Midwifery / Registered Midwife for registered nurses PgDip

Why choose this course?

This two year Masters course is ideal for registered adult nurses who have already studied at degree level and wish to gain the knowledge and skills to register as midwives with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You will study the midwifery profession and practice, research, biological science, social science, public health, law and ethics.

There is an emphasis on clinical skills teaching - more than half the course focuses on developing practical abilities. We aim to ensure your clinical placements reflect the modules you study, enabling you to integrate theory and practice.

Our 2020 curriculum is currently being revised in line with the new NMC standards.

Government Bursary

Nursing and Midwifery students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back, subject to eligibility criteria.

UCAS code Mode Duration Start date
4J33 Full time 85 weeks September 2020
Location Kingston Hill and St George's, University of London

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Kingston University offers this course in partnership with St George's, University of London (SGUL). You will have access to the combined resources of both universities.
  • You will be offered a wide range of clinical experience within local NHS Trusts and the surrounding community.
  • You will use well-equipped skills laboratories, clinical equipment, mannequins and teaching models designed for maternity care.

What you will study

You will be offered clinical experience within local NHS trusts and the surrounding community. We aim to co-ordinate your clinical placements to reflect the modules being studied, integrating theory and practice.

The themes that run through the programme are midwifery profession and practice, research, biological science, social science, health promotion/public health, and law and ethics.

These modules will be subject to change in accordance with the new pre-registration midwifery education standards from the Nursing and Midwifery Council for 2020.


Through Transition to Midwifery Practice, your nursing knowledge will be expanded to cover the essentials of midwifery practice. You will learn alongside students in the second year of their three year midwifery programme.

In your final year, you will continue to develop your midwifery knowledge, understanding and leadership skills, preparing you for autonomous practice as a midwife.

Core modules

Transition to Midwifery Practice

30 credits

This module provides you with the requisite knowledge and skills to support the normal physiological processes of childbirth and provide safe and effective midwifery care.

Social and Political Context of Midwifery Care

30 credits

This module will enable you to apply social sciences (including psychology, sociology, health and social policy, politics and economics) to midwifery practice and maternity services provision.

Midwifery and Complicated Childbearing

30 credits

This module facilitates your knowledge and understanding in relation to the pathophysiological aspects of childbirth to enable you to provide care for women with complex health needs during childbirth and for women and families when complications arise.

Effective Midwifery Practice

30 credits

This module enhances your professional development in preparation for the role of an autonomous and reflective midwife. You are facilitated to critically explore and analyse the factors that influence decision making, including your own attitudes and beliefs and influence upon your practice. The contribution of effective midwifery care to the provision of safe and sustainable maternity services is also considered.

Improving Practice through Research

30 credits

This module will facilitate you to understand the evidence base underpinning midwifery theory and practice and build on your knowledge of research. The focus is on informing professional practice using relevant evidence and research techniques. The module will enable you to appraise evidence and critically evaluate and contribute to the strategies for improving care through research, audit and clinical governance.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

Typical offer

Registration as an Adult Nurse (RNA) on the NMC Professional Register for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors (Parts 1 and 10). Candidates pursuing the PgDip strand must have achieved a BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing at grade 2.2 or above.


Non-native speakers who do not have the equivalent of GCSE English at grade 4 (formerly grade C) or an equivalent (e.g. Functional Skills Level 2 Literacy) require an Academic IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent overall and at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections.

Interview and selection

Our selection process includes:

  • an interview;
  • Occupational Health clearance; and
  • Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check including checks against the Adult and Child Workforce Barring lists.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching includes academic study and clinical practice experience. You will have access to well-equipped skills laboratories and simulation suites where you can use clinical equipment and practise on mannequins and teaching models that are relevant to maternity care.

There is a continuous assessment of theory and practice. This includes extended essays, examinations, reflective journal writing and projects.

Guided independent study

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 and group projects, undertaking 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

Your workload

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules.

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises exams (e.g. test or exam), presentations, clinical assessment and coursework (e.g. essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows:

  • 60% coursework
  • 20% written exams
  • 20% practical exams

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 and child, before, during and after pregnancy. Our teaching has an extensive focus on practical skills development, in partnership with local NHS Trusts to ensure you are fully equipped and competent to practice.

