Single Module Level 7

Evidence-based Care for Normal Birth (Level 7, 30 credits)

School of Health and Society




One semester

Next enrolment

February 2025


In a nutshell

You can take this course as a single module for continuing professional development or as part of the MSc Midwifery course.


You will:

  • critically evaluate the current evidence underpinning normal childbirth
  • support and promote normal birth
  • develop your own skills, knowledge and practice
Course details

All about the course

This module will explore:

  • Current evidence underpinning normal childbirth
  • Strategic changes necessary in the services to increase the rates of normal birth
  • Problem solving strategies
  • Autonomous practice and a holistic approach to the care of women during normal childbirth
  • Critical understanding of physiology
  • Specific clinical skills related to the care of women during normal childbirth

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?

The course is delivered in a variety of ways including interactive lectures, seminars, videos, discussion, case scenarios, reflective practice and individual tutorial support.


30 minute seminar (40%) and 3,000 word essay (60%).

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.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

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What about after uni?

This module can be taken as stand-alone for the purposes of continuing professional development. On completion of this module you will have the confidence to practice autonomously and apply a holistic approach to your care.The course can also be taken as part of our MSc Midwifery

Career Links

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work in practice in some of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector which in turn help you provide a better service.


What you need to know

The course is aimed at midwives and other health care professionals interested in exploring and promoting normal birth and challenging the medicalisation of birth.


    Entry requirements

    Previous study and experience

    BSc Midwifery or related degree, normally at 2:2 or higher, or evidence of recent level 6 study.

    Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

    We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

    The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

    Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

    How much?

    Type of study Year Fees
    Part-time 2024/25 £1,470 per 30 credit module

    Additional costs

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

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    Enrolment dates

    February 2025