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Equip yourself with the requisite knowledge of evidence based midwifery practice and skills required to provide holistic women and family centred care. Read more
Equip yourself with the requisite knowledge of evidence based midwifery practice and skills required to provide holistic women and family centred care.

Edinburgh Napier University are proud to offer the new pre-registration Masters of Midwifery programme.

Midwives are recognised as experts in supporting women during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. We believe midwifery fosters the belief that childbirth is a normal physiological experience to be nurtured and respected.

What you'll learn

As a midwife you will be recognised as an expert in supporting and advising women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum care. This course offers you the opportunity to develop clinical midwifery practice in a variety of healthcare settings and through simulated practice using our state of the art facilities. You will critically explore the provision of maternity services embracing the challenges of prioritising compassion, professionalism and trust.

You will be supported by a team of midwife lecturers who have expertise in both clinical practice and current research.
Midwives are autonomous practitioners who practice in a multi-disciplinary care setting. Midwifery is a very distinct independent health profession which possesses its own knowledge skills and competencies. Midwifery care holistically encompasses the unique experience of each individual woman throughout their journey.

The study of midwifery will teach you the theory of being a midwife through a blended learning approach including lectures, tutorials, online self-directed learning and workshops. You will prepare for your placements in our simulated clinical environment prior to your practice placements across South-East Scotland. Notable midwifery skills include:

• communication skills
• breast feeding
• normal labour and birth
• initial consultation and history taking
• medicines management

On placement you’ll relate theory to real life practice supported by a midwife mentor specifically trained to support you and assess your achievement.

The experience you gain will enable you to become a conscientious midwife and contribute positively to advancing midwifery practice. You’ll become knowledgeable and skilled in the care of pregnant women, their babies and families and graduate ready to go straight into work.

You’ll also be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This qualification means that you’ve been assessed to be a safe and competent midwife with the necessary understanding and abilities.
What you'll study

Year 1

• Professional midwifery practice
• Ante-natal and post-natal midwifery care
• The science of midwifery
• Evaluating the evidence base for normal labour and birth
• Evaluating Midwifery care of the new-born and family
• Midwifery practice 1

Year 2

• Conceptualising public health and social context of childbearing
• Midwifery practice 2
• Midwifery care of mothers and babies with complex needs
• Midwifery practice 3
• Management of emergencies during childbirth
• Midwifery practice 4

Year 3

• Research skills for professional midwifery practice 2
• Midwifery practice 5
• Critiquing midwifery practice for women centred care
• Midwifery practice 6
• Midwifery practice 7

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Careers

On successful completion of the course, you will be well equipped for your role as a Registered Midwife. This will also be supported by continuous professional development/ revalidation throughout your career based on the NMC Code (2015). The principles of the Code are to:
• Promote professionalism and trust
• Prioritise people
• Practice effectively
• Preserve safety

These principles are firmly embedded in our programme and continued application of these principles will enable future career opportunities including, midwifery research, advanced practice or specialist roles and education

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

The Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice course aims to enable registered midwives to build on and enhance their midwifery knowledge, clinical reasoning and decision making skills. The resulting abilities of independent thinking and autonomous practice are highly desirable for midwives seeking career development opportunities.

Key Features of Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice

Teaching and Employability:

- work-based education enables midwives to engage in theoretical analysis of practice in the workplace

- teaching team has a wealth of experience in work-based learning

- builds on the success of the existing Enhanced Professional Practice programme which has offered an excellent learning experience to all students

- close professional and clinical links with clinical colleagues and senior midwifery colleagues

- contributes to a culture of scholarship and enhanced practice in clinical areas

Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practise is a work-based modular postgraduate degree specifically geared towards the needs of practising and registered midwives. It is practice focused but also supports the student to develop skills in reflection and critical thinking.

Work-based learning is a student-centred approach where the student directs their own learning objectives so they reflect on what is important to their roles in their practice, and use these practice issues to drive forward their learning within the modules.

Midwives completing the Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice programme will have developed as autonomous learners who can think more critically and apply theory, experience and academic literature to the development and enhancement of their practice.

They will have gained not only academic and enhanced clinical skill, but also a number of transferable skills. This can only be of benefit to the midwife in terms of employability, the maternity service of the Health Board in which they work, and ultimately the standards of care for mothers and babies.

Modules

Modules on the Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice programme typically include:

Starting Your Professional Development

Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives

Leadership and Professional issues in Midwifery

Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives (CPD)

Professional Practice in Sexual & Reproductive Health

Policy Influences on Your Practice

Assessing Your Current Practice

How the Evidence Base Can Help You Change Your Practice

How Can I Make a Change in Practice?

Advancing Your Own Practice

Teaching and Learning in Practice

Professional Midwifery Practice Portfolio

Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice Course Structure

The Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice course is a flexible part-time degree and students can study a maximum of 60 credits per year and complete in not less than 36 months and no more than 5 years including submission of the dissertation. Most students will be in full time employment and this programme allows them to undertake postgraduate studies whilst they are working.

The first module students will study is SHGM90 Starting your Professional Practice. In addition to this module and SHGM91 Personal Practice Development Portfolio, students will undertake SHMM01 Leadership and Professional Issues in Midwifery or SHMM00/SHMM02 Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives, as an additional core module.

Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice students may also access up to 30 credits from the College of Human and Health Sciences’ postgraduate catalogue of modules. To be awarded the MSc Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice, the student must achieve 180 credits at level 7 which must include the three core modules.

Delivery of the Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice programme is a tripartite arrangement between the student, personal tutor and practice facilitator. Learning for each work-based module is based on the development of a learning contract and consequently the following process will be adopted for each module.

Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice students who do not wish to complete the full MSc have alternative exit qualifications:

- Students will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice on successful completion of 60 credits at level 7.

