Postgraduate MSc

Midwifery (pre-registration)

School of Health and Society

Attendance

Full-time

Course

Three year

Next enrolment

September 2022

Introduction

In a nutshell

On successful completion of this 3 year programme, you will be eligible to register as a midwife on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Professional Register.

Midwives offer care and support to pregnant women, birthing people, their partners, and their families. They provide care throughout the pregnancy continuum which includes antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care. 

The MSc Midwifery (pre-registration) programme is aimed at graduates wishing to pursue a career in midwifery. This is an opportunity to study midwifery at master's level and will provide a strong basis for a future career in clinical work, alongside research, education, management, leadership or consultancy. 

Our Midwifery Curriculum is UNICEF Baby Friendly accredited and in February 2021 we achieved the Gold Award status demonstrating our highest commitment to infant feeding education for student midwives.

This course is subject to NMC approval. 

You will:

  • Learn to practice autonomously, preparing for a career as a registered midwife
  • Develop the skills to provide care throughout the pregnancy continuum
  • Develop and maintain a portfolio of personal and professional development (PDP)
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You are hardworking and committed

2.

You are prepared to work shifts

3.

You are a compassionate and caring character

4.

You want to make a real difference

5.

You can see yourself working with people from all kinds of backgrounds

6.

You are up for a challenge

Course details

All about the course

This course will enable you to meet the requirements for registration on the midwives part of the NMC Professional Register.

It is underpinned by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council pre-registration midwifery standards and will provide a broad, balanced, coherent, and diverse experience of midwifery practice. Each year consists of a combination of theory and practice-based modules. You will be expected to maintain a portfolio of personal and professional development (PDP). This course also includes assessment of clinical skills and medicines management.

Midwifery practice proficiencies will be assessed within the clinical setting recorded in an on-line document the MORA (Midwifery Ongoing Record of Achievement). Academic modules follow the 6 Domains of the NMC Pre-registration standards and will prepare you to achieve the clinical competencies throughout each year in order to progress towards fulfilling the role of accountable, autonomous practitioner at the point of registration. You will progress from the first year as a novice to an accountable practitioner at the end of year three.

Year one

Accountability, Autonomy and Professionalism 1

Module aims: 

  1. Introduce you to partnership working with women, respecting their human rights and enabling their views, preferences and decisions. 

  1. Promote safe, effective and professional care within the role of the midwife. 

  1. Prepare you to communicate effectively and with kindness and compassion. 

Safe and Effective Care 1

Module aims: 

  1. To work across the continuum from pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum and the early weeks of the newborn's life. 

  1. Have understanding of the importance of creating an environment that is safe, respectful, kind, nurturing and empowering. 

  1. Support the normal physiological processes throughout the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods to promote positive outcomes for women, infants and their families. 

Universal Care 1

Module aims: 

  1. Prepare you to work in partnership with women, newborn infants and their families. 

  1. Enable you to understand the contribution to population health and the requirement to promote psychological and physical health and well-being. 

  1. Explain how to optimise normal physiological processes to promote positive outcomes for women, infants and their families. 

Additional Care 1

Module aims: 

  1. Prepare you to recognise changes that may lead to additional care needs for women and newborn infants. 

  1. Enable you to understand the importance of the midwife's role in first line management and timely collaboration with and referral to multi-disciplinary and multi-agency colleagues. 

  1. Enable you to understand the midwife's ongoing responsibility for continuity and coordination of midwifery care. 

Promoting Excellence 1

Module aims: 

  1. Enable you to understand the principles of effective leadership, team working and the need for continuous development. 

  1. Enable you to understand the importance of the midwife's contribution to the quality and safety of maternity care, avoiding harm and promoting positive outcomes and experiences. 

  1. Explain the midwife's ongoing responsibility for continuous professional development and supporting and supervising others. 

Reflective Practitioner 1

Module aims: 

  1. To enable you to complete and record the participatory level of midwifery skills & proficiencies aligned to the proficiencies in each of the 6 domains of the NMC Standards for Midwifery Practice via the Midwifery On-going Record of Achievement (MORA).

  1. To enable you to reflect on learning that informs your professional development and practice.

  1. To enable you to demonstrate your strength based approaches and compassionate self-care.

Year two

Accountability, Autonomy and Professionalism 2

On completion of this module, you will be able to: 

  1. Discuss and apply the legal and regulatory frameworks governing midwifery practice in the UK in protecting public safety 

  1. Recognise and explain the importance of working in partnership with women in a way that is diversity sensitive and treats women with dignity and respect, recognising their autonomy and identify factors that contribute to inequalities in health. 

  1. Identify and explain the physical, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual factors related to pregnancy and childbearing. 

