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  • Duration:

    Part-time: 2-5 years

  • Level:

    Postgraduate, Post-registration

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  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

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  • Start Date:

    September, January, May.

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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.



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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 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. 

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

Midwifery Related Modules:

  • MW4052 Normal Birth Evidence and Debate
  • MW4035 Maternal and Child Health – Culture and Society
  • MW4033 Psycho-social Influences and Impact on Maternal, Child and Family Health
  • PW4003 Examination of the Newborn
  • MW 4010 Enhancing Critical Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • MW4109 Maternal and Infant Nutrition- Bio-Cultural Perspectives


  • NU4025 (Core) (20c)
  • Introduction to Postgraduate Research
  • NU4026 (Option) (20c)
    Advanced Research Skills
  • NU4096/ NU4097*(Option) (20c)
    Multiprofessional Support of Learning and Assessing Practice
  • NU4023* (Option) (40 Credits)
    Non- Medical Prescribing (V300)
  • MW4011 (Option) (20c)
    Maternal Substance Misuse
  • NU4021 (Option) (20c)
    Safeguarding of Children in a Multi-Disciplinary Environment
  • MW4062 (Option) (20c)
    HIV and Hepatitis


  • 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
  • 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

For more information please see below for module summaries

Further Information

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.

Sample pathway incorporating midwifery modules

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 influences and Impact on Maternal, Child and Family Health - 20 credits - Optional

Examination of the Newborn - 20 credits - Optional

Enhancing Critical Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth - 20 Credits - Optional

Module Summaries

NU4086 Applying methods in health research:
This module aims to build upon knowledge and skills obtained in NU4025 (Introduction to Postgraduate Research) to focus in an in-depth manner on methods specifically used in health and health service research. Through examination of the practical application of research methods in this field it aims to support students in the development of the necessary skills for undertaking an independent piece of qualitative or quantitative research

Module content includes:

  • Questions in health service research and related research methods
  • Survey methods and questionnaire development
  • Service evaluation of simple and complex health service interventions
  • Public and user involvement in research
  • Trial design: randomised, placebo controlled; pragmatic; innovations in trial design
  • Methods of measurement: outcome measures, health status, quality of life
  • Methods of data collection - direct observation, interviews, existing records and documents
  • Methods of analysis – statistical tools; qualitative techniques

MW4036 Organisational leadership and management:
This module aims to develop practitioners as leaders and or managers who are able to think critically, strategically and able to facilitate change and influence policy. The module provides a framework within which students focus on a relevant area of their choice. It is suitable for both UK and international students

Content includes.

  • The nature of organisations and how they function
  • Organisational culture
  • Role of the Leader/Manager/Change Agent
  • Leadership and Management  Styles
  • Groups, Team Working and Power.
  • Policy and government influence on facilitating change
  • Conflicting agendas and use and abuse of power within organisations.
  • Resource management, budgeting skills and commissioning
  • Organisational change theory and its effectiveness
  • Strategic communication and planning
  • Operational tools to facilitate change
  • Communication and Interpersonal skills/self-awareness

NU4053 Masters Dissertation
This triple module is the culmination of the Masters degree, offering the student the opportunity for deep study on a topic of clinical, professional or philosophical importance to them. Student-led, with ongoing support and guidance from a dedicated supervisor, the 15,000 word research project can be an empirical study of an aspect of practice or a critical, structured review of the literature with recommendations for further research.

MW4041 Enhancing Critical Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth
Enhancing critical care in pregnancy and childbirth is an exciting and practical module, that aims to enable midwives to build on existing knowledge around critical care within the maternity services. This module will help you to further develop confidence, knowledge and skills when caring for women and families receiving critical care within the maternity setting.  The module will explore evidence based practice, encouraging you to critically reflect on the identification and treatment of the critically ill woman, together with exploring the role of the midwife within the multidisciplinary setting. The module is taught by members of the multidisciplinary team and researchers, in a clinical skills setting, encouraging you to be aware of the wider context of critical care within maternity.

PW 4003 Examination of the Newborn
This module aims to produce knowledgeable and skilled professionals, equipping them to meet the requirements of a rapidly changing neonatal service. The module will prepare health care professionals to undertake the examination of the normal newborn baby as screening for abnormality allowing them to work autonomously with the low risk woman and her baby. The use of evidence based practice will be prominent throughout and you will be encouraged to reflect on practice and critically analyse the development of the service provision of examination of the newborn within hospital and community settings. This is set within the context of the role of the midwife and her place within the multidisciplinary team. The module is taught by subject experts, encouraging you to be aware of the wider context of examination of the newborn within maternity. Assessment will consist of both theory and clinical practice elements.

MW4052 Normal birth :Evidence and Debate
The aim of this module is to enable participants to critically apply theoretical insights to midwifery practice for women who are anticipating a normal pregnancy outcome. It demands significant theoretical and reflective engagement with a range of concepts, and it aims to develop the capacity to apply these reflections to practical solutions. In keeping with the aim , this module includes knowledge development in and philosophical and theoretical reflection on the following areas, in the context of childbirth and maternal and infant wellbeing:

Content Includes

  • Locating personal constructs of midwifery and of childbirth
  • Critically engaging with concepts of normality, average, diversity, deviance
  • Appraising specific research into parameters of normality:
  • Developing theoretical insights into the nature and impact of the birth environment
  • Critically engaging with new ways of seeing health and childbirth, based on the theories of complexity and chaos, uncertainty, and salutogenesis
  • Developing theoretical insights into the nature of professional and personal relationships in the context of childbirth
  • Using all of the above to construct theoretical and transformational insights into the way the individual practices in the context of childbirth

MW4033 Psychosocial Influences and Impact on Maternal Child and Family Health
This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to reflect upon their experiences and advance their knowledge and skills with regard to how psychosocial factors interact and influence access, perceptions and experiences of peri-natal care; the specific interventions and support in place to address psychosocial wellbeing as well as the wider implications of psychosocial wellbeing on maternal, child and family health.

Content includes:

  • Incidence, prevalence and identification of antenatal and post-natal parental mental health
  • Psycho-social implications of poor maternal and family health on child outcomes
  • Facilitators and barriers to access to maternity care provision
  • Child protection and safeguarding amongst vulnerable groups (e.g. teenagers, asylum seekers)Dealing with complex social problems (addictions: substance misuse, alcohol and smoking)
  • Implications and provision for women who are incarcerated
  • Reproduction and loss (including miscarriage, stillbirth and transition to (non)mothering)
  • Disability, diversity and marginalisation
  • Value and inclusion of fathers, parenting interventions and community participation
  • Therapies, treatments and interventions for peri-natal mental health
  • New horizons

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.


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For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


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Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

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.


Midwifery - pregnant belly 


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 

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