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Advanced Practice in Midwifery and Applied Education (MSc/PGDip/PGCert)

Course Description

Aimed at qualified professionals, this course gives you the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge to an advanced level and expand your career in midwifery.

Similar to our MSc Advanced Practice and Applied Education course, this route allows you to apply advanced practice and applied education to the specialisation of midwifery.

Through your choice of midwifery-focused modules, you’ll gain an in depth understanding of the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to practice at an advanced level, as well as the ability to critically appraise relevant health and social policy and address ethical and professional issues.

As a graduate, you'll enjoy increased employment opportunities in the midwifery profession.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MScPGDipPGCert-Advanced-Practice-in-Midwifery-and-Applied-Education--FullTime

What you'll learn

This course allows you to extend your career in midwifery, with the emphasis on teaching and learning methods. Rather than producing technicians, it aims to enhance the quality of maternity care by fostering a broader, deeper and more critical approach to midwifery and education.

The course will prepare you for a deeper involvement in the development and communication of the theories behind your practice. The applied education element of this course allows you to register on the teacher division of the NMC. The course is also recognised by SEDA (the Staff and Educational Development Association), and accredited by the HEA (Higher Education Academy).

This course aims to encourage independent and autonomous learning, along with confident teaching and communication techniques. You'll build on your existing knowledge and skills to a point where you'll be confident in your ability to participate more actively in your chosen field, particularly in the area of policy development and communication.

With the support of our teaching staff, you'll learn to interpret complex materials independently and creatively, reflect on your learning, critically examine approaches to effective team building, and exercise judgement in relation to policy, workloads and professional practice.

Based over three trimesters, the course is conducted as a blended learning process, involving a combination of lectures, tutorials, online study, workshops and independent study.

What you study

Trimester 1:
- Exploring professional roles in practice
- Professional study and practices
- Effective learning and teaching in higher education contexts

Trimester 2:
- Research methods
- Assessment evaluation and support
- Option

Trimester 3:
- Dissertation

Options including:
- Adults with incapacity
- Assessment, evaluation and support
- Child protection in context
- Child protection: risk to reality
- Contemporary ethical and professional issues in healthcare
- Critical thinking, analysis and writing
- Effective learning and teaching in higher education
- Exploring professional roles in practice
- Independent and supplementary prescribing for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals
- Leadership
- Interprofessional learning and mentoring
- Managing performance for person centred services
- Politics, policy and practice
- Practising within a consultancy role
- Professional study and practices
- Research methods
- Safeguarding vulnerable individuals and families
- Pathophysiology and epidemiology in diabetes mellitus
- Preparation and practice of supervisors of midwives
- Work based learning portfolio 1
- Work based learning portfolio 2

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


This course will prepare you for a more advanced level of your chosen career, specialising in the educational element of the field. It can also allow you to become more active in a research role.

Career opportunities:
- midwifery consultant
- health and social care manager
- lecturer
- education manager
- education consultant

Visit the Advanced Practice in Midwifery and Applied Education (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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