  1. Explain to the role of the midwife and the principles on which the role of the midwife is based. 

  1. Apply an in-depth knowledge & understanding of maternal and infant mortality and morbidity in the UK and globally. 

 

Safe and Effective Care 2

On completion of this module, you will be able to: 

  1. Identify and apply the relevant theories and concepts underpinning midwifery philosophies of care. 

  1. Evaluate the principles underpinning collaborative multi-disciplinary, multi-agency working which promotes respectful, safe care. 

  1. Explain the principles of safe and effective partnership working with women. 

  1. Synthesise information and ideas related to infant feeding practices, formulating creative proposals to address issues. 

Universal Care 2

On completion of this module, you will be able to: 

  1. Identify and explain the anatomical, physiological and psycho-social adaptations related to pregnancy and childbearing. 

  1. Analyse and evaluate the importance of culturally sensitive and individualised care for all women, their partners and families. 

  1. Identify and apply the principles underpinning the public health role of the midwife in optimising the health and wellbeing of women, their babies and the families. 

  1. Identify and apply a range of relevant principles, concepts, theoretical frameworks and approaches to pregnancy, birth and the post-partum period in contexts of vary complexity. 

Additional Care 2

On completion of this module, you will be able to: 

  1. Identify and explain the complications and additional care needs throughout pregnancy and the childbearing continuum. 

  1. Analyse and evaluate the importance of the mother/baby dyad when complications or additional care needs occur. 

  1.  Apply the principles of working in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team. 

  1. Identify and apply a range of relevant principles, concepts, theoretical frameworks and approaches related to safeguarding. 

Promoting Excellence 2

In completion of this module, you will be able to: 

  1. Apply an understanding of the range of human and environmental factors that can impact on high quality, safe care to women and infants.

  1. Apply research findings and lessons from data and reports to promote and inform best midwifery policy and practice, and to support women’s evidence-informed decision-making. 

  1. Synthesise information and ideas which contribute to quality evidence, audit and service evaluation. 

Reflective Practitioner 2

On completion of this module, you will be able to: 

  1. Organise and communicate information of varying complexity to women, families, practice supervisors, academic assessors and peers. 

  1. Synthesise information and ideas from practice and formulate creative proposals to address issues of varying complexity using established models of reflection. 

  1. Contribute to safe and responsive care across the midwifery care continuum under direct supervision of a qualified midwife/supervisor or assessor (MORA).

  1. Take responsibility for the timely recording of information for all aspects of the midwifery care and related professional activity. 

  1. Applies a range of effective communication approaches with supervisors and assessors, responding appropriately to feedback and taking responsibility for incorporating relevant change into practice and behaviour.

Year three

Accountability, Autonomy and Professionalism 3

On completion of this module, you will be able to: 

  1. Critically evaluate and apply the legal and regulatory frameworks governing midwifery practice in the UK. 

  1. Demonstrate partnership working with women in a way that is diversity sensitive and treats women with dignity and respect, recognising their autonomy and identify factors that contribute to inequalities in health. 

  1. Critically evaluate and illustrate the ways in which physical, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual factors relate to pregnancy and childbearing. 

  1. Apply an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the role of the midwife and the principles on which the role of the midwife is based. 

  1. Select and apply problem-solving strategies using specialist knowledge in complex situations. 

Safe and Effective Care 3

On completion of this module, you will be able to: 

  1. Critically analyse and evaluate midwifery philosophies of care and how models of care are implemented. 

  1. Apply an in-depth understanding of collaborative multi-disciplinary, multi-agency working which promotes respectful, safe care. 

  1. Communicate and demonstrate safe and effective partnership working with women. 

  1. Select and apply relevant principles, concepts, theoretical frameworks and approaches to continuity of care and carer in maternity care and taking into account competing perspectives.   

The Complex Midwifery Project

This project is made up of four modules in trimesters two and three of the final year (Universal Care, Additional Care, Promoting Excellence and Reflective Practitioner). There are 60 credits in total for this project. 

The Universal Care module will prepare you to create a systematised literature review on a complex midwifery care topic, demonstrating your research skills including: investigation and literature searching, critical analysis and evaluation of specialist information and data, and application of this evidence to inform future midwifery practice.  

The Additional Care module will prepare you to undertake a viva on a series of complex midwifery care scenarios, demonstrating your systematic application of advanced problem-solving strategies, methods and techniques to critically evaluate problems in unpredictable and complex practice contexts.  

The Promoting Excellence module will prepare you to present a critical evaluation of your development as a Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) practitioner, demonstrating your systematic application of knowledge and specialist theory, exploring interrelationships with other relevant health professionals and taking responsibility as a leader in the care provision for newborn babies and their families in complex and unpredictable contexts.  

