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Develop, deliver and direct high quality midwifery services, helping the drive towards improving maternity and health outcomes for women and their families.
This course aims to equip midwives and maternity nurses with the knowledge and skills required to lead practice change, follow a career in research and/or higher education, or work at senior and strategic levels in today's midwifery and healthcare services.
To achieve this, our Division of Midwifery offers a learning environment that facilitates the development of reflective, analytical and evidence-based critical thinking to challenge existing midwifery practice, challenge maternity service provision and lead and manage change.
We are a small Division, with a real sense of community. Our experienced teaching staff get to know you as an individual and provide dedicated student support throughout the study programme.
Our programme prepares and supports you to go into research or research as part of your practice based role.
providing dedicated support and high-quality teaching for student learning
Staff in the Division of Midwifery are internationally-recognised for their teaching excellence.
of research activity is rated as world-leading and internationally excellent with significant impact on people's health and well-being
School of Health Sciences, REF 2014
You will study in depth the art and science of midwifery, evidence informed midwifery practice, research skills and methodology and the ethical, political, legal, economic, multi-professional and global context in which contemporary midwifery is practised.
The aim of this module is to provide you with a detailed and nuanced understanding of research, design and project implementation within maternity settings. A secondary aim is that you will gain a critical appreciation of evidence-based guidelines, their development, dissemination and implementation.
The aim of this module is to provide you with opportunities to develop your knowledge of empowerment in midwifery practice by evaluating how women with normal pregnancies and births are cared for within the context of risk. Evaluation of perceived complications during pregnancy and birth will be explored to enable you to challenge inappropriate medicalisation of childbirth e.g. post-dates, older women or term breech birth being classified as high risk cases.
You will analyse knowledge and critical understanding in the concept of perinatal mental health in order to advance the wider context of practice.
This module considers the social and physical factors that could influence the normal emotional changes during pregnancy and childbirth. This includes:
The aim of this module is to support you in transferring the skills and understanding learnt in a previous introductory research module to develop your own primary or secondary research protocol.
You will consider:
This module aims to develop a critical understanding of the influences and inequalities in infant feeding and nutrition.You will consider:
This module aims to extend your knowledge of global maternal and newborn health issues through exploration of current evidence and a critique of social policy. You will compare and contrast healthcare systems and practices in an international context. You will gain an understanding of the current debates in global health development and how they apply to the delivery of midwifery care. This includes examining the cultural and social challenges to accessing maternity care and identifying alternative clinical management of adverse events and emergencies in a low resource setting. The module also considers the role of women’s and/or human rights and feminism in the context of global maternal health.
This is an investigatory module that develops your research capabilities in the field of midwifery.
Student led seminars provide you with the opportunity to develop, present and discuss with peers your protocols regarding the format of their dissertation i.e. empirical research project, modified systematic review, audit/service evaluation or critical review and subsequent development.
Independent study will be guided by an academic supervisor and individual tutorials, culminating in the submission of a unique and substantial piece of work in the form of a dissertation.
Your work will be assessed during or at the end of each module through a variety of means.
To complete a module and gain its credits you will need to make sure you attend your timetabled sessions and get over the 50% pass mark.
In order to achieve the MSc, you will need a total of 180 credits. You must have achieved a satisfactory academic standard for postgraduate study i.e. weighted course average of at least 50% to progress to the dissertation module.
In order to achieve the PGDip, you will need a total of 120 credits.
In order to achieve the PGCert, you will need a total of 60 credits.
You are expected to work roughly 10 hours for each credit on the course including teaching and independent study, so a 20 credit module should take around 200 hours to complete.
Full-time students will study 3 modules per semester (alongside working on your dissertation project across both semesters).
Modules are usually taught over 8 weeks. There are approximately 3 hours of timetabled teaching hours per module each week. The rest of your time outside of timetabled teaching is for self-directed study. Please note teaching days vary depending on the module.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
UK students must provide confirmation of registration as a midwife.
You are expected to demonstrate a commitment to the practice of maternity and healthcare through your current professional/practitioner role.
EU/international students must be working in a maternity care setting or educational role and will also be assessed on their professional registration.
If you need support to meet the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional English course.
Presessional courses teach you academic skills in addition to English language.
Our Centre for English Language Education
is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of
English in the UK.
If you successfully complete your presessional course to the required
level, you can then progress to your degree course. This means that
you won't need to retake IELTS or equivalent.
For on-campus presessional English courses, you must take IELTS for UKVI
to meet visa regulations. For online presessional courses, see our CELE
webpages for guidance
We recognise that applicants have a variety of experiences and follow different pathways to postgraduate study.
We treat all applicants with alternative qualifications on an individual basis. We may also consider relevant work experience.
If you are unsure whether your qualifications or work experience are relevant, contact us.
Our step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know about applying.
Our Medical School is based in Queen’s Medical Centre, one of the UK’s largest hospitals.
There are dedicated clinical skills facilities including a dissection suite and teaching laboratories for medicine and healthcare students.
The hospital is located opposite University Park Campus and connected by a footbridge for easy access. Nottingham city centre is 15 minutes away by public bus or tram.
UK fees are set in line with the national UKRI maximum fee limit. We expect fees for 2022 entry to be confirmed in August 2021.
If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you will pay
international tuition fees in most cases. If you are resident in
the UK and have 'settled' or 'pre-settled' status under the EU
Settlement Scheme, you will be entitled to 'home' fee status.
Irish students will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students.
UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be
eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.
For further guidance, check our
information for applicants from the EU.
These fees are for full-time study. If you are studying part-time,
you will be charged a proportion of this fee each year (subject to inflation).
As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, such as printing, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles.
We offer the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship for this degree programme.
There are many ways to fund your postgraduate course, from scholarships to government loans.
We also offer a range of international masters scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.
Check our guide to find out more about funding your postgraduate degree.
We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students.
Expert staff can help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.
Each year 1,100 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.
International students who complete an eligible degree programme
in the UK on a student visa can apply to stay and work in the UK
after their course under the Graduate immigration route. Eligible
courses at the University of Nottingham include bachelors, masters
and research degrees, and PGCE courses.
This course enables midwives and maternity nurses across the globe to advance their careers and operate at senior levels be it in clinical practice, higher education, management or research.
Graduate destinations include posts as clinical managers, consultant midwives, lecturers, practice development midwives, research midwives and specialist midwives.
Many of our students decide to continue their education by studying for a PhD in Midwifery.
96.9% of postgraduates from the School of Health Sciences secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £29,708.*
*HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.
Recent graduates have gone on to work for NHS trusts (such as clinical specialists, advanced practitioners, modern matrons), universities (such as lecturers and senior academics, lecturer practitioners, researchers) and in private practice.
This content was last updated on Thursday 01 July 2021. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur given the interval between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.