Midwifery | midwife speaking to patient in hospital bed


This innovative three-year MSc Midwifery course will enable you to become a highly educated midwife with the potential for management, leadership, consultancy, educational and research roles.

Within the next decade, there will be new challenges and opportunities for midwives to develop their roles as practitioners, partners and leaders in delivering and shaping future maternity services (Scottish Government, 2017). This course will give you the education and skills to embrace this challenge.

Applying to the MSc

You must apply through UCAS for this course as it is classed as an undergraduate Masters course - the UCAS code is B722 (see Apply section below for more details).




The midwifery team are committed to encouraging and enabling Erasmus/elective experiences where opportunities arise. An Erasmus/elective experience opportunity, with one of our European partners, is available in Year 2 of the programme as part of the student opportunity to undertake an elective placement. Other opportunities either within the UK or internationally working with voluntary organisations is encouraged with oversight from a midwifery academic responsible for student electives. Students are also encouraged to research and organise their elective placements.


Our Programme Leaders have recorded Zoom sessions to help you discover all there is to know about our courses. From professional accreditation to programme modules and career opportunities, our Programme Leaders will help answer all your questions. You can find them on our YouTube Channel or by clicking the link below. 

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Professional Approval and Accreditation

Our course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You will be eligible for registration as a registered midwife with the NMC.

On completion of the programme students will be able to enter onto the NMC register and practice as a midwife

Placement Opportunities

The course comprises 50% practice and 50% theory. Practice placements are available throughout the following Health Boards:

  • NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • NHS Ayrshire and Arran
  • NHS Lanarkshire
  • NHS Highland
  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway

There is at least once placement outwith the acute maternity sector in a community midwifery unit.

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Overall student satisfaction for UWS Midwifery students

(National Student Survey 2018)


of UWS postgraduate students would recommend UWS to a friend (iGraduate Student Barometer 2017-18)


of students in work/further study 6 months after graduating HESA performance indicator 2016/17

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate & Post-experience Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.


Academic Requirements

To be considered for our course, you must:

  • Possess an Ordinary bachelor's degree
  • Provide a personal/employer reference
  • Provide an academic reference and formal University transcript/certificate
  • Provide a statement of support (max 500 words)
  • Provide evidence of possessing a qualification in Mathematics such as SQA National 5 Mathematics at Grade C, or above.

Entry is also dependent on you successfully passing the following:

  • Health screening
  • Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme background check
  • Personal interview

Further desirable skills pre-application:

  • Communication/interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • IT literate
  • Research literate
  • Driving licence
  • Previous work experience in a caring/health environment
  • Evidence of research theory/activity

All applicants must meet NMC entry requirements as per NMC Standards for pre-registration Midwifery education.

International applicants must satisfy enhanced English Language requirements. See section below - IELTS Score Exceptions - for more information.

N.B. There is no Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) onto the MSc Midwifery with-registration programme. Students must undertake all three years of the programme for entry onto the Nursing and Midwifery Council register as a Midwife.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)


IELTS Score Exceptions (Research degrees, Nursing & Midwifery degrees with NMC registration, Certificate of Higher Education, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS or Occupational English Test (OET)*.

For such courses, the IELTS score is as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • score of at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and no less than 6.5 in writing

* Note that the Occupational English Test (OET) will now be accepted in addition to IELTS as proof of a Nurse's English Language Competence (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2019). 

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5



TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.


West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.


Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

    • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
    • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
    • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Find out more about our English lanaguage Courses.

