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MSc Midwifery

Join a pathway for qualified nurses in adult care seeking dual registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a midwife, receiving training in maternal and neonatal care and the provision of care for women with complex care needs.

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    Course Length: 18 Months Full-Time
    Start Dates: September 2021
    Subjects: Midwifery
    Location: Edge Hill University

    The Nursing and Midwifery Council published new standards for midwifery education in November 2019. As a result of this, we will be introducing a new midwifery curriculum from September 2021. We expect to be able to publish details of the new curriculum in early 2021.

    If you are a qualified nurse seeking dual registration as a midwife and you have a minimum of one year’s practice in adult nursing, then this Masters degree is for you. Building on your existing skills in adult nursing, you will gain a comprehensive education in midwifery, develop into a confident, effective and compassionate midwife, and achieve a professional qualification which incorporates the leadership and management skills that enables registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  The programme focuses on normality in maternal and neonatal care as well as the provision of care for women with complex care needs. It is designed to support the transition to the field of midwifery and postgraduate study. You will 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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    In Depth

    What will I study?

    The programme is designed to underpin the application of a broad range of health care related skills, acquired from previous nursing education, to the standards specific to midwifery.

    You will build your skills, knowledge and confidence in supporting women and their families through the childbirth continuum, first exploring normal reproductive physiology during pregnancy and childbirth and then examining potential complications, including clinical skills provision for women with complex care needs.

    Exploring research and evidence-based practice in maternal and neonatal health will introduce you to relevant research methodologies, while a focus on leadership and change in health and social care will equip you with the skills required to be a practice innovator. You will also explore maternity care in the broader context of the contemporary public health agenda.

    How will I study?

    You will learn via a 40% split of theory and 60% midwifery practice components. Theory is taught through seminars, lectures and tutorials, as well as skills taught in the clinical skills suite which are then utilised in clinical practice. While the majority of 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. During this time you will have a practice placement mentor who will support your learning and development.

    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.

    How will I 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 me?

    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.

    A Great Study Environment

    A student demonstrates how to clamp the umbilical cord.The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine 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, social care and medicine students 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.

    The leading edge clinical skills facilities include ward simulations and operating theatres with industry standard equipment, as well as robot-style mannequins that can simulate a wide range of symptoms, from pregnancy to a temperature, to ensure your learning experience is as realistic as possible.

    Edge Hill University has excellent relationships with NHS hospital and community trusts, enabling us to offer practice-based learning opportunities across a variety of care contexts, with placements at more than 600 locations in Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire.

    The faculty is also 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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    MID3000Professional Values and the Normal Childbearing Continuum (30 credits)

    Professional Values and the Normal Childbearing Continuum  develops your knowledge in relation to midwifery practice. The module will equip you with a critical understanding of normal reproductive physiology during pregnancy and childbirth, building your confidence in supporting women and their families. Managing your transition from the role of nurse to midwife is a central theme of the module. You will explore role change and focus on the development of new skills, knowledge and practice required to respond effectively, with care and compassion, when advising and supporting women and their families through pregnancy and the normal childbirth continuum.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    MID4000Complications During The Childbearing Continuum (40 credits)

    Complications During The Childbearing Continuum explores altered homeostasis for mothers and neonates and includes an element of collaborative obstetric and neonatal emergency management. The module focuses on developing your ability to provide a safe and effective provision, with an emphasis on clinical skills provision for women with complex care needs. The application of critical decision making models to clinical scenarios will enhance your ability to assess, plan, implement, evaluate and modify care. You will be encouraged to consider contemporary and adaptable approaches to care delivery.

