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Midwifery with Public Health - MSci

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If you’re looking to gain a professional qualification as a Registered Midwife and explore at an advanced level how midwives can contribute to public health, then our MSci Midwifery with Public Health is for you....

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

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Overview

If you’re looking to gain a professional qualification as a Registered Midwife and explore at an advanced level how midwives can contribute to public health, then our MSci Midwifery with Public Health is for you.

This four-year course aims to prepare you with leadership skills and practice experience in a research-informed way, enabling you to develop, design and evaluate health promotion interventions. This integrated Master’s degree combines three years of undergraduate study with an additional fourth year at postgraduate level, in a single course. You could also gain 120 credits at postgraduate level which you could use towards a Master's qualification.

In addition to academic and professional qualifications, you will complete the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) qualifications.

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 not 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.

Accredited By

This course is accredited by:

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Athena Swan Bronze Award

Why Choose Us?

  • Funding – midwifery students in receipt of a student loan 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 classed as an Approved Education Institution by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This course has been designed in line with the latest midwifery education standards and is approved 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. Our purpose-built midwifery teaching suite complete with birthing pool, and various high tech teaching tools, such as our Sim Mom birth simulator and realistic neonatal mannequins to help simulate a variety of midwifery scenarios as you learn.
  • Our exciting new MSci award allows you to study your fourth year at master’s level with the option to choose a module of your own interest tailored towards your future career aspirations.
  • By successfully completing this course you will have the opportunity to graduate with two qualifications: MSci in Midwifery with Public Health which is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Public Health England Newborn and Infant Physical Examination Programme (NIPE).

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    Entry Requirements

    These entry requirements apply for entry in 2024/25.

    All required qualifications/grades must have been achieved and evidenced at the earliest opportunity after accepting an offer to help confirm admission and allow for on-time enrolment. This can also include other requirements, like a fee status form and relevant documents. Applicants can track their application and outstanding information requests through their BCU mySRS account.

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

    Essential

    128 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level

    Please note: If you qualify for our BCU Accelerate scheme, you could receive an offer that is two grades below our normal entry requirements. Find out more about BCU Accelerate.

    Applicants are required to undertake a face-to-face engagement, normally in the format of an interview.

    We operate a gathered field for applications, with interviews taking place the period of December to early March. Interviews are currently taking place via Microsoft Teams. Find out more about online interviews.

    Places are subject to a satisfactory Occupational Health Check, Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

    Qualifications, personal statement, and references all form part of the selection criteria for this course.

    Applicants must demonstrate evidence of literacy, numeracy, and IT skills in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements.

    Applicants must normally have evidence of formal study within the last five years. However, we are sometimes able to waive this requirement if a candidate has a significant amount of professional experience in a relevant field, for example healthcare, social care, or education.

    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    Level 2 qualifications

    GCSE

    Five subjects at Grade C/4 or above, including GCSE English Language or English Literature, GCSE Maths and GCSE Science. Level 2 equivalents are not accepted.

    Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level)

    See level 3 entry requirements under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.

    Scottish National 5

    Five subjects at Grade C or above, including English Language or English Literature, Maths and Science. Level 2 equivalents are not accepted.

    Plus one of the following Level 3 (and above) qualifications

    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, in a relevant subject
    • 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
    • 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 Higher/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.

    Extra information for EU/international students

    IELTS

    • Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 7, with no subtest below 6.5.
    • If English is studied at GCSE Level but as a second language, IELTS must be completed to qualify for UK L2 requirement

    Fees & How to Apply

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    • International Student

    UK students

    Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

    Award: MSci

    Starting: Sep 2024

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    Award: MSci

    Starting: Jan 2025

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    International students

    Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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    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).

    Year Two

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

    Year Three

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

    Year Four

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

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    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 41 weeks each year. Approximately 50 per cent is devoted to theory and 50 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. 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.

    Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    The Nursing and Midwifery Council

    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
    Athena Swan Bronze Award

    We have successfully secured the Athena SWAN Departmental Bronze Award recognising a commitment to gender equality.

    The Athena Swan Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research.

    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.

    More about our placement opportunities

    Facilities & Staff

     

    Our Facilities

    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.

    See more of our skills facilities at City South

    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.

    Simulation Manikins

    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.

    Computer Facilities

    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.

    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)...

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    Julie Hadley

    Deputy Head of Nursing and Midwifery

    Julie is the Deputy Head of Nursing and Midwifery at Birmingham City University.  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...

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    Maggie Prain

    Senior Lecturer of Nursing & Midwifery

    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

    More about Maggie