The Master of Midwifery (Mmid) course is an innovative and flexible work-based course for qualified adult nurses who want to gain midwifery skills at Master’s level. It will develop your skills and knowledge so that you can become a responsive, confident midwife able to care for women and their babies. Focusing on holistic care, you will gain a sound knowledge of what is normal and healthy in childbearing women, enabling you to recognise and manage problems they might face.
The aim of the MMid Midwifery course is to:
prepare you for entry to the Midwife’s aspect of the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) Professional Register, in accordance with the professional and statutory requirements
make you a committed midwife that contributes to the enhancement of health and social care through inter-professional collaboration
develop skills that make you become a responsive, confident midwife who at the point of registration is competent to practice in a variety of settings
develop transferable communication skills to enhance critical decision making and to use appropriate information technology
give you the skills to become a midwife that is safe, effective and competent in caring for women experiencing normal childbirth recognising the need for appropriate referral to other health professionals
enable you to act as an advocate and facilitator of change using an evidence-based approach in theory and practice
enable you to develop critical awareness and gain insight around current midwifery practice and its evidence base so that they are able to make sound judgments in complex situations
The programme consists of 86 weeks in total, with eight study block weeks, and reading and professional development time included within the programme. During your clinical placements, you will be supported through online resources, discussions, group working and reflection sessions. Each week comprises of 40 hours and is a combination of practice and theory. When in placement, the clinical hours will be 30 hours per week, with 10 hours of theory.
The course leads to the award of Registered Midwife and a Master of Midwifery (MMid) degree. The award of a MMid Midwifery Degree requires 180 credits, to include at least 150 credits at Level 7.
The Master of Midwifery course is for qualified nurses (adult) who want to become midwives.
The programme provides an innovative student-centred approach to learning which fosters independent and transformational thinking.
It uses blended learning and teaching, which includes e-learning with campus-based study to strengthen practice-based skills.
It focuses on normality and has modules which consider holistic approaches to care in partnership with women.
Graduates develop the necessary skills for a career in midwifery such as independence, initiative, the ability to work with others, ability to research scientific literature, critical enquiry and problem-solving skills.
The inclusion of the newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) competency will provide students with advanced knowledge when caring for mothers and their babies.
An elective placement offers an exciting opportunity to gain experience in another maternity setting within the UK or globally.
The midwifery lecturing team are committed to achieving UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Accreditation for their midwifery programmes.
There is an active Midwifery Society that has produced outstanding work in organising events for its members, to which they have been highly commended for Society Committee of the Year in 2017.
As a graduate with a Master's degree you are eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a midwife.
This course prepares you to become a registered midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). It also gives you a foundation to specialise in aspects of care, such as teenage pregnancy, parent education, infant feeding and bereavement support.
What job can I get?
Most midwives graduating from this course find employment in local NHS Trusts, but some choose to move further afield. Many of our former students now have positions in management, research and education.
The Master of Midwifery programme is delivered using a blend of teaching and learning strategies, primarily utilising e-learning, but also facilitating blocks of study to strengthen the implementation of practice skills learning and an enquiry-based approach. Students are encouraged to critically think, analyse and challenge practice, thereby enabling them to respond well to the dynamic practice environment.
Experiential learning within the clinical area through the mentor-student partnership, learning through simulation, self-directed work and reflection sessions are vital components of the programmes. Students have access to a virtual learning environment where there are electronic course materials to support learning; a variety of formats may be used such as online activities and tutorials, narrated powerpoints, videos, quizzes, blogs, podcasts and group discussions.
Effective online learning requires a high level of responsibility and organisation on the part of students and a reduction of the teacher-student power differential. Open learning attracts self-disciplined and motivated students who can direct the pace of learning to suit their personal circumstances and commitments. There is a diversity of teaching, learning and assessment approaches throughout the curriculum, giving all students the chance to flourish regardless of their preferred learning style. For example, each year includes a combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies.
The support for students and the student experience is fundamental not only to this Programme but to the University as a whole. Academic, pastoral and practice placement support is provided, and a welcoming environment is nurtured, so that students feel comfortable in coming forward to discuss any areas of concern that may potentially affect their performance and be supported so they may progress successfully.
Midwifery practice makes up approximately 60% of the BSc (Hons) Pre-registration Midwifery (Shortened) programme and is based in one of five maternity units.
You will work alongside a registered midwife gaining a hands-on experience from your first day of practice. Practice sites for midwifery students are allocated according to preference and availability. The sites are:
East & North Herts NHS Trust (Lister Hospital, Stevenage)
West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust (Watford Hospital)
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (Barnet Hospital)
The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (Harlow),
Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Luton)
You are also required to undertake a small caseload during your studies, enabling you to provide continuity of care throughout the whole spectrum of childbirth.
Transition to Parenthood (M) - 15 Credits
This module provides the student with an in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology applied to the postnatal care of the woman and her baby. Work based learning enhances the application of knowledge to skills, alongside safe learning conducted within simulated clinical environments.
Students will develop the practical and communicative skills that are requisite for effective and sensitive postnatal care in relation to the mother, baby and family, as well as gaining a comprehensive understanding of the impact that physiological, psychological and sociological issues may have on the provision of care.
The application and understanding of the evidence that underpins infant nutrition will be explored and in particular, the skills required that assist the initiation and continuing support of breastfeeding during the postnatal period. Emotional support in the postnatal period, family dynamics and building a close mother-baby relationship are a key focus. The role of the professional midwife in relation to postpartum care and inter-professional communication will be examined.