- Students will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice on successful completion of 120 credits at level 7.

Staff Expertise

The Midwifery team has a strong background in academic support at all levels. For this programme the academic supervision and support is given by Midwifery lecturers experienced in work based learning. The support is offered through a combination of individual tutorials and Action Learning Sets in groups. Close links between the Midwifery team and Clinical colleagues in the practice setting ensures supportive and nurturing culture of learning.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience.

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.



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The Mmid Midwifery course is an innovative and exciting work-based course for qualified nurses (adult branch) who want to gain midwifery skills at Master’s level. Read more
The Mmid Midwifery course is an innovative and exciting work-based course for qualified nurses (adult branch) who want to gain midwifery skills at Master’s level. The course has an emphasis on normality and midwifery topics which consider holistic approaches to care in partnership with women.

We are one of the first University's in the country to offer an MMid Midwifery at pre-registration level.

You will learn from the best as our Midwifery team has won the prestigious Royal College of Midwives Annual Award for Excellence in Midwifery Education in January 2012. This success is due to the expertise of our staff and the content of our course which gives students the opportunity to combine theory with practice through the practice placements.

The aim of the MMid Midwifery course is to:
-Prepare you for entry to the Midwife’s aspect of the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) Professional Register, in accordance with the professional and statutory requirements
-Make you a committed midwife that contributes to the enhancement of health and social care through inter-professional collaboration
-Develop skills that make you become a responsive, confident midwife who at the point of registration is competent to practice in a variety of settings
-Develop transferable communication skills to enhance critical decision making and to use appropriate information technology
-Give you the skills to become a midwife that is safe, effective and competent in caring for women experiencing normal childbirth recognising the need for appropriate referral to other health professionals
-Enable you to act as an advocate and facilitator of change using an evidence-based approach in theory and practice

The MMid Midwifery course is a work-based course in which you study five study blocks in eighteen months. The study blocks involve 30 hours of contact time leading to a total of 150 hours of contact time throughout the course. You will learn through lectures, student led seminars, tutorials and practical workshop sessions using an enquiry based approach.

When you return to your clinical site, you are supported through the use of online resources such as the discussion and group working facility on StudyNet our University’s virtual learning environment. You will have access to the range of electronic sources available via StudyNet and will be expected to complete online work books in your self-directed study time.

The course leads to the award of Registered Midwife and a Master of Midwifery (MMid) degree. The award of a MMid Midwifery Degree requires 180 credits, to include at least 150 credits at Level 7.

Why choose this course?

-The MMid Midwifery course is an innovative and exciting work-based course for qualified nurses (adult branch) who want to gain midwifery skills at Master’s level
-It focuses on normality and modules which consider holistic approaches to care in partnership with women
-It uses blended learning and teaching which includes e-learning with campus based study to strengthen the practice skills learning
-Graduates develop critical awareness and gain insight around current midwifery practice and its' evidence base so that they are able to make sound judgments in complex situations
-Our Midwifery team has won the prestigious Royal College of Midwives Annual Award for Excellence in Midwifery Education in January 2012.

Careers

Graduates from the MMid Midwifery course become registered midwives and have the skills for a variety of career options including clinical practice, management, research and education.

Teaching methods

The MMid Midwifery course is delivered using a blend of teaching and learning strategies, primarily utilising e-learning, but also facilitating blocks of study to strengthen the implementation of enquiry based and practice skills learning.

You will have access to StudyNet our virtual learning environment where you can access electronic course materials, including different formats such as 'blogs', podcasts, group discussions and online tutorials.

Effective online learning requires a high level of responsibility for learning on the part of students and a reduction of the teacher-student power differential. Short experiential exercises which may or may not be in direct contact at the University will enhance the learning opportunities.

Open learning attracts self-disciplined and motivated students who are able to direct the pace of learning to suit their personal circumstances and commitments. In essence this will be practice-based learning as the theory is integrated in practice, and you can study course material, work on course activities, and develop assessments. You will have virtual support from University tutors, link tutors on site and residential study week ends.

Work Placement

Midwifery practice makes up 60% of the programme and is based in one of the three local maternity units. You will work alongside a registered midwife gaining hands on experience from your first week of practice. Practice sites are allocated according to preference and availability.
The sites are:
-Barnet General Hospital
-The Lister Hospital, Stevenage
-Watford General Hospital

You will also be required to undertake a small caseload during your studies, enabling you to provide continuity of care throughout the whole spectrum of childbirth.

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The MSc Midwifery and Women’s Health is a post-registration midwifery course that reflects the contemporary education and practice requirements of the midwifery profession. Read more
The MSc Midwifery and Women’s Health is a post-registration midwifery course that reflects the contemporary education and practice requirements of the midwifery profession. It incorporates growing public awareness of the importance of health promotion and psychosocial well-being as well as changes to the pre-registration preparation of midwives.

This post-registration midwifery course is suitable for registered midwives who are looking into extending their educational qualifications from first level degree level to Master's degree. It is also suitable for registered midwifes who have not studied at all for some time.

The key benefit of MSc Midwifery and Women’s Health course is that you can still develop your skills and knowledge while continuing to work and earn.

You will learn from the best as our Midwifery team has won the prestigious Royal College of Midwives Annual Award for Excellence in Midwifery Education in January 2012.This success is due to the expertise of our staff and the content of our course which gives students the opportunity to combine theory with practice through the practice placements.

Why choose this course?

