Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
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  • Duration:

    Part-time: 2-5 years

  • Level:

    Postgraduate, Post-registration

  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

  • Campus:


  • Start Date:

    September, January, May.

  • Award Type:


Why study this programme?

This master's course provides professionals with a forum to encourage the synthesis of experience, knowledge and new learning and to debate contemporary issues. This is within a collaborative, multi-professional community, taught and online. The course encourages critical thinking and forward planning in all areas of health care, in the UK and internationally. You will have the opportunity to focus on a number of key areas: Expert Practice; Professionalism; Leadership & Management; Education and Practice; Service Development and Change, including legal, ethical, cultural and societal issues.

All professionals are now expected to undertake skills that were not part of their initial education to meet the needs of a more flexible approach to health care provision. New roles are being developed and the minimal level for academic, management, research and consultant posts requires that all professionals have continued their academic education to master's level.



Entry Requirements

  • UK applicants must be a qualified midwife, registered with the NMC in the UK. There must also be no restrictions on their professional practice.
  • A recognised Honours degree in a health related subject or equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas Higher Education Institution. This must have been achieved within the last 10 years, with a minimum lower second classification or above.
  • Demonstrate evidence of successful academic study at a minimum of Level 6 or equivalent and is normally within the last 3 years.
  • Be able to provide two satisfactory references (one must be academic and a further personal reference from your employing organisation or equivalent.
  • Overseas applicants must demonstrate evidence of their qualification /registration as a midwife and hold a current midwifery licence to practice in their own country.
  • You must demonstrate written English language ability.

English Language Requirements 

  • For overseas students you must demonstrate evidence of International English Language Testing (IELTS). A minimum of 7.0 in all elements of the test must be achieved within the last 2 years.

Programme at a Glance

This highly engaging and flexible course is designed to meet your individual needs by allowing you to study in your own time and around your own personal and professional commitments. The course comprises of online, taught and blended sessions, backed up with personal one-to-one sessions at times to suit you. During the course you will be required to complete the equivalent of 9 modules, which comprises of 2 core modules, 4 option modules and a 3 module dissertation. There is an extensive range of option modules to choose from, including a Student Initiated Module in which you can choose your area of study.

Optional Modules:

There are a number of level 7 (20 credit) option modules offered on the pathway, which are not all delivered each year and are timetabled on a rolling programme. We offer a variety of delivery modes; some specific practice based modules are delivered face to face on the main University campus, whilst others are offered via online/ distance learning.

Please note option modules marked with a * can only be taken by NMC Registered Midwives in the UK with a current NMC Intention to Practice and no restrictions on their professional practice.

Please contact the Course Leader should you require further information regarding modular choice offered on this programme.

Taught Modules

  • NU4025 (Core) (20c)
    Introduction to Postgraduate Research
  • NU4026 (Option) (20c)
    Advanced Research Skills
  • NU4096/ NU4097*(Option) (20c)
    Multiprofessional Support of Learning and Assessing Practice
  • EH4100* (Option) (20c)
    Teaching Tool Kit
  • EH4101* (Option) (20c)
    Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • MW4102* (Option) (20c)
    Preparation of Teachers: Health and Social Care Professions
  • NU4023* (Option) (40 Credits)
    Non- Medical Prescribing (V300)
  • PW4003* (20c)
    Examination of the Newborn*
  • MW4011 (Option) (20c)
    Maternal Substance Misuse
  • NU4021 (Option) (20c)
    Safeguarding of Children in a Multi-Disciplinary Environment
  • MW4052 (Option)
    Normal Birth-Evidence and Debate
  • MW4062 (Option) (20c)
    HIV and Hepatitis
  • MW 4041 (Option) (20c)
    Enhancing Critical Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth


