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MSc International Midwifery Studies


Course Description

This MSc provides midwives and nurses working in maternity settings around the world with an opportunity to study at Masters level. You will gain a global perspective on midwifery care whilst advancing your knowledge and developing new academic and evidence-based skills.

The programme is specifically designed for international midwives and nurses who are working within a maternity setting and who are registered with their country’s appropriate registration body. It is also suitable for UK midwives interested in expanding their knowledge and gaining an international perspective on midwifery.

The programme lays firm foundations in the key concepts of midwifery in a global context and seeks to promote positive values and attitudes that recognise and respect individual and cultural diversities and challenge discriminatory practice.

What will I study?

The programme’s core modules encompass contemporary issues in midwifery, including the cultural diversity of midwifery, leadership qualities, clinical skills, breastfeeding, supporting learners in practice and evidence-based practice.

You will critically reflect on and appraise your own leadership skills and identify challenges in relation to the context of your practice to gain a deeper understanding of the factors which influence your ability to lead. Cultural respect and cultural diversity will be a key theme within the programme, and you will learn alongside a wide range of midwives from many different cultures as the course becomes embedded.

By the end of the programme you will have the ability to plan a small-scale empirical project in your chosen discipline and demonstrate an increased awareness of the theoretical and practical implications of undertaking such a study.

How will I study?

You can study the programme full-time in the UK through face-to-face sessions at Edge Hill University. Please note, on the full-time programme your attendance has to be recorded as part of UK Border Agency requirements.

If you are unable to come to the UK or prefer to study from overseas, a part-time version of the programme is also available that is undertaken entirely online. You are encouraged to discuss your preferred length of study on the part-time route with the programme leader at the application stage.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment strategies are used. These include essays, reflective assignments, a hypothetical research proposal and a portfolio of evidence-based practice tailored to the individual specialism in midwifery. The dissertation requires you to undertake a small scale piece of research or investigation project.

The assessment methods will challenge your critical and creative thinking, enabling you to demonstrate the ability to synthesise existing knowledge and new knowledge and integrate this direct to practice.

Who will be teaching me?

Edge Hill University enjoys an excellent reputation for teaching quality. The teaching team mainly comprises staff from the Faculty of Health and Social Care, supported by guest speakers/associate tutors who are practicing clinicians. Members of the programme team have relevant theoretical understanding and clinical experience, publish in international journals and present at national and international conferences.

What are my career prospects?

Completion of this programme enhances your professional profile. It demonstrates to your current or future employers and commissioners that you have the necessary academic skills and Masters level knowledge to support your scope of professional practice.

Please note, however, that in order for international students to register as a midwife in the UK you must also undertake and successfully complete the Overseas Midwives Programme (OMP), which has strict entry requirements as set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in the UK. International students who complete the MSc International Midwifery Studies without undertaking the OMP will not be able to register as a midwife in the UK.

Visit the MSc International Midwifery Studies page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To join this programme you must be a qualified midwife or nurse working in maternity provision, with a minimum of one year’s professional experience and evidence of recent employment in health care settings. You must have a Bachelor’s degree (minimum 2:2) or an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas Higher Education Institution. You must demonstrate written English language ability at IELTS 7.0. Your completed application form should include a supporting personal statement and you will also need to provide two references, one academic and one professional, as appropriate.

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