The role of a midwife is to promote normality and effectively manage deviations from the norm when they occur, increasingly the role is encompassing public health and health promotion issues. It is important that midwives are able to utilise this information for the benefit of women and their families. To be equal partners in care provision midwives will need to develop an awareness of political, policy and research issues, an ability to critically appraise developments and be proactive in leading changes in service provision.
See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/615-msc-professional-practice-midwifery
What you will study
There are two specialist modules which relate to the award, both carry 20 credits.
- Normal Midwifery Developments
- Policies and Midwifery Practice
Learning and teaching methods
All students studying for the MSc Professional Practice are required to undertake the core research methods module (40 credits). In order to gain the MSc Professional Practice (Midwifery) Award you will need to study at least 80 credits (including your dissertation) relating to midwifery. This means that you may choose to study one or both of the specialist modules discussed here.
These modules run on alternate years and usually delivered via 3 hour sessions on a bi weekly basis during the academic year. University based sessions include lectures but an emphasis is also placed upon use of debates and student/peer seminars. There is an element of negotiated learning and current professional / policy documents may be used to lead discussions. At this level of study there is a need for background reading and exploration of research and current evidence. Reading is needed to support development of assignments and to increase and broaden knowledge of the subject area.
Work Experience and Employment Prospects
Students undertaking this course have to date come from a variety of midwifery areas, from both hospital and community practice. Some students have had roles in advancing midwifery practice, others have wanted to enhance their role in promoting normality for their client group.
Feedback received from students shows that they found the modules raised their awareness of advances and changes in practice. Appreciation of their role and that of other members of the health care team has been heightened and they assisted them to enhance the support on offer.
Midwives have the opportunity to work in different healthcare settings and gain experience in all aspects of caring for mothers and babies. They can develop their midwifery career in many different ways: as a clinical specialist, a consultant midwife or in management as a head of midwifery services or supervisor of midwives at local authority level. Some midwives prefer to pursue an academic career in education and research.
Midwives have developed innovative specialist roles in, for example, ultrasound, foetal medicine, intensive care neonatal units, public health, parenting education and many others. There are also opportunities for midwives to work in the European Union and the rest of the world.
Applicants must normally have an Honours degree and be a professionally qualified health or social care professional. For international students, IELTs 7.0 or equivalent.