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Health Studies (Maternal & Child Health) (MSc)

Course Description

This programme will develop your skills to work at an advanced level as a clinical expert, manager or consultant practitioner within maternal and child health.

About the programme

This programme is designed for midwives, nurses and other healthcare practitioners with an interest in maternal and child health. You will explore the issues surrounding maternal and child health and have a widespread positive influence by developing the quality of maternal and child healthcare across the gradient of health inequality. Part-time online delivery enables you to study at your convenience.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council approved Supervisor of Midwives Programme and the module Effective Clinical Practitioner and Motivational Enhancement Skills have some class sessions at Paisley or Lanarkshire campuses. Student support is actively encouraged via online or by face-to-face meeting.

Your learning

You can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Studies (Maternal and Child Health) (60 credits); a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Studies (Maternal and Child Health) after completing six modules (120 credits); or the MSc Health Studies (Maternal and Child Health) (180 credits). You will complete core and option modules:

- Postgraduate Certificate:
• Contemporary Issues in Maternal and Child Health (core): examines current and relevant issues affecting women and the wider maternity services to meet the needs of a rapidly changing population
• Responding to Public Health Challenges (core): introduces public health theory and practice in addition to health improvement interventions

- Postgraduate Diploma:
• Research for Health and Social Care (core): covers a range of methodological issues relevant to research in health and social settings
• Supporting Normality in Childbirth (core): promotes and supports normality in practice, enabling you to reflect upon and appraise the role of the midwife within the multi-disciplinary team

Option modules include:
• Advanced Work-based Learning
• Case Management within Family Health
• Clinical Teaching
• Delivering Compassionate Care
• Effective Clinical Practitioner
• Health Economics
• Independent Study
• Leadership for Effectiveness
• Quality Improvement in Healthcare
• Social Marketing
• Supervision of Midwives (Action)^
• Supervision of Midwives (Theory)^
• The Business of Health Care
• Working with Families

- MSc:
You will complete the Research and Enquiry Dissertation module. Duration is normally one year part-time.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates are equipped to work in management and clinical leadership roles in practice, and pursue career development in research and education.

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

Visit the Health Studies (Maternal & Child Health) (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Grace Niven

Having previously attended various university courses in order to enhance my personal development, I decided to further my studies at Masters level. This course has provided me with the opportunity to progress my career prospects within health visiting and education. I found this course very informative, interesting and enjoyable, with the added bonus of having supportive academic staff who were approachable and encouraging throughout my learning experience. In addition, whilst working full-time I found this course to be accommodating in allowing me to manage work commitments while completing my studies.


Entry Requirements

Candidates must either be nurses registered on the nurses parts of the NMC register or midwives registered on the midwives part of the NMC register, or equivalent regulating body in other countries; or have a relevant professional qualification in a health, social care or an allied health profession; in addition to a background in maternal and/or child health. Applicants must have the language and literacy skills as per University guidelines or Nursing and Midwifery guidelines (IELTS score of 7 or above) for work-based modules.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students £3,400, Rest of UK Students £3,400, International Students £11,000

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