Postgraduate MSc

Midwifery

School of Health and Society

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Part-time

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One year

Three year

Course

September 2019

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Introduction

In a nutshell

On this course, you will develop a mastery of contemporary midwifery and practice, enhance your professional credibility and develop your personal confidence for career advancement. 

The MSc Midwifery will empower you to take forward your practice in any environment such as clinical, management, leadership and research roles. There is also a dedicated pathway for those with, or planning to have, educational responsibilities.

You will:
  • Examine your practice and develop an evidence based approach to care and service provision.
  • Be taught by a dynamic multidisciplinary team of academics and clinicians who are recognised experts in their disciplines and who have strong practice links across the North West.
  • Be encouraged and supported to present and publish your work.
International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You want to enhance your professional credibility and develop personal confidence for career advancement.

2.

You want to develop a mastery of contemporary midwifery and practice.

3.

You have the ability to act on your own initiative.

Course details

All about the course

You will be taught by a dynamic multidisciplinary team of academics and clinicians who are recognised experts in their disciplines and who have strong practice links across the north-west. The teaching environments are equipped with state-of-the-art classroom facilities and dedicated midwifery and neonatal clinical skills simulation suites. Creative learning and participation are encouraged through reflection and critical discussion.

Please note that some modules require a clinical placement which must be in place prior to application. In some circumstances, assessment and practice can be undertaken via simulation.

One to one support and preparation is provided for assessments which emulate the real-life environment and allow practitioners to develop their skills and confidence. Although this might seem daunting you have the opportunity to learn at an achievable pace with a group of like-minded peers which students find friendly and supportive.

MSc: one year full-time or three years part-time
PgDip: eight months full-time or 18 months part-time
PgCert (four months full-time or one year part-time)

Full-time:

Year one, Semester one: 

Two 30 credit modules 

Year one, Semester two: 

Two 30 credit modules 

Year one, Semester three: 

Dissertation  (60 credits)

Part-time: 

Year one: 

Two 30 credit modules. On completion, this equates to a PgCert. 

Year two: 

Two 30 credit modules. On completion, this equates to a PgDip. 

Year three: 

Dissertation (60 credits). On completion, this equates to the full MSc. 

 

Semester one modules

Critically Exploring Professional Practice

This module focuses on your professional development as a midwife nurse and is designed to support your critical analysis of yourself and professional practice.

Non-Medical Prescribing

This module allows midwives to study with other health care professionals to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively as an independent prescriber. It also allows you to critically evaluate and challenge prescribing practice with reference to evidence-based practice, equality, diversity and clinical governance.

Multi-professional support of learning and assessment in practice (e-learning or face to face) (requires placement)

This module develops your knowledge and skills in teaching, learning and assessment while preparing you to undertake the role of mentor and fulfil the requirements of your professional body. It is delivered entirely online meaning you can study at a time that suits you.

Research Methods (Online)

This online module allows you to critically evaluate a range of research techniques and prepares you for the dissertation module. It includes an overview of the research theories, guidance on critically reviewing research, developing a research proposal and the fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.

Perinatal Mental Health

This module provides you with a systematic, in-depth understanding of knowledge, evidence and skills in relation to perinatal mental health, identifying, assessing and supporting pregnant and new mothers, their infants and families.

Professional Advocacy and Leadership Modules

Two single 15 credit modules or taken concurrently for full 30 credits

Professional Advocacy and Leadership one (leading to eligibility to apply for the role of Professional Midwifery Advocate) (15 credits)

This module provides midwives with the knowledge and skills to become a Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA). It introduces the concepts of the A-EQUIP model focusing on coaching, clinical supervision and restorative practices. Taught by experts in the field and PMAs; leadership, advocacy and the midwifery profession are critically explored. Students will have the opportunity to be taught in the state of the art simulation facilities and examine real-life case studies.

Professional Advocacy and Leadership two (15 credits)

This module can be studied concurrently with Professional Advocacy and Leadership 1 to provide the student with 30 credits at level 7 and learning focussed on wider leadership issues. Students will have an opportunity to explore self and others in the context of contemporary leadership and develop their own leadership styles. Emotional intelligence and resilience will be experienced using the state of the art facilities. Social media and the use of technology will be introduced as a learning tool and to improve students’ use of these in their field of practice.

Examination of the Newborn

This module encourages a holistic approach to the care of the neonate by addressing the relevant physiology, pathophysiology, psychological, professional, social and behavioural issues underpinning the 'routine newborn examination'.

Independent Learning Midwifery

This online module allows you to undertake a comprehensive literature search on a topic of your choice (agreed with your academic supervisor) and to critically evaluate a range of evidence. This will provide you with the opportunity to formulate, negotiate and undertake a project that will enhance or develop skills and knowledge of a midwifery topic of choice.

Semester two modules

Non-Medical Prescribing

This module allows midwives to study with other health care professionals to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively as an independent prescriber. It also allows you to critically evaluate and challenge prescribing practice with reference to evidence-based practice, equality, diversity and clinical governance.