-The MSc Midwifery and Women’s Health course is for registered midwives who want to extend their educational qualifications from first degree level to Master's degree level
-It reflects the contemporary education and practice requirements of the midwifery profession
-It gives you the option to study stand alone courses or gain credits towards a Master's degree
-Our Midwifery team has won the prestigious Royal College of Midwives Annual Award for Excellence in Midwifery Education in January 2012

Careers

This post-registration course in Midwifery meets the on-going professional development needs of qualified midwives, incorporating a range of theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in line with the changing needs of contemporary midwifery practice.
They help midwives with giving them skills for enhanced or new roles such as the ability to do initial examinations in newborns, the ability to practice in family planning clinics and other.

Teaching methods

The MSc Midwifery and Women's Health programme is delivered via a blend of adult learning approaches, which ensure that you develop your critical analytical abilities to enable you to respond to the dynamic practice environment.

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The Postgraduate Midwifery Diploma prepares qualified adult nurses to pursue a rewarding and challenging career in midwifery. This course has been specifically designed for experienced adult nurses who are looking to change their career direction and become a midwife. Read more
The Postgraduate Midwifery Diploma prepares qualified adult nurses to pursue a rewarding and challenging career in midwifery.

Who is it for?

This course has been specifically designed for experienced adult nurses who are looking to change their career direction and become a midwife.

The course provides a fast track route into midwifery and is completed within an 90 week teaching period.

Objectives

As a midwife you will be working with families and parents at one of the most important times of their lives. You will be caring for and supporting women and their partners during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period.

The Postgraduate Midwifery Diploma (90 week shortened course for Nurses) prepares qualified adult nurses to pursue a rewarding and challenging career in midwifery.

The programme will enable you to develop your skills, professional knowledge and understanding of the midwife's role, understand childbirth and the current issues in midwifery practice. It will provide knowledge and skills on the promotion of health and well-being of childbearing women and their families. Experience will be gained in all areas of maternity services including community clinics, birthing centres, the antenatal clinic, delivery suite, antenatal/postnatal wards and women's homes. You'll also understand the value and importance of working within a multi-professional team to ensure the best possible outcome for women and babies when complexities arise.

Placements

Approximately 60% of your time on the course will be spent on placement.

Students will be allocated to a community of practice for their clinical learning experiences. City, University of London currently has four communities of practice in Newham, City and Hackney (Homerton), Camden and Islington (UCLH) and Tower Hamlets (Royal London).

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning involves lecture sessions, workshops, small group activities and discussions and whole class discussion.

You will split your time between clinical practice and the institution, with 60% of your time gaining clinical practice experience and 40% of your time being theory based. Some of the student-directed study time is used for reflective practice sessions held within the practice setting.

Modules are assessed through a combination of group work, written coursework, written and clinical examination. All assessments are focused on issues in midwifery practice.

Academic facilities

Our specialist Clinical Skills Centre at our Northampton Square Campus has been designed to give students a safe environment in which to practise their clinical and caring skills. Designed to reflect working wards and clinical environments, you will be able to familiarise yourself with equipment and practices before commencing placements.

We have a range of specialist equipment that is used to simulate birthing situations from normal to emergency, to enable you to develop the skills you need no-matter the birthing situation you are supporting.

You will have access to a simulated 6-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment; laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow students to rehearse their skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and women’s homes.

Modules

The course is delivered through a mixture of clinical practice and academic study. You will experience a wealth of opportunities for learning with midwives, women and their families within the hospital and community settings. From the outset of your journey you will be able to apply your growing knowledge and skills holistically through the undertaking of a small caseload of women. This will be with the support of your mentors and supervisors of midwives. A portfolio of practice will help to steer your learning and integrate the theoretical strands into your practice.

The course commences with an orientation module followed by modules related to the following themes:
-Applied Biological Sciences
-Fundamental Aspects of Care
-Professional Midwifery Knowledge
-Psychosocial Sciences and Public Health

Students will be able to combine theoretical study and develop clinical skills within our excellent clinical simulation facilities. The course has a theory/practice split of 40%-60%. Students will be allocated to a clinical area and supported by a trained midwifery mentor and practice education facilitator. Independent study time is also given so students can develop their individual learning.

Career prospects

Midwifery is a challenging career which allows you to develop your skills and interests within a range of specialisms within the profession. Successful graduates gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification allowing you to practice in the UK and overseas. Some countries require additional local registration.

Careers prospects are excellent; 90% of our graduates go on to employment or further study within 6 months of graduation. Our graduates secure employment with trusts including Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

As a graduate midwife in London you should expect to start your career with an annual average salary of £29,000. Progression within the midwifery profession is common, with many graduates advancing to a Band 6 role within 6-12 months of graduating (qualified midwives start on a Band 5 contract) and continuing to steadily progress throughout their career.

Graduates from the PG Dip Midwifery (90 week) course are also able to top-up their qualification to an MSc by taking addition modules and completing a dissertation.

A range of career opportunities are available for midwives in midwifery led stand-alone birth centres, acute units, and independent practice, consultant and specialist roles. Midwives can also work independently and self-employed as independent midwives.

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IN BRIEF. The MSc Midwifery will offer you an opportunity to develop a mastery of contemporary midwifery and practice. It will empower you to examine your practice and develop an evidence based approach to care and service provision. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • The MSc Midwifery will offer you an opportunity to develop a mastery of contemporary midwifery and practice
  • It will empower you to examine your practice and develop an evidence based approach to care and service provision
  • You will enhance your professional credibility and develop personal confidence for career advancement
  • Part-time study option
  • Clinical placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

The University of Salford is a supportive and thriving student community with modern learning spaces, shops and cafes. The dedicated team of midwifery and neonatal lecturers pride themselves on tailoring study to your needs and helping you reach your full potential. The MSc Midwifery will empower you to take forward your practice in any environment such as clinical, management, leadership and research roles. There is also a dedicated pathway for those with, or planning to have educational responsibilities.

