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Master of Midwifery (Pre-registration, Shortened)

Why choose Herts?

  • This course enables you to have tuition fees paid for by Health Education England
  • You’ll receive salary support at mid-point band 5
  • You’ll be eligible for dual registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Upon graduating students will be qualified as a Newborn Infant Physical Examination practitioner

Professional Accreditations

Graduates are eligible to register as a qualified midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. 

About the course

Master of Midwifery (Pre-registration, Shortened) is a Full Time innovative and flexible work-based course for qualified adult nurses who want to gain midwifery skills at Master’s level. This programme will develop your skills and knowledge supporting your professional development as a responsive, confident midwife able to care for women and their babies. You will focus on holistic care and gain a sound knowledge of health assessments for childbearing women. 

The aim of this course is to: 

  • Contribute to the national drive to address the current midwife shortage 

  • Prepare you for entry to the Midwife’s aspect of the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) Professional Register 

  • Make you a committed midwife contributing to enhance health and social care through inter-professional collaboration 

  • Develop your skills to make you confident and competent to practice in a variety of settings 

  • Support you in developing transferable communication skills, improve your critical decision making and have you become familiar using associated information technology 

  • Provide you with all-round midwifery skills conscious of safe effective and competent care for women experiencing normal childbirth whilst recognising needs 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 

  • Support you to develop critical awareness and gain insight around current midwifery practice so you’ll begin to make sound judgments in complex situations 

This programme consists of 86weeks in total, with eight study block weeks. Students must complete 3000hours during the programme consisting of 50% theory and 50% practice. Theory weeks include protected self-directed study, reading and professional development time. During your clinical placements you’ll be supported through online resources, discussions, group working and reflection sessions. Each week comprises of 40hours and is a combination of practice and theory. When in placement your clinical hours will be 30hours per week with 10hours of theory. Theory weeks are 40 hours.  

2nd for health and social care in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES, Advance HE, 2023). The course leads to the award and a Master of Midwifery (MMid) degree. Successful students can apply for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The award of a Master of  Midwifery Degree requires 240credits, 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.

Throughout the course students will have:

  • A blended approach to learning using online platforms and face to face teaching 
  • Practice across midwifery skills in small groups with an expert facilitator  
  • Programme and Practice Reflection with the programme leader   
  • Protected self-directed study time  
  • Electronic practice assessment document  
  • Ongoing independent and transformational thinking experiences 
  • Blended learning and teaching, which includes e-learning with campus-based study to strengthen practice-based skills. 
  • Focus on normality and has modules which consider holistic approaches to care in partnership with women 
  • Core problem-solving skills for a career in midwifery such as independence, initiative, the ability to work with others, ability to research scientific literature, and application of critical enquiry 
  • Inclusive learning of the newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) competency with advanced knowledge when caring for mothers and their babies
  • An elective placement offering exciting opportunity to gain maternity-setting experience within the UK or globally 
  • The midwifery lecturing team who are committed to achieving UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Accreditation for their midwifery programmes 
  • Access to an active outstanding Midwifery Society. The group were commended for Society Committee of the Year in 2017

What will I study?

  • Master of Midwifery is a blended-learning programme incorporating e-learning, practice skills with an enquiry-based approach. Students are encouraged to think critically, analyse and challenge practice, thereby enabling graduates to be highly responsive in dynamic practice environments. 

  • Experiential learning through simulation within the clinical area 

  • Working with your course supervisor whilst managing self-directed work and reflection sessions are vital components of the programme.  

  • Students have access to a virtual learning environment where you'll use a range of electronic course materials such as podcasts, blogs, narrated presentations, group discussions, online tutorials and interactive activities to support your learning.  

  • Effective online learning requires a high level of student responsibility and organisation and reduces the teacher-student power differential.  

  • Open learning attracts self-disciplined and motivated students who can direct the pace of learning to suit 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. 

  • Academic, pastoral and practice placement support is provided throughout your study. You will learn in a welcoming and nurturing environment with ongoing opportunity to speak with your tutor for support. 

  • Level 6
    Principles of Midwifery Care M30 CreditsCompulsory
  • Level 7
    Examination of the Newborn (Pre-reg 7 Shortened)30 CreditsCompulsory
    Investigating Midwifery Practice (M)30 CreditsCompulsory
    The Professional Midwife (M)15 CreditsCompulsory
    Risk Recognition and Midwifery Management (M)30 CreditsCompulsory
    Complex Midwifery (M)15 CreditsCompulsory
    Transition to Parenthood (M)15 CreditsCompulsory
    Public Health and Global Issues in Midwifery (M)15 CreditsCompulsory
  • Key staff

    Radica Hardyal
    Programme Leader
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    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    Master of Midwifery (Pre-registration, shortened) Download
    Programme specifications
    Master of Midwifery (Pre-registration, shortened) Download
    Additional information

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