Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery

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Faculty Website:   Faculty of Health Sciences
Department: Department of Nursing
Programme Level: Postgraduate
Programme Name: Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery
Programme Code: E9MW1Q

Medium of Facilitation: part-time
NQF Level: 8
NQF Credits: 120
SAQA: 118429

Senate Approval: S188/2019

Application Start Date: 1 April 2023
Application End Date: 20 November 2023

Campus: Doornfontein

Contacts: UJ Call Centre 011 559-4555

Duration of Study: 2 Years

Programme Fees


The purpose of Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery is to strengthen and deepen students’ knowledge and skills in the field of midwifery. Develop the student’s skills based on current thinking, practice, and research methods in the field of midwifery. Empower students with high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence to acquire the ability to relate knowledge to a range of contexts, to undertake professional and highly skilled work in midwifery. This includes prevention of diseases, injury, complications, screening, appropriate management, and prompt referral of patients with specific and complex health problems in the midwifery health care settings.

Career Opportunities

Succesful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery allows for: Registration as a Midwife Specialist with the South African Nursing Council (SANC). Vertically, graduates may articulate into any relevant degree at NQF Level 9, for an example a Master’s in Medical and Surgical Nursing Science. Also associated Masters’ programmes at NQF level 9 in health, for an example a Master’s in Public Health. Horizontally, articulation is possible to the proposed newly regulated postgraduate diploma within nursing and other fields in Health Sciences at NQF level 8.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (R174), alternatively: A Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (R425). A Diploma in Nursing: General Nurse (R171) with Advanced Diploma in Midwifery (R1497). 4 Year Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery offered under Regulation 425 of 22 February 1985 as amended. 2 Year Diploma (Bridging course) leading to registration as General or Psychiatric Nurse offered under Regulation 683 of 14 April 1989 as amended, followed by 1-year Diploma in Midwifery offered under Regulation 254 of 14 February 1975 as amended. A minimum two (2) years’ experiences (inclusive of community service), after registration by the South African Nursing Council (SANC) as a Professional Nurse or General Nurse and Midwife. Proof of registration with the SANC as a Professional Nurse or General Nurse and Midwife. Proof of employment, detailing midwifery experience in years. Approval from your Nursing Service Manager (NSM) to register for the programme and rotate through the Midwifery obstetric units. The prospective student should remain employed by the NSM for the duration of training.

Minimum 2 (two) years of midwifery clinical experience. Professional indemnity. Signed agreement from Nursing Service Manager (NSM) and/or preceptor to assist with the practical component. Signed NSM agreement to move candidate to clinical training facility approved and accredited by SANC for University of Johannesburg.

Selection Process

Students are admitted in accordance with the national prescribed admittance criteria as provided by the Higher Education Qualifications Framework (HEQF), and institutional policies which include the Academic Regulations Policy and the Policy on Admission and Selection of the University of Johannesburg. The latter policy states that academics involved in selection and admission “considers the need to redress past inequalities, aims to provide equity, quality and academic excellence. The UJ Academic Regulations Policy instructs academics to ensure that admission is subject to the student equity profile.

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