The MSc Midwifery Studies, Maternal and Newborn Health programme provides a framework within which midwives/nurses undertake six core modules, in order to achieve a total of 120 credits. Students may exit at this point with a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery. In addition, a Postgraduate Certificate in Midwifery can be awarded, subject to University regulations, to students who achieve 60 credits but do not successfully complete the full MSc programme.
The MSc Midwifery Studies, Maternal and Newborn Health programme requires students to complete six modules and a further compulsory Dissertation module to achieve a total of 180 credits. The student 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.
The dissertation will be an extended investigation of a particular topic of up to 15,000 words.
The course commences in September each year.
The minimum length of the course is 24 months for the MSc Midwifery Studies, Maternal and Newborn Health.
Full-time option: The maximum length of the course is 12 months for the MSc Midwifery Studies, Maternal and Newborn Health.
Full-time students will normally be expected to complete the course in 12 months. Part-time students will normally complete the course within four years, having the option to complete within 24, 36 or 48 months.
Teaching and learning methods
Students are allocated a personal tutor for the duration of the programme. You will receive teaching from experienced research and teaching staff. A variety of teaching and learning methods are incorporated within the course and include:
- Enquiry-based learning
- Student and tutor-led seminars
- Web-based blended learning activities using Moodle
- Individual assignment tutorials
- A dissertation supervisor
- Online discussion boards
- Group tutorials
Where appropriate, outside lecturers with particular expertise will be used in addition to school staff.
Methods of assessment
Each module has an assessment that can take a variety of forms, for example:
- Written assignments
- Literature review
- Case study
- Research proposal
- Dissertation literature or research-based project
Introduction to research methodology and design (20 credits)
Using evidence to challenge the unnecessary medicalisation of normal childbirth (20 credits)
The concepts of perinatal mental health for health professionals (20 credits)
Research skills for maternal and newborn health practice (20 credits)
Contemporary issues in infant feeding and nutrition (20 credits)
Maternal and newborn health in a global context (20 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits) - six months to complete