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What makes Midwifery MSc (Shortened programme) at the University of Worcester special?*

This exciting new programme has been developed to enable Registered Nurses (Adult) with one year experience to complete a two-year course leading to accredited registration as a Midwife. You are taught utilising a combination of distance learning and short designated on-site learning opportunities. This is complemented by practice learning in a range of midwifery settings whilst studying towards a Masters level qualification.

Our curriculum allows you to understand, cope with and value your transformative journey within an appreciative and supportive community in both practice and university settings. You are, therefore, prepared to emerge as midwives capable of providing physical, psychological, social, cultural and spiritually safe care for women, babies and their families during a significant life event.

*This course is subject to approval

Overview

Overview

  • This course is for Registered adult nurses who want to become NMC Registered Midwives and earn a level 7 qualification
  • The duration of this course is 2 academic years consisting of 45 weeks per year and 7 weeks annual leave
  • Designated, flexible online distance learning theory weeks and specific onsite learning and consolidation periods during the programme to enhance learning and skill development
  • This programme has been developed in partnership with students, service users, practice partners, academic support teams and members of the midwifery teaching team
  • Opportunity to complete a newborn physical assessment module within the programme
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the Midwifery MSc (shortened) programme, applicants must hold a First degree at 2.2 or above and must already be a Registered Nurse with at least 12 months experience working as an adult nurse in an appropriate setting.

You must be able to demonstrate proficiency in English language and have the capability to develop literacy, numeracy, digital and technological skills required to meet the programme outcomes.

Applicants whose first language is not English and who are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of their proficiency must ensure that it is, or is comparable to, IELTS level 7.0 with no element below 6.5.

Key Information for Applicants

Your must include an academic and a recent employer reference to support your applications. You should also present a personal statement with a clear midwifery focus. You must be able to demonstrate the values and behaviours in accordance with the NMC code and an understanding of the role and scope of practice of a midwife.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a selection event. Successful applicants are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) check and occupational health clearance.

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Course content

What will you study?

All modules are mandatory. Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and by feedback from students, external examiners and employers.

Blocks of practice learning opportunities within the clinical environment are provided throughout the two years of the programme.  Students are required to complete 1800 practice hours in appropriate midwifery practice settings.  Achievement of these hours is based on the completing of 45 practice weeks across the programme, based on a 40-hour week.

Our programme is approved by* the Nursing and Midwifery Regulator the NMC. We offer the following modules over the 2 academic years of the Programme:

 

 

Year 1 - Midwifery MSc – Shortened Programme

  • Universal Care and Skills – Women and Family
  • Midwifery Philosophy and Public Health
  • Developing Midwifery Practice

Year 2 - Midwifery MSc – Shortened Programme

  • Additional Care and Skills
  • Newborn Physical Examination
  • Quality Improve Project /Dissertation
  • Consolidating Midwifery Practice (2)
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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching

A key feature of our programme is that students are taught utilising a combination of distant learning and short designated on-site learning opportunities. This unique feature enables qualified nurses to access high quality teaching resources facilitated by an expert midwifery lecturing team using flexible and student-centred approaches with innovative virtual learning experiences. The online experiences include a combination of interactive workshops, lead lectures, tutorials and small group activities. One of our modules includes an Enquiry Based Learning approach to foster independent and transformational learning in both the topic and professional development.

There are opportunities for shared learning with the BSc (Hons) Pre-registration midwifery programme. With opportunities for shared learning with Registered Midwives completing the Neonatal Health Assessment module share teaching with the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice.

Students will also be able to consolidate learning related to midwifery philosophies and skills within the traditional university campus setting, including access to state of the art skills laboratories during the onsite learning and consolidation days. The flexibility of distance learning will be supported by regular opportunities to connect with lecturers, midwives and other students either virtually or during the onsite learning experiences.

