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Midwifery MSc

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An MSc could really improve your chances of progressing from working as a midwife to a matron or specialist role. Building on the skills and knowledge from your PG Diploma in Midwifery, you can now apply these to a completing a dissertation.

You’ll have the opportunity to influence an area of current practice, using the latest clinical evidence to suggest changes to improve the quality of a service. As you’ll choose your own dissertation option, you can focus on an area you’re passionate about.

During this programme you’ll develop your critical thinking and analytical skills while learning how to use new research to support your clinical role.

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

Key benefits

  • We’re the number one nursing faculty in the UK and 2nd in the world (2019 QS World University Subject Rankings)

  • You’ll learn from internationally renowned clinicians and academics who have extensive midwifery experience

  • You’ll develop the skills you need to take your career to the next level

  • Attend extracurricular seminars and lectures by leading healthcare experts from around the world



Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year part-time

Credit value 60

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

Further details

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care



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Course detail


You need to have a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery to join this course, and to be a registered midwife. You’ll study part time while continuing to work in your clinical role.

The disseration is the only module on this course. It’s an opportunity to compare a current process with the guidelines and new evidence in this area to improve a service.

You’ll choose your own project, which can be based on an element of clinical practice you’d like to improve or explore an issue that your employer has identified. Your other option is to carry out a systematic literature review on a topic of your choice.



This course is project based and predominantly involves self study. You’ll be assigned an experienced supervisor who will support you and provide feedback as you draft your dissertation and provide feedback.

You’ll have monthly meetings with your supervisor. These can be face-to-face, or via Skype or phone if you’re not based in London.

Although you may need to travel to London during your course to access the library or other facilities, all of our core texts and articles are available online.



Teaching happens at our London campuses, including:

  • Waterloo
  • St Thomas’
  • Guy’s
  • Denmark Hill

If you aren’t based in London you can arrange to have your regular meetings with your supervisor via Skype or phone.

Course purpose

This course builds on what you’ve learned during your PG Diploma in Midwifery, giving you the chance to put your skills into practice on a project you’re passionate about.

Taking the lead on your own dissertation will encourage you to think critically about a service or challenge in clinical practice and use the latest evidence to support your approach. It will prepare you for taking on more specialist roles and those with greater responsibility.

You’ll also see how the latest research from King’s leads to improvements in patient care and clinical practice, and how this feeds into your work.

Further literature

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

Course format and assessment

Assessment is based entirely on your dissertation. As a PG Diploma-qualified midwife, you will have two options for your project: a healthcare analysis or a literature review. Whichever you choose, you’ll write a 12,000 word dissertation.

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


Year 1

Required Modules
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry requirements
Minimum requirements  

Applicants must have been awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Midwifery with Registration (all fields) with an overall average mark of 55% or above (or overseas equivalent). Applicants are also required to have studied research methods at a postgraduate level. 

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 for dissertation work. This might include publications, preparation of reports or active participation in service development initiatives or funded research.

International Entry 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.


All applicants will be required to submit a brief outline of their project ideas. This should link to one of the School’s programmes of research details of which can be found on our website at www.kcl.ac.uk/nursing/research/programmes/index.aspx

Application procedure

Apply using the College application form available online. Applications are subject to a £70 non-refundable application fee.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. Applicants will need to submit a personal statement detailing why they would like to apply for the course.
Dissertation outline Yes We will also require a dissertation project outline at the point of application as part of our selection criteria.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.


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: n/a
  • Full time overseas fees: n/a
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £3,330 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £7,450 per year (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.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Staff from contracted Trusts are eligible to have their study funded, subject to agreement by their manager. Students not sponsored by their employer may wish to pursue other sources of funding. Some scholarships may be available. Prospective students may also wish to consult the Directory of Grant-making Trusts and Charities (available in local libraries). 

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

A completed MSc will indicate employers that you have the abilities and characteristics required of midwives working in more advanced positions. As such, some graduates move on to senior midwifery roles, while others pursue a clinical-academic career.

Career destinations

Registered Midwife positions in a range of leading NHS Trusts and with other healthcare providers.


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