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Midwifery with Public Health - MSci

If you’re looking to gain a Master’s degree and a professional qualification as a Registered Midwife, the MSci Midwifery with Public Health is for you. In addition to academic and professional qualifications, you will also complete a Newborn and Infant Physical Examination qualification....

  • Level Undergraduate
  • Study mode Full Time
  • Location City South
  • School School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Course overview

If you’re looking to gain a Master’s degree and a professional qualification as a Registered Midwife, the MSci Midwifery with Public Health is for you. In addition to academic and professional qualifications, you will also complete a Newborn and Infant Physical Examination qualification.

We are passionate about developing the best graduate midwives who support women and families during the most uplifting and sometimes challenging times of their lives. This course will prepare you to become a midwife who is able to meet the needs of women, newborn infants and their families.

Our approach to learning and teaching has been developed using a variety of frameworks and embraces the wealth of knowledge of the course team, practice partners and service users. The course will incrementally build on the skills and knowledge you will gain in practice and at university in order to support you to achieve the necessary level of competence and ability to make evidence-based decisions. Every aspect of the course has been carefully aligned to the standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2019). Successful completion of this course provides eligibility to apply and be entered onto the NMC register as a midwife.

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

During the first two years, you will receive integrated theory and practice content. This will allow you to engage teaching and learning activities in both the academic and practice setting. The third year consists of alternate theory and practice blocks. You will study various 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, pregnancy, labour and birth, postpartum, and the early weeks of a newborn infants’ life. Each year, you will engage in a yearlong practice module. This module, alongside varied clinical placements, will provide you with preparation and support to develop your confidence and competence in practice, working towards autonomously leading and co-ordinating care at the end of your course. Clinical practice will be assessed using the nationally, NMC approved Midwifery Ongoing Record of Achievement (MORA).

The first three years of the MSci course will be experienced alongside your BSc (Hons) Midwifery student colleagues. The final fourth year at level 7 will have a public health and midwifery focus. Your MSci cohort will have the opportunity to study with other healthcare professionals and midwives as this year includes a module of your choice related to midwifery which is often accessed by other healthcare professionals too.

Practice learning experiences may be within community, hospital or home environment settings. You will be exposed to diverse populations and you will learn to work as part of the interdisciplinary and multiagency teams. Whilst on placement you will be supported, supervised and assessed by suitably prepared practice and academic staff to develop your knowledge and skills. There will also be opportunities for exposure to alternative (including global midwifery) experiences during the elective placement. In your fourth year you will enable to negotiate a placement related to public health.

The Midwifery Department is committed to providing excellent, innovative, learning, teaching and assessment experiences. We use technology to enhance your learning, through lectures, seminars, skills, simulation and virtual learning. 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.

Why Choose Us?

  • Funding – Healthcare students are eligible to receive at least £5,000 a year in additional funding for maintenance and associated study costs. Download the funding FAQs.
  • The university is an Approved Education Institution. This course has been redeveloped in line with the new midwifery education standards and is awaiting approval by the NMC.
  • 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: MSci in Midwifery with Public Health which is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC); Public Health England Newborn and Infant Physical Examination Programme (NIPE).
  • Recognition of studying the Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative. This is highly unusual for a university and shows how deep our best practice is around this vital area. NIPE is a qualification highly prized by employers.
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake an elective experience, either nationally or internationally.
  • Our well-established peer buddy system will support you from the start of your course.

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Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Essential Requirements

