Postgraduate MSc

(Pre registration) Midwifery 3 years (156wks)

School of Health and Society

Attendance

Full-time

Course

Three year

Next enrolment

September 2022

Introduction

In a nutshell

This course is subject to academic approval (due Jan 2022) and NMC approval (due May 2021).

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. On successful completion of this Master’s degree, you will be eligible to register as a midwife on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Professional Register.

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.

You will gain qualification to undertake Newborn & Infant Physical Examinations

You will gain skills and knowledge in:
  • Research
  • Leadership
  • Supervision & coaching
  • Maternal acute illness management
  • Advocacy
  • Compassion & self -compassion
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You want to learn to practise autonomously, preparing for a career as a registered midwife

2.

You want to develop a higher level of academic skills & knowledge to provide evidence -based care throughout the pregnancy continuum

3.

You are looking to develop the clinical skills to provide evidence- based care throughout the pregnancy continuum

4.

You want to develop and maintain a portfolio of personal and professional development (PDP)

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 & 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.

Trimester one modules

Critically Exploring Professional Practice

This module focuses on your professional development as a midwife nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice.

Research Methods (Online)

This online module allows you to critically evaluate a range of research techniques and prepares you for the dissertation module. It includes an overview of the research theories, guidance on critically reviewing research, developing a research proposal and the fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.

Perinatal Mental Health

This module provides you with a systematic, in-depth understanding of knowledge, evidence and skills in relation to perinatal mental health, identifying, assessing and supporting pregnant and new mothers, their infants and families.

Professional Advocacy Modules

Two single 15 credit modules or taken concurrently for full 30 credits

Professional Advocacy 1 (leading to eligibility to apply for the role of Professional Midwifery Advocate) (15 credits)

This module provides midwives with the knowledge and skills to become a Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA). It introduces the concepts of the A-EQUIP model focusing on coaching, clinical supervision and restorative practices. Taught by experts in the field and PMAs; leadership, advocacy and the midwifery profession are critically explored. Students will have the opportunity to be taught in the state of the art simulation facilities and examine real-life case studies.

Professional Advocacy 2 (15 credits)

This module can be studied concurrently with Professional Advocacy 1 to provide the student with 30 credits at level 7 and learning focussed on wider leadership issues. Students will have an opportunity to explore self and others in the context of contemporary leadership and develop their own leadership styles. Emotional intelligence and resilience will be experienced using the state of the art facilities. Social media and the use of technology will be introduced as a learning tool and to improve students’ use of these in their field of practice.

Newborn and Infant Examination (NIPE)

This module encourages a holistic approach to the care of the neonate by addressing the relevant physiology, pathophysiology, psychological, professional, social and behavioural issues underpinning the routine newborn and infant examinations.

Newborn and Infant Examination (NIPE): Theory only

This module explores theory of examination of newborns using simulated practical workshops. This module is designed for international students who cannot gain experience in a clinical environment in the UK. 

Independent Learning Midwifery

This online module allows you to undertake a comprehensive literature search on a topic of your choice (agreed with your academic supervisor) and to critically evaluate a range of evidence. This will provide you with the opportunity to formulate, negotiate and undertake a project that will enhance or develop skills and knowledge of a midwifery topic of choice.

Third Trimester Ultrasound

The aim of this module is to equip the practitioner with scientific and clinical knowledge, and critical understanding in order to demonstrate skills, competence and safe effective practice in performing Third Trimester Obstetric Ultrasound imaging. 

Students on this module will normally already be employed by a clinical department. 

In order to apply for this module, students must submit a Clinical Verification Form to demonstrate they have support from their manager and a clinical mentor to access the required caseload. 

Non-Medical Prescribing

This module allows midwives to study with other health care professionals to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively as an independent prescriber. It also allows you to critically evaluate and challenge prescribing practice with reference to evidence-based practice, equality, diversity and clinical governance.

Project Management

Develop project management skills for an individually defined project.

Dissertation

This gives you the opportunity to undertake a research project aligned with your own practice and area of interest. 

Trimester two modules

Perinatal Mental Health

This module provides you with a systematic, in-depth understanding of knowledge, evidence and skills in relation to perinatal mental health, identifying, assessing and supporting pregnant and new mothers, their infants and families.

Newborn and Infant Examination (NIPE)

This module encourages a holistic approach to the care of the neonate by addressing the relevant physiology, pathophysiology, psychological, professional, social and behavioural issues underpinning the routine newborn and infant examinations.

