill to learn to operate as a safe and compassionate midwife. 

Two-year study

This programme gives registered adult nurses - with at least 6 months experience - the opportunity to train as a midwife. You'll delve deep into the specialist skills needed to become a highly-skilled midwife, building on your existing skills and experience as a qualified nurse. 

We are one of a small number of institutions working with Health Education England (HEE) to offer this programme. HEE could provide funding for this course.  

A Midwifery student demonstrating checking a heartbeat on a mannequin of a baby.
Male nurse tending to patient in mock ward at Clinical skills suite

Placements are an essential part of your learning and we will allocate you to a local Trust, where you will follow a rotation between areas in both maternity and other health care settings. You are also allocated a practice supervisor and assessor in placement with whom you will complete your proficiencies. If you are already working in an NHS Trust, and are being funded for your course by HEE, you will undertake your placements in your current Trust working under supervision. 

The course also benefits from:

 The programme aims to develop registered midwives who:

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What you will study

In this year you will be introduced to the fundamentals of midwifery practice and skills. You will learn about standard midwifery practice and the midwife's role as an autonomous practitioner. You will also begin case loading and learning about continuity of care.


  • Antenatal Care and Public Health in Contemporary Midwifery Practice
  • Facilitating Normal Childbirth
  • Principles of Postnatal and Neonatal Care
  • Clinical Practice One

In this year you will build on your year one, developing knowledge and skills, caring for mothers and babies with additional needs. You will also learn about caring for mothers and babies who have unique or rare conditions which require more complex care. You will have exposure to other placements where you'll put theory into practice in a range of settings. 


  • Management of Obstetric Emergencies and Complications of Childbirth
  • Independent Review of Midwifery Practice
  • Clinical Practice Two

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

The programme aims to encourage you to think critically and apply evidence to underpin your clinical practice. The programme is mapped to NMC requirements for the education of student midwives and is aligned to national policy. The programme is 50% theory and 50% practice-based. You will gain 1,800 hours of practical experience in the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods, as well as in the care of the newborn baby. You'll get the opportunity to examine a wide variety of physical, social, and psychological needs, and knowledge of the transition to parenting.

Students will be exposed to a variety of learning opportunities, face to face teaching, independent study, blended learning days and online resources. Learning in practice is supported by the midwifery ongoing record of achievement document which encompasses all requirements in practice.


Midwifery placements can encompass community, antenatal and postnatal wards, day assessment units, labour wards, and birth centres. There are also opportunities to gain experience in other settings to expand learning experiences. You will be placed at local trust providers within the region, mainly large hospitals.

The aim of placements is to ensure you achieve all the required proficiencies to prepare you for clinical practice and registration as a midwife. Midwifery students are supported in practice by supervisors and assessors, and there is an emphasis on the application of theory to practice within these settings. To support this, midwifery students will have the opportunity to use specialist equipment available in the clinical skills department at the University.


You'll be assessed in various forms to complete this programme, including written assignments, oral examinations (VIVA), objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE), written examinations, dissertation and case studies. The programme is designed to help test your theoretical knowledge as well as your practical skills, so we have a range of assessments enabling you to demonstrate both competencies to us. 

Who will teach you

Two midwives lowering another into a birthing pool for a demonstration

Jayne Leverton
Programme leader

Jayne joined the University as the Lead Midwife for Education and Senior Lecturer of Midwifery in April 2020. She has worked in many specialist areas within midwifery, the majority of her time at Derby was as matron in the inpatient maternity areas. Jayne was also part of the consulting team when designing the new maternity unit which forms a significant part of the new hospital build.

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Entry requirements

About postgraduate awards 

Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.

Award Credits
Postgraduate Certificate 60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma 120 Credits
MSc 180 Credits

Fees and funding

2024/25 (August 2024 - July 2025)


9,250 per year



14,900 per year


Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable

Additional fee information

Please note at postgraduate level, you'll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.

Award Credits
Postgraduate Certificate 60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma 120 Credits
MSc 180 Credits

Further details on available funding is yet to be confirmed for the academic year of 2024-25. Please check back at a later date for more information. 

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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International student scholarships

We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to international students which can be used together to offer a reduction in your tuition fees.

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How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.


On completion of the programme, you may register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Lead Midwives for Education (LME) will provide a good health and character declaration. You may then enter employment as a Registered Midwife where a variety of rewarding and varied careers and pathways are available. You may choose to work in:

Further study

You may wish to return to academic study, further developing your skills and knowledge to be able to undertake a range of specialist or advanced roles. The University of Derby has a postgraduate framework in health and social care and a range of programmes for further study are available.

It is expected that once registered, midwives may return to the University to do Prescribing Qualifications such as PG Cert in Non-Medical Prescribing.

The MSc Midwifery programme will equip registrants with skills such as drug calculations and medicines management, but you will not be able to Prescribe until you have completed additional prescribing qualifications (such as our PG Cert in Non-Medical Prescribing). 

Find out more about our PG Cert in Non-Medical Prescribing

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.