Public Health and Global issues in Midwifery Practice (M) - 15 Credits
The module will cover a range of cultural, social, physical and psychological lifestyle issues that may pre-exist or may present for the first time during pregnancy. Students will be introduced to these life diversities as they affect the health of women in the childbearing period. Predisposing factors and evidence around inequalities in health for childbearing women will be linked to current local, national and global guidelines and policies including government agendas and drivers aimed at improvements in outcomes. As an aspect of the midwife’s role, students will be encouraged to define and investigate strategies that promote physical and psychological health for the women and families, and a strong mother-infant relationship.
Students will gain experience in practice to support and enhance their learning on this module, applying the knowledge gained as an evidence base for their midwifery practice.
Examination of the Newborn (Pre-reg 7 Shortened) - 30 Credits
Students will critically explore and evaluate the behavioural, psychological and physical attributes of the newborn infant. The full physical examination of the newborn is approached in a holistic manner, but particular emphasis will be given to the cardio-vascular and respiratory systems; the testes; eyes and hip stability. The use of contemporary evidence and local/national standards will be interrelated within the development of practice skills. Oral feedback on progress is provided in order to develop personal and professional practice. The critical review of knowledge gained will be related in practice to professional responsibility and accountability and the acquisition of new skills within the scope of midwifery practice.
Investigating Midwifery Practice (M) - 30 Credits
This module enables students to investigate a chosen aspect of midwifery practice. Students will develop their literature searching abilities and will conduct a critical review of the literature and formulate a proposal for the enhancement of midwifery practice; to include professional and political influences on their chosen topic and consideration of the process required to implement change effectively. Alongside independent working, students will share ideas within small groups, supported by a facilitator and will be encouraged to communicate using the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. Guidance will be offered on the choice of topic area.
The learning outcomes will be achieved using a range of teaching and learning strategies, which may include workshops, specialist lectures and seminars/tutorials. The taught components will enhance students’ knowledge relating to the development of a suitable focus for their investigation: this will include advanced literature searching skills, IT skills, revision of research methods and critical evaluation skills.
The Professional Midwife (M) - 15 Credits
This module will explore the key drivers and influences affecting the provision of maternity services. A variety of quality improvement and governance initiatives will be explored and evaluated. Professional and organisational support mechanisms will be reviewed and analysed in the context of the midwifery profession. Knowledge and skills will be utilised to promote advocacy, to personalise care and promote normality to enhance women’s experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. Students will be equipped with knowledge and skills to work within contemporary midwifery practice.
Risk Recognition and Midwifery Management (M) - 30 Credits
This module explores the student’s ability to identify and critically analyse and evaluate deviations in health of the mother and newborn baby. Students will be required to demonstrate understanding and application of the assessment of risk, timely intervention and management to optimise outcomes and prevent further deterioration. The relationship between maternal conditions and how these impact on neonatal outcomes, neonatal conditions that develop irrespective of maternal health, and infant feeding, will be critically evaluated. The options for management are considered within an inter-professional pathway alongside best evidence, national and international guidance and known pathophysiology. The recognition and management of how these conditions may necessitate individual midwifery and/or neonatal care plans to support women, their babies and families, is linked to current evidence. The content is delivered in the context of the role of the midwife.
Principles of Midwifery Care (M) - 30 Credits
This module considers the development, health and well-being of the childbearing woman and child during the preconception, antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods. The role of the midwife in providing holistic care and in referring to appropriate professionals and agencies is critically analysed. Using initiative to support women in a variety of birth settings, working collaboratively with other professionals and justifying the need for any intervention, will be addressed.
The module will reflect current best evidence and students will gain experience in practice to support and enhance their learning on this module. The module also considers promoting normality and assessing risk during the antenatal and intrapartum period, including preparing student midwives to become autonomous, competent, confident practitioners, with problem solving skills who work in partnership with women and their families.
Transferable knowledge and skills from nursing practice will be enhanced through their application to midwifery, which will include anatomy, physiology and communication skills.
Complex Midwifery (M) - 15 Credits
This module explores the management of emergency situations within the midwife’s sphere of practice and the decision- making processes necessary for students to provide appropriate care for these women. The recognition and management of emergencies during pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium is then linked to known pathophysiology. Initial management of emergencies are considered, along with appropriate referral.
The recognition of how high-risk cases may necessitate individual midwifery care pathways to support women and families, is linked to current evidence and the necessary interpersonal skills. A key focus of the module is the midwife as part of a multidisciplinary team to minimize risk and improve safety for all service users.
Fees & funding
£9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
This programme is currently funded by Health Education England Local
Education Training Boards, future funding is under review.
Students are currently paid a salary as per the agenda for change band 5
point 19, they will receive a monthly salary for a total of 80 weeks, minus
Please note this may be subject to change.
*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s
Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.
The normal entry requirements for the Master of Midwifery course are:
First degree at 2:1 or above, achieved during nurse training (Part 1 of NMC register: Adult)
Evidence of study of research methods
IELTS for candidates whose first language is not English – overall score 7 and not less than 7 in any one section
Please note that all applicants who are not from an English speaking country are required to undertake an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as a programme requirement. Therefore, as part of the admissions process applicants will need to have achieved a level 7 in all categories prior to being offered an interview.
All applicants need to have completed 10 years general school education before the start of the programme.
All applicants must demonstrate that they have good health and good character, sufficient for safe and effective practice as a midwife.
The University and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) require the following:
Satisfactory enhanced DBS screening
Satisfactory Occupational Health screening
Two satisfactory references (see below)
When you apply for the Master of Midwifery Shortened Programmes please ensure that you include:
personal statement: make it clear that you are an Adult Registered Nurse, and whether your programme included research methods.
references: one employer and one academic reference required: to include information about your character. Your first referee will need to provide a reference with your online application and if you are successful at interview your second referee may send a reference to email@example.com. Alternatively, you may provide a hard copy from your referee in a sealed envelope that has been signed and dated by your referee, across the seal.