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MSc Midwifery March 2024

To help you feel prepared for your course, please find some information below. This includes your induction week timetable, details about your occupational health check, suggested text books, and useful websites to visit.

Your induction week timetable

You can find details about where you need to be, and when, on your online timetable.

Access your timetable

Important: Occupational Health

You’ll be allocated an Occupational Health (OH) appointment at the clinic being held at our Ormskirk campus. The clinics will be held within the first weeks of when you start the course (dates are yet to be finalised).

Please remember that it’s a condition of entry to the programme that you’re cleared and immunised by OH. If you don’t meet this requirement your place on the programme could be jeopardised. It’s also important to remember that if you’re not fully cleared by OH, you won’t be able to fully enrol on your course. This could then mean you can’t access your maintenance loan via Student Finance England.

So, to make sure this goes as smoothly as possible, you’ll need to provide details of your immunisation record to the OH Team when you complete the questionnaire.

If you’re unable to attend your allocated time slot, you must contact us, preferably giving at least 24 hours notice.  If you’re unable to give 24 hours notice or have an issue on the day of your appointment, please email [email protected] or call the team on 01695 650946. The OH and School team will try to provide another appointment, but this is likely to be at the OH department based in Wigan and you will need to make sure that you attend.

Most of our placement settings will also require you to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a condition of placement. If you’re not vaccinated or are part way through vaccination, please let us know as soon as possible. It’s likely that this will be included on your immunisation record which will be sufficient to confirm your clearance.

We routinely collect data on short notice cancellations and non-attendance. Unfortunately, if this happens more than once, the University will charge you the full cost of the appointment.

Useful textbooks for your first module

Edge Hill University has an extensive library to enable access to specific learning resources recommended for each module. The following titles are examples recommended in the first module of the programme to enable you to consider key texts in midwifery and anatomy and physiology:

  • BARR, J. & Dowding, L. 2019, Leadership in Health Care, Fourth edn, SAGE, Los Angeles.
  • BARTLEY, M. 2017;2016;, Health Inequality: An Introduction to Concepts, Theories and Methods, Second edn, Polity Press, Malden, Massachusetts; Cambridge, England.
  • BILLINGTON, M. and STEVENSON, M., 2007. Critical care in childbearing for midwives. Blackwell Publishing.
  • BLACKBURN, S., 2017. Maternal, Fetal, & neonatal physiology-E-book: a clinical perspective. Elsevier Health Sciences.
  • BOYLE, M. ed., 2017. Emergencies around childbirth: a handbook for midwives. CRC Press.
  • DUDENHAUSEN, J.W., 2014. Practical obstetrics. Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG.
  • FOSTER, I.R. and LASSER, J., 2010. Professional ethics in midwifery practice. Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
  • MACINTYRE, G., STEWART, A. & MCCUSKER, P. 2018, Safeguarding Adults: Key Themes and Issues, Palgrave, London.
  • MARSHALL, J.E. and JACKSON, K. eds., 2012. Midwifery Practice: Critical Illness, Complications and Emergencies Case Book. McGraw-Hill Education (UK).

Before you start

Training to become a midwife is a rewarding and challenging role requiring a diverse range of skills, including working independently and as part of a multi-professional team. The focus of the programme is woman-centred care and work in close partnership with women and their families to provide support, care and advice throughout during the childbirth continuum.

As an Edge Hill University midwifery student, learning and teaching will be facilitated by a team of highly experienced and motivated lecturers, who are all registered midwives. There is a commitment throughout the programme to enhance the student experience in preparation for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

A career in midwifery can be varied, including practising in a hospital or community setting, stand-alone birth centres or independent practice. Opportunities to develop post registration can enable career pathways in clinical, management, teaching and research.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council will give you detailed information about the professional codes and standards.

When you start with us in March, you will have a week-long induction to introduce and familiarise you with University life.

Affiliation to a union body is also recommended, for example:

What to do next:

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Enrolment is a quick and easy process that allows you to become a registered student of the University, activate your IT/Library account and release any finance from the Student Loans Company. The enrolment process is completed online, in two stages. If you haven’t received any information about enrolment, please contact [email protected]


For all current information regarding fees, funding and fee reductions for postgraduate study please visit our fees and funding webpages. Alternatively, you may contact the Fees Scholarships and Bursaries Team by emailing [email protected].

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