You will be taught by a dynamic multidisciplinary team of academics and clinicians who are recognised experts in their disciplines and who have strong practice links across the North West. The teaching environments are equipped with state-of-the-art classroom facilities and dedicated midwifery and neonatal clinical skills simulation suites. Creative learning and participation is encouraged through reflection and critical discussion.

Please note that some modules require a clinical placement which must be in place prior to application. In some circumstances assessment and practice can be undertaken via simulation.

One to one support and preparation is provided for assessments which emulate the real life environment and allow practitioners to develop their skills and confidence. Although this might seem daunting you have opportunity to learn at an achievable pace with a group of like minded peers which students find friendly and supportive.

You will be encouraged and supported to present and publish your work.

COURSE DETAILS

The MSc Midwifery is underpinned by a student centred teaching and learning philosophy. A range of teaching strategies are used, including seminars, lectures, action learning, online learning, directed study, practice based assessments and peer supported learning. Online material will use live streaming and pre-recorded sessions. A variety of methods including recorded lecturers, blogs, discussions boards and live stream lectures will form the learning and teaching strategy. You will have access to tutorial support via email, phone, facetime, Skype or any other appropriate methods that can be supported dependent on student and lecturer preference.

TEACHING

As students have a variety of different learning styles, the mode of delivery is varied and includes:

  • Seminars
  • Masterclasses
  • Peer teaching
  • Hands-on practical workshops using simulation
  • Audiovisual and online materials

ASSESSMENT

Contemporary midwifery requires a diverse range of skills and the programme is designed to nurture and develop these according to individual need. The MSc Midwifery allows for a variety of assessments related to the real world, depending on the module undertaken, and includes:

  • Practical assessments
  • Portfolios
  • Written assignments
  • Seminar presentations
  • Viva voce

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.

EMPLOYABILITY

Past students have gone on to take up posts as midwifery managers, educationalists and consultant midwives. Others have continued their studies at PhD level, for example undertaking the Professional Doctorate offered at this University.

CAREER PROSPECTS

This course is mapped against the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework, which was introduced to provide greater flexibility and benefits for individuals and employers. It provides a single, consistent, comprehensive and explicit framework on which to base the review and development of all staff. By undertaking this programme, you can therefore demonstrate you have the knowledge and skills to deliver a high quality service for childbearing women.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

This course has close links with the maternity and neonatal services and module teaching teams are multidisciplinary. This means your learning will be current and relevant to contemporary midwifery practice.

The MSc Midwifery: Education confers NMC accredited teacher status for those wishing to move into midwifery education.

FURTHER STUDY

After completing the MSc in Midwifery you may wish to further your study with a research degree or PhD.



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The MSc in Midwifery is a professional programme leading to registration for graduates with a first degree. Midwives are the primary healthcare professionals in normal pregnancy and childbirth. Read more
The MSc in Midwifery is a professional programme leading to registration for graduates with a first degree.

Midwives are the primary healthcare professionals in normal pregnancy and childbirth: they provide health and parent education, carry out antenatal and post-natal assessments, and support mothers and families through pregnancy and after the birth. They also provide care during labour and birth in a variety of settings, including home birth.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/midwifery-pre-registration/

Why choose this course?

- Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally and across the region.

- Many of our lecturers have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.

- We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of maternal and women's public health, cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.

- Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development.

- We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

- We have a large and dedicated building in Oxford (Marston Road) equipped with state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills simulation suites and resources.

- Our courses are open to a wide range of health and social care professionals providing highly flexible continuing professional development (CPD) study opportunities with part-time, full-time and mixed-mode options (including opportunities for e-learning, blended and distance learning).

- We support multi- and interprofessional learning and teaching, and many of our courses are either fully multiprofessional or offer excellent opportunities for shared learning.

Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the midwifery master's programme, you will be entered onto the midwifery part of the register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of the United Kingdom.

This course in detail

The following midwifery courses are offered:
- a three-year midwifery programme for those with a first class honours degree plus Biology or Human Biology A level at grade B or above. Previous health care experience is desirable, but not essential.

- a 21-month post-experience master’s degree for experienced adult nurses registered with the NMC who have a first class honours degree.

The practice and educational content of the course is the same as the BSc course; however, assessment will be at master's level. This will enhance development of critical thinking skills which will prepare students for further postgraduate studies. In addition, Midwifery MSc students will have the opportunity to undertake primary research for their dissertation.

During Year 1, you will undertake level 6 modules. In years 2 and 3 you will study level 7 modules.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be a fully qualified midwife and eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. http://www.nmc-uk.org/

Teaching and learning

We offer a friendly and stimulating learning environment; we consistently receive high satisfaction ratings for our student support and learning resources in student surveys. We have excellent teaching facilities, dedicated clinical skills suites and simulation resources, which include a well equipped movement laboratory, a family of computerised simulation manikins (including a simman, simbaby and birthing mother), an extensive range of anatomy models and fully networked computer rooms.

At Oxford Brookes, no professional group works in isolation. We teach a wide range of pre-qualification and foundation courses including health and social care, all branches of nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, osteopathy, operating department practice, paramedic emergency care, and social work. You will share your learning with these other health care students. This is a key component of the course as it is essential to developing your teamwork skills and your understanding of the other roles you will encounter in practice.

We have excellent library resources, accessible both through the web and through a range of locally based facilities on university and NHS sites.

Information technology plays an important role in health care courses and a very extensive range of learning resources can be accessed through ‘Brookes Virtual’, an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises.

Careers

Midwifery is an exciting and diverse career choice. As the main healthcare professionals for the pregnant mother and her family throughout the childbearing process, midwives play a fundamental role in providing care and advice during pregnancy and birth, and in the postnatal period. Midwives are the experts in normal childbirth.

