Midwifery (Shortened Route) - MSc
Our accelerated MSc in Midwifery gives you the opportunity to qualify as a registered midwife in two years. This course is specifically for people who have already qualified and are currently registered as an Adult Nurse....
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- Level Postgraduate Taught
- Study mode Full Time
- Location City South
- Award MSc
- Start date January 2023
- School School of Nursing and Midwifery
- Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences
Our accelerated MSc in Midwifery gives you the opportunity to qualify as a registered midwife in two years. This course is specifically for people who have already qualified and are currently registered as an Adult Nurse.
Our course is designed to enable you to transition from registered adult nurse to become a future midwife, able to lead and provide skilled, knowledgeable, respectful, and compassionate care for all women, newborn infants and their families through autonomous and evidence-based practice.
We will work with you to build incrementally on the skills and knowledge you gain in practice and University to help you achieve the level of competence and ability needed to make evidence-based, clinical decisions. The content of this 2 year course is guided by the NMC Standards for pre-registration midwifery programmes (2019).
We are one of four institutions selected by Health Education England (HEE) to deliver this exciting new blended learning option for Midwifery to enhance the digitisation of the NHS. Although this course is full time, the flexible course delivery enables you to balance your studies with other personal commitments. The course will also help you develop the digital skills needed to meet the demands of a changing society. Find out more about these new blended learning courses on the HEE website.
You will undertake practical placements alongside study days on campus and online learning using a range of virtual and digital technologies off campus, including online lectures and self-directed learning. Practice placement experiences will take place in the clinical environment with our NHS partners, supported by practice-orientated simulation activities.
What's covered in this course?
You will study a variety of modules, which will allow you to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to care for women, and newborn infants across the care continuum from pre-pregnancy, through pregnancy, labour and birth, to postpartum, and into the early weeks of a newborn infant’s life.
Your core nursing skills will be further developed and applied in the field of midwifery. There is a strong emphasis on developing your ability to work both as an autonomous practitioner and within the multi-disciplinary team, and to advocate for women and their families. Our midwifery lecturers are all registered midwives and will support and guide you every step of the way.
The Midwifery Department is committed to providing you with excellent, innovative, learning, teaching and assessment experiences. We use technology to enhance your learning, through lectures, seminars, skills, simulation and virtual learning. This course is taught via blended learning, meaning you will experience a variety of teaching methods, which includes online lectures, self-directed learning and a proportion of study days on campus, in addition to practice-based clinical placements.
The course also embraces using and evaluating research to underpin midwifery practice with the expectation that you will apply this to both the theory and practice elements. The course places women and their families at the centre of midwifery practice irrespective of their complexity or healthcare setting.
Each year, you will engage in year-long practice exposure, which forms part of a module assessment. This module, alongside varied clinical placements, will help prepare and support you to develop your confidence and competence in practice, and work towards autonomously leading and co-ordinating care by the end of your course.
Placements are an essential part of this Midwifery course. On placement, you will participate in the care of the child-bearing population and their babies, under the supervision of qualified midwives. You start clinical placement within a few weeks of beginning your course so you'll get practical experience right from the start. During placements you'll be fully supported by qualified midwives, your academic assessor and your personal tutor. Clinical practice will be assessed using the NMC’s nationally-approved Midwifery Ongoing Record of Achievement (MORA).
We work with our practice partners to ensure you will have practice learning experiences in a wide range of settings - including community, hospital or home settings. You will be exposed to diverse populations and you will learn to work as part of the interdisciplinary and multiagency teams.
Engagement of practice partners and service users in all areas of learning, teaching and assessment is integral to our approach. Our evidence-based curriculum will empower you to contribute to the provision of high-quality holistic care both during your studies and in your future profession.
There are regular periods where you are encouraged to reflect on your practice in order to enhance your learning, which is a requirement for midwives following registration.
This course is accredited by:
Why Choose Us?
- You will be paid by your placement Trust at Band 5 during your course.
