Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

About the course

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.

Why choose this course?

  • 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. 

What will I study?

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.

Professional Accreditations

As a graduate with a Master's degree you are eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a midwife.

Careers

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. 

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