  • NU4025 (Core) (20c)
    Introduction to Postgraduate Research
  • MW4035 (Core) (20c)
    Maternal and Child Health Culture and Society
  • NU4026 (Option) (20c)
    Advanced Research Skills
  • NU 4086 (Option) (20c)
    Applying Methods in Health Research
  • NU4096/ NU4097* (Option) (20c)
    Multi-professional Support of Learning and Assessing Practice
  • HP4006 (Option) (20c)
    Research, Ethics and Governance
  • HP4007 (Option) (20c)
    Student Initiated Module
  • MW4015 (Option) (20c)
    Educational Approaches within Health and Social Care
  • MW4031 (Option) (20c)
    Infant and Family Nurture and Health
  • MW4033 (Option) (20c)
    Psycho-social Influences and Impact on Maternal, Child and Family Health
  • MW4034 (Option) (20c)
    Contraception and Sexual Health applied To Midwifery Practice
  • SW4035 (Option) (20c)
    Safeguarding Children in an International Context
  • MW4052 (Option) (20c)
    Normal Birth-Evidence and Debate
  • MW4062 (Option) (20c)
    HIV and Hepatitis
  • MW4109 (Option) (20c)
    Maternal and Infant Nutrition- Bio-Cultural Perspectives
  • NU4053 (Core) (60c)
    Dissertation Module

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about our Postgraduate courses. Book onto our Postgraduate Advice Event on 12 June 2017

Further Information

Following successful completion of the MSc Midwifery course, students have progressed in their chosen careers and undertaken further study with a Professional Doctorate in Health and/or a PhD. 

In addition, for NMC registered practitioners, you will have the opportunity to achieve an NMC recordable teaching qualification by following a specific route on the course.

Academic Expertise

All tutors are qualified to teach in Higher Education and hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Many of the academic staff teaching on this course are qualified nurses and or midwives with a current Nursing and Midwifery Council Intention to practice in the UK and contribute to the pre and post registration midwifery curriculum. The course team have a wide range of expertise and skills within midwifery, sexual health and neonatal practice. The team keep up-to-date with evidence-based practice and utilise research based evidence to inform teaching. 

It is strongly encouraged that you avail yourself of the opportunity to plan your bespoke course to suit your individual needs with MSc Midwifery Course Leader, Anne Lomax

Telephone: 01772893889


How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2017/18

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £880 per 20 credits Studied (first 120 credits)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

Details of the UK Government postgraduate loan scheme for students commencing a Masters Postgraduate programme for the 2017/18 academic year.

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Industry Links

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An ECSACON Fellowship may be available for overseas graduates on completion of the East, Central and Southern Africa College of Nursing students.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The QAA (2008) suggests that holders of a master level qualification will be able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data... demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems.....continue to advance their knowledge and understanding and make decision in complex and unpredictable situations. This means that you will be expected to tackle complex issues and discuss them with your fellow students, to take responsibility for your own learning and develop the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

The QAA also requires that the student develops a comprehensive understanding of methods used in research and enquiry, and you will be expected to develop the skills needed to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship without bias. The University has an established Learning and Teaching strategy that shapes the delivery of the programme which endeavours to develop your ability to learn and change as a person not just acquire new knowledge. We aim to foster a learning climate in which we will all develop as individuals and as part of a group. You will develop the ability to evaluate both the course material and your own evolving understanding. An essential part of this process is developing the ability to reflect on the meaning and implications of various theories and models proposed to further develop your knowledge with application to midwifery practice. You will learn through interacting with lecturers and other course members, attending online tutorials and interactive sessions, but also through your own personal development. Bringing learning to the forefront of what we, the lecturers and you the students do facilitates a mutually supportive learning relationship. Contact with other students on the course is valuable and you will be encouraged to share with other students a short resume of yourselves.


All modules will be assessed and a range of different types of assessment strategies are used on the programme. Depending on the module of study and the mode of delivery, these may include for example: written assignments, reflective tasks, case presentations, portfolio’s, peer observation, OSCEs, Viva’s, clinical assessments, project/grant applications, dissertation. You are expected to attempt all required assessment for each module for which you are registered, and to do so at the times scheduled unless authorised extensions, special arrangements for disability, or extenuating circumstances allow you to defer your assessment.


Students may wish to transfer from the MSc Midwifery to enter the Professional Doctorate when they have completed the Post Graduate Diploma. Students are requested to seek advice and support from the Course Leader to ensure their profile is appropriate in meeting the admissions criteria of this programme.

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Undertaking the masters dissertation module gave me the opportunity to work alongside Professor Soo Downe and a wider international research group investigating human rights in maternity care. My own project focused on discrimination against childbearing Romani women in Europe, and from this I was able to successfully submit a paper for publication, which Professor Soo Downe co-authored with me. Although the dissertation module was challenging, Soo's support, encouragement and accessibility made the dissertation project such a positive experience and a brilliant opportunity to achieve my first publication.

Helen Watson