Navigation

Courses

Level

Post- graduate

Mode

Taught

Campus

Preston

Contact UCLan

Course Enquiries
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    Part-time: students would normally complete the programme within 3-5 years from the commencement of the course. Available online, taught and blended.

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Mode:

    Taught

  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

  • Campus:

    Preston

  • Start Date:

    September, January, May.

  • Award Type:

    MSc

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 and with a current NMC intention to practice. There must also be no restrictions on their professional practice.

  • Overseas applicants- must demonstrate evidence of their qualification /registration as a midwife and hold a current midwifery licence to practice in their own country.
  • 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.
  • You must demonstrate written English language ability.
  • 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

E-Learn

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

The date of the next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be confirmed soon, in the meantime please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

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, Judith Shaw.

Telephone: 01772 893817
Email: jshaw5@uclan.ac.uk 

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:

Applications

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

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: TBC

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.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

View further information

Industry Links

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.

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.

Assessment

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.

Opportunities

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.

Midwifery - pregnant belly