Midwifery MSc top-up

Why choose this course?

If you have completed your PGDip Midwifery at Kingston University, you can top up your qualification to an MSc with this one-year course.

You will critically evaluate contemporary midwifery research, further develop your problem solving skills and explore managing unpredictable and complex issues.

You will actively participate in the advancement of contemporary midwifery knowledge, service development and clinical practice through research, creativity and innovation.

Mode Duration Start date
Part time 1 year November 2023
November 2024
Main location Kingston Hill

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Through this course you can top up your Kingston University PgDip Midwifery to an MSc in one year.
  • There is a 10% alumni discount available on your fees.
  • You will be able to progress your career in midwifery, clinical practice, management or education.

What you will study

This Project module is exclusively available to Kingston University alumni who graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery and will enable you to top up to a Masters in Midwifery Degree at Kingston University.

Year 1

Project Module

Project Module

60 credits

You will have the choice of undertaking a project from one of the categories listed below:

  1. Analysis and discussion of primary data collected through research that you have planned and executed.
  2. Systematic review and analysis of published material.
  3. Project in your workplace evaluating or leading to a practice or service delivery innovation.

The module is designed to support you to complete your chosen project and will include preparation and planning for the project, as well as ongoing guidance with the implementation, analysis, discussion and presentation of the outcomes. The project will generally follow from the proposal developed as part of the Improving Practice Through Research module (MW7009) on the pre-registration PgDip Midwifery programme. However, this is flexible, and a novel project may be negotiated to reflect your post-qualifying practice experience or interests. The type of project you undertake must be approved by your supervisor. 

In general, the project must relate to advanced practice within healthcare and should be pertinent to your sphere of work.

Entry requirements

Typical offer

Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery (Kingston University-awarded only)

Teaching and assessment

This programme is aimed at employed midwives and takes a blended approach designed to provide a flexible, accessible study environment that supports an achievable work/study balance. This inclusive, technology-enhanced approach to learning is a key component of the programme. Online, live and recorded lectures, as well as individual tutorials will be used to support your learning.

Guided independent study (self-managed time)

When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual projects, undertaking and preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS – the online virtual learning platform.

Support for postgraduate students

As a student at Kingston University, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development. You will also be able to use the University's support services

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your workload

3% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity.

  • Scheduled teaching and learning: 20 hours
  • Guided independent study: 580 hours

How you will be assessed

Assessment is via a 10,000 to 15,000 word written presentation of a project pertinent to your sphere of work and related to advanced practice within midwifery. Feedback and feedforward are integrated throughout the programme via formative review and tutorial support provision.

  • 100% coursework

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Who teaches this course?

You will be taught by leaders in the field who regularly contribute to research, particularly in the care of the mother or birthing person and child, before, during and after pregnancy.

Course fees and funding

2023/24 fees for this course

Home 2023/24

  • £1,851

2022/23 fees for this course

Home 2022/23

  • £1,714


Visit our Fees and funding page to find out about the student funding options available to help you fund your postgraduate studies.

Discounts for Kingston University alumni

Kingston University is pleased to offer a 10% discount on full-time and part-time postgraduate degree course tuition fees (including PGCE courses) to our alumni. Visit our Alumni discount page to find out more.

After you graduate

This course will help you progress your career, allowing you to lead changes and improvements into practice, move to a more senior role, write for publication and present at conferences.

After you graduate

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.


Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to buy your own copy of key textbooks, this can cost between £50 and £250 per year.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residence. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost from £100 to £3,000 depending on your course requirements.

Photocopying and printing

In the majority of cases written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.


Travel costs are not included in your tuition fees but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses, Surbiton train station, Kingston upon Thames train station, Norbiton train station and halls of residence.


Our Kingston Hill campus offers you modern facilities and includes well-equipped laboratories where you can practise within a safe environment. Our new simulation suite houses all the equipment needed to develop clinical practice skills.

This versatile space can be used for simulated home settings or a delivery suite setting. It also has a range of equipment, including a birthing pool, birthing mattresses, manikins, resuscitaires and exercise balls for you to learn with.

Current research in this subject

Many of our faculty staff are research active, often in partnership with NHS Trusts. This ensures they are in touch with the latest thinking and bring best practice to your studies.

Midwifery research activity focuses around several key areas:

  • Clinical interventions
  • Professional practice
  • Women's experience of maternity care
  • Public health
  • International midwifery

We conduct much of our midwifery research and consultancy either in partnership with or on behalf of maternity services, voluntary sector and independent agencies.

Course changes and regulations

The information on this page reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. To improve your student experience and the quality of your degree, we may review and change the material information of this course. Course changes explained.

Programme Specifications for the course are published ahead of each academic year.

Regulations governing this course can be found on our website.