This master's course provides professionals with a forum to encourage the synthesis of experience, knowledge and new learning and to debate contemporary issues. This is within a collaborative, multi-professional community, taught and online. The course encourages critical thinking and forward planning in all areas of health care, in the UK and internationally. You will have the opportunity to focus on a number of key areas: Expert Practice; Professionalism; Leadership & Management; Education and Practice; Service Development and Change, including legal, ethical, cultural and societal issues.
All professionals are now expected to undertake skills that were not part of their initial education to meet the needs of a more flexible approach to health care provision. New roles are being developed and the minimal level for academic, management, research and consultant posts requires that all professionals have continued their academic education to master's level.
The QAA (2008) suggests that holders of a master level qualification will be able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data... demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems.....continue to advance their knowledge and understanding and make decision in complex and unpredictable situations. This means that you will be expected to tackle complex issues and discuss them with your fellow students, to take responsibility for your own learning and develop the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.
The QAA also requires that the student develops a comprehensive understanding of methods used in research and enquiry, and you will be expected to develop the skills needed to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship without bias. The University has an established Learning and Teaching strategy that shapes the delivery of the programme which endeavours to develop your ability to learn and change as a person not just acquire new knowledge. We aim to foster a learning climate in which we will all develop as individuals and as part of a group. You will develop the ability to evaluate both the course material and your own evolving understanding. An essential part of this process is developing the ability to reflect on the meaning and implications of various theories and models proposed to further develop your knowledge with application to midwifery practice. You will learn through interacting with lecturers and other course members, attending online tutorials and interactive sessions, but also through your own personal development. Bringing learning to the forefront of what we, the lecturers and you the students do facilitates a mutually supportive learning relationship. Contact with other students on the course is valuable and you will be encouraged to share with other students a short resume of yourselves.
Following successful completion of the MSc Midwifery course, students have progressed in their chosen careers and undertaken further study with a Professional Doctorate in Health and/or a PhD.
In addition, for NMC registered practitioners, you will have the opportunity to achieve an NMC recordable teaching qualification by following a specific route on the course.
Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK) for Preparation of Midwife Teachers.
An ECSACON Fellowship may be available for overseas graduates on completion of the East, Central and Southern Africa College of Nursing students.
Visit the Midwifery - MSc page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!