PG Diploma Midwifery

Southwark Campus

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery aims to:

  • Develop midwives who meet the Standards of proficiency for midwives (NMC 2019) and become eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Develop skilled, knowledgeable, respectful and compassionate midwives, able to provide woman-centred care across a range of settings to ensure the provision of safe and effective care for women their families and the wider community
  • Build upon existing knowledge, skills and experience, recognising the diversity, richness and relevance of nursing knowledge to enhancing midwifery practice
  • Develop midwives who embrace cultural safety, recognising equality, diversity and inclusion  and acknowledging the need to address own biases and prejudices to challenge racism and inequality
  • Develop midwives who will act as leaders and change agents, aware of the significance of innovation, creativity and best available evidence in the evaluation and development of woman-centred care and the maternity services
  • Promote collaborative working with service users, interdisciplinary and multiagency teams in contemporary midwifery practice

Why Midwifery at LSBU?

Ranked 5th for Overall Satisfaction amongst London Competitors (National Student Survey 2020).
100% of students are in employment or studying six months after graduating, UNISTATS 2019.
2nd in London for learning resources (National Student Survey 2019).
In the final phase of the course you'll do a long stretch of placement block to help consolidate and develop your practical skills by being the lead professional in the care of low risk women.
Joint 1st in the UK for career prospects (Guardian League Table 2020).


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
2 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus


The main focus of the course is the promotion of normality, i.e. the framing of childbirth as a normal physiological process which the majority of women will undergo in their lifetime. The course also acknowledges that a number of women have more complex needs where technological help will be needed.

You are expected to achieve the theoretical and practice standards stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to enable you to perform the role and responsibilities of the Midwife within the context of promoting normality, using preventative measures, detecting complications, accessing appropriate assistance and carrying out emergency measures in the absence of medical aid.

Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.

Year 1

  • Universal care needs of the woman and newborn infant
    This module will enable the student to develop an understanding of physiological childbirth and the principles and provision of holistic midwifery care applied across pregnancy and the childbirth continuum. The holistic health of the woman and the developmental needs of the newborn infant will be discussed. It will also provide the opportunity to explore the midwife’s role in the assessment and organisation of safe and compassionate midwifery care of women and the newborn infant. The module will introduce the student to the newborn physical examination, which forms part of the National Screening Committee’s newborn and infant screening programme. The role of the midwife will be explored and applied to the development of core midwifery knowledge and skills, professional behaviour, and effective communication skills essential to support the student’s practice learning experience.
  • The Midwife and Public Health  
    This module will support the consolidation of knowledge, skills and attitude from nursing to contemporary midwifery practice. Introduces the epidemiological principles and current evidence and data on Public Health strategies, Health Promotion, Health Protection, and Safeguarding. The student will use this evidence to inform conversations with women, their partners, and families, appropriate to their needs and preferences.
  • Additional care for women with complications
    This module prepares the student to care for women with altered health during pregnancy and women with pre-existing conditions. Students will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to recognise deviations from the norm, signs of compromise and deterioration and plan, escalate and coordinate care to ensure that women achieve an optimum outcome. The principles of evidence based best practice for the first line management of complications and additional needs of women will be provided.
  • Developing competent midwifery practice  (Year 1 Practice)
    The module will introduce the student for the fundamental aspects of midwifery practice and support their completion of the practice document known as the Midwifery On-going record of Achievement (MORA), across the first year of the programme. Students will begin to develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of the role of the midwife in the care of women and their newborn infants within caseloads, and develop their midwifery skills in practice During this module, the student will begin to develop and apply their knowledge of the systematic examination of the newborn and the screening elements within it. Students will be encouraged to use reflection within their learning and personal development.

Year 2

  • Care and management of the newborn infant with additional care needs
    This module will enable the student to build upon their knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the newborn infant to enable them to gain an in-depth understanding of the range of conditions that affect the newborn infant due to illness, birth injury or prematurity and their additional care needs. It will provide the opportunity to analyse the midwife’s role in the assessment and early management of newborn infants. In addition, this module will provide the student with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to assess the cardiovascular and the respiratory systems as part of the systematic examination of the newborn.
  • Leading and promoting excellence in Midwifery Practice: Applying the evidence
    This module provides the student with an opportunity to critically examine the theoretical underpinnings of quality improvement in the maternity services. Students are enabled to critically explore the concept of quality in relation to leadership and innovation and the contribution of evidence in the promotion of a safe and effective maternity service. An opportunity will be provided for students to participate in identifying issues of concern, engage in the process of investigation and disseminate findings to facilitate change. This module will enable the student to recognise the role of the midwife as a key change agent leading in the process of quality assurance and improvement, working with service users in the process of co-production. This module coincides with an elective opportunity, where students can select to attend an international, national or specialist placement which enables them to enhance their understanding of the quality improvement process. By the end of this module, the student will recognise their future role as a midwife to improve safety and effectiveness of care as a scholar and leader and as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Emergency care and management of mother and newborn infant
    This module equips the student to implement first-line emergency management of complications and/or additional care needs for the woman, fetus, and newborn infant when signs of compromise and deterioration or emergencies occur with the input of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Proficient midwifery practice (practice module)
    This is a work-based learning module where students will be given academic credit for clinical practice. This module supports the achievement of key aspects within the MORA which centre on issues of decision making, accountability and autonomy in caseload midwifery and also enhances the student knowledge and skills related to the systematic examination of the newborn. Whilst these will be facilitated by the practice supervisor and practice assessor in the clinical environment, the student is facilitated to consolidate their skills and knowledge in preparation for registration as a midwife with the nursing and midwifery council.


