The University of Manchester
Midwifery PhD
The University of Manchester

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Our PhD/MPhil Midwifery programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Midwifery.

This postgraduate research programme in midwifery gives students the opportunity to work with internationally renowned scholars engaged in innovative research that will make a difference in people's lives and in health and social care.

We particularly welcome students from all health and social care disciplines who have an interest in exploring related subject areas.

3-year PhD (FT, PT, FT Distance Learning, PT Distance Learning options)

The PhD programme of study consists of:

  • high-quality supervision by two members of staff with appropriate expertise to guide the PhD applicant throughout the study ensuring academic objectives are met and suitable training is provided;

  • research and transferable skills training and support;

  • taught course units in core research methods;

  • independent study;

  • an advisor to offer pastoral support.

In addition to the support and guidance of the supervision team, students will have access to a comprehensive, tailored training programme.

Students will meet with their supervisors during induction week (and the beginning of each subsequent year) to undertake a skills audit to identify their learning needs and devise an individualised training programme.

A mandatory transferable skills unit is offered that includes:

  • managing literature and searching;

  • project management;

  • research governance;

  • involving patients and the public in research;

  • ethics and academic writing.

There is also the option of additional training in research methods, completing taught master's-level units.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.5
    • Manchester Business School East - Undergraduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Manchester Business School - Graduate Degrees
    • 7.0
    • Graduate Degrees
    • (no subscore less than 6.0)
    • 7.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • (no subscore less than 6.0)
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Midwifery, PhD.

We require: An honours degree (minimum Upper Second (2:1)) or the overseas equivalent in a relevant subject and a very good MSc/MPhil/MRes degree from a recognised institution or satisfactory work at postgraduate level (which must include some research training) undertaken for the equivalent of at least one year full-time. In exceptional circumstances, we may consider an application from a student without both an undergraduate and post-graduate degree. For example, if they have a first/distinction and research experience.

Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

University of Manchester is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.


Average student cost of living in UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

Positions of The University of Manchester in top UK and global rankings.

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What students say about studying Midwifery in the UK?

  • 3rd YEAR UNI EXPERIENCE | + Q&A | Student Midwife Notes
  • HOW TO BECOME A MIDWIFE: Grades, UCAS Application & My Journey UK | NadineNayy
  • A day in the life of a Midwife | vlog 02 PH | Vanesy
  • LIFE OF STUDENT MIDWIVES ft Q&A | Amaya Fofanah
  • day in the life of a student midwife // NIGHT SHIFT EDITION (first catch)
  • Studying at university in 2020-21 | Midwifery student's experience
  • 9 Books that SAVED MY LIFE during my Midwifery degree! Essentials for Student Midwives | NadineNayy
  • A DAY IN MY LIFE | UNI VLOG | Student Midwife Notes

About The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is a publicly funded research university with a mission to advance education, knowledge and wisdom for the good of society. University of Manchester’s main site is home to the majority of its faculties and is referred to by its students as ‘the campus’, although in reality Manchester does not have a campus but is instead interspersed throughout the city of Manchester.

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