At the beginning of the programme, you will be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor. You will have the opportunity to meet with your personal academic tutor, as a minimum, at two scheduled group meetings in the first year to ensure you are settling into university life, to sign-post you to any university services you may need and to provide academic support. These will be complemented with 2 individual meetings.  During the second year to reflect growing confidence, you will be able to meet with your personal academic tutor in a group once and individually for two meetings.

During each year of your programme, you will also be allocated an Academic Assessor (AA). The AA is a Registered Midwife who collates and confirms your achievement in the academic environment for each year of the programme. They work with a nominated practice assessor to make recommendations for progression for each student they are assigned to.

Practice based learning opportunities will run in blocks across the year usually preceded by on onsite residential weekend learning and consolidation days. You will utilise a nationally approved practice record to support your learning and assessment within maternity settings. You will be supported by Practice Supervisors and Practice Assessors in your learning within the clinical setting.

Contact Time

In a typical theory week you will have around 12 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend upon the module. In the final year, you will have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study. Typically contact time will be structured around:

  • 4 x hours of lead lectures
  • 2 x hours of Enquiry Based learning
  • 1 x hour group tutorials
  • 2 x hours online seminars

In a typical onsite learning week, you will have opportunity to condense the 12 contact hours of teaching over 3 days:

  • 5 x hours skills workshop
  • 3 x hours lead lecture
  • 4 x hours seminars

 

In addition, you will be provided with an opportunity to book a tutorial with the module lead or a meeting with your Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) during this week.

You will also complete blocks of practice during the 2 years of your programme. You will be expected to complete 40 hours per week of clinical practice and will be supported in practice by a practice supervisor and practice assessor. University of Worcester student midwives are also supported in practice by Practice Education teams. They work closely with practice supervisors, practice assessors, students, midwives and the University team to provide comprehensive support for students in practice.

Independent Self Study

In addition to the contact time you will be expected to undertake around 28 hours of independent study per week. Typically, this would involve completing online activities, reading professional journal articles, policy documents and books. It would also include working on individual and collaborative work, for either Enquiry Based Learning feedback or for preparing for course assessment submissions.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, available at the University of Worcester campus and online. These include The Hive and library resources, Virtual learning platforms and extensive electronic learning resources.

Duration

This programme of study is full-time for 2 years.  It is timetabled for 45 weeks each year, plus 7 weeks holiday.

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team is made up of registered midwives from different backgrounds offering a range of expertise. Teaching is also supported by contributions from other allied health professionals when specialist knowledge is required. Contributions by service users, carers and their families, provide opportunities for the sharing of lived experience with students.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, with 100% of all permanent lecturers in the teaching team having a Higher Education teaching qualification and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.  In addition to this, three members of the team have achieved doctoral awards.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative assessments' which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, practice documents and a final year independent study project.

A typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

 

Year 1

1 x formal examination

1 x individual presentation

1 x essay

1 x Practice assessment document and medication calculation assessment

 

Year 2

1 x report

1 x Group wiki

1 x Dissertation /Quality Improvement Project

1 x Practice assessment document and medication calculation assessment

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module teachers as appropriate.

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Careers

Where could it take you?

Achievement of the MSc Midwifery (Shortened) normally indicates a student’s Fitness to Practice and eligibility to enter the NMC professional register, permitting use the title Registered Midwife. As a level 7 qualification this course offers opportunities for employment in specialist midwifery roles, research and midwifery consultancy.

First destination data shows that midwifery students from the University enjoy high levels of employment with 95% of students employed within 6 months of graduation. 

 

Costs

How much will it cost?

Fees

The current fees can be found within the tuition fees document on our figure out finances page.

Course-related costs not included in the fees

During the programme you can expect to pay for day-to-day costs for printing, stationary, textbooks etc. You will need to be able to drive to clinical placements. You will also need to pay for your NMC registration. The University of Worcester will pay for uniforms.

(Reimbursement for travel still TBC - will depend on financial support of employer / Model)

Sources of financial support

Most financial support is available from Student Finance