Midwifery as a career

Many graduates take their first posts as qualified practitioners in the NHS Trusts and hospitals where they gained experience during their training. The degree enhances employability through its emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching, leading to a professional qualification and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The majority of roles are in the NHS, although there are opportunities at private hospitals, clinics and abroad. Day-to-day the work can be varied, as midwives have a range of responsibilities. Providing advice to women and their families; diagnosing, monitoring and examining women during pregnancy and co-ordinating with other professionals and agencies are all typical activities. There are also opportunities to enter education such as; practice development midwife, midwifery lecturer or lecturer-practitioner, research and management.

Recent graduates have become specialist midwives in teenage pregnancy, HIV, and smoking cessation counselling, whilst others have gone on to work in children's centres or become consultant midwives.

Interpersonal skills and salary

Being able to keep a calm head under pressure is essential, as are excellent people skills and good physical and mental stamina. Due to the nature of the work, many midwives do shift work around the clock, including weekends and bank holidays. Salaries for newly qualified midwives are set at Band 5, which starts at £24,907 – with band 6  midwives earning  between £31,365 to £37,890. Midwives working at a senior level Band 7, can earn in the region of £38,890 to £44,503 with consultant midwives earning  from £51,168 to £73,664.

Professional Development

As a graduate from this course, you will be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level. Find out more about postgraduate study through our online CPPD prospectus.

Employability Service

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

The programme has been jointly validated by LSBU and the NMC. On completion of the course, you are eligible to be placed on the NMC professional register.

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council regulates nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands.


  • The programme leads to registration with the NMC with very high employability for successful students.
  • The programme philosophy acknowledges and celebrates equality, diversity and inclusion across education and practice environments   and embraces cultural safety as a fundamental feature of midwifery education.
  • Students are given opportunities to apply their theoretical knowledge and understanding to enhance their clinical skills by participating in innovative annual peer-supported clinical skills weeks, facilitated by academic and clinical practice midwives.
  • Students are given the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and understanding of midwifery issues by selecting a local, national, international or specialist elective placement opportunity during the final year of the programme.
  • Students are given the opportunity to gain a Certificate in Enterprise during the programme.
  • Variety of assessment methods to tailor for a diverse learning style and ensure all students are facilitated to excel.



During the course you will spend 50% of your time involved in academic study and 50% in clinical practice within a broad variety of healthcare settings. A clinical practice placement allows you to put theory into practice by working with a range of health professionals in clinical situations to develop the skills, knowledge and experience required to become a competent midwife.  Although sometimes initially challenging, practice learning is one of the most interesting and exciting aspects of learning to be a midwife.

Clinical settings

You'll experience a variety of clinical settings, such as NHS acute Trusts, community placements, and a variety of specialist roles within maternity and outside of maternity settings.

We are proud to partner with:

  • Queen's Hospital - Barking, Havering and Redbridge Trust
  • Whipps Cross Hospital
  • Guys & St Thomas' Hospital (GSTT)

Support in Practice

Whilst in the clinical placement we ensure our midwifery students receive continuous support and guidance from a dedicated Midwifery placement facilitators and other supervisors and assessors made up of registered Midwives and other health practitioners. This is strengthened by the support of academics who help bridge the gap between university and practice such as Link lecturer, personal tutor and Academic assessor roles.

Skills week

Our midwifery students have an opportunity to participate in a skills week once a year which encourages inter-cohort working and learning to simulate real scenarios and provide a realistic perspective for students.

SimBaby and SimMom

The nursing and midwifery wards have simulator mannequins: SimBaby and SimMom. These life-size mannequins are computer controlled and can be programmed with various clinical conditions. These are operated by a computer in real-time and so respond to a student's actions. They also allow students to see the outcome of specific interventions in certain scenarios, which could make the client better or deteriorate quite quickly. They can be set up to simulate the range of delivery environments available to labouring women. The students can rehearse dealing with emergencies in a simulated setting.

The mannequins are used to teach students how to recognise clinical signs, and to also associate those clinical signs with the actions they are taking to care for the patient.  SimMom has fully accurate anatomy and can breathe, blink, sweat, speak and groan in pain as well as have a pulse.


A range of high fidelity and low fidelity equipment is used to simulate practice and support students to consolidate their skills.