128 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level

Level 2 Qualifications
UK Qualification Requirements
GCSE
  • Five subjects at grade C/4 or above
  • Must include Mathematics, English language and Science subjects
  • Level 2 equivalent qualifications (e.g. Functional Skills) are not accepted
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
  • Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level)
  • See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
Scottish Intermediate 2
  • Five subjects at grade C or above
  • Must include Mathematics, English language and Health and Social Care or Science subject
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
  • Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application
Scottish Credit Standard Grade
  • Five subjects at grade 2 or above
  • Must include Mathematics, English language and Health and Social Care or Science subject
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
  • Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application
Scottish National 5
  • Five subjects at grade C or above
  • Must include Mathematics, English language and Health and Social Care or Science subject
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
  • Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application
IELTS
  • Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no subtest below 6
  • If English is studied at GCSE Level but as a second language, IELTs must be completed to qualify for UK L2 requirement
Plus one of the following Level 3 (and above) Qualifications
UK Qualification Requirements 2021/22
A level and Advanced VCE
  • ABB / 128 UCAS points
  • Including Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology or Science subject at A-level or Level 3 equivalent
  • Excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project
  •  maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A-levels or level 3 equivalents.
Access to HE Diploma
  • Health or Nursing and Midwifery
  • Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at level 3 with 30 credits at merit or distinction (of which 24 must be in a science or health related subject)
  • If applying with an Access course you only need GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C/4 or above. You are not required to hold five GCSEs in total and GCSE science is not required.
British bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 2.2 at full honours
  • Considered on an individual basis
  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma (2016 – present)
  • Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) (2010 - 2016)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (2002 – 2010)
  • DDD
  • Must be in either Health and Social Care or Science subject
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (2016 – present)
  • Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) (2010 – 2016)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (2002 – 2010)
  • 128 UCAS points
  • Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
  • Either the BTEC level 3 National Diploma or the accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be in Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology or a relevant Science subject (e.g. Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Pearson BTEC National Foundation Diploma (2016 to present)
  • Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) (2010 - 2016)
  • 128 UCAS points
  • Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
  • Either the BTEC level 3 National Foundation Diploma or the accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be in Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology or a relevant Science subject (e.g. Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (2016 – present)
  • Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) (2010 - 2016)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Award (2002 - 2010)
  • 128 UCAS points
  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
  • • Either the BTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate or one of the accompanying A-levels / level 3 equivalents must be in Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology or a relevant Science subject (e.g. Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • Grade A overall
City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080)
  • 128 UCAS points
  • Must be in Health and Social Care

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • Obtain a minimum of 32 points overall with grade 4 or above in at least one Higher Level subject from Group 4 (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above, we will accept grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma
  • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above, we will accept Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB

Irish Leaving Certificate (Highers)

  • Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 128 tariff points, achieved in five Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H1-H7 (or A-D/A1-D3))
  • Must include a Health, Psychology, Sociology or Science related subject at Higher level

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

  • DDD
  • Must be in either Health and Social Care or Science subject

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

  • 128 UCAS points
  • Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
  • Either the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma or the accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be in Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology or a relevant Science subject (e.g. Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma (2016 - present)
  • OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma (until-2016)
  • 128 UCAS points
  • Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
  • Either the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma or the accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be in Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology or a relevant Science subject (e.g. Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (2016 – present)
  • OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (until 2016)
  • 128 UCAS points
  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
  • Either the OCR level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate or one of the accompanying A-levels / level 3 equivalents must be in Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology or a relevant Science subject (e.g. Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Open University courses

  • Considered on an individual basis
  • Must be in K101 - An Introduction to Health and Social Care or SK277 - Human Biology

Scottish Advanced Higher

  • Achieve a minimum of 128 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.
  • Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCC.
  • Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CC in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).
  • Must include a Health, Psychology, Sociology or Science subject at Higher level or above

T-Levels

  • 128 UCAS points (Distinction overall)
  • Must be in either Healthcare Science or Science

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma – Core (awarded until 2016) ESW/KS Combined component

  • 128 UCAS points
  • Considered with two A-level or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
  • One of the A-level / equivalent qualifications being taken must be a relevant Health, Psychlogy, Sociology or Science subject (e.g Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
Other qualifications

If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

In addition:
  • Applicants must have evidence of study within the last 5 years.
  • We operate a gathered field for applications, with interviews taking place the period of December to early March (these are currently taking place via Microsoft Teams) Find out more about online interviews
  • Applicants are required to undertake a face-to-face engagement, normally in the format of an interview, our current students will be part of the panel. 
  • Applicants must demonstrate evidence of literacy, numeracy and IT skills in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements.