A master's degree in midwifery will provide a strong basis for a future career in research, education, management or consultancy. It is hoped that future graduates will influence midwifery practice in the UK and elsewhere.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

We have a number of both promising and experienced researchers working in established areas including maternal and women's public health, cancer care, children and families, drugs and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Over the past few years, these researchers have won external research and consultancy contracts including grants, fellowships and studentships for NHS staff. Our research staff collaborate with researchers from across Oxford Brookes University and from the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, along with research teams from many other UK and international centres.

Our academic staff have extensive experience of NHS, clinical practice and general management at senior level. They also have a significant record of research and publications on a range of topics, including water birth and breast feeding. The currency of the course is also assured by the lecturers' close involvement in the maternity services and their movement between that sector and education.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent. The university has been careful to nurture emerging research strengths, and the international standing achieved by subjects allied to health demonstrates significant progress since 2008.

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Our Midwifery Studies Postgraduate Diploma is designed for applicants who are registered as a nurse level 1 (adult) with the NMC. Read more
Our Midwifery Studies Postgraduate Diploma is designed for applicants who are registered as a nurse level 1 (adult) with the NMC. Successful applicants will normally have a degree with honours and relevant nursing experience.

The content of the Midwifery Studies Postgraduate Diploma programme will meet the requirements of the NMC Standards for Pre Registration Midwifery Education and reflects the concepts and intentions of ‘Delivering High Quality Midwifery care: the priorities, opportunities and challenges for midwives’ (GB DH 2009). Thus the course will address key issues such as the provision of women-centred care, maintaining normality in childbirth, the development of essential skills for midwives and the role of the midwife in the promotion of public health.

In line with the principles and values which underpin the NHS constitution, the University expects all students undertaking programmes which lead to registration as a health professional to demonstrate the NHS values.

Students who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma Midwifery Studies / Pre-Registration (Shortened) course can engage in study which will further enhance their ability to develop research knowledge and skills as they apply their learning to an aspect of contemporary midwifery practice. The MSc in Midwifery Studies will, in addition, prepare students to demonstrate originality and responsibility in researching and advancing an aspect of midwifery practice. On completion of this study students will be eligible for the award of MSc Midwifery Studies.

Midwifery Studies is practice focused with students spending 60% of their time in clinical practice. Practice assessment is graded and contributes to module marks along with essays, a clinical simulation examination and a leadership tool box. The ‘pebble pad’ personal e learning system will be used to support both formative and summative assessment. This innovative web based approach to learning and assessment will enable students to record evidence of their learning, integrating theory and practice whilst contributing to achievement of outcomes.

Award holders from this course are well placed to seek employment, with a 100% employment rate for those wishing to practice as midwives on completion.

Employment opportunities in a range of roles and environments are enhanced through the additional contemporary professional skills achieved through the course. Skills are gained in adapting and evaluating professional and personal practice (for example, through service level and personal practice audit), mastering advanced information management skills, sharing and implementing research findings, and judging and using evidence to underpin practice.

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This course is taught by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin in partnership with The Rotunda Hospital, Dublin and The Coombe Women's Hospital, Dublin. Read more
This course is taught by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin in partnership with The Rotunda Hospital, Dublin and The Coombe Women's Hospital, Dublin. The course is designed to develop midwives with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to become competent, analytical and reflective practitioners, thus enabling them to provide care in a manner that benefits women and their families. The course will consist of the following modules: Foundation Skills for Midwifery Practice, Sharing the Woman's Experience - Social Theory and Birth, Core Midwifery Practice and Adaptation in Pregnancy, Midwifery Practice: Pathophysiology and Unexpected Outcomes of Pregnancy and Childbirth, Midwifery Research - Evidence for Midwifery Practice, Lactation and Infant Feeding, Being a Midwife - Personal and Professional Development, and Bringing it all together. The programme also comprises a considerable amount of Midwifery Practice.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria: a. Must be a registered general nurse on the General Nurse Division of the register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann (the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland) and b. Currently on the Live Register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann (the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland) and c. A minimum of 6 months full-time recent clinical nursing practice or equivalent since registration as a general nurse and d. Have a relevant academic qualification, preferably to degree level and e. Satisfy the selection committee that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course.

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Develop your midwifery knowledge and skills to an advanced level with our challenging Masters course which will open doors to leadership roles or research. Read more
Develop your midwifery knowledge and skills to an advanced level with our challenging Masters course which will open doors to leadership roles or research.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/advanced-midwifery-practice

If you’re passionate about your midwifery practice and want to develop your knowledge and skills to an advanced level, our MSc is for you. Supported by an exceptional academic team of experienced midwives within a faculty with a track record for innovative midwifery training, it’ll enable you to advance your existing skills of independent thinking and quickly apply them to your practice.

With concerns about rising rates of intervention, you’ll be encouraged to explore both how to promote normality during childbirth and how to care for vulnerable women with complex needs, with the aim of reducing intervention. The supporting optional modules will help you acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for assuming leadership roles in clinical practice or research.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/advanced-midwifery-practice

Careers

Successful completion of this course will give you the potential to advance your career into leadership positions within clinical settings, or in the fields of management, research and teaching. You’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge to become an innovative, forward-thinking practitioner, with the qualities needed to affect change in healthcare planning, delivery and education.

You’ll also have the opportunity to complete the course with an additional qualification as a Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) practitioner. Many of our Masters level midwifery students go on to complete professional doctorates.

Core modules

Promoting Normal Childbirth
Facilitating Complex Birth
Research Studies
Major Project

Optional modules

Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE)
Advanced Communication Skills
Law & Ethics in Health & Social Care
Strategic Management & Commissioning
Global Leadership
Care of the Critically Unwell Woman

You will choose one optional module from the above list. Some modules may not be available through Distance Learning and you can contact us to find out more. Modules are subject to change.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary between modules and include written essays, seminar presentations with supporting papers, a research proposal and, for the Masters award, a major project of no more than 18,000 words.

