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Midwifery (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care) - MSc

This course is designed for qualified midwives and will give you the opportunity to build upon your existing specialist knowledge and skills and widen your career opportunities.

Who is it for?

The course is designed for qualified midwives who have at least one year of experience in clinical midwifery practice. It has been designed to help you advance into senior, advanced and educational posts within the midwifery profession, where a Masters qualification is often desired.

The MSc provides the opportunity to create a challenging and rewarding course of study tailored to your personal development needs. Compulsory modules are kept to a minimum, enabling you to choose from a wide range of optional modules to personalise your learning.

Completing a Midwifery (Advanced Practice and Health Social Care) 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. Plus, our uniquely flexible programme enables you to tailor your learning to your unique learning needs and interests.


City’s Midwifery (Advanced Practice and Health Social Care) MSc is a natural progression from your preregistration Midwifery education helping you:

  • Build upon your specialist knowledge and skills in a way that will widen your career opportunities.
  • Gain a solid foundation of research skills and applied data analysis to support and extend your role as an evidence-based practitioner.
  • Choose from a wide range of optional modules, building a unique and challenging learning programme tailored to your individual development needs and interests.
  • Learn about the latest theoretical policy and clinical developments relating to midwifery. Develop research, applied data analysis and critical thinking skills.
  • Prepare for leading roles as an evidence-based practitioner.

Academic facilities

Our specialist Clinical Skills Centre at our Northampton Square Campus has been designed to give you a safe environment in which to practise your 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 ward, enabling you to rehearse your skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and women’s homes. The HDU has a range of realistic equipment including:

  • Piped oxygen
  • Call bells
  • Medicines and emergency equipment
  • Laboratories, including a biology laboratory.

Teaching and learning

You will learn the latest theoretical and clinical developments with academics belonging to the Centre for Maternal & Child Health Research, who carry out world-class research aimed at improving the health and care of women, children, families and communities.

We take a blended approach to learning and teaching, including:

  • Institution-based taught modules
  • E-learning
  • Work-based learning.

Modules are run by experienced practitioners and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive teaching methods. You 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. The choice of assessment method will be influenced by the focus and learning outcomes of the modules.

Assessments include:

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Reports
  • Seminar presentations
  • Skills schedules
  • Objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs).


The programme is taught using a variety of learning techniques.  These vary depending upon the modules and will include:

  • Keynote lectures
  • Computer lab workshops
  • Small discussion groups
  • Virtual discussion groups
  • On-line learning materials including films, reading, interactive quizzes and Independent guided study.

The time you spend in each of these activities will vary. You will be allocated one hour’s learning activity per academic credit. This time will include assessment preparation time.

Core multidisciplinary modules

  • Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
  • Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 credits)

Core discipline specific modules

  • Advancing Midwifery: Theory, knowledge and practice (15 credits)
  • Risk and Midwifery Practice (15 credits)
  • Philosophy, Knowledge, Skills and Evidence for Optimum Birth (15 credits)

Elective modules

You may choose two 15 credit elective modules to study.

  • Advancing Maternity Practice: Facilitating Group Antenatal Care (15 credits)
  • Advance Physical Assessment of the Newborn and Infant (15 credits)
  • Professional Leadership (15 credits)
  • Commissioning for Health and Social Care (15 credits)
  • Intensive Care Core Skills (15 credits)
  • The Health Policy Process, Politics and Power (15 credits)
  • Health Policy in Britain (15 credits)
  • Advanced Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Advanced Data Analysis (15 credits)
  • Developing Complex Interventions (15 credits)
  • Cervical Cytology (15 credits)
  • Global Health (15 credits)
  • Epidemiology (15 credits)
  • Social Determinants of Health (15 credits)

Download the relevant programme specification

Career prospects

As a practitioner, this City’s Midwifery (Advanced Practice and Health Social Care) MSc gives you the flexibility to develop specialist skills and knowledge at a highly demanding academic and practical level. The course will prepare you for a range of roles including:

  • Midwife consultant
  • Academia
  • Clinical leadership.

Previous alumni have entered into midwifery leadership posts, education and research following their completion of this programme.

Visit the Midwifery (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care) - MSc page on the City, University of London website for more details!





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