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.

Recent relevant study to GCE A-level standard or above must have been completed within five years of the course intake date the applicant is applying for.

Please note, we do not accept deferred applications for this course. You must be ready to start the course when you apply via UCAS.

In addition, applicants should note

  • You must provide evidence of having been in general education for a minimum of 12 years.
  • No offers are made without a face-to-face interview.
  • Applicants who apply to both BSc/ MSCi midwifery programmes will be considered for both courses via a single selection and interview process. You will not be required to be re- interviewed.
  • Please note if you are unsuccessful in your application for either course, you will not be considered for the other, as the same selection process is used.

Fees & How to Apply

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This course offers both September and January start dates. If our places for your chosen start date are full, successful applicants will be offered a place for the next available start date instead.

Please note that applications are processed in the order in which they are submitted, so please apply early to ensure you have the best chance of securing your preferred start date if your application is successful.

You do not need to apply for both intakes as we will consider your application for the first available place if there are no places for your preferred intake.

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.

Printing

You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

Field trips

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.

Key Software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

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.

Uniform

You will be provided with four sets of uniform (tunic and trousers). If you need additional sets of uniform, you will need to purchase them.

Clothing and safety equipment

You will need to buy suitable placement shoes, cardigan and fob watch (price from £5).

Placement expenses (mandatory)

There may be some costs for travel or temporary accommodation associated with placements. The NHS Learning Support Fund can help with these costs. Information about what the fund covers and eligibility criteria can be found online.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

Books (optional)

All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.

Field trips (optional)

This course includes the option of additional trips that may enhance your experience, at extra cost.

Memberships (optional)

You may wish to join a union or professional body related to your course. We would advise joining the Royal College of Nursing or Unison. You will need to pay membership fees to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council on graduation.

Subscriptions (optional)

You may wish to purchase subscriptions to additional journals and websites.

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.

Guidance for UK students

UCAS

UK students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Our advice for applying to a health care course

Applying for a course and preparing for an interview can be a daunting process, so we have created a series of films to help you through the process, including what to put in your personal statement.

More guidance

International students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form, and submit them together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Course in Depth

Year One

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

This module will introduce you to the midwifery profession and the essential skills that will facilitate for successful studies throughout your course. It will introduce you to the skills and knowledge that you will require to transition into University studies and professional midwifery practice through personal self-development and reflection. The module will also enable you to explore support mechanisms to enhance your transition to Higher Education and begin to develop resilience for working within the midwifery profession.

This module focusses on the key principles of normal midwifery care during the antenatal period. It will provide you with the requisite knowledge and understanding of the midwife’s role in order to provide holistic care to healthy women, their families and the fetus.  

 You will be introduced to the relevant anatomy and physiology, whilst also exploring the sociological and psychological adaptations that women may encounter antenatally. In addition, you will be supported to apply evidence-based theory to your clinical practice, enabling you to develop your confidence throughout your first year. 

This module focusses on the key principles of normal midwifery care during the intrapartum period. It will provide you with the requisite knowledge and understanding of the midwife’s role in order to provide holistic care to healthy women, their families and the fetus. This will include the understanding of normal processes and recognition of deviations from these, on all aspects of health and well-being for the woman and fetus during labour and immediately following birth and enable you to develop confidence throughout your first year. 

The module aligns to the course philosophy, aiming to equip you to become midwives who provide skilled, knowledgeable, respectful and compassionate care for women and their families, enabling you to practice safely at this level of study and work toward being effective and proficient student midwives. 

This is based on a holistic model of care which is responsive to the individual needs of women, their families and the fetus within contemporary society.  

This 20 credit module introduces you to the care and management of postnatal women, their newborn infants and their families and starts to prepare you as a student midwife to carry out holistic systematic postnatal and newborn examination. The postnatal care and management of both the mother and newborn infant are an important role of the midwife and helps facilitate the transition to parenting.  The module facilitates you to promote normality, respect diversity, ensure equality, recognise deviation from normal and instigate appropriate actions. You will be introduced to concepts of working in partnership with the multi-professional team and promoting the mother and family interaction and care of the newborn infant. The module integrates relevant infant feeding policies and practices in line with the Baby Friendly Initiative and introduces you to concepts of infant nutrition and feeding.