- The University is an Approved Education Institution. This course has been redeveloped in line with the new midwifery education standards and is approved by the NMC.
- We're one of only four institutions chosen by Health Education England to deliver this new and innovative blended learning midwifery course.
- Birmingham is one of the UK’s most diverse cities outside of London, which provides you with a wide variety of placement experiences that will be valuable to take forward into your future career.
- Our specialist skills facilities include a home environment and birthing area. Teaching tools such as a birth simulator and neonatal manikins help to simulate a variety of birth scenarios.
- By successfully completing this course you will have the opportunity to graduate with three qualifications: MSc in Midwifery which is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC); Public Health England Newborn and Infant Physical Examination Programme (NIPE); and the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative.
- This is an exciting course which offers the opportunity to study for midwifery at Master's level. Studying at Level 7 provides the foundation for potential opportunities in research, practice development and specialist employment.
- Our well-established peer buddy system will support you from the start of your course.
UK/EU and International students
Admissions will be through direct application to the university and partner trust.
Entrants to this programme must be a U.K. registered adult nurse with a minimum of a 2.1 at BSc (Hons) in a health related degree. You must hold and maintain current NMC adult nurse registration throughout this course.
A minimum of 6 months full time equivalent prior to commencement is desirable.
Consideration may be given for applicants with significant clinical experience who have not completed a first degree but have level 6 credits, or applicants whose academic level 6 credits were awarded less than 5 years prior to applying to undertake the course.
Candidates may be required to complete pre-offer work for assessment by the course team to deem suitability for entry onto the course.
You must hold Maths and English at GCSE level at a minimum of grade 4/C.
Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 7, including a minimum of 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections. An equivalent test to IELTS is acceptable and will be considered on an individual basis.
Applicants must have evidence of academic study within the last 5 years.
You will need to provide a satisfactory clinical and academic reference prior to commencing the course.
We operate a gathered field for applications, with interviews taking place throughout the year (these are currently taking place via Microsoft Teams). Find out more about online interviews.
Applicants are required to undertake a face-to-face interview. Our current students may be part of the panel.
Applicants must demonstrate evidence of literacy, numeracy and IT skills in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements- these are assessed via qualifications held.
Places subject to a satisfactory Occupational Heath Check, Disclosure and Barring Service report and registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
Applicants should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, face-to-face selection process and references all form part of the selection criteria for this course.
Please note, we do not accept deferred applications for this course. You must be ready to start the course when you apply.
Fees & How to Apply
- UK students
- International students
Starting: Jan 2023
- Full Time
- 2 years
Sorry, this course is not available to International students.
In addition to completing our application form for this course, you must also complete an NHS application. This is because you will be employed at Band 5 during your training. You can upload the completed application form along with proof of your qualifications to your applicant portal (you will create a login when you complete our application form online). If you are successful at interview, your NHS application form will be forwarded to the Trust.
Access to computer equipment
You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.
You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.
All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.
Access to Microsoft Office 365
Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.
You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.
Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.
Free access to Rosetta Stone
All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.
You will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for this course. Your first DBS check is included in your fees.
Placement expenses (mandatory)
Placements are a compulsory element of many health and teacher training courses. You'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst living or working away from home.
Clothing and safety equipment (mandatory)
This course requires the purchase of safety equipment. You will need to provide appropriate shoes for placement experiences.
Specialist equipment (mandatory)
This course requires the purchase of specialist equipment, including stethoscope (approx. £80-£100) and fob watch.
Excess printing (optional)
Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.
All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.
You may wish to purchase subscriptions to additional journals and websites.
You may wish to join a union or professional body related to this course.
Accommodation and living costs
The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.
Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.
Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Your passion and motivations
Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?
Why this course?
Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.
What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?
Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.
Relevant academic or work experience
Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?
