Masters degrees in Midwifery teach postgraduates the essential principles and techniques for delivering babies, as well as how to care for the mother during each stage of the birth cycle. Midwifery courses are available as an MSc, a PGDip and a PGCert.
Related subjects include Women’s Health and Infant Health. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as Nursing, Midwifery or Medicine.
Courses in this field often take an interdisciplinary approach, training you to become an expert caregiver for pregnant women and their families, while building your clinical expertise in a variety of healthcare settings. As well as training in evidence-based practice, you will also explore the provision of maternity services and their social and economic importance.
Placements are usually a key component of most programmes, and may include interaction with patients in settings such as hospitals and community groups. You will learn to provide advice on topics such as breastfeeding, normal labour and birth, and the relationship between pregnancy and various health conditions.
As well as hospitals and health centres, midwives may work within social services to give home visits, support community centres with various education programmes, or provide administrative assistance on behalf of charities.
For qualified midwives. Gain knowledge and understanding of the international, social, ethical issues and political context of reproduction and maternal health policy, evidence-based practice and research methods.
Students undertake core modules in the leadership and delivery of maternity services, evidence-based practice and healthcare research. In addition students select options from a range of areas including:
Other options from our BSc programme and modules from the MSc in Medical Ultrasound may also be available. Students who have already studied clinically focused modules at undergraduate or graduate level at King’s may be able to incorporate this study into the programme provided that the credits have not already contributed to an award. Modules studied elsewhere may be incorporated through accreditation of prior certificated learning (subject to a successful accreditation claim).
The aim of this master's in Advanced Practice is to equip you with an understanding of international, political, social and ethical issues of reproduction, and a scientific basis for examining maternity policy and practice. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the social and political context of reproduction and maternal health policy, evidence-based practice and research methods.
The majority of assessment is by coursework; some modules are also assessed by examination.
Consultant midwife leading services for teenagers; research midwife managing clinical trials on the role of vitamins in preventing pre-eclampsia; midwifery lecturer.
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The Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice course aims to enable registered midwives to build on and enhance their midwifery knowledge, clinical reasoning and decision making skills. The resulting abilities of independent thinking and autonomous practice are highly desirable for midwives seeking career development opportunities.
Teaching and Employability:
- work-based education enables midwives to engage in theoretical analysis of practice in the workplace
- teaching team has a wealth of experience in work-based learning
- builds on the success of the existing Enhanced Professional Practice programme which has offered an excellent learning experience to all students
- close professional and clinical links with clinical colleagues and senior midwifery colleagues
- contributes to a culture of scholarship and enhanced practice in clinical areas
Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practise is a work-based modular postgraduate degree specifically geared towards the needs of practising and registered midwives. It is practice focused but also supports the student to develop skills in reflection and critical thinking.
Work-based learning is a student-centred approach where the student directs their own learning objectives so they reflect on what is important to their roles in their practice, and use these practice issues to drive forward their learning within the modules.
Midwives completing the Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice programme will have developed as autonomous learners who can think more critically and apply theory, experience and academic literature to the development and enhancement of their practice.
They will have gained not only academic and enhanced clinical skill, but also a number of transferable skills. This can only be of benefit to the midwife in terms of employability, the maternity service of the Health Board in which they work, and ultimately the standards of care for mothers and babies.
Modules on the Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice programme typically include:
Starting Your Professional Development
Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives
Leadership and Professional issues in Midwifery
Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives (CPD)
Professional Practice in Sexual & Reproductive Health
Policy Influences on Your Practice
Assessing Your Current Practice
How the Evidence Base Can Help You Change Your Practice
How Can I Make a Change in Practice?
Advancing Your Own Practice
Teaching and Learning in Practice
Professional Midwifery Practice Portfolio
The Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice course is a flexible part-time degree and students can study a maximum of 60 credits per year and complete in not less than 36 months and no more than 5 years including submission of the dissertation. Most students will be in full time employment and this programme allows them to undertake postgraduate studies whilst they are working.
The first module students will study is SHGM90 Starting your Professional Practice. In addition to this module and SHGM91 Personal Practice Development Portfolio, students will undertake SHMM01 Leadership and Professional Issues in Midwifery or SHMM00/SHMM02 Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives, as an additional core module.
Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice students may also access up to 30 credits from the College of Human and Health Sciences’ postgraduate catalogue of modules. To be awarded the MSc Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice, the student must achieve 180 credits at level 7 which must include the three core modules.
Delivery of the Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice programme is a tripartite arrangement between the student, personal tutor and practice facilitator. Learning for each work-based module is based on the development of a learning contract and consequently the following process will be adopted for each module.
Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice students who do not wish to complete the full MSc have alternative exit qualifications:
- Students will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice on successful completion of 60 credits at level 7.
- Students will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice on successful completion of 120 credits at level 7.
The Midwifery team has a strong background in academic support at all levels. For this programme the academic supervision and support is given by Midwifery lecturers experienced in work based learning. The support is offered through a combination of individual tutorials and Action Learning Sets in groups. Close links between the Midwifery team and Clinical colleagues in the practice setting ensures supportive and nurturing culture of learning.
The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience.
In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.
The University of Salford is a supportive and thriving student community with modern learning spaces, shops and cafes. The dedicated team of midwifery and neonatal lecturers pride themselves on tailoring study to your needs and helping you reach your full potential. The MSc Midwifery will empower you to take forward your practice in any environment such as clinical, management, leadership and research roles. There is also a dedicated pathway for those with, or planning to have educational responsibilities.
You will be taught by a dynamic multidisciplinary team of academics and clinicians who are recognised experts in their disciplines and who have strong practice links across the North West. The teaching environments are equipped with state-of-the-art classroom facilities and dedicated midwifery and neonatal clinical skills simulation suites. Creative learning and participation is encouraged through reflection and critical discussion.
Please note that some modules require a clinical placement which must be in place prior to application. In some circumstances assessment and practice can be undertaken via simulation.
One to one support and preparation is provided for assessments which emulate the real life environment and allow practitioners to develop their skills and confidence. Although this might seem daunting you have opportunity to learn at an achievable pace with a group of like minded peers which students find friendly and supportive.
You will be encouraged and supported to present and publish your work.
The MSc Midwifery is underpinned by a student centred teaching and learning philosophy. A range of teaching strategies are used, including seminars, lectures, action learning, online learning, directed study, practice based assessments and peer supported learning. Online material will use live streaming and pre-recorded sessions. A variety of methods including recorded lecturers, blogs, discussions boards and live stream lectures will form the learning and teaching strategy. You will have access to tutorial support via email, phone, facetime, Skype or any other appropriate methods that can be supported dependent on student and lecturer preference.
As students have a variety of different learning styles, the mode of delivery is varied and includes:
Contemporary midwifery requires a diverse range of skills and the programme is designed to nurture and develop these according to individual need. The MSc Midwifery allows for a variety of assessments related to the real world, depending on the module undertaken, and includes:
Simulation Suite and Immersive Suite
The University has state-of-the-art simulation facilities for clinical skills and simulation scenarios in a variety of high and low risk environments. The immersive suite, one of only a handful of its kind in UK universities – will enable students to practice dealing with any kind of incident in a virtual setting. A series of cameras project realistic images onto three walls of the room as well as onto the floor, while sounds can be piped into the room by specialist technicians working from a separate control room.
The room can be transformed into anything from the back of an ambulance transporting women between hospitals or from home to hospital or to a challenging environment such as a house boat where a woman has chosen to give birth.
The dedicated counselling suite with therapy and psychotherapy rooms can also be utilised for learning such as debriefing and coaching sessions.
We use a maternal and fetal simulation system called Sim Mom which allows you to appreciate the birthing experience from the onset of labour, through delivery, to treatment of the mother after the birth.
Past students have gone on to take up posts as midwifery managers, educationalists and consultant midwives. Others have continued their studies at PhD level, for example undertaking the Professional Doctorate offered at this University.
This course is mapped against the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework, which was introduced to provide greater flexibility and benefits for individuals and employers. It provides a single, consistent, comprehensive and explicit framework on which to base the review and development of all staff. By undertaking this programme, you can therefore demonstrate you have the knowledge and skills to deliver a high quality service for childbearing women.
This course has close links with the maternity and neonatal services and module teaching teams are multidisciplinary. This means your learning will be current and relevant to contemporary midwifery practice.
The MSc Midwifery: Education confers NMC accredited teacher status for those wishing to move into midwifery education.
After completing the MSc in Midwifery you may wish to further your study with a research degree or PhD.