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MSc - Midwifery (Pre-Registration)

You want to change the lives of birthing parents, newborns and families during this significant period of their lives. Prepare for a rewarding and fulfilling career supporting the growth of families, before, during, and after the delivery process.

Become a highly educated midwife with the potential for management, leadership, consultancy, educational and research roles.

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Accredited by:

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.

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. The domains are:
1. Being an accountable, autonomous, professional midwife
2. Safe and effective midwifery care: promoting and providing continuity of care and carer
3. Universal care for all women and newborn infants
A The midwife’s role in public health, health promotion and health protection
B The midwife’s role in assessment, screening and care planning
C The midwife’s role in optimising normal physiological processes and working to promote positive
outcomes and prevent complications
4. Additional care for women and newborn infants with complications
A .The midwife’s role in first line assessment and management of complications and additional care
needs
B. The midwife’s role in caring for and supporting women and newborn infants requiring medical,
obstetric, neonatal, mental health, social care, and other services.
5. Promoting excellence: the midwife as colleague, scholar and leader
A. Working with others: the midwife as colleague
B. Developing knowledge, positive role modelling and leadership: the midwife as scholar and leader
6. The midwife as skilled practitioner Communication, sharing information and relationship
management skills: shared skills for Domains 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

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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