Evidence-based Care for Normal Birth

This module aims to support and promote normal birth, challenge the medicalisation of birth and increase your confidence to practice autonomously.

Independent Learning Midwifery

This online module allows you to undertake a comprehensive literature search on a topic of your choice (agreed with your academic supervisor) and to critically evaluate a range of evidence. This will provide you with the opportunity to formulate, negotiate and undertake a project that will enhance or develop skills and knowledge of a midwifery topic of choice.

Emergency and Intensive Care of the Newborn

This module will enable you to advance your academic knowledge and clinical skills expertise to meet the needs of the newborn who require intensive/emergency care. You will also develop the skills necessary for decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations. Students will ultimately foster a deeper understanding of the needs of the family within the context of changing health care provision.

Care of the Compromised Baby

This module will enable you to advance your academic knowledge and develop your clinical expertise to meet the needs of the compromised newborn. It will also enable you to develop the skills necessary for decision making in complex and unpredictable circumstance.

Research Methods (Online)

This online module allows you to critically evaluate a range of research techniques and prepares you for the dissertation module. It includes an overview of the research theories, guidance on critically reviewing research, developing a research proposal and the fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.

Newborn and Infant Examination (NIPE): Theory only

This module explores theory of newborn examination using simulated practical workshops. The module is for international students who cannot access clinical experience in the UK. 

Non-Medical Prescribing

This module allows midwives to study with other health care professionals to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively as an independent prescriber. It also allows you to critically evaluate and challenge prescribing practice with reference to evidence-based practice, equality, diversity and clinical governance.

Critically Exploring Professional Practice

This module focuses on your professional development as a midwife nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice.

Project Management

Develop project management skills for an individually defined project.

Dissertation

This gives you the opportunity to undertake a research project aligned with your own practice and area of interest. 

Trimester three modules

Professional Advocacy Modules

Two single 15 credit modules or taken concurrently for full 30 credits

Professional Advocacy 1 (leading to eligibility to apply for the role of Professional Midwifery Advocate) (15 credits)

This module provides midwives with the knowledge and skills to become a Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA). It introduces the concepts of the A-EQUIP model focusing on coaching, clinical supervision and restorative practices. Taught by experts in the field and PMAs; leadership, advocacy and the midwifery profession are critically explored. Students will have the opportunity to be taught in the state of the art simulation facilities and examine real-life case studies.

Professional Advocacy 2 (15 credits)

This module can be studied concurrently with Professional Advocacy 1 to provide the student with 30 credits at level 7 and learning focussed on wider leadership issues. Students will have an opportunity to explore self and others in the context of contemporary leadership and develop their own leadership styles. Emotional intelligence and resilience will be experienced using the state of the art facilities. Social media and the use of technology will be introduced as a learning tool and to improve students’ use of these in their field of practice.

Maternal Critical Care

Develop specialist knowledge, skills and expertise to meet the needs of women requiring critical care during the childbirth continuum, and to facilitate a multi-disciplinary team approach.

Independent Learning Midwifery

This online module allows you to undertake a comprehensive literature search on a topic of your choice (agreed with your academic supervisor) and to critically evaluate a range of evidence. This will provide you with the opportunity to formulate, negotiate and undertake a project that will enhance or develop skills and knowledge of a midwifery topic of choice.

Research Methods (Online)

This online module allows you to critically evaluate a range of research techniques and prepares you for the dissertation module. It includes an overview of the research theories, guidance on critically reviewing research, developing a research proposal and the fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.

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 challenging environment such as a house boat where a woman has chosen to give birth.

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 Sim Mom 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 & 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 & more.

Some midwives may go on to other related roles in services such as Sexual Health & Health Visiting, Neonatal care and more.

Many of our students go on to postgraduate study, including masters & 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 Systemmaternity 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

English language requirements 

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English that meets the requirements for NMC registration https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/english-language-requirements/accepted-tests/

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 BSc (Hons) Science or related Social Science degree at 2.1 or above,

GCSE

GCSE’s must be achieved prior to submitting application. We do not accept equivalents, such as Functional Skills or BTEC Science.

Applicant guidance

Applicant guidance

Applicants should be of good health & 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

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £8,100per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15,030per year
Part-time 2021/22 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time home 2022/23 £8,280per year
Full-time international 2022/23 £15300per year
Additional costs

You should consider additional costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
 
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. This includes our Health Heroes Scholarship which reduces your tuition fee by £2,000 (2021/22 entry).

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Enrolment dates

September 2022

September 2023