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Our Midwifery Studies Postgraduate Diploma is designed for applicants who are registered as a nurse level 1 (adult) with the NMC. Successful applicants will normally have a degree with honours and relevant nursing experience.

The content of the Midwifery Studies Postgraduate Diploma programme will meet the requirements of the NMC Standards for Pre Registration Midwifery Education and reflects the concepts and intentions of ‘Delivering High Quality Midwifery care: the priorities, opportunities and challenges for midwives’ (GB DH 2009). Thus the course will address key issues such as the provision of women-centred care, maintaining normality in childbirth, the development of essential skills for midwives and the role of the midwife in the promotion of public health.

In line with the principles and values which underpin the NHS constitution, the University expects all students undertaking programmes which lead to registration as a health professional to demonstrate the NHS values.

Students who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma Midwifery Studies / Pre-Registration (Shortened) course can engage in study which will further enhance their ability to develop research knowledge and skills as they apply their learning to an aspect of contemporary midwifery practice. The MSc in Midwifery Studies will, in addition, prepare students to demonstrate originality and responsibility in researching and advancing an aspect of midwifery practice. On completion of this study students will be eligible for the award of MSc Midwifery Studies.

Midwifery Studies is practice focused with students spending 60% of their time in clinical practice. Practice assessment is graded and contributes to module marks along with essays, a clinical simulation examination and a leadership tool box. The ‘pebble pad’ personal e learning system will be used to support both formative and summative assessment. This innovative web based approach to learning and assessment will enable students to record evidence of their learning, integrating theory and practice whilst contributing to achievement of outcomes.

Award holders from this course are well placed to seek employment, with a 100% employment rate for those wishing to practice as midwives on completion.

Employment opportunities in a range of roles and environments are enhanced through the additional contemporary professional skills achieved through the course. Skills are gained in adapting and evaluating professional and personal practice (for example, through service level and personal practice audit), mastering advanced information management skills, sharing and implementing research findings, and judging and using evidence to underpin practice.

Visit the Midwifery Studies - PGDip page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

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