This module provides you with an introduction to and ongoing support for practice elements of your course, as well as basic pharmacology and pharmacodynamics.   

The module is designed to enable you to achieve clinical practice proficiencies through ongoing guided participation in the care of childbearing women and their families within the practice setting.  The module offers year 1 preparation and development to grow your confidence and demonstrate the ability to participate, under direct supervision and direction, within the practice learning environment.  You will be supported to continue to develop numeracy skills related to clinical practice and calculation of medicines, through safeMedicate® and our Personal Development Department.

Year Two

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

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, you will adapt midwifery care to individual needs and collaborate effectively with the multi-disciplinary team to keep women and babies safe.  Midwives also need to signpost families to available local support resources to protect and promote their health and wellbeing and promote their establishment where necessary.  This module will guide you to build on the foundation of the skills that you are developing in your other modules, but now with a focus on complex social and clinical needs.

This level 5, 20 credit module will enable you to continue to explore support mechanisms to enhance your transition and resilience for working within the National Health Service and Higher Education. This will equip you with knowledge and skills that will enable you to provide safe care and discover and debate contemporaneous and challenging issues that influence midwives and other healthcare professionals. You are the midwifery leaders of the future, who will be faced with challenges in order to change practice - the skills required to meet these challenges will be developed as part of this module.

The midwife has a role in caring for and supporting women and newborn infants requiring medical, obstetric and neonatal care. 

This module introduces you to the principles of caring for women and their newborn infants with complex health conditions, which you will further build on within subsequent level 6 modules. You will be supported to develop the skills, knowledge and experience required to actively participate in the provision of complex midwifery care and work as part of the multi-disciplinary team. 

The module provides you with the opportunity for further development and ongoing support for practice elements of your course.  The module is designed to enable you to achieve clinical practice proficiencies through ongoing guided participation in care of childbearing women and their families within the practice setting.  The module offers year 2 preparation, development and consolidation to continue to grow your confidence and be able to contribute to midwifery care within the practice learning environment, with decreasing supervision and direction.  

You will be supported to continue to develop numeracy skills related to clinical practice and calculation of medicines, through safeMedicate® and our Personal Development Department. 

Year Three

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

This module continues to prepare you to care for the women and newborn infant based on their individual needs.  As well as caring for the woman in accordance with national guidelines, this module will also include the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination in accordance with Public Health England. This module enhances knowledge and skills in planning, leading and managing care, working with multidisciplinary teams and acting as an advocate for women, the newborn infant. The module prepares you to recognise, escalate and instigate immediate care for obstetric and neonatal emergencies.

To reach these levels of competence, students will be required to continue to develop an in-depth understanding of the physiology of pregnancy, birth, the mother and newborn. This module builds on knowledge gained from to previous modules at level 4 and 5.

This module introduces you to Public Health and Global perspectives. The module gives you the opportunity to examine Public Health within a global context, in order to compare and contrast wide-ranging health inequalities related to maternal and infant wellbeing, taking into account a life course approach. This module will facilitate the exploration of a midwife’s contribution to public health across the life course that impacts on pregnancy, childbirth, infancy and long-term health. It also provides an opportunity to evaluate the midwifery role within a global context and have a greater understanding of influences in health outcomes and care pathways within the local diverse, multi-ethnic population. This module can be studied as part of the BSc Hons in midwifery or as part of the MSci in Midwifery with Public Health.

This module provides you with the opportunity for further development and ongoing support for practice elements of your course.  It is designed to enable you to achieve clinical practice proficiencies through ongoing participation in the care of childbearing women and their families within the practice setting. This will be through ongoing supervision and by practising independently with minimal supervision. The module offers year 3 preparation, development and consolidation to support confidence and be able to demonstrate proficiency within the practice learning environment, with minimal supervision.  

