Part-time: 2-5 years
Mixed Mode, Part-time
September, January, May.
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.
English Language Requirements
This highly engaging and flexible course is designed to meet your individual needs by allowing you to study in your own time and discussion of flexible learning pathways will be undertaken with students on an individual basis. 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 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.
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.
Midwifery Related Modules:
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The MSc Midwifery is a vocationally driven course aimed at practising midwives. As such, the content has been designed to put you at the cutting edge of thinking, research and practice in the area of Midwifery, with a view to accelerating your career progression and prospects.
The adaptable nature of the programme design provides a firm foundation in the key concept of midwifery and levelness related to master’s degree characteristics, an element essential for higher level study. A key feature of the programme is its flexible modes of module delivery via online, blended or face-to-face methods enabling students to access the programme globally and within time scales more conducive to working practice. The midwifery modules are delivered by experienced academics with field specific experience who will provide high level support in different modes throughout your study time.
The programme is designed with stepping off points at Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Master’s Degree levels.
Midwifery 2020 (DH, 2010) identifies the need to develop the midwifery workforce particularly in relationship to continuing professional development (CPD). Midwives are at the forefront of improving health and well-being of women, children and their families, but need to be able to influence and improve this by contributing at policy, strategic, political and international levels.
Please bear in mind the need to be aware of the requirement for CPD to be appropriate to meet the needs of the midwifery workforce, particularly in respect of leadership roles.
The MSc Midwifery programme has three potential routes enabling students to develop their knowledge around leadership, research and teaching with a portfolio of optional modules, which provides students with the opportunity to tailor the programme to their individual needs.
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.
Postgraduate Level 7
Maternal and Child Health Culture and Society - 20 credits -Core
Introduction to Postgraduate Research - 20 credits - Core
Dissertation Module - 60 credits - Core
Normal Birth-Evidence and Debate 20 credits - Optional
Psycho-social infuences and Impact on Maternal, Child and Fmily Health - 20 credits - Optional
Examination of the Newborn - 20 credits - Optional
Enhancing Critical Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth - 20 Credits - Optional
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
You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.
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:
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
Details of the UK Government postgraduate loan scheme for students commencing a Masters Postgraduate programme for the 2017/18 academic year.
Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK) for Preparation of Midwife Teachers.
An ECSACON Fellowship may be available for overseas graduates on completion of the East, Central and Southern Africa College of Nursing students.
The course has a blended delivery both in the classroom and via elearning; and so accessible to students globally. It utilises web technology to deliver multimedia teaching materials and includes live interactive sessions on most modules on a regular basis. Online activities are supported by email contact with tutors and peer groups, message boarding and scheduled live personal tutorials.
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. 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.
The course will be conducted in spoken and written English. It offers postgraduate education for career development and continuing professional development.
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.
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.