Course details


To meet the needs of women and their families within our society, our course reflects a dynamic student-centred approach to education. In preparation for autonomous practice within the maternity services with emphasis on active learning focussing on:

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Education
  • Research-awareness
  • Professional reflection
  • Critical thinking and expert knowledge

Practice placements

  • Total number of practice placement weeks in year 1: 21 weeks
  • Total number of practice placement weeks in year 2: 21 weeks
  • Total number of practice placement weeks in year 3: 25 weeks

Overall total number of practice placement weeks in programme: 67 weeks

Year 1 + Term 1 of Year 2


  • Integration of Life Sciences and Childbirth (core, 20 credits)
  • Professional and Personal Development 1 (core, 20 credits)
  • Applied Midwifery Knowledge and Practice (core, 20 credits)


  • Clinical Skills for Midwifery Practice (core, 20 credits)
  • Critical Concepts of Maternal Health & Wellbeing (core, 20 credits)
  • MSc Midwifery Care in Practice 1 (core, 20 credits)


  • Analysis of Obstetric Emergencies (core, 20 credits)
  • Reflecting on Complex Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth (core, 20 credits)
  • Evaluating Holistic Care of the Newborn (core, 20 credits)


  • Graduate Certificate in Maternal Studies: successfully completed Term 1 / Year 1 (3 modules at SCQF Level 9)
  • Graduate Diploma in Maternal Studies: successfully completed Year 1 (3 modules at SCQF Level 9 + 3 modules at SCQF Level 10)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Maternal Health: successfully completed Year 1 + Term 1 of Year 2 (3 modules at SCQF Level 11)

NB: None of these interim awards carry professional recognition from the NMC.

Terms 2 & 3 of Year 2


  • Professional and Personal Development 2 (core, 20 credits)
  • Understanding Maternal Psychological and Emotional Wellbeing (core, 20 credits)
  • MSc Midwifery Care in Practice 2 (core, 20 credits)


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Maternal Health: Completed Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.

NB: This award carries no professional recognition from the NMC.

Year 3

YEAR 3 – SCQF Level 11

  • Dissertation Project (core, 60 credits)
  • Responding to Needs of Vulnerable Families (core, 20 credits)
  • Effective Autonomous Practice (core, 20 credits)
  • MSc Midwifery Care in Practice 3 (core, 20 credits)

Students who have successfully completed the programme achieving the following results will exit the programme with the academic and professionally accredited award MSc Midwifery with-registration:

  • 60 credits at SCQF Level 9
  • 60 credits at SCQF Level 10
  • 240 credits at SCQF Level 11

You will then be eligible for registration as a registered midwife with the NMC.



Level of absence does not preclude completion of either academic (75% attendance is required to be able to undertake the theory assessment) or practice placement (80% attendance is required to be able to undertake the practice assessment) modules so required programme hours is achieved as per NMC Standards (2018; 2019). All absence is required to be made back up prior to exiting the programme.

  • There are no outstanding professional issues relating to Fitness for Practice or Good Health and Good Character.

Practice-based Learning Placements

Practice-based learning is integral to the content and credibility of the pre-registration post-graduate MSc Midwifery (NMC 2018).

Students may be allocated to any of the following for practice placements:

  • Royal Alexandra Maternity Unit, Paisley
  • Princess Royal Maternity Unit, Glasgow
  • Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Maternity Unit, Glasgow
  • Ayrshire Maternity Unit, Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock
  • Vale of Leven Community Midwifery Unit
  • Inverclyde Community Midwifery Unit, Greenock
  • Wishaw Maternity Unit, Wishaw General Hospital
  • Day Assessment Unit, Wishaw and East Kilbride
  • Dumfries Maternity Unit, Cresswell Hospital, Dumfries
  •  Community Areas Lanarkshire
  • Community Areas Dumfries
  • Rural Placements in Community Midwifery Units in Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban, Montrose, Rothesay, Campbeltown, Stranraer and Isle of Arran

Practice-based learning is achieved through the 51% practice component of the programme. Students must achieve specified clinical proficiencies for year one before progressing to year two, and specified proficiencies for year two of the programme prior to progressing to year three and must achieve and maintain the mandatory NMC competencies for professional registration.

Teaching and Assessment

Our course comprises of 51% practice and 49% theory and is provided on a full-time basis of no less than three years duration. It must be completed within 5 years (including interruptions).

