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MSc - Midwifery (Pre-Registration)

Looking for a Master's in Midwifery that enables you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a fully qualified midwife?

Our MSc Midwifery degree brings midwifery theory to life with extensive hands-on training, clinical placements, and support tailored to you.

With NMC accreditation, we'll equip you for a rewarding career supporting the growth of families before, during, and after the delivery process. What's more, you'll have the potential for management, leadership, consultancy, educational and research roles.

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council

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Course Overview

The MSc Midwifery (Pre-registration) course aims to prepare you for the complex, demanding, and rewarding area of midwifery. Become an advocate for birthing parents and newborn infants and collaborate with the wider health team to ensure a safe and successful journey. You'll build on your undergraduate experience and become a fully qualified midwife in three years. Upon successful graduation, you'll be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a qualified midwife.

To gain vital real-world experience, 50% of your course is spent on placement. Placement experience provides opportunities for you to experience pregnancy and childbearing over the full continuum and includes shorter spoke placements offering a variety of experience in areas such as special care baby units, theatres and strengthening family teams. This course will allow you to obtain sought-after postgraduate credentials, with a NHS Band 5 prospective starting salary (£28,407 - £34,581 for 2023/24).

On this course you will...

  • Have the opportunity to undertake work-based practice (worth 50% of your time) to reinforce the theory developed during on-campus classes.
  • Be supported by lectures with extensive experience in clinical midwifery and who are all registered Midwives with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Have access to our state of the art midwifery clinical skills facilities within the University which will enable you to develop your hands on clinical skills in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Be provided with a wide variety of learning opportunities in practice as well as varying academic assessments including written work, presentations, practical exams (OSCEs) and professional discussions.
  • Register as a Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the UK upon graduation.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

On this course, you will learn how to become an accountable professional who acts in the best interest of people. You will learn to assess the needs of patients to promote health and prevent ill health in patients at all stages of their pregnancy journey.

The programme aims to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of all six of the NMC domains. These domains inter-relate and build on each other and should not be seen separately. Together these reflect what we expect a new midwife to know, understand and be capable of doing safely and proficiently.

Year one
  • Midwifery Practice 1
    To demonstrate fundamental midwifery skills professionalism and knowledge as appropriate for year one.
  • The Midwife as Professional 1
    To develop substantial professional knowledge in relation to legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks and to understand effective communication strategies. In addition to promote reflective practice and self-awareness through the exploration of personal and professional values.
  • Universal Care 1
    To demonstrate a developing knowledge in the principles of universal care for all women, newborns and families.
  • Additional Care 1
    To facilitate an understanding of pre-existing physical and mental conditions and situations experienced by women, conditions and complications arising in pregnancy, childbirth and the post-partum period.
Year two
  • Midwifery Practice 2
    To demonstrate evolving skills and knowledge in designated care settings.
  • The Midwife as Professional 2
    To demonstrate midwifery knowledge and skills in advocacy, leadership, accountability and collaboration, working towards autonomous professional practice. In addition, for the student to develop strategies for maintaining personal and professional well-being.
  • Universal Care 2
    To critically apply knowledge in relation to the principles of universal care for all women, newborns and families.
  • Additional Care 2
    To demonstrate a critical understanding of the knowledge and skills required in relation to childbirth emergencies. In addition, demonstrate situational awareness, advanced communication skills and knowledge of human factors.
Year three
  • Midwifery Practice 3
    To demonstrate consolidation of learned skills and knowledge in designated care settings. To complete all practice documents in order to progress to registration as a Midwife with the NMC.
  • Physical Assessment and Management of the Newborn
    To equip students with the knowledge and skills to effectively and safely undertake physical examination of the newborn in addition to recognising and managing the newborn infant with additional care needs.
  • Midwife as Professional, Scholar and Leader
    To consolidate knowledge in relation to evidence-based practice. This module aims to enable the student to undertake an in-depth exploration of a chosen aspect of midwifery practice and be able to critically appraise the evidence.

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