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Contemporary Healthcare (Midwifery) (MSc)

Course Description

Midwives increasingly need to provide care for both critically ill and vulnerable women and their families. These women may have complex care needs and this programme equips you with the ability to provide critical care in a changing maternity environment within a multidisciplinary team. As a qualified midwife, you’ll study a contemporary and dynamic programme providing you with enhanced skills, knowledge and insight to take into professional practice.

Key features

- Learn from research-active staff at the forefront of their subject knowledge.

- Focus on specialist modules in high dependency care in midwifery, including pathophysiology and its impact on childbirth, advancing care for women with complex needs, and supporting vulnerable women during pregnancy birth and the post-birth period. You'll also study advanced clinical skills for practice with clinical decision making, escalation of care and clinical governance.

- Design and carry out research that will enhance and develop women-centered care and provision for her and her family.

- Ensure that your professional practice is supported by developing a critical, analytical and creative approach.

- Learn to operate in increasingly complex and unpredictable situations and show initiative in decision making while accessing appropriate support.

- Equip yourself with problem-solving and active learning skills through interacting with other students, as well as demonstrating critical reflection.

- Balance work and further education with our programme by studying part time.

Course details

This programme is designed to develop and enhance your skills and knowledge as a midwife to an advanced level. Core modules are shared and are multi-professional across the contemporary healthcare programmes. To achieve a Postgraduate Certificate, you’ll need to earn 60 credits, for a Postgraduate Diploma, you'll need 120 credits. For a full masters degree, you’ll need to earn a total of 180 credits. You’ll study the same core modules as the Postgraduate Diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from a research project.

Modules are taught sequentially within this part-time programme, starting with pathophysiology and its impact on childbirth, health and social cares futures and high dependency care in midwifery. In your second year you'll study advancing research knowledge in practice 1, advancing care: vulnerable young women and childbirth and advancing research knowledge in practice 2.


If you are interested in applying for this programme, please contact our Professional Development team.

Professional Development Unit
4th floor, Rolle Building
Plymouth University
Drake Circus

Visit the Contemporary Healthcare (Midwifery) (MSc) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must be a practicing midwife and meet the University’s requirement for postgraduate study. You will normally have a first degree in midwifery, BSc (Hons) at 2.1 or above. Those without a degree but with appropriate practice experience will be able to apply. Applicants where English is not the first language must also provide evidence of IELTS minimum of 7 in each part. Candidates without a first degree at 2.1 or above will normally be required to submit a short piece of writing as part of the admissions process.

Course Fees

Part-time (per 10 credits): UK/EU: £314, International: £750, Islands: £750

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