Postgraduate study
This course enables midwives and maternity nurses to develop, deliver and direct high quality midwifery services, helping the drive towards improving maternity/health outcomes for the childbearing woman and her family.
 
  
Qualification
MSc Midwifery Studies, Maternal and Newborn Health
Duration
1 year full-time. 2-4 years part time.
Entry requirements
At least a 2:2 honours degree
Other requirements
Applicants must be a registered midwife or nurse currently working within maternity services. International students will be required to have occupational health clearance, supply a declaration of good character and health form certified by their current employer and undertake governance training in order to undertake insight/observational visits. Please note if vaccinations are required, these will be at the student's own expense.
IELTS
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
September
UK/EU fees
£7,785 - Terms apply
International fees
£17,910 - Terms apply
Campus
Nottingham Centre
School/department
 

 

Overview

The course aims to enable students to develop, deliver and direct high quality midwifery services within the context of the national and international drive towards improving maternity/health outcomes for the childbearing woman and her family. 

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 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, the 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. 

The School of Health Sciences promotes opportunities for developing interprofessional working and learning with colleagues and students across all three divisions. Students on this course will study six core modules and a dissertation module. 

Course-specific entry requirements

All prospective applicants to the course will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to the practice of maternity and healthcare through their current professional/practitioner role and, in addition to the University regulations, must:

  • hold a degree (usually 2:2 or above)
  • UK students must provide confirmation of registration as a midwife
  • EU/overseas students must be working in a maternity care setting or educational role and will also be assessed on their professional registration

International students

International students whose first language is not English are normally required to have an overall average score of 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) in the British Council's International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent.

Applicants from certain countries may have these requirements waived subject to the University of Nottingham's Policy for Waiving English Language Requirements (Word).

Key facts

  •  Ranked 4th in the UK and 28th in the world for nursing by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018
  • We are a leading environment for world class research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014; 86% of our research activity is rated as world leading and internationally excellent with significant impact on people's health and wellbeing. We have also seen a 35% improvement in the quality of research undertaken in the past five years
  • Ranked 5th best in terms of research power in our unit of assessment, a measure which includes the quality of research and number of research active staff according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • Our teaching team includes a number of National Teaching Fellows, Senior Fellows and Fellows of the Advance Higher Education Academy
 

Full course details

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.

Course structure

The course commences in September each year. 

Part-time option: 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:

  • Lectures
  • 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

Curriculum map 

Full-time students

Semester one:

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)

Semester two:

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

 
 

Modules

Core modules:

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

 

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.

 
 

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Midwives and maternity nurses may self-fund the course or seek support from employing organisations or scholarships.

You can find out more detailed information about course fees, scholarships and funding on the school website.

The Graduate School website at the University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding. 

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

 
 

Careers and professional development

Previous MSc Midwifery programmes have enabled individual midwives and maternity nurses from across the globe to develop their careers, for example as clinical managers, consultant midwives, university lecturers, practice development midwives, researchers, and specialist clinical midwives. Also, more and more of our students decide to continue their education by studying for a PhD in Midwifery.

The MSc Midwifery Studies, Maternal and Newborn Health is aimed at midwives and maternity nurses working in the National Health Service and other maternity care systems in the EU and across the globe.  As such, the content is designed to put you at the cutting edge of thinking, research and practice in the area of maternity care, with a view to accelerating your career progression and prospects.

The MSc Midwifery Studies, Maternal and Newborn Health enables midwives and maternity nurses to advance their careers and operate at senior levels be it in clinical practice, higher education, management or research, with graduates securing posts as clinical managers, consultant midwives, lecturers, practice development midwives, research midwives and specialist midwives.

This course also provides an excellent foundation for future study at PhD level. Midwives and maternity nurses will be required to attain a final degree classification of at least a merit in order to be eligible to apply for this higher level of study.

Average starting salary and career progression  

In 2017, 100% of postgraduates from the School of Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The median starting salary was £32,000*.
 
*Based on known destinations of full-time, UK, postgraduates who were available for work or further study, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.   

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life. 

 
 

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Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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