All the assessment methods are designed to demonstrate the range of knowledge and skills expected of a practitioner working at an advanced level.

Facilities

As a midwifery postgraduate student at our modern Chelmsford campus, you’ll enjoy all the academic and social benefits you could expect from one of the largest and most exciting universities in England. Our William Harvey building has a specialist midwifery clinical skills room that is used to simulate practice skills training.

Our midwifery team works with international agencies such as the UK Network on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, World Health Organisation (WHO), The White Ribbon Alliance and the London School for Health and Tropical Medicine. In addition many of the team have specific research interests and are either completing, or have completed doctorates.

Anglia Ruskin is one of only a few universities in the UK to hold Baby-Friendly Initiative full accreditation.

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The only midwifery course of its type in Scotland underpinned by masters level education (midwifery 2020, 2010), enabling you to become a highly educated midwife with the potential for management, leadership, consultancy, educational and research roles. Read more
The only midwifery course of its type in Scotland underpinned by masters level education (midwifery 2020, 2010), enabling you to become a highly educated midwife with the potential for management, leadership, consultancy, educational and research roles.

About the programme

Within the next decade, there will be new challenges and opportunities for midwives to develop their roles as practitioners, partners and leaders in delivering and shaping future maternity services (Midwifery 2020, 2010). This programme will give you the education and skills to embrace this challenge.

Additional Entry Information

Entry is also dependent on the following successful screening: health screening; Protection of Vulnerable Groups; and personal interview.

Preference is given to those with qualifications at first examination sitting.

Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Further desirable skills pre-application: communication/interpersonal skills; ability to work as part of a team; IT literate; research literate; driving license; previous work experience in a caring/health environment.

Practical experience

The programme comprises 50% practice and 50% theory. Practice placements are available throughout NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde; NHS Ayrshire and Arran; NHS Lanarkshire; NHS Highland and NHS Dumfries and Galloway. There is at least one placement outwith the acute maternity sector.

Your learning

Year 1:
Focuses on normality in the childbirth process, receiving specialist education in relation to life and social sciences, adaptation to pregnancy, and basic caring practical midwifery skills. You are introduced to midwifery practice during the pre-conceptual, prenatal, intranatal and postnatal periods; key public health issues; and professional, ethical and legal issues.

Year 2:
Focuses on the assessment, management, support and care for women with complex medical, obstetric and/or social ill-health and/ or needs during pregnancy, labour and/ or the postnatal period. Issues are examined around women’s emotional and mental health including eating disorders, suicide, and reaction to bereavement.

Year 3:
Further enhances your knowledge and understanding to advanced scholarship level within leadership and management frameworks. This enables you to challenge existing practice, develop new ideas, and work creatively and innovatively to advance practice. You will also undertake a dissertation project.

Our Careers Adviser says

You will be equipped to consider postdoctoral studies, project management and leadership, postgraduate teaching and learning, and specialist consultant clinical midwifery roles.

Professional recognition

The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Graduates are eligible for registration as a registered midwife with the NMC.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our campuses are equipped with artificial simulated environments with contemporary healthcare technology, where you’ll learn in a realistic context, to put your knowledge into practice. The unpredictability of patient symptoms are mimicked using sophisticated software in a clinical ward setting, ranging from low to high dependency beds.

Investment in the Domus Initiative – an older adult artificial home environment – provides you with experience in caring for older people and dementia care. In a first for the Scottish university sector, we have established A Community Orientated Resource for Nursing (ACORN) where students can practice within a simulated primary care environment.

Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses also provide midwifery students with excellent learning and teaching environments with facilities and equipment that includes a birthing room with maternal simulator and a birthing pool for simulated water births.

Life-changing research

We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching at UWS – which means that you’ll learn from the experts.

Our programmes are informed by practice and all of our academic staff are members of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and
Practice. Some of our most recent initiatives include –

• the launch of a new resource, ‘Jenny’s Diary’, which will provide an invaluable tool for families and practitioners to help people with a learning disability understand their diagnosis of dementia

• the development of a new ‘Philosophy of Care’ in partnership with Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow, which will look at ways of enhancing the culture and care within a care setting

• we have collaborated with Ayrshire Hospice to launch the first University Hospice in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire & Arran; and Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, with it becoming a University Teaching Hospice and launching a two-year research project with the University aimed at revolutionising the way palliative
care is delivered to improve the patient journey

• the launch of Dumfries & Galloway Recovery College – the first of its kind in Scotland – which offers short courses designed to enhance self-belief, identify ambitions and encourage learning

• in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh, the mental health team lead research into the relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical and academic performance in student nurses

• we are working with the Glasgow Improving Cancer Journey Programme to evaluate this groundbreaking intervention in cancer care in Scotland

• we have launched a new state-of-the-art microbiology lab which will form a research base in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection

• a collaboration with a number of European partners to develop shared academic and practicebased programmes to prepare family health nurses in Europe

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Deliver optimum care to both mothers and babies. Sociology, biomedical science, philosophy, psychology and management … all topics you’ll embrace in this inspiring qualification. Read more

Deliver optimum care to both mothers and babies

Sociology, biomedical science, philosophy, psychology and management … all topics you’ll embrace in this inspiring qualification. This course will develop your understanding of complex theories, enable you to challenge established maternity care methods and advance your ability to advocate midwifery as vital to women’s and babies’ health.

Plus with the University’s extensive educational, political and professional partnerships, you’ll advance your practice, research and policy skills and nurture your continued growth as a midwifery practitioner.