Teaching and learning

The Midwifery academic team is made up of qualified midwives with a wealth of experience and knowledge of the midwifery profession. The team members hold professional teaching qualifications, Masters and PhDs which enable a more rich and invigorating learning experience and ability to adapt to new and innovative teaching methods and strategies.

Students will also have input from Midwifery placement facilitators, specialist clinicians and practice educators who hold joint appointments between the university and the Trusts.

LSBU prides itself on the support that is offered to the students in university and placement and are committed and dedicated to ensuring all students have an excellent learning experience to enhance their professional development.


Assessment methods are specified in each module descriptor with details in the individual module guides; these are designed to test the module and course learning outcomes. These are mapped to the professional standards outlined in the Future midwife: Standards of proficiency for midwives (NMC, 2019) and will be assessed through either coursework and/or clinical proficiencies.

The types of assessments adopted include:

  • Written assignments: such as narrative and reflective essay, case study, evidence-based scenarios and critical analysis assignments, to develop integration of theory and practice and to critically examine selected aspects of care and suggest strategies for quality improvement.
  • Care studies: to develop skills in articulating knowledge and decision-making processes
  • Oral and poster presentations: to enable the student to demonstrate their ability to identify relevant information and articulate practice focussed decisions based on their assessment and interpretation
  • Literature searching and critical appraisal: to identify and examine the evidence for quality of midwifery care
  • Examinations: to test underpinning knowledge and decision making.

A variety of assessment methods are used to assess practical skills. These include;

  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), modified viva, practice scenarios to provide a simulated experience in which knowledge and skills can be demonstrated
  • Case reviews, history taking and assessment skills
  • The achievement of identified proficiencies is assessed in practice with the use of the practice assessment document - Midwifery   on-going record of achievement (MORA).
  • Course Structure

    Students are expected to be in theory block 50% and practice block 50% each year

    • Modules vary from 0 credits to 40 credits
    • Students will be expected to work a variety of shifts including, evenings, weekends, bank holidays and night shifts
    • Students must have occupational health and Enhanced DBS clearance prior to starting placement
    • Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening depending on the capacity of rooms and resources.

    Expectation from students to complete:

    • Minimum 1500 hours of clinical practice over the length of the programme
    • Estimated 10 hours per 1 credit value of a module which includes blended learning, face to face, online and self-directed learning as adult learners.

    Note all clinical and theory hours will be accounted for.

    Key Topics and Skills

    The proficiencies expected for each year reflect the theme for the learning and teaching for the modules undertaken building from the first year where the focus is very much on normality and on complexities, culminating in the midwife’s role as a colleague, scholar, and leader in the second year.

    Learning in practice level 6 and level 7 – Contribution Universal care, Continuity of care, Relationship building, Infant feeding, Communication, Public health, Medicines administration, Record keeping. In addition - Interdisciplinary working and Additional care

    Learning in Practice level 7– Demonstrate Proficiency Universal care, Continuity of care, Relationship building, Infant feeding, Communication, Public health, Medicines administration, Record keeping, Interdisciplinary working, Additional and emergency care In addition -Supervision and delegation, Management, Responding to vulnerability

    Practice skills teaching, learning and assessment are a key focus of the curriculum and continue to be enhanced and developed. The Standards for student supervision and assessment (NMC 2018) and NMC Standards for pre-registration midwifery programmes (2019) provide the framework on which the strategy for practice skills learning, teaching and assessment is built. This dictates that all skills in Domain 6 will be assessed in practice and have been incorporated in the MORA.


Entry requirements

Applicants to this programme will need to meet the following entry criteria:

  • A registered Adult nurse (level 1) with current registration with the NMC;
  • A Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 2:2: with a minimum qualification of Diploma in Higher Education with evidence of study at Level 6;
  • At least 6 months post qualification clinical experience as an adult nurse on the NMC register in the UK

For applicants whom English is not their first language, they must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent, with not less than 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and not less than 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) at the time of application

Recognition of prior learning is not permitted for pre-registration midwifery programmes (NMC 2019)

How to apply

Home applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
2 years
Start date
Application code
Application method

Applications are made through local Hospital Trusts (Whipps Cross University Hospital Trust; Guys & St Thomas' Hospital (GSTT);  Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust).

These Trusts advertise on the NHS jobs website vacancies available and applications should be made online directly to them.

The process to apply is:

  1. Identify the Trust you want to be sponsored by. All sponsorship opportunities are advertised on NHS jobs and the Trust's vacancy listings.
  2. On your application form, state London South Bank University as your university of choice.
  3. If you have secured a place on the PG Dip midwifery course through the NHS shortlisting process, please submit a separate application through our dedicated application system.
  4. Successful applicants are invited for interview with a panel consisting of both Trust and LSBU representatives.
  5. Candidates who are successful at interview will be sent an offer letter from the University.
  6. Once your place is confirmed on the course, ensure that you inform your employer and hand in your notice to ensure you can start the course on time.


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PgDip Midwifery (FT) - Year 1 FT Southwark JAN

The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
UK fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 5766Session code: 1FS00
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UK £18500
International £0

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