 You will be able to independently practice and develop your midwifery skills assisted by practice supervisors, practice assessors and academic assessors. You will participate in teaching and learning sessions that support your progress in practice and allow you to identify and reflect on your own learning needs and experiences in practice. You will complete your assessment for year three within the Midwifery Ongoing Record of Achievement (MORA) which will provide a record of your performance and achievements in the practice setting.

You will be supported to master your numeracy skills related to clinical practice and calculation of medicines, through safeMedicate® and our Personal Development Department. 

In line with the NMC Education Standards (2019) the aim is to empower you throughout your career to promote and contribute to best midwifery evidence-based practice.  You will undertake background study to identify a gap in the research and construct an argument for your chosen topic.  You will undertake structured searches to identify and select best available evidence on your topic. You will learn in more detail about research methodology, consideration of research ethics, and will then be able to propose either primary or secondary research enquiry that seeks to address a gap in our knowledge base for midwifery practice.

Year Four

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

In this module, you will appraise Public Health theory and practice, exploring a midwife’s contribution to public health through the development and designing of a health promotion intervention and evaluation. You will have opportunities to select and apply appropriate theories, models or concepts to a contemporary health promotion intervention and critique the strengths and limits of this application. You will explore the methods by which these interventions can be planned, managed and evaluated in order to develop greater rigour with regard to evidence-based practice.

This module can be studied as part of the MSci in Midwifery with Public Health or as a stand-alone level 7 module.

This module gives you the opportunity to critically explore maternal and infant nutrition within a global context, in order to address wide-ranging health inequalities related to maternal and infant nutrition. You will explore the full spectrum of nutrition that impacts on pregnancy, childbirth, infancy and long-term health. This module can be studied as part of the MSci in Midwifery with Public Health, as a stand-alone level 7 module, or as an option on another Master's pathway.

Building on your completed level 6 research proposal, this double module provides you with the opportunity to complete a piece of work around a chosen midwifery topic.  This will enable you to demonstrate competence in the planning, execution, analysis and evaluation of a Research Project or a Systematic Review. It will facilitate independent, critical study in midwifery professional practice.  It will also serve those who wish to embark on Doctoral studies in the future.

The module offers further development and support for completion of the practice elements of your course.  It will enable you to achieve clinical practice proficiencies through ongoing participation in the care of childbearing women and their families within the practice setting. The module offers year 4 preparation, development and consolidation to support your confidence and ability to demonstrate proficiency within the practice learning environment, with minimal supervision.   

You have the option to choose a  module from existing Birmingham City University  Level 7 modules in the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences. This gives you the flexibility to choose a topic of your liking and to design your fourth year in a way that suits you. The timing, topic and assessment mode will all vary depending on your choice.

In our dynamic and innovative NMC validated course, we've taken major steps in responding to changes in the NHS that also map directly on to the very latest Nursing and Midwifery Council standards of best practice.

The course runs for 45 weeks each year. Approximately 60 per cent is devoted to theory and 40 per cent to clinical practice. When you are on clinical placement you are expected to participate in the care of child bearing women across the full range of shifts including night duty and weekends. Seven weeks annual leave will be set for the year. 

Additional support

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. 

More on our disability tutor >>

We offer extra technical and learning support.

Trips and visits

During the summer period, you will undertake a three week clinical elective placement. This is a mandatory requirement that will eventually feed into the third year Introduction to Global Perspectives on Public Health module. You can choose where you wish to undertake your elective placement: internationally, nationally or more locally. However, you cannot stay in your allocated Trust. You are required to organise your placement, and provide an itinerary and proposed learning outcomes.

Athena Swan Bronze Award
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.

Employability

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.

Placements

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.

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International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.

The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.

Facilities and Staff

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration nurses and midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Care Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Care Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Manikins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, 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 SIM men and SIM baby manikins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. 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.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Our staff

Natasha Carr

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.

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Julie Hadley

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.

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Maggie Prain

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 programme

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