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Midwifery Studies

MSc
Entry 2017: See entry requirements
Entry 2018: This course is not running
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: B721
Placement: Placement year not available
Not suitable for international students
Faculty of Health Studies
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Overview

A new opportunity for graduates with a non-midwifery undergraduate degree to enter a career in Midwifery as a registrant with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Midwifery is a unique profession, providing a safe, respectful, caring and personalised service to women and their families from conception, antenatal care, labour and into the postpartum period.

Our curriculum is based on a philosophy of active student-centred learning, making use of the real-life context of practice.

Problem-Based learning is designed to support your development into an autonomous learner. This transfers well into clinical practice, thereby promoting research-based contemporary care.

You will develop into a practitioner who is competent and consistently delivers innovative, effective and excellent care.

Values

Students are expected to reflect the values as outlined by the University of Bradford and the NHS Constitution in both academic and practice settings. These include working together, showing respect and maintaining dignity for service users, carers and colleagues, working inclusively so that everyone counts; showing commitment to your work and consistently offering a high quality of care.

These values also include being compassionate, demonstrating empathy and working to improve the health and wellbeing of others. We are seeking students who can develop their communication skills, their competence in this field and show commitment to upholding these values during their education and into their future careers.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as the statutory body and regulator of nursing and midwifery healthcare professions.

Why Bradford?

Nursing & Midwifery at the University of Bradford was ranked 6th in the UK in the Guardian University league tables 2016.

Midwives qualifying at the University of Bradford are highly employable; 97% of 2014 graduates from our BSc Midwifery Studies programme were in employment or further study shortly after graduation.

Midwives practise in evolving health environments, which require them to have an understanding of national and international population diversity and associated health needs.

There are varied clinical experiences in Bradford and Airedale.

You will develop a culturally sensitive understanding of the needs of women and their families, and gain theoretical understanding and skills in providing respectful and sensitive care for women in our multicultural society.

The team of lecturers in the School of Midwifery and Reproductive Health are all experienced, registered midwives, who provide support in the practice environment.

As part of a technology university the lecturers adopt learning and teaching innovations to enhance and support your learning.

The Faculty of Health Studies has purpose-built practice suites, which allow you to be taught and to practise your clinical skills associated with caring for women.

Rankings

Entry requirements

Applicants with Second Class Honours lower Division (2:2) or better will be considered.

Applicants must also have GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Biology/Combined Science at grade C or above.

All short-listed candidates will be interviewed. Acceptance is subject to completion of a satisfactory medical and Disclosure and Barring Service Check (previously known as CRB check).

All applicants must meet the residency requirements that apply to National Health Service funding.

Applicants must show evidence of recent relevant study in the last five years.

English language requirements:

Minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent (no sub-test lower than 7.0).

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Applicants with Second Class Honours lower Division (2:2) or better will be considered.

Applicants must also have GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Biology/Combined Science at grade C or above.

All short-listed candidates will be interviewed. Acceptance is subject to completion of a satisfactory medical and Disclosure and Barring Service Check (previously known as CRB check).

All applicants must meet the residency requirements that apply to National Health Service funding.

Applicants must show evidence of recent relevant study in the last five years.

Plus minimum of:

English, Maths and Biology or Combined Science grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted)

Additional entry requirements:

Interview prior to offer. Health screening and DBS check.

English language requirements:

Minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent (no sub-test lower than 7.0).

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

 

Modules

Module name Type
Year 1
Beginning Midwifery Knowledge (7)core
Midwifery Care and Practice 1 core
Midwifery Care and Practice 2core
Year 2
Developing Midwifery Knowledge (7)core
Midwifery Care and Practice 3core
Midwifery Care and Practice 4core
Year 3
Caseload and Leadershipcore
Midwifery Care and Practice 5a & 5bcore
Questioning Midwifery Knowledge (7)core

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

In order to meet NMC clinical competency requirements students undertake clinic practice alongside undergraduate students on the BSc (Hons) Midwifery Studies route over the three years.

Core theory is also shared with the undergraduate programme, however the MSc programme has bespoke activities to ensure students meet the higher academic level expected in a master's programme.

In the final year of the programme your academic study will be undertaken with other postgraduate students, who are in clinical practice and studying part time.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Successful graduates from this programme are eligible to apply for registration as a nurse on the professional register held by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Entry to the professional nursing register with a Masters qualification provides the opportunity for enhanced / accelerated career development in several areas, for example leadership, management, clinical specialism or education.

Facilities

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2017/18:

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: TBC

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

Financial support

From 1 August 2017, new students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional pre-registration courses, will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs.

Please see this useful fact sheet from the Council of Deans of Health for more information (PDF).

How do I find out more?

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.