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Midwifery MSc

Want to support women and birthing people through maternal and neonatal care? Look after people with complex care needs? Join our pathway for qualified nurses in adult care seeking dual registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Overview

Course length: 20 months full-time
Start dates: April 2023
April 2024
Location: Edge Hill University
Subject(s): Midwifery
Department: Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine
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Are you a qualified nurse seeking dual registration as a midwife? Do you have a minimum of one year’s practice in adult nursing? Do you want to help families by becoming a confident, effective and compassionate midwife? Then this comprehensive MSc Midwifery degree, accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, is just right for you.

We’ve designed this course to make the transition to the field of midwifery – and postgraduate study – as smooth as possible. You’ll build on your existing skills in adult nursing and gain important leadership and management skills.

The programme focuses on universal care, as well as caring for families with complex needs. You’ll become an autonomous, evidence-based and research-aware practitioner, able to deliver excellent care and respond to the challenges of the midwifery profession.

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Course features

  • Professional Accreditation

  • Professional Practice Placements

What you'll study

This course adheres closely to the six core values of the NHS. These values, enshrined within the NHS Constitution, have been developed by patients, the public and staff to inspire passion in the NHS, guide it in the 21st century, and provide common ground for cooperation in achieving shared aspirations.

Our MSc Midwifery degree is designed to relate the general skills from your nursing education to the specifics of midwifery.

Learn about reproductive physiology during pregnancy and childbirth, as well as potential complications and complex care needs. Explore maternity care in the broader context of the contemporary public health agenda, and find out more about leadership and change in health and social care.

You’ll explore research and evidence-based practice in maternal and neonatal health, which will introduce you to relevant research methodologies.

How you'll study

You will learn via a 50% split of theory and 50% midwifery practice components. Theory is taught through a blended learning approach with face-to-face seminars, lectures and tutorials, as well as skills taught in the clinical skills suite which are then utilised in clinical practice, complemented by online study. While the majority of face-to-face classes will take place at Edge Hill University, some modules may involve studying at sites other than Ormskirk in which case you will be responsible for travel and parking costs.

Practice will be undertaken in hospitals and community settings drawn from our network of more than 600 placement locations across Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire. You will have a practice placement mentor who will support your learning and development on placements.

As midwifery care is a 24-hour activity you will be required to attend clinical placements on a shift basis, including at night and weekends. Some of your placements may be geographically dispersed and this will mean that you may be required to do some travelling. You will be responsible for travel and parking costs while on placement.

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment in both theory and practice is continuous. Practice is assessed against national outcomes and you are required to demonstrate evidence of your achievement. Assessment of theory is conducted through a combination of assignments, seminar presentations, advanced notice examinations and a dissertation.

Who will be teaching you

Lectures are delivered by expert professionals with backgrounds as registered midwives, as well as specialists in other areas. The Midwifery programme team have extensive educational experience within maternity services. Their diverse research interests include positive birth experiences, care of vulnerable women, perinatal mental health, public health and health inequalities, and the exploration of pregnancy loss in the curriculum.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

You must have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse (Adult), as well as at least 12 months full-time (or equivalent) post-registration experience of general care.

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or lower second-class honours (2:2 or above) in adult nursing. A DipHE in adult nursing is also accepted if you have evidence of study at level 6 or higher within the last five years.

GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics are required at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

An interview forms part of the selection process.

If you accept an offer from Edge Hill you will need to satisfy the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council in respect of physical and mental fitness and will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

How to apply

There is an online application process for this course.

Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Faculty of Health, Social Care and MedicineThe Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine offers some of the best facilities for the education and training of health and social care professionals in the country.

The outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

Where you'll study

Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

Learning resources

The Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre offers a variety of simulated environments from home, through primary and emergency care, to secondary care and beyond. The flexible and adaptable facilities include a ward environment, operating theatre, an anatomy and ultrasound resource centre, a ‘Better at Home’ suite, clinical skills area and consultation rooms.

You will benefit from access to a wide variety of healthcare equipment, as well as a range of full-body patient simulators that can breathe, talk, have pulses and can simulate a wide range of symptoms and clinical conditions. This will enable you to undertake practical scenarios in realistic settings, providing ideal preparation for professional practice placements and future employment.

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. This includes a training grant of at least £5,000 a year for Midwifery students. Please note, unless you are applying to Student Finance Wales, if you are applying to study MSc Midwifery, for student finance purposes you should apply for financial support as if you are an undergraduate Midwifery student rather than for postgraduate funding. Student Finance Wales treat the course as postgraduate. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see www.edgehill.ac.uk/eufinance for further details.

Your future career

As a registered midwife, you’ll have a wide choice of career options. The different settings where you could work include:

  • NHS or independent-sector hospitals
  • local community clinics
  • birth centres
  • children’s centres
  • GP surgeries

Many of our graduates work on antenatal, labour and post-labour wards, and in neonatal units. Alternatively, you might go on to work in education, counselling, research, specialist practitioner roles and management.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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