    Assessment: Written Exam(s): 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    MID4001Research and Evidence-Based Practice for Maternal and Neonatal Health (30 credits)

    Research and Evidence-Based Practice for Maternal and Neonatal Health is designed to enable you to critically appraise, synthesise and evaluate research and evidence based practice associated with maternal and neonatal health. The module will equip you with an enhanced understanding about how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through a variety of research used to support evidence-based practice in midwifery. On successful completion of the module, you will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge and critical understanding of relevant research methodologies, critically analyse the appropriate use of evidence and application to practice, and critically apply knowledge and skills to maternal and neonatal care.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    MID4002Public Health Perspectives Within Maternity Care (40 credits)

    Public Health Perspectives Within Maternity Care equips you with a contemporary and detailed understanding of the role of the midwife within the context of the public health agenda. Public health is a significant driver in maternity care where midwives make significant contributions to improving and protecting the health and wellbeing of women and their families. This module examines public health issues such as domestic violence, obesity, migration, maternal ill health and safeguarding in line with government drivers and professional requirements.  Public health initiatives and interventions by midwives to improve short and long term health outcomes will also be considered, alongside key cultural and global challenges. You will develop the skills and knowledge to evaluate the concept of global public health and gain an appreciation of its pivotal role in improving the wider determinants of health and reducing inequalities.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    MID4003Leadership for Professional Midwifery Practice (40 credits)

    Leadership for Professional Midwifery Practice provides an innovative exploration of leadership and change in healthcare. The module will enable you to assess and analyse the roles that leaders and managers play in a range of organisational settings and apply the principles and techniques of leadership in a range of contexts. Risk assessment, patient safety and clinical governance will be encompassed.  You will gain the communication, management and leadership skills required to act as a practice innovator in maternal and neonatal care. You will also apply critical reflection to analyse care and review how service improvement could have a significant impact on women and their families.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.


    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

    You must have effective registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse (Adult), as well as 12 months full-time (or equivalent) post-registration experience in an acute area of nursing.

    You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or upper second-class honours (2:1 or above) in a relevant subject, plus five GCSEs at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject. Evidence must be provided of study at degree level within five years prior to application.

    An interview forms part of the selection process.

    If you accept an offer from Edge Hill University, you will be required to complete a medical questionnaire. In exceptional circumstances you may need to have a medical examination in order to establish your medical fitness to enter the midwifery profession. Medical fitness to practice is a mandatory requirement for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

    Upon acceptance an offer of a place, you will also 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’.

    Career Prospects

    What are my career prospects?

    As a registered midwife there is a wide choice of career destinations, from hospital-based roles within the NHS or private health care, to providing services in women’s homes or working in the community, local clinics, birth centres, children’s centres and GP surgeries.

    Many of our Midwifery graduates work on antenatal, labour and post labour wards, and neonatal units. Alternatively, you may wish to pursue opportunities in education, counselling, research, specialist practitioner roles and management.


    Tuition Fees

    If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this programme in academic year 2021/22, the tuition fees will be £9,250 for Year 1 (subject to final Government approval). Tuition fees for Year 2, which will be studied in academic year 2022/23, are still to be announced, however it is expected to be 50% of the standard regulated fee.

    EU 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 programme in academic year 2021/22 can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22 may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

    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 programme as a postgraduate course.

    For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2021/22, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2021/22 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2021.

    EU students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).


    How to Apply

    There is an online application process for this programme.

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

    Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applydirect for more information about the application process.

    Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applydirect to access the relevant online application form and to find out more about the application process.

    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.

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    If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

    Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

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    Covid-19 - Midwifery Essential Information

    Midwifery Course Statement

    In line with Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements, delivery will consist of face-to-face delivery by lecturers. This will be a mix of live interactive teaching in an online environment and attendance on campus. Attendance in clinical practice is also an essential part of the programme. For the theory component of the programme, there will be campus attendance and online learning comprising of synchronous (seminar, tutorial) and asynchronous (lecture, discussion board) learning activities and academic support. For practice learning, you will attend clinical practice where student safety has been assured. This will include learning using simulation, which will be either on campus or via virtual learning environments. Attendance on campus will be compliant with current Public Health England guidelines. If government advice allows, there will a minimum of six hours on-campus attendance on one day per week. This may include theoretical learning, pastoral/academic support and/or independent learning activities.

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