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Midwifery (MMid)

Course Description

About the course

The Mmid Midwifery course is an innovative and exciting work-based course for qualified nurses (adult branch) who want to gain midwifery skills at Master’s level. The course has an emphasis on normality and midwifery topics which consider holistic approaches to care in partnership with women.

We are one of the first University's in the country to offer an MMid Midwifery at pre-registration level.

You will learn from the best as our Midwifery team has won the prestigious Royal College of Midwives Annual Award for Excellence in Midwifery Education in January 2012. This success is due to the expertise of our staff and the content of our course which gives students the opportunity to combine theory with practice through the practice placements.

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/master-of-midwifery

The aim of the MMid Midwifery course is to:
- prepare you for entry to the Midwife’s aspect of the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) Professional Register, in accordance with the professional and statutory requirements

- make you a committed midwife that contributes to the enhancement of health and social care through inter-professional collaboration

- develop skills that make you become a responsive, confident midwife who at the point of registration is competent to practice in a variety of settings

- develop transferable communication skills to enhance critical decision making and to use appropriate information technology

- give you the skills to become a midwife that is safe, effective and competent in caring for women experiencing normal childbirth recognising the need for appropriate referral to other health professionals

- enable you to act as an advocate and facilitator of change using an evidence-based approach in theory and practice

The MMid Midwifery course is a work-based course in which you study five study blocks in eighteen months. The study blocks involve 30 hours of contact time leading to a total of 150 hours of contact time throughout the course. You will learn through lectures, student led seminars, tutorials and practical workshop sessions using an enquiry based approach.

When you return to your clinical site, you are supported through the use of online resources such as the discussion and group working facility on StudyNet our University’s virtual learning environment. You will have access to the range of electronic sources available via StudyNet and will be expected to complete online work books in your self-directed study time.

The course leads to the award of Registered Midwife and a Master of Midwifery (MMid) degree. The award of a MMid Midwifery Degree requires 180 credits, to include at least 150 credits at Level 7.

Compulsory modules include:
- Journey to motherhood M (30 credits)
- Birth and early parenthood M (15 credits)
- Diverse lifestyles and midwifery care M (30 credits)
- Complex midwifery M (15 credits)Promoting normality through midwifery care M (30 credits)
- Physical examination of the healthy newborn M (30 credits)
- Enhancing midwifery practice M (30 credits)

Why choose this course?

- The MMid Midwifery course is an innovative and exciting work-based course for qualified nurses (adult branch) who want to gain midwifery skills at Master’s level
- If focuses on normality and modules which consider holistic approaches to care in partnership with women.
- It uses blended learning and teaching which includes e-learning with campus based study to strengthen the practice skills learning
- Graduates develop critical awareness and gain insight around current midwifery practice and its' evidence base so that they are able to make sound judgments in complex situations
- Our Midwifery team has won the prestigious Royal College of Midwives Annual Award for Excellence in Midwifery Education in January 2012.


Graduates from the MMid Midwifery course become registered midwives and have the skills for a variety of career options including clinical practice, management, research and education.

Teaching methods

The MMid Midwifery course is delivered using a blend of teaching and learning strategies, primarily utilising e-learning, but also facilitating blocks of study to strengthen the implementation of enquiry based and practice skills learning.

You will have access to StudyNet our virtual learning environment where you can access electronic course materials, including different formats such as 'blogs', podcasts, group discussions and online tutorials.

Effective online learning requires a high level of responsibility for learning on the part of students and a reduction of the teacher-student power differential. Short experiential exercises which may or may not be in direct contact at the University will enhance the learning opportunities.

Open learning attracts self-disciplined and motivated students who are able to direct the pace of learning to suit their personal circumstances and commitments. In essence this will be practice-based learning as the theory is integrated in practice, and you can study course material, work on course activities, and develop assessments. You will have virtual support from University tutors, link tutors on site and residential study week ends.

Work Placement

Midwifery practice makes up 60% of the programme and is based in one of the three local maternity units. You will work alongside a registered midwife gaining hands on experience from your first week of practice. Practice sites are allocated according to preference and availability.

The sites are:
- Barnet General Hospital
- The Lister Hospital, Stevenage
- Watford General Hospital

You will also be required to undertake a small caseload during your studies, enabling you to provide continuity of care throughout the whole spectrum of childbirth.

Professional Accreditations

- MMid Midwifery
- Registered Midwife

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/master-of-midwifery#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

Visit the Midwifery (MMid) page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The normal entry requirements for the MSc Midwifery course are: NMC Registration (Part 1 of NMC register; Adult Branch)First degree at honours level normally minimum 2ii - typically from a nursing course leading to registration as an adult branch nurse. Alternative routes will be considered on an individual basis; Applicants who do not have a first degree at honours level will need to demonstrate equivalent professional or other development to this standard, usually 60 credits at level 6 to include a module on research methods

Course Fees

UK/EU Students: Full time £6,100, Part time £510 per module; International Students: Full time £12,000

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