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Contemporary Healthcare (Midwifery) - MScPGDip/PGCert


Course Description

Midwives increasingly need to provide care for both critically ill and vulnerable women and their families. These women may have complex care needs and this programme equips you with the ability to provide critical care in a changing maternity environment within a multidisciplinary team. As a qualified midwife, you’ll study a contemporary and dynamic programme providing you with enhanced skills, knowledge and insight to take into professional practice.

Key features

-Learn from research-active staff at the forefront of their subject knowledge.
-Focus on specialist modules in high dependency care in midwifery, including pathophysiology and its impact on childbirth, advancing care for women with complex needs, and supporting vulnerable women during pregnancy birth and the post-birth period. You'll also study advanced clinical skills for practice with clinical decision making, escalation of care and clinical governance.
-Design and carry out research that will enhance and develop women-centered care and provision for her and her family.
-Ensure that your professional practice is supported by developing a critical, analytical and creative approach.
-Learn to operate in increasingly complex and unpredictable situations and show initiative in decision making while accessing appropriate support.
-Equip yourself with problem-solving and active learning skills through interacting with other students, as well as demonstrating critical reflection.
-Balance work and further education with our programme by studying part time.

Course details

This programme is designed to develop and enhance your skills and knowledge as a midwife to an advanced level. Core modules are shared and are multi-professional across the contemporary healthcare programmes.

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits. You will study two core modules worth 20 credits each: high dependency care in midwifery and pathophysiology and its impact on childbirth, with one optional 20 credit module.

Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits. 100 of these will be made up from five core modules, each worth 20 credits (two from Year 1 and three from Year 2): advancing research knowledge in practice 1, advancing research knowledge in practice 2, and advancing care: vulnerable women in childbirth.

Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from a research project in an area of study related to midwifery.

Modules are taught sequentially within this part-time programme, starting with pathophysiology and its impact on childbirth and high dependency care in midwifery. In your second year you'll study advancing research knowledge in practice 1, advancing care: vulnerable young women and childbirth and advancing research knowledge in practice 2.

Please note: availability of modules may vary according to demand; module dates are therefore subject to change.

Year 1
One 20 credit optional module to be chosen.
Core modules
-MCH510 Pathophysiology and its Impact on Childbirth
-MCH509 High Dependency Care in Midwifery

Year 2
-MCH501 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1
-MCH502 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 2

Final year
-MCH504 Dissertation

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

Visit the Contemporary Healthcare (Midwifery) - MScPGDip/PGCert page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must be a practicing midwife and meet the University’s requirement for study at postgraduate level. You will normally have a first degree in midwifery, BSc (Hons) at 2.1 or above and be currently in practice. Those without a degree but with appropriate practice experience will be able to apply. You must be working in midwifery clinical practice to enhance and consolidate the theoretical learning.

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