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This innovative programme has been developed to support, enhance and develop excellence in midwifery practice. Read more
This innovative programme has been developed to support, enhance and develop excellence in midwifery practice. The ultimate aim of this programme is to enable midwives and other health professionals providing maternity services to review, challenge and seek ways of improving the service in striving for excellence to ensure a world class maternity service, which responds effectively to consumer expectations.

Normally students are registered midwives with an honours degree. The emphasis is on clinical expertise and excellence in practice - you must therefore be able to implement your acquired skills in your clinical role. The Challenges of Implementing the Public Health Agenda module is open to other health professionals providing maternity services.


Core units:

Research methodology and strategy
The challenges of implementing the public agenda
Excellence in clinical practice and professional development
Research philosophies

Optional units:

Progressing healthcare provision through clinical audit
Exploring the challenges of clinical decision making through work-based learning
Developing skills and competence in professional practice
Management of breastfeeding through work-based learning


Part-time - MSc 2 years. Step off option at the completion of core units 60 credits (PgCert) or completion of core plus optional units - 120 credits (PgDip).


Career progression within the NHS is increasinglyinfluenced by academic awards. The Masters degrees form part of the essentialcriteria for consultant midwifery, for head/director of midwifery and formidwifery lecturing posts. It is a desirable criterion for matrons positions,and for specialist midwives posts.

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During this MSc Midwifery Studies students will develop their in-depth knowledge and understanding of key elements of a midwife's role including. Read more
During this MSc Midwifery Studies students will develop their in-depth knowledge and understanding of key elements of a midwife's role including:

The public health role of the midwife
How physiological childbirth can be promoted and maximised within contemporary maternity services.
How the childbirth experience can be optimised for all women and their families.
Research approaches within health and social care.
Students will develop a critically understanding of the midwife’s role in the improvement of health and well being and the skills needed to optimise the childbirth experience. Students will further develop their skills in working with and for women and communities to optimise the childbirth experience, promote and protect equality, diversity and the rights of individuals. Those progressing to the full MSc Midwifery Studies will also learn how to generate and interpret relevant research evidence and apply it in practice.

Graduates of this programme will have the ability to not only reflect on professional practice to enhance self-awareness and professional development but also the skills and knowledge base to critically analyse and evaluate maternity care provision in order to identify areas for development. They will be able to clearly demonstrate a critical understanding of health research and development and crucially be able to analyse, synthesise and appropriately apply evidence based information to practice and enhance the childbirth experience.


There are a range of assessment approaches, including written assessments, presentations and a research dissertation.

Core modules:

Optimising the Childbirth Experience (20 credits)
Leadership in Context (20 credits)
Research Methods or e-Research Methods (20 credits)
Dissertation – supervised research project of your own choice, in relation of midwifery practice (60 Credits)
Optional modules:

Examination of the Newborn (for midwives) (20 credits)
Optimising Breastfeeding and Human Lactation (20 credits)
Contraception and Associated health (20 credits)
A wide variety of modules from the school of healthcare sciences

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