The Reflective Practitioner module will prepare you to achieve your midwifery practice proficiencies (via the MORA) and create a portfolio of evidence. This will include critical reflections on the development of your research capacity, leadership skills and midwifery practice. This evidence and reflection will enable you to apply your advanced level of knowledge and skills to practice and prepare you to become a qualified autonomous midwife. 

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

This course benefits from a student centered and blended learning approach which includes:

  • Face to face teaching: lecturers, group activity, case- based learning
  • Face to face seminars & quality circles
  • Clinical skills teaching in simulation suite:high and low fidelity simulated learning
  • Peer learning and support across year groups

Midwifery requires a diverse range of skills and the programme is designed to nurture and develop these in you. This course allows for a variety of assessments related to the real world, depending on the module undertaken, and includes:

  • Exams
  • Oral exams
  • Essays/written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Simulation clinical setting assessments
  • Portfolio development
  • Workshops
  • Blogs
  • Video/film/use of media
  • Group assessments

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

We live in a rapidly changing world, and we’re keen to leave a productive legacy of helping people at all stages of their lives, improving their physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

Facilities

Simulation Suite and Immersive Suite

The University has state-of-the-art simulation facilities for clinical skills and simulation scenarios in a variety of high and low risk environments. The immersive suite, one of only a handful of its kind in UK universities – will enable students to practice dealing with any kind of incident in a virtual setting. A series of cameras project realistic images onto three walls of the room as well as onto the floor, while sounds can be piped into the room by specialist technicians working from a separate control room.

The room can be transformed into anything from the back of an ambulance transporting women between hospitals or from home to hospital, or to a home birth environment in a lounge. 

The dedicated counselling suite with therapy and psychotherapy rooms can also be utilised for learning such as debriefing and coaching sessions.

Birth Simulators

We use a maternal and fetal simulation system called Lucina which allows you to appreciate the birthing experience from the onset of labour, through delivery, to treatment of the mother after the birth.

Take a 360 tour of the facilities here

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Our students have 100% employment rates on qualification both in local maternity services and across the UK including Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

Our students are welcomed across the world and have gone on to work in Australia, Spain, Dubai, Africa and many other countries.

Most of our students on qualification work as midwives in hospital and or the community setting or working in continuity of care teams providing care to a small caseload of women.

With experience many of our students have gained specialist midwife posts such as: Specialists Perinatal Mental Health Midwife, Outreach Midwife, Bereavement Midwife, Consultant Midwife, Research Midwife, Midwifery Lecturer and more.

Some midwives may go on to other related roles in services such as sexual health and health visiting, neonatal care and more.

Many of our students go on to postgraduate study, including master's and PhD, conducting research and publishing in peer reviewed journals adding to the midwifery evidence base. 

A taste of what you could become

A Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Midwife

An Outreach Midwife

A Bereavement Midwife

A Consultant Midwife

A Research Midwife

A Midwifery Lecturer

Career Links

This course has close links with the Greater Manchester & East Cheshire Local Maternity System, as well as NHS Trusts including: Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust and Warrington & Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

 

Requirements

What you need to know

Midwifery is not a nine-to-five job. Neither is being a student midwife:

  • You will be expected to work shifts, even while you are training
  • You don't get long holiday breaks, our course works on the basis of seven weeks annual leave per year
  • Considerable travelling is required for hospital and community placements

As part of the application process, you may be invited to an interview. 

Have a look at our top ten tips for preparing for your interview. If you are offered an interview following your application, you will be sent further information about what to expect.

Applicants should be of good health and character, have excellent communication skills, have some experience of working with the public, and have a good understanding of the varied and complex role of the midwife.

Offers are subject to satisfactory entry requirements, satisfactory disclosure and barring service (DBS) check and occupational health medical clearance. You will be advised of the process and procedures when a provisional offer of a place is made. Prompt completion of online processes and return of forms and ID documents is crucial and compliance is carefully monitored to ensure fitness to practice as required by the NMC. 

English language requirements 

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English , IELTS 7.0 (with no individual component below 7.0). 

If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

You need an undergraduate degree in science or related subject at 2:1 or above.

GCSE

5 GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above, including mathematics, English language and science (must be achieved at point of application)

We do not accept equivalents, such as Functional Skills or BTEC Science.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2022/23 £8,280per year
Full-time international 2022/23 £15,300per year
Full-time home 2023/24 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2023/24 £15,750per year

Additional costs

You should consider additional costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. For more information about uniforms, DBS, Occupational Health clearance, and immunisations, visit our page of: Information for Students

You may be able to apply for the NHS funding of £5,000.

Please click here for more details.
 
 

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Enrolment dates

September 2022

September 2023