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Underpinned by the latest development in women’s health, midwifery and maternity care, this exciting new programme will be of interest to qualified midwives.

This programme will challenge midwives to critically examine how they can work to optimise the childbirth experience of all women. There is a strong focus on the autonomous role of the midwife and how improvements in public health promotion, the provision of evidence based information and effectively supporting women’s decision making work together to optimise the childbirth experience. 

There are a suite of post graduate certificates related to this MSc that may be of interest to nursing colleagues, as well as midwives.

The programme offers a flexible learning approach that aims to:

  • Provide students with a rigorous framework for the development and synthesis of critical knowledge and skills to optimise the childbirth experience for women and their families.
  • Facilitate students to further explore the public health role of the midwife in order to promote and maximise physiological birth.
  • Develop the student’s understanding of research approaches within health and social care.

Students wishing to can exit the programme after achieving either a PG Certificate or PG Diploma, if they do not wish to undertake the full MSc.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

During this MSc Midwifery Studies students will develop their in-depth knowledge and understanding of key elements of a midwife's role including:

  • The public health role of the midwife
  • How physiological childbirth can be promoted and maximised within contemporary maternity services.
  • How the childbirth experience can be optimised for all women and their families.
  • Research approaches within health and social care.

Students will develop a critically understanding of the midwife’s role in the improvement of health and well being and the skills needed to optimise the childbirth experience. Students will further develop their skills in working with and for women and communities to optimise the childbirth experience, promote and protect equality, diversity and the rights of individuals. Those progressing to the full MSc Midwifery Studies will also learn how to generate and interpret relevant research evidence and apply it in practice.

Graduates of this programme will have the ability to not only reflect on professional practice to enhance self-awareness and professional development but also the skills and knowledge base to critically analyse and evaluate maternity care provision in order to identify areas for development. They will be able to clearly demonstrate a critical understanding of health research and development and crucially be able to analyse, synthesise and appropriately apply evidence based information to practice and enhance the childbirth experience.


There are a range of assessment approaches, including written assessments, presentations and a research dissertation.

Core modules:

  • Optimising the Childbirth Experience (20 credits)
  • Research Methods or e-Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Dissertation – supervised research project of your own choice, in relation of midwifery practice (60 Credits)

Optional modules:

  • Examination of the Newborn (for midwives) (20 credits)
  • Leadership in Context (20 credits)
  • Optimising Breastfeeding and Human Lactation (20 credits)
  • Contraception and Associated health (20 credits)
  • A wide variety of modules from the school of healthcare sciences

Course Structure

Year 1 (60 credits)

Optimising the Childbirth Experience, plus 40 credits from optional Midwifery modules and/or from existing MSc pathway modules.

Year 2 (60 credits)

20 credits from midwifery modules (not studied in year 1) plus 40 credits from core modules from Existing MSc pathway modules (Leadership in Context and Research Methods)


60 credits from existing MSc pathway modules (not studied in year 1), 40 credits of which are from core MSc pathway modules (Leadership in Context and Research Methods)

Year 3

Dissertation 60 credits

Careers and Employability

In addition to equipping any midwife with additional knowledge and skills that would enhance his or her autonomy within practice, this programme will equip midwives with the necessary knowledge and skills required to seek employment opportunities at a senior level, for example: as a consultant midwife, practice development and leadership roles.

Research / Links with Industry

The academics involved with this MSc have extensive links with external bodies, which are fully utilised in ensuring that the modules are relevant to the modern work and research environment graduates will enter. They are also all experienced Midwives who still have active links to the local Health Board ensuring that modern clinical practice is embedded within the programme.

Visit the Midwifery Studies - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Bangor University website for more details!





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