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Maternal & Newborn Healthcare MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

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Want to become a future leader in your field? We designed this course for ambitious midwives, nurses and healthcare professionals who want to improve quality of service – wherever in the world you’re based.

Professors advising the World Health Organization. Researchers working to improve quality of care and inform the latest innovations. Lecturers with years of experience in practice. You’ll be taught by world-leading academics at our central London campuses.

The diverse nature of this course is ideal for international students. The course is suitable for any qualified healthcare professional holding current registration with a professional body, whose work impacts mothers and newborns.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits
  • Study in the heart of London, surrounded by renowned hospitals and all the sights of the city

  • Learn from leading researchers and experts in our inter-professional community at King’s

  • Join us for the only course of its kind available in London

  • Take advantage of extracurricular activities, from guest lectures to social events run by student societies

  •  If you’d like to carry on working, you can choose to take the course part time

Key information

Application status Open

Duration MSc: one year full time, three years (max of six years) part time, PG Dip: three terms full-time, two years part time (max of four years), PG Cert: two terms full-time

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course leaders Dr Kim Watts, kim.watts@kcl.ac.uk

Further details

Course contact for further information Before you apply: Use our Enquiry Form

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care



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The insight you’ll get from your lecturers will encourage you to think strategically. We want to build you into a future leader and our modules are designed to develop all aspects of your work. As well as practical sessions featuring simulation, you’ll learn about the ethical, cultural, and political contexts of practice.

The course is suitable for people from a range of backgrounds. You can tailor the content to suit your career goals by choosing from our optional modules. Subjects could include anything from implementation and improvement science to psychosocial and spiritual care.

Whether you want to move into a senior leadership role, or you’re looking for ways to improve your own practice, this course can help you take your career to a new level.

There are three options possible for this degree. You can complete 60 credits for a PG Certificate, 120 credits for a PG Diploma, or 180 credits for the MSc. In some cases you can change your mind during the course – but it’s best to ask us before you apply if you’re not sure which option to choose.

All three pathways have modules designed specifically for maternity and newborn healthcare – Optimising Birth for Mothers & their Newborns, and Managing Challenges in the Newborn Period. If you choose to take the MSc, you’ll also study a topic in real depth for your dissertation.

Course purpose

This course is for healthcare professionals who currently work in the field of maternal and newborn healthcare who wish to study the ethical, cultural, political, and international contexts in which maternal and newborn healthcare is provided.


Further literature

For further information about our postgraduate opportunities, please visit our Faculty Postgraduate Study handbook here.

Course format and assessment

Your assessments will vary depending on whether you choose the PG Certificate, PG Diploma, or MSc. Different modules have different assessment methods. If you choose to take the MSc, you’ll complete a dissertation as your final assessment.

The course involves a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and project supervision. A significant amount of your time will be developing your skills through independent study. This includes preparing for lectures, reading around your subject, and working on your dissertation.

Each year, you’ll spend around 150 hours with tutors and lectures, and around 450 hours studying by yourself.

Throughout your course you’ll receive regular support. As well as the programme lead, you’ll be assigned a personal tutor. Each module has additional support available from the module team too.

You are expected to undertake 5-10 hours of self-study per week. This may vary depending on the recommended reading lists discussed in the teaching sessions and assessment deadlines.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Regulating body King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling: PG Cert – 60 credits, PG Dip – 120 credits, MSc – 180 credits
Required Modules
All students are required to take:

• Optimising Birth for Mothers & their Newborns (30 credits)
• Managing Challenges in the Newborn Period (30 credits) 

PGDip and MSc students are also required to take:

• Evidence-based Decision Making (30 credits) 

MSc students additionally require:

• Dissertation (60 credits)

Please note that the dissertation can only be undertaken when students have completed 120 credits and achieved an average of 50% or above in their modules.

Optional Modules
In addition, PGDip and MSc students take 30 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

• Principles of Implementation & Improvement Science (30 credits)
• Issues in the Conduct of Healthcare Research (15 credits)
• Developing Professional Leadership (15 credits)
• Leadership in Health & Social Care (15 credits)
• Measurement & Evaluation of Healthcare (15 credits)
• Advanced Psychosocial & Spiritual Care (30 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

The normal entry requirement for graduate study is a Bachelor's degree with minimum 2:1 honours.

Applicants who have already studied at a level equivalent to a UK Master's programme will be assessed primarily on the basis of achievement at this level and would be expected to demonstrate a clear pass (55% or above in the UK grading system).

Applicants with other backgrounds or qualifications, including those without a first degree, can be considered: if you do not meet the normal entry requirements or you have only the minimum academic standard you should pay particular attention in preparing your supporting statement and CV to ensure that you draw attention to evidence of potential success at graduate level. This might include publications, preparation of substantial reports or active participation in service development initiatives or funded research.

 Professional and work experience   Applicants wishing to apply for this programme must be qualified health professionals (nurses, midwives, doctors, physios etc) accredited by their country's governing body and currently active on the corresponding professional register. Applicants must be working in the field of maternal and newborn healthcare.
 International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

In addition, please submit a CV detailing relevant professional and academic experience.

Personal statement and supporting information

Indicate why you wish to undertake the programme and how this fits with your career aspirations. Indicate why you feel you are suitable for the programme, including current clinical role and position.

Indicate the pathway/options you are interested in studying. Give details of any King's modules that you have already studied that you wish to incorporate into the programme (including module name and course code, date completed, grade and credits gained). Identify any modules that you wish to be considered through the Accredited Prior Learning process.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

Please note you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline and places are filled before the final deadlines above and we are unable to process more offers.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £9,900 per year (MSc 2020/21); £6,660 (PGDip 2020/21), £3,330 (PG Cert)
  • Full time overseas fees: £22,350 per year (MSc 2020/21); £14,900 (PGDip 2020/21), £7,450 (PG Cert)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £3,330 per year (PG Dip, MSc 2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £7,450 per year (PG Dip, MSc 2020/21)

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March 2020, payment is due by 30 April 2020.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Binding costs
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme

Applicants from eligible developing Commonwealth Countries who are applying to start in September 2019 may wish to apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (CSSS). The CSSS covers full tuition fees, a maintenance allowance, airfare to and from the UK, and an additional thesis grant and a travel allowance. Further information about the scholarship and eligibility criteria can be found here.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

MSc students: successful completion of the course will indicate to employers that you have the ability to lead in a specialist capacity in a maternal and newborn healthcare setting.

PG Dip students: successful completion of the course will indicate to employers that you have the ability to work in a specialist role in a maternal and newborn healthcare setting.

PG Cert students: successful completion of the course will indicate to employers that you have specialist knowledge in maternal and newborn healthcare.

As such, some graduates move on to more senior managerial roles, while others pursue a clinical- academic career.

Career destinations

A completed MSc will indicate to actual and potential employers that you have the abilities and characteristics required of healthcare professionals working in a specialist role. As such, some graduates move on to more senior managerial roles, while others pursue a clinical-academic career.


Next steps

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