You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
Course in Depth
There are no optional modules. In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all CORE modules (totaling 180 credits):
This module will introduce you to the principles of normal childbearing and includes the development and care of the newborn. The aim of this module is to provide you with a foundation on which subsequent knowledge and understanding of midwifery will be built; as you progress through your course. It introduces you to normal midwifery practice and the associated clinical skills required to provide holistic and individualised care
This module provides you with the opportunity to develop yourself into the accountable and autonomous practitioner within the midwifery profession. You will be provided with the principles underpinning partnership working to promote safe and effective care and choice for women and their families. Midwives are required to make critically important contributions to the safety and quality of midwifery care. Subsequently the module will enable you to develop the skills required to participate and lead within effective teams. Using critical self-reflection on yourself and others you will build on several skills leant as a nurse and emerge as an accountable scholar and leader in preparation for registration as a midwife.
Based on the social model of care which underpins the curriculum, this module will encourage you to develop the knowledge and skills needed to recognise and then respond compassionately, holistically and competently to childbearing women and their families, who are living with complex needs.
The Pre-registration NMC Educational Standards (2019) require the preparation of student midwives to be knowledgeable and skilled in making holistic risk assessments using a wide range of techniques, adapting midwifery care to individual needs and collaborating effectively with the MDT to keep women and babies safe.
In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all CORE modules (totaling 180 credits).
This 40 credit module, focuses on the potential complexities of childbirth for the woman. Whilst the overall programme philosophy and midwifery practice is grounded in normality, midwives have a key role in both working in partnership with other healthcare professionals to care for women and their families, who have complex health and social care needs. This module will therefore provide you with the underpinning knowledge, skills and experience you need to enable you to actively participate in the management of midwifery care for women and their babies when childbirth deviates from the normal including when obstetric emergencies arise.
This module will focus on the identification, assessment and holistic care of the complex neonate within contemporary midwifery practice. It is intended that during the course of this module you will gain the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to develop your professional role in the holistic examination of the baby, including the specific skills required to undertake the complete Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE)
The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills for research driven, evidence-based practice. Studying research at master’s level will place you at the forefront of progressing care and improving outcomes for women and families. Your research skills will be enhanced through the generation of a solution to an identified clinical need. Through evaluation and dissemination of your research output you will make a unique personal and professional contribution to the advancement of midwifery practice.
In order to meet the NMC (2019) requirements there is a minimum of 3600 hours in total with a 50/50 split of theory and practice the following workload applies. This is based on the equivalent of 40 hours theory per week and 6 weeks annual leave per year. Whilst on placement students are expected to complete 37.5 hours of clinical hours. Students are expected to work to 1800 hours in total per year of the programme.
Scheduled Learning includes lectures, practical classes and workshops, contact time specified in timetable.
Directed Learning includes placements, work-based learning, external visits, online activity, Graduate+, peer learning.
Private Study includes preparation for exams.
If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you with this.
We offer extra technical and learning support.
Accreditation or professional associations
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) works with partner organisations to set and maintain high standards of nursing and midwifery education across the UK.
This course has been approved and monitored by the NMC to make sure that the education and training on offer meets their standards.
To work as a nurse or midwife, you must pass an NMC approved course at a higher education institution (HEI) in pre-registration nursing and midwifery, leading to registration with the NMC.
Athena Swan Bronze Award
The School of Nursing and Midwifery has successfully secured the Athena SWAN Departmental Bronze Award recognising a commitment to gender equality.
Health Education England
The Blended Learning programme has been developed with Health Education England to address national shortages in clinical expertise and explores the opportunities of providing predominantly online, remote-access study to those people who may have the aptitude and values to join the healthcare profession, but currently are unable to learn in traditional ways.
Enhancing your employability skills
Employers at our NHS partners consistently cite the strength of our graduates at interview and their suitability to be immediately fit for practice as a midwife.
We believe it is because of our selection of determined and caring individuals who are motivated to becoming midwives that have the 6C’s as their core attributes.
Employers at our NHS partnership trusts consistently cite the strength of our graduates at interview and their suitability to be immediately fit for practice as a midwife.