Multi-professional support of learning and assessment in practice (e-learning or face to face) (requires placement)

This module develops your knowledge and skills in teaching, learning and assessment while preparing you to undertake the role of mentor and fulfil the requirements of your professional body. It is delivered entirely online meaning you can study at a time that suits you.

Perinatal Mental Health

This module provides you with a systematic, in-depth understanding of knowledge, evidence and skills in relation to perinatal mental health, identifying, assessing and supporting pregnant and new mothers, their infants and families.

Examination of the Newborn

This module encourages a holistic approach to the care of the neonate by addressing the relevant physiology, pathophysiology, psychological, professional, social and behavioural issues underpinning the 'routine newborn examination'.

Normal Childbirth

This module aims to support and promote normal birth, challenge the medicalisation of birth and increase your confidence to practice autonomously.

Independent Learning Midwifery

This online module allows you to undertake a comprehensive literature search on a topic of your choice (agreed with your academic supervisor) and to critically evaluate a range of evidence. This will provide you with the opportunity to formulate, negotiate and undertake a project that will enhance or develop skills and knowledge of a midwifery topic of choice.

Emergency and Intensive Care of the Newborn

This module will enable you to advance your academic knowledge and clinical skills expertise to meet the needs of the newborn who require intensive/emergency care. You will also develop the skills necessary for decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations. Students will ultimately foster a deeper understanding of the needs of the family within the context of changing health care provision.

Care of the Compromised Baby

This module will enable you to advance your academic knowledge and develop your clinical expertise to meet the needs of the compromised newborn. It will also enable you to develop the skills necessary for decision making in complex and unpredictable circumstance.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

The MSc Midwifery is underpinned by a student centred teaching and learning philosophy. A range of teaching strategies is used, including seminars, lectures, action learning, online learning, directed study, practice-based assessments and peer-supported learning.

You will have access to tutorial support via email, phone, facetime, Skype or any other appropriate methods that can be supported dependent on student and lecturer preference.

Contemporary midwifery requires a diverse range of skills and the programme is designed to nurture and develop these in you. The MSc Midwifery allows for a variety of assessments related to the real world, depending on the module undertaken, and includes:

  • Practical assessments
  • Portfolios
  • Written assignments
  • Seminar presentations
  • Viva-voce

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

We live in a rapidly changing world, and we’re keen to leave a productive legacy of helping people at all stages of their lives, improving their physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

Facilities

Simulation Suite and Immersive Suite

The University has state-of-the-art simulation facilities for clinical skills and simulation scenarios in a variety of high and low risk environments. The immersive suite, one of only a handful of its kind in UK universities – will enable students to practice dealing with any kind of incident in a virtual setting. A series of cameras project realistic images onto three walls of the room as well as onto the floor, while sounds can be piped into the room by specialist technicians working from a separate control room.

The room can be transformed into anything from the back of an ambulance transporting women between hospitals or from home to hospital or to a challenging environment such as a house boat where a woman has chosen to give birth.

The dedicated counselling suite with therapy and psychotherapy rooms can also be utilised for learning such as debriefing and coaching sessions.

Birth Simulators

We use a maternal and fetal simulation system called Sim Mom which allows you to appreciate the birthing experience from the onset of labour, through delivery, to treatment of the mother after the birth.

Take a 360 tour of the facilities here

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Past students have gone on to take up posts as midwifery managers, educationalists and consultant midwives. Others have continued their studies at PhD level, for example undertaking the Professional Doctorate offered at this University.

A taste of what you could become

A Midwifery Manager

A Consultant Midwife

PhD Candidate

Career Links

This course is mapped against the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework, which was introduced to provide greater flexibility and benefits for individuals and employers. It provides a single, consistent, comprehensive and explicit framework on which to base the review and development of all staff. By undertaking this programme, you can therefore demonstrate you have the knowledge and skills to deliver a high quality service for childbearing women.

This course has close links with the maternity and neonatal services and module teaching teams are multidisciplinary. This means your learning will be current and relevant to contemporary midwifery practice.

The MSc Midwifery: Education confers NMC accredited teacher status for those wishing to move into midwifery education.

Requirements

What you need to know

You will be a practising midwife, normally with at least a year’s clinical experience. You will be keen to explore and analyse the latest developments in midwifery knowledge and practice and develop a leading role in clinical practice.

English language requirements 

International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions. You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at https://www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at application@salford.ac.uk. If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on Salford-ATAS@salford.ac.uk.

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link: https://www.atas.fco.gov.uk/

All students on a Tier 4 visa must attend a minimum of eight hours timetabled face to face sessions over three days per week. This would only be available to those students taking a full-time route.

NB: Certain elements of the PG Dip Midwifery: Education and MSc Midwifery: Education is subject to accreditation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and not available to international students.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

You need an undergraduate degree in BSc (Hons) Midwifery or related degree at 2.2 or above, equivalent or have evidence of recent Level 6 study. 

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £7,776per year
Full-time international 2019 £14,310per year
Part-time 2019 £1,296 per 30 credit module
Additional costs

You should consider additional costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020