The MSc in Advanced Practice (Midwifery) is aimed at all health and social care staff who are looking to develop their knowledge and skills as advanced practitioners and specifically within a midwifery context. Over the past decade, the emergence of competencies, conceptual frameworks and operation tools, together with government and educational drivers, has firmly placed the notion of advanced practice as a core development area in the practice workplace.
This master's programme is likely to appeal to a wide range of professional midwifes, particularly those at the forefront of policy design and delivery in relation to Midwifery. The flexible nature of the programme means that you can complete the modules in any order (with the only pre-requisite that a research methods module is completed prior to the dissertation). We will accept credits at level 7 from other universities providing they can be mapped to our programme learning outcomes. Once accepted on to the programme you will meet with the programme leader to plot your route to award, and to be allocated an academic advisor who will support you during your duration of study at University of West London.
Generally, students will study 60 credits worth of modules each year. We recommend that students start the programme with two modules: Role Development (20 credits) and Becoming an Advanced Practitioner (40 credits), unless the student has prior learning which can be credited against the programme learning outcomes at this level.
The focus of the Role Development module is to look at your role within your organisation and the current role. It will help you to identify any skills deficits and areas of competence which would benefit from further development using models and competency frameworks, for example Competencies for Advanced Practice.
Becoming an Advanced Practitioner module takes the process a step further and prepares you for your role within a strategic context, looking at your organisation as a whole and the contribution you can make. It will consider concepts such as advanced communication, strategic change management, project facilitation, implementation of Department of Health initiatives, corporate governance, finance planning and resource management. Usually, students complete these two modules in one year. In the second year, you will undertake 3 modules, each of 20 credits, which relate specifically to your badged award called:
• Influences on women's experiences of childbirth • The context and background of midwifery as a profession • Mental health and the childbearing woman
Finally, you will have the option to undertake an enquiry based project (60 credits) or you can undertake a research methods module (20 credits) followed by a dissertation (40 credits) giving you in total 180 credits to be awarded a Masters Degree. In addition to the subject specific modules given above, the focus of the dissertation or project must be specific to Midwifery to be awarded the MSc Advanced Practice (Midwifery).