MSc/PGDip/PGCert Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 3Yr PT
    PGDip 2Yr PT
    PGCert 1Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.2

Course Overview

This course aims to enable registered midwives to build on and enhance their midwifery knowledge, clinical reasoning and decision making skills. The resulting abilities of independent thinking and autonomous practice are highly desirable for midwives seeking career development opportunities.

Key Features

Teaching and Employability:

  • work-based education enables midwives to engage in theoretical analysis of practice in the workplace
  • teaching team has a wealth of experience in work-based learning
  • builds on the success of the existing Enhanced Professional Practice programme which has offered an excellent learning experience to all students
  • close professional and clinical links with clinical colleagues and senior midwifery colleagues
  • contributes to a culture of scholarship and enhanced practice in clinical areas

 

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MSc 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHGM90MSemester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Starting Your Professional Development
Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students are required to select 30 credits from the following list of core-optional modules. Once selected the module will become core for the student and they will be required to pass the module in order to pass the programme

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
SHMM00Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives
SHMM01Academic Year30Leadership and Professional Studies in Midwifery
SHMM02Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives (CPD)

PGDip 2 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHGM90MSemester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Starting Your Professional Development
Optional Modules
PGDip optional modules 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students are required to select 30 credits from the following list of core-optional modules. Once selected the module will become core for the student and they will be required to pass the module in order to pass the programme

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
SHMM00Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives
SHMM01Academic Year30Leadership and Professional Studies in Midwifery
SHMM02Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives (CPD)

PGCert 1 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHGM90MSemester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Starting Your Professional Development
Optional Modules
PGCert Optional modules 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students are required to select 30 credits from the following list of core-optional modules. Once selected the module will become core for the student and they will be required to pass the module in order to pass the programme.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
SHMM00Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives
SHMM01Academic Year30Leadership and Professional Studies in Midwifery
SHMM02Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives (CPD)

Description

Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practise is a work-based modular postgraduate degree specifically geared towards the needs of practising and registered midwives. It is practice focussed but also supports the student to develop skills in reflection and critical thinking.

Work-based learning is a student-centred approach where the student directs their own learning objectives so they reflect on what is important to their roles in their practice, and use these practice issues to drive forward their learning within the modules. 

Midwives completing the programme will have developed as autonomous learners who can think more critically and apply theory, experience and academic literature to the development and enhancement of their practice.

They will have gained not only academic and enhanced clinical skill, but also a number of transferable skills. This can only be of benefit to the midwife in terms of employability, the maternity service of the Health Board in which they work, and ultimately the standards of care for mothers and babies.

Entry Requirements

  • graduate midwives who are NMC registered
  • non-graduate midwives seeking similar opportunities will be able to study on the existing BSc (Hons) Enhanced Professional Practice
  • requirements regarding clinical experience will be individual; however, most midwives would expect to consolidate their practice as a newly qualified midwife before seeking further education opportunities
  • Admission to study, for most applicants, will be based on agreement from the student’s employer in relation to funding or study leave
  • The College will also consider students who choose to self-fund and undertake studies in their own time

How To Apply

Applicants are encouraged to click apply online as this will make it easier to track their progress.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Part-time £1,950
PGDip Part-time £1,950
PGCert Part-time £1,950

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Students are likely to encounter additional costs at university. These can include, amongst others:

  • buying stationery and equipment, such as USB sticks, etc.
  • printing and photocopying
  • binding of research projects/ dissertations

Please note there are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course. 

Course Structure

This part-time degree is flexible and students can study a maximum of 60 credits per year and complete in not less than 36 months and no more than 5 years including submission of the dissertation. Most students will be in full time employment and this programme allows them to undertake postgraduate studies whilst they are working.

The first module students will study is SHGM90 Starting your Professional Practice. In addition to this module and SHGM91 Personal Practice Development Portfolio, students will undertake SHMM01 Leadership and Professional Issues in Midwifery or SHMM00/SHMM02 Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives, as an additional core module.

Students may also access up to 30 credits from the College of Human and Health Sciences’ postgraduate catalogue of modules. To be awarded the MSc Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice, the student must achieve 180 credits at level 7 which must include the three core modules.

Delivery of this programme is a tripartite arrangement between the student, personal tutor and practice facilitator. Learning for each work-based module is based on the development of a learning contract and consequently the following process will be adopted for each module.

Students who do not wish to complete the full MSc have alternative exit qualifications: 

  • Students will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice on successful completion of 60 credits at level 7.
  • Students will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice on successful completion of 120 credits at level 7.

 

Assessment 

Students are assessed throughout their coursework (e.g. written assignments such as research projects, child observations and essays and seminar presentations) and a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words. 

Staff Expertise

The Midwifery team has a strong background in academic support at all levels. For this programme the academic supervision and support is given by Midwifery lecturers experienced in work based learning. The support is offered through a combination of individual tutorials and Action Learning Sets in groups. Close links between the Midwifery team and Clinical colleagues in the practice setting ensures supportive and nurturing culture of learning.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 

Facilities 

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences find out more here  or take a virtual tour  of the college.