Study a Master of Midwifery at UC and you will:

  • increase your theoretical knowledge from a broad range of perspectives, including sociology, feminism, medicine, biomedical sciences, philosophy, psychology, management and information technology
  • develop the ability to discern and, where necessary, challenge established methods in maternity care by applying new (and old) knowledge, skills and attitudes to midwifery work across a variety of settings
  • advance your career in practice, research, policy and education.

Professional Accreditation

None. Students will be registered or eligible for registration as midwives in the ACT.

Course structure

Required - Must pass 3 credit points as follows

Restricted Choice - Must pass 33 credit points as follows

Career opportunities

Opportunities exist for Master of Midwifery graduates across a range of settings including in:

  • private and public health care
  • maternity and neonatal care
  • community health
  • academic and teaching
  • research and policy
  • rural and remote areas
  • international aid organisations


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This course gives registered midwives the opportunity to build upon their existing specialist knowledge and skills, widening their career opportunities. Read more
This course gives registered midwives the opportunity to build upon their existing specialist knowledge and skills, widening their career opportunities.

Who is it for?

The course is designed for qualified midwives looking to advance into senior, advanced and educational posts within the midwifery profession, where a Masters qualification is often desired.

Completing an Advanced (Midwifery) MSc at City, University of London will not only demonstrate your ambition and aptitude for learning, it will increase your chances of success in your chosen career progression. Furthermore, our uniquely flexible programme provides you with the opportunity to tailor your learning to your unique learning needs and interests.

Objectives

City’s Advance Practice in Health and Social Care (Midwifery) MSc is a natural progression from your preregistration Midwifery education as it provides you with the opportunity to build upon your specialist knowledge and skills in a way that will widen your career opportunities.

Our programme offers an exciting and flexible learning environment where compulsory modules are kept to a minimum. This means that you can choose some of your modules from a wide range optional modules, building a unique and challenging learning programme tailored to your individual development needs and interests.

The Masters programme offers teaching in the latest theoretical and clinical developments by academics belonging to the Centre for Maternal and Child Health who carry out leading world-class research aimed at improving the health and care of women, children, families and communities.

In the programme’s core modules you will gain a solid foundation of research skills and applied data analysis to support and extend your role as an evidence-based practitioner.

Placements

A work placement is not required for the MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Midwifery). If you choose clinical modules you must be registered with the NMC and be working clinically within a healthcare setting.

Academic facilities

Our specialist Clinical Skills Centre at our Northampton Square Campus has been designed to give students a safe environment in which to practise their clinical and caring skills.

We have a range of specialist equipment that is used to simulate birthing situations from normal to emergency, to enable you to develop the skills you need no-matter the birthing situation you are supporting.

You will have access to a simulated six-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment; laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow students to rehearse their skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and women’s homes.

Teaching and learning

A blended approach to learning and teaching is adopted including institution-based taught modules, e-learning and work-based learning. Modules are run by experienced practitioners and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive teaching methods. Students will learn in large and small multidisciplinary groups and will be supported and encouraged to participate in independent learning.

A variety of assessment methods are used to assess the course learning outcomes. The choice of assessment method will be influenced by the focus and learning outcomes of the modules. Assessment strategies include coursework, examinations, reports, seminar presentations, skills schedules and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs).

Modules

The normal period of registration for a Masters degree is one year's taught programme for full-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation) or two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation).

Students undertake 6 core, compulsory modules (including a dissertation module where you focus upon a topic area of your own choosing) and choose a further two elective taught modules. Alternatively students can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) courses. In this case, course costs might vary. For further information please click on the CPPD links below each module. Students who successfully complete all modules can progress to the dissertation. Successful completion of the dissertation leads to the award of an MSc.

Core multidisciplinary modules
-Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
-Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 credits)
-Dissertation (30 credits)

Discipline specific modules
-Midwifery theory and professionalism (15 credits)
-Risk and Midwifery Practice (15 credits)
-Knowledge, Evidence and Skills for normal birth (15 credits)

Elective modules - you may choose two 15 credit elective modules to study.
-Innovation in Maternity Care: Group Antenatal Care APM026 (15 credits)
-Physical Assessment -Neonates and Infants APM010 (15 credits)
-Critical Thinking & Diagnostic Reasoning-Neonates APM011 (15 credits)
-Leadership for Practice and Service Delivery NMM015 (15 credits)
-Education in the Workplace CHM002 (15 credits)
-Enhancing Critical Care Skills for Midwifery Practice APM021 (15 credits)
-Health Promotion NMM709 (15 credits)
-Psychology at Work NMM049 (15 credits)
-Psychology for Health and Social Care APM003 (15 credits)
-Pathophysiological Principles for Advanced Practice APM022 (15 credits)
-Contemporary Issues in Mental Health APM006 (15 credits)
-Health Policy in Britain HPM003 (15 credits)
-Politics, Power and the Health Policy Process HPM001 (15 credits)
-International Health Systems HPM004 (15 credits)
-Economics of Health Care HPM006 (15 credits)
-Quality Management & Action Evaluation of Health Programmes HMM006 (15 credits)
-Health Innovation and Change HMM008 (15 credits)
-Introduction to Public Health and Epidemiology PHM001 (15 credits)
-Social Determinants of Health PHM004 (15 credits)
-Global Health PHM003 (15 credits)
-Medicines Management NMM024 (15 credits)
-Psychology for Health and Social Care APM003 (15 credits)
-Advanced Research Methods HRM002 (15 credits)
-Advanced Data Analysis HRM003 (15 credits)

Career prospects

This course allows practitioners flexibility in developing specialist skills and knowledge at a highly demanding academic and practical level. The course will prepare students for a range of roles including midwife consultant and clinical leadership.