We believe it is because of our selection of determined and caring individuals who are motivated to becoming midwives that have the 6C’s as their core attributes.
On our Midwifery courses, you can expect to enjoy a number of placements at some of the biggest and busiest NHS centres for midwifery training in the Midlands. We have a teaching-placement split of 50-50%, reflecting the importance of the clinical experience you will get at these Trusts and birthing centres.
Within these placements you will experience a wide range of midwifery practice progressing from normality in year one to complexity in year two and more specialist roles in year three. You will also have the opportunity for additional experiences such as gynaecology and the neonatal unit
Our partner NHS Trusts are some of the world’s leading maternity environments, including Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust,
University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.
Facilities and Staff
Our School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at our City South campus in leafy Edgbaston.
We’ve spent £41million expanding our facilities at City South. These facilities offer hands-on practical experience, replicating the spaces you will come across in professional practice.
In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that you learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. Alongside physical spaces such as a mock operating theatre and wards, we also make use of online and virtual technology, such as our virtual ward and virtual case creator.
Centre for Skills and Simulation
The Centre for Skills and Simulation offers a range of different spaces which replicate situations that you will encounter in practice. These include hospital wards, an operating theatre and a home environment room.
Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. The hospital wards can be adapted from low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.
The home environment room is the perfect space for teaching communications skills and allows us to simulate a community setting for our students. It is particularly useful for mental health nurses, learning disability nurses and midwives.
We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and simulation babies (SIM babies) which are anatomically correct manikins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills. The manikins contain software which replicates real symptoms, and can manipulate indicators such as blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM man can even ‘talk’ to the students as they are treating him, to add another dimension to learning.
The Seacole building has two open-access IT Suites which offer PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. There is also an IT Helpdesk for quick and easy help with your computing or internet issues.
Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:
- Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
- Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
- Microsoft Office software
- Research and statistical software
- Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home
Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.
In addition to desktop PCs, we also offer a laptop loan facility, allowing students to borrow a laptop for up to six hours while on campus.
Senior Academic (Teaching and Learning)
Rachel is the programme leader for the return to practice: midwifery course. She has herself previously undertaken a RTPM course. Rachel is supported by colleagues from midwifery and nursing. Close links are maintained with practice education teams in local NHS Trusts. Wider afield, links are strongly made and maintained with trusts outside the region to support the RTP candidates to return to the midwifery register.More about Rachel
Senior Lecturer in Midwifery / Course Leader for A-EQUIP module
Louise joined the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Birmingham City University in 2014 and is one of our senior midwife lecturers.More about Louise
Senior Midwifery Lecturer
A a senior lecturer in the Midwifery Department, Natasha is responsible for providing, supporting and facilitating teaching and learning on both the long and short BSc (Hons) Midwifery Programmes. In addition, Natasha teaches alongside colleagues on the Examination of the Newborn Programme and lead the Professional Midwifery Advocate (A-EQUIP) Programme.More about Natasha
Head of Department for Midwifery and Lead Midwife for Education
Julie is the Lead Midwife for Education, responsible for ensuring that the standards for midwifery education are met as part of the midwifery courses.
She has been employed in higher education since 2008. After qualifying, she worked as a midwife at the Birmingham Women's Hospital and later as a Research Midwife. She was then employed as a project manager and research teacher and was involved in developing, delivering and assessing two European funded projects which developed a clinically integrated European qualification in evidence based medicine (EBM) for medical doctors.More about Julie
Senior Midwifery Lecturer
Maggie began full time lecturing in 2003 and has been the programme director for the BSc (Hons)/Graduate Diploma in midwifery 20-month programme since 2006 -2013. She is now also the programme director for the Examination of the newborn programmeMore about Maggie
Senior Midwifery Lecturer
Sharon has been a midwife for nearly 20 years where her love for the role has just grown as she has developed in her career. A career spanning 20 years has allowed her to flourish and try different roles that all entwine to improve the care women and their families receive.More about Sharon