Delivery of our taught MSc pre-registration course will include teaching at a more advanced scholarship level. Your experience will be deepened and broadened using additional tutorials and seminars, this will include a wider perspective on issues such as:

  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Clinical governance
  • Education
  • Supervision innovation and the development of new insights

In addition, you will be expected to demonstrate advanced research awareness throughout the course and will complete an element of personal research/project work involving the development of new ideas/knowledge.


  • Scheduled learning: 24%
  • Independent study: 25%
  • Placement: 51%


  • Class test: 6%
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination and Viva Voce 19%
  • Oral Presentation 19%
  • Coursework: 38%  
  • Practice Placement: 19%

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

MSc Midwifery Course Structure

Career Prospects

Students achieving the minimum threshold award of MSc Midwifery with Registration will be eligible to apply for NMC registration. Graduates are highly sought after nationally and internationally with currently (since 2018) 100% students gaining employment as Registered midwives within three months of graduation. The midwifery team works in partnership with students delivering modern pedagogy approaches using digital hybrid delivery to deliver world-ready graduates who will design, shape and build a new future.

Following graduation, there are a variety of career pathways / opportunities available locally, nationally and internationally:

  • Midwifery practice in an acute setting
  • Midwifery practice in a community setting
  • Independent midwifery practice
  • Midwifery within the armed forces
  • Voluntary service
  • Public health / Sexual health
  • Management and leadership midwifery roles
  • Project management and leadership
  • Consultant Midwife
  • Education
  • Research
  • Policy settings

Opportunities to further enhance post-graduate level academic, research and practice:

  • PG Dip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)
  • MSc Advanced Neonatal Practitioner
  • MSc Leading People-Centred Integrated Care
  • Master of Research
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Education
  • Professional Doctorate

Further Study

Upon completion, you will be equipped to consider postdoctoral studies, project management and leadership, postgraduate teaching and learning, and specialist consultant clinical midwifery roles. 

“Throughout my three years on the MSc Midwifery programme, I have been taught by knowledgeable and insightful lecturers who encourage their students to always question and look for the latest new evidence-based research to inform practice. This programme has equipped me with the skills and confidence needed for a newly qualified practitioner. It has also provided opportunities to develop research skills and open avenues for future studies.”

Laura Paterson, MSc Midwifery with-registration graduate

Tuition Fees

Postgraduate fees for this course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£0 Fees paid by the Scottish Government Health Directorate

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£8,500 cost per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£8,500 cost per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£16,000 cost per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Academic Session 2021/22 Postgraduate Tuition Fees - Full-time


£1,820 Cost per year of study (all tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government Health Directorate)

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£9,250 Cost per year of study

Republic of Ireland

£9,250 Cost per year of study

International (including EU)

£16,400 Cost per year of study

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Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Midwifery - Additional Costs

Uniforms & Placements

Student Nurse Uniforms are provided.

Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme Registration

Successful applicants who gain a place on this course will need to register on the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme, managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. You will need to maintain your membership throughout the duration of your studies.

The fee for joining the scheme is £59.

Visit the Disclosure Scotland website for more information on the PVG scheme.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

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Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

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Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

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Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

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Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

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Applying for the MSc

To apply for this MSc you must apply through UCAS. This conversion MSc is classified as an undergraduate course for the purposes of application/admissions even though you must have at least a Bachelors/undergraduate degree to apply. See below for more details on how to apply including the UCAS code for ths degree.

How to apply

All applicants

All UK, EU and International (non-EU/non-EEA) applicants for this programme should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

The on-time application deadline for 2021/22 entry is 29 January 2021, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2021, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.

UCAS codes for Nursing & Midwifery Master's:

  • MSc Adult Nursing (BR40)
  • MSc Mental Health Nursing (BR60)
  • MSc Midwifery (B722)

Please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide for domestic & EU/EEA to find more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS.

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An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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