MSc International Midwifery Studies

  • International Students Can Apply


Course Length:2 Years Full-Time, 3-6 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2017, September 2018
Department:Faculty of Health and Social Care
Location:Edge Hill University
Online Study
  • Join a programme specifically designed for international midwives and nurses who work within a maternity setting as well as UK midwives who want to develop their knowledge and skills specifically relating to international themes;
  • Equip yourself with the in-depth knowledge and understanding to critically evaluate evidence-based practice and research methodologies in health and social care provision;
  • Choose from a 2-year full-time pathway with the potential of a year spent in the UK or a longer part-time route delivered entirely online.

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.

Faculty of Health and Social Care

Course in Depth

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.

A Great Study Environment

The Faculty of Health and Social Care is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.

Offering some of the best facilities for health and social care students in the country, the innovative £14m Faculty of Health and Social Care building provides outstanding teaching and learning resources, including leading edge clinical skills facilities, ten teaching rooms, an 860-seat lecture theatre and a number of social learning spaces.

The faculty is home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.


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HEA4005 Enhancing Clinical Skills in the Childbearing Continuum (20 credits)

Enhancing Clinical Skills in the Childbearing Continuum enables you to study enhancing clinical skills in the childbearing continuum within the context of other relevant advanced practice related subjects. The module provides you with the opportunity to develop a critical awareness of current clinical and theoretical issues and their application to clinical practice. You will critically analyse obstetric emergencies, critically apply a root cause analysis to a critical incident or adverse clinical event, reflect critically upon skills and knowledge acquired, and select and critically evaluate research and evidence underpinning autonomous practice.

HEA4045 Research: The Development of a Research Proposal (20 credits)

Research: The Development of a Research Proposal introduces you to the research process. The module will cover the philosophical fundamentals of both quantitative and qualitative traditions and a range of research methodologies. You will develop a proposal that will demonstrate your ability to plan a small-scale empirical project in your chosen discipline and demonstrate awareness of the theoretical and practical implications of undertaking such a study.  The online content that you will experience during this module is designed to encourage online group interaction as well as independent learning.

HEA4052 Creating Change Within the Context of International Midwifery (20 credits)

Creating Change Within the Context of International Midwifery provides a focus about international issues related to midwifery before, during and after childbirth. The module will raise your awareness of how maternal and neonatal outcomes are influenced by service provision encompassing an international perspective. It is important for those who care for women during the childbirth continuum to have a focus on improvement in service provision. Gaps within existing literature will be identified in order to construct a plan for change. The module is designed for those who care for women during the childbirth continuum, both those with an interest in midwifery and qualified midwives.

HEA4053 The Impact of Breastfeeding on Global Health (20 credits)

The Impact of Breastfeeding on Global Health recognises that breastfeeding can make a major contribution to infant health and development. The World Health Organisation recommend that all babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life. You will critically appraise the evidence linking the impact of breastfeeding on global health, reflect critically on the global socioeconomic and political factors surrounding breastfeeding, and critically analyse the relevant literature in order to gain a critical understanding of the promotion of breastfeeding and develop an action plan to enhance clinical practice.

HEA4081 Dissertation for Health and Social Care Professionals (60 credits)

Dissertation for Health and Social Care Professionals enables you to focus upon a significant piece of investigative enquiry from conceptualisation through to completion. Within this module, ‘research’ is interpreted as including empirical research involving qualitative and/or quantitative methods, service evaluation, clinical audit, systematic review or a negotiated investigative enquiry unique to your own field of specialism, for example historical/archival research. The subject chosen will reflect (and be directly relevant to) an identifiable area of the programme’s curriculum content and will be negotiated and agreed with the course team.

HEA9083 Leadership in Health and Social Care (20 credits)

Leadership in Health and Social Care provides a critical and evaluative perspective on leadership theories, styles and approaches in the context of health and social care.  The module will facilitate the enhancement of skills in the transfer of theoretical perspectives to practice and in the development of a strategic focus. You will critically appraise theoretical modelling frameworks of leadership and critically debate their relevance to current practice within the context of health and social care. You will also evaluate the qualities and competencies of effective leaders and critically appraise how these competencies and qualities can be utilised to manage the complexities of the change process.

If you are studying the programme on a full-time basis, you will select an additional 20 credit module from the Faculty of Health and Social Care CPD portfolio.

If you are studying part-time (i.e. entirely online), this additional module will be:

HEA4034 Negotiated Learning Shell (20 credits)

Negotiated Learning Shell provides an opportunity for you to study a topic or work related issue at Masters level. It involves you identifying the chosen area for study before developing and negotiating a learning contract, which will outline the what, how, when, where and why of the study period as well as the means of assessment to showcase the acquired learning.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

For more information about each module, including the dates and times of module sessions, please visit


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes 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 accrediting 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.

Entry Criteria

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. Evidence of conversational English language ability can be shown through either of the following:

  • IELTS 7.0 – test taken in the past 2 years;
  • Prior degree study, taught in English, from a UK Border Agency recognised English speaking country.

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.

Please note that Edge Hill University has an obligation to adhere to the UK Border Agency criteria. Therefore, depending on your nationality and circumstances, you may be able to study in the UK as a Tier 4 (General) student, a PSW Visa holder, a dependant student, or a Tier 1 or Tier 2 student. If you have a non-EU passport you should ensure that you have a right to study at Edge Hill University – it is your responsibility to ensure that your VISA status allows you to pursue studies in the UK.

Visit the UK Border Agency website for further information.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

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. For further information, visit


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for part-time study on this MSc are £32 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2017/18, i.e. £640 per 20 credit module. 180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2017/18, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2017/18 guide at


How to Apply

Apply directly to Edge Hill University.

Download the Health and Social Care Professional Development pathway application form (pdf) and notes for guidance (pdf).

Alternatively, international students who wish to join the full-time programme should download the international postgraduate application form (doc) and notes for guidance (doc).

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

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme, please contact:

  • Faculty of Health and Social Care Student Recruitment and Marketing Support Team
  • Tel: 01695 657249
  • Email:

If you would like to talk to the programme leader about the course in more detail, please contact:

International students should visit or email with any queries about overseas study.

Course Changes

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No material changes have been made to the information for this course since 1st September 2015. Any future amends will be tracked here.