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Advanced Practice (Midwifery) MSc/PGDip

Course Description

This course is for qualified midwives only. This course is designed 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.

Key benefits:

- Central location allows access to world leading clinical and academic resources.
- Access to extracurricular seminars and lectures given by leaders in healthcare from around the world.
- A multi-faculty environment drawing on clinical and academic expertise from a number of world leading schools and hospitals providing an unparalleled inter-professional learning experience.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/advanced-practice-midwifery-msc-pg-dip-pg-cert.aspx

Course detail

- Description

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:

- Clinical specialities
- Professional development and organisational change.

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 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).

- Course purpose

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.

- Course format and assessment

The majority of assessment is by coursework; some modules are also assessed by examination.

Career prospects

Consultant midwife leading services for teenagers; research midwife managing a clinical trial on the role of vitamins in preventing pre-eclampsia; midwifery lecturer.

Core modules for the MSc:

- Maternity Service Leadership and Delivery (30 credits): The module will enable students to critically inquire into the leadership skills required within and between health care professionals endeavouring to provide high quality maternity care.

- Evidence Based Decision Making in Healthcare (30 credits): This module aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to identify best evidence for their practice. It focuses on searching for, appraising and synthesising evidence from health care research.

- Measurement and Evaluation for Healthcare Practice (15 credits): This module aims to provide students with a broad knowledge of the key approaches and techniques used in healthcare research and evaluation. It intends to promote students’ understanding of published articles and enhance skills for critiquing research articles.

- Dissertation (60 credits): This module enables students to undertake a substantial written project relevant to their field of practice. Students draw on learning and skills acquired in the taught components of the MSc programme. The module offers a choice of one of three options: an analysis of an area of healthcare provision, an empirical study, or a systematic review.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/index.aspx

Visit the Advanced Practice (Midwifery) MSc/PGDip page on the King’s College London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Elaine Horne

984.jpg The variety of modules offered by King’s allowed me to construct a degree that was interesting, academically challenging and which had real relevance to my specialty. King’s has a world-class reputation and this was certainly evident in the quality of the teaching and excellent study facilities. I found the teaching staff to be friendly and approachable and, importantly, peer group support was facilitated and encouraged.

Undertaking an MSc with King’s has been a very positive and rewarding experience which I would certainly recommend to any nurse who is keen for both personal and professional development.

(Student Profile)


987.jpg I completed my nurse and midwifery training before they were university courses, but felt having maintained PREP and undertaken various training courses since qualifying, that a BSc/BA course did not appeal, and from the prospectuses I viewed (many of them!) would not challenge me academically or improve my practice. I chose to study at King's because I could register for a graduate diploma.
At the time I applied I was working in the academic department of women's health so was well aware of the excellent facilities available to students at King's. I thoroughly enjoyed the master's course and really looked forward to the study days during the first year. The level of support was excellent, with lecturers tailoring it to the degree required by the student - I needed lots of support through the statistics part of the course, and for the first time in my life truly succeeded at something mathematical.
The second year provided more challenges with less structured learning, I had to fit in my project with work and my family, but I did finish my project on time. Now the course is run over three years and I think this probably makes the research project more manageable.
Because I was working and studying and had a family my participation in ongoing social events at college was limited, but the group I was in met together regularly and many of us are still in touch today.
I finished my degree nearly three years ago and have continued to work in the maternal and fetal research unit on various clinical trials. I am now planning to register for a PhD. If studying at this level appeals to you, I would say do it, and do it at King's! My experience was really positive and in addition to my degree I also gained skills and confidence in the academic arena.


Entry Requirements

This course is for qualified midwives only. You must normally be working in a practice role, which involves regular patient/client contact. The College cannot arrange clinical placements. Applicants should be working in an appropriate care setting and/or post for the duration of the programme and have a minimum two years’ clinical experience as a qualified practitioner.The normal entry requirement for graduate study is a Bachelor's degree with minimum 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent). Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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