Course fees and funding

2020/21 fees for this course

Home and European Union 2020/21

  • PgDip full time £9,250

Overseas (not EU) 2020/21

  • PgDip full time £14,600

* These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).


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 per cent 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.

Government Student Grant

Midwifery students on pre-registration courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back, subject to eligibility criteria.For more information please visit Health Careers and The Funding Clinic


Kingston University's unique partnership with St George's, University of London (SGUL), means that health and social care students can access the combined resources of both Kingston University and SGUL.

As a student on this course, you will be based mainly at the Kingston Hill campus and will use the St George's campus for working in the anatomy laboratory.

Kingston University's Kingston Hill campus

Kingston University's Kingston Hill campus offers you modern facilities and include well-equipped laboratories where you can practise within a safe environment.

Our clinical skills laboratories house all the equipment needed to simulate clinical practice.

St George's, University of London campus

The St George's, University of London campus in Tooting is based alongside St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and offers you the specialist teaching environment of a medical school.

After you graduate

Registered midwives can choose to develop their skills and experience in the NHS, or the independent or voluntary sectors. Midwives can elect to work clinically, teach, undertake research or even manage a complete maternity service. Extensive postgraduate study opportunities are also available at Kingston and St George's. 

Career opportunities 

Midwifery today is a highly attractive career with good financial rewards and excellent employment prospects in the UK and overseas. 

The majority of midwives work in the NHS, either in the community working alongside GPs, district nurses and social workers, or in hospital environments in partnership with obstetricians, anaesthetists and neonatologists. Others work in private maternity hospitals or practice independently. 

There are many practice-based roles and also management opportunities in both midwifery and general health care which can enable midwives to develop and support modern midwifery practice. Midwives may also take on consultant roles. 


After you graduate


This degree confers both an academic award and a professional qualification in midwifery. On completion of the programme, students are recommended to the Nursing and Midwifery Council or professional registration. 

What our students say

I joined the BSc Midwifery programme as a mature student, having been a primary school teaching assistant for many years whilst raising my own three daughters and after completing a Diploma in Adult Nursing (also at Kingston University).

The course is fast moving, and at times challenging, but the academic and personal support provided by both tutors and colleagues is excellent. There is always someone available if you need to discuss any aspect of your practice or need guidance with academic assignments.

I have enjoyed the course immensely and feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to learn how to professionally support women and their families during the life-changing events of pregnancy, childbirth and adjustment to parenthood.

Rosemarie McLoughlin, Midwifery for registered nurses BSc (Hons)

During the midwifery 18-month programme, I have felt exceptionally well supported by teachers, mentors, clinical facilitators and my personal tutor. As a male student in a midwifery degree, you might expect to face some difficulties. However, with the appropriate support and guidance, it can be seen as a positive experience rather than an inconvenience. Kingston and St George's really care for their students, providing a range of tools and techniques to ensure that students are very well supported and guided during this time.

Nowadays, I am working as a midwife in one of the healthcare trusts where I was trained. This course has not only provided the opportunity to study the midwifery degree, it also provided the means to gain the job that I always wanted. It has been a rewarding experience.

David Diaz Gomez, Midwifery for registered nurses BSc (Hons)

This 18-month programme has been consistently challenging throughout. Varied teaching methods have maintained an upbeat learning environment with each individual's learning capabilities and styles being complimented.

As a student I have experienced a high level of support both on a personal and professional basis with skilled academic and practice mentorship facilitating my grasp of the varied concepts of midwifery care.

Overall, studying midwifery at Kingston University and St George's, University of London has been a life-enhancing experience resulting in my ability to make the transition from nurse to midwife with a broad sphere of confidence and competence in the specialist area of midwifery.

Jo Bécares, Midwifery for registered nurses BSc (Hons)

Links with the health sector

You will do a range of placements in different settings, including hospitals, community settings and continuity of care. We have a range of practice partners for midwifery from the NHS including:

  • Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
  • Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS Frimley Health Foundation Trust
  • Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Current research in this subject

Many of our staff in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education 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.