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This new Master of Advanced Health Care Practice provides health professionals with the opportunity to take the next step in expanding their careers. Read more
This new Master of Advanced Health Care Practice provides health professionals with the opportunity to take the next step in expanding their careers.

This innovative new program will give medical practitioners, midwives, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, radiographers and radiation therapists, and policy makers the opportunity to gain a Masters level qualification that enhances their professional practice and provides the widest range of options for the future.

This program is delivered online (except for Clinical Midwifery, which is on campus), offering the quality and recognition of a Monash postgraduate degree with the flexibility provided by the latest online delivery technologies.

The Master of Advanced Health Care Practice is interprofessional by nature. You complete a common unit, 'Essentials of advanced health care practice and research', which reflects the collaboration required in practice to deliver health care of the highest quality.

On completion of this unit, you then select one of the following specialisations:

- Clinical Midwifery
- Critical Care
- CT Radiography
- Occupational Therapy
- Paediatric Physiotherapy
- Primary Health Care
- Radiation Therapy
- Radiography

Students on an international visa may apply to study the Midwifery specialisation either in Australia on campus, or from your home country via online mode.

Other specialisations are not available to international students in Australia on a student visa (however, these other specialisations may be studied via online mode from your home country).

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/advanced-health-care-practice-m6001?domestic=true

Advanced clinical midwifery practice

Your qualification will be a Master of Advanced Clinical Midwifery Practice

The clinical midwifery specialisation is designed to prepare you as the experienced midwife, registered in your country of origin, for senior management, education, professional and specialist leadership roles in a range of midwifery settings. You will examine philosophies around women-centred care and collaborative practice within a multidisciplinary team that will enhance your ability to provide leadership in the healthcare setting. This specialisation is offered to international student visa holders to study on campus in Australia.

Students on an international visa may apply to study the Midwifery specialisation either in Australia on campus, or from your home country via online mode.

Other specialisations are not available to international students in Australia on a student visa (however, these other specialisations may be studied via online mode from your home country).

Course Structure

The course is structured in three parts, Part A. Expanding core discipline skills, Part B. Foundations for advanced health care practice, Part C. Advanced specialist study. All students complete Part B and Part C. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A.

[Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies, but prefer to do the longer form of the course (Parts A-C), you may elect not to receive the credit.]

PART A. Expanding core discipline skills
In this part you will have the opportunity to complete scholarly practical studies that develop and expand your expertise within your area of specialist practice. Students admitted to the course, who have a recognised degree in a cognate discipline of four years duration and two years relevant professional experience are eligible to receive credit for this Part.

PART B. Foundations for advanced health care practice
This study will provide you with the foundations to lead the management, design and delivery of high quality evidence based patient/consumer centred care and/or develop health care programs in a clinical context that impact on patient outcomes. It is inter-professional, reflecting and modelling the collaboration required in practice to deliver health care of the highest quality and ensures a heightened awareness of legal, ethical, inter-professional, cultural, managerial and safety issues in health care practice.

PART C. Advanced specialist study
These units will provide you with specialist professional knowledge and advanced skills in research or advanced professional practice in your chosen specialisation. All specialisations offer the choose of either a research focus or a coursework focus within Part C. The research focus can provide a pathway to a graduate degree in research.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/medicine

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/advanced-health-care-practice-m6001?domestic=true#making-the-application

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The MSc in Advanced Practice (Midwifery) is aimed at all health and social care staff who are looking to develop their knowledge and skills as advanced practitioners and specifically within a midwifery context. Read more
The MSc in Advanced Practice (Midwifery) is aimed at all health and social care staff who are looking to develop their knowledge and skills as advanced practitioners and specifically within a midwifery context. Over the past decade, the emergence of competencies, conceptual frameworks and operation tools, together with government and educational drivers, has firmly placed the notion of advanced practice as a core development area in the practice workplace.

This master's programme is likely to appeal to a wide range of professional midwifes, particularly those at the forefront of policy design and delivery in relation to Midwifery. The flexible nature of the programme means that you can complete the modules in any order (with the only pre-requisite that a research methods module is completed prior to the dissertation). We will accept credits at level 7 from other universities providing they can be mapped to our programme learning outcomes. Once accepted on to the programme you will meet with the programme leader to plot your route to award, and to be allocated an academic advisor who will support you during your duration of study at University of West London.

Course detail

Generally, students will study 60 credits worth of modules each year. We recommend that students start the programme with two modules: Role Development (20 credits) and Becoming an Advanced Practitioner (40 credits), unless the student has prior learning which can be credited against the programme learning outcomes at this level.

The focus of the Role Development module is to look at your role within your organisation and the current role. It will help you to identify any skills deficits and areas of competence which would benefit from further development using models and competency frameworks, for example Competencies for Advanced Practice.

Becoming an Advanced Practitioner module takes the process a step further and prepares you for your role within a strategic context, looking at your organisation as a whole and the contribution you can make. It will consider concepts such as advanced communication, strategic change management, project facilitation, implementation of Department of Health initiatives, corporate governance, finance planning and resource management. Usually, students complete these two modules in one year. In the second year, you will undertake 3 modules, each of 20 credits, which relate specifically to your badged award called:

• Influences on women's experiences of childbirth
• The context and background of midwifery as a profession
• Mental health and the childbearing woman

Finally, you will have the option to undertake an enquiry based project (60 credits) or you can undertake a research methods module (20 credits) followed by a dissertation (40 credits) giving you in total 180 credits to be awarded a Masters Degree. In addition to the subject specific modules given above, the focus of the dissertation or project must be specific to Midwifery to be awarded the MSc Advanced Practice (Midwifery).

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/how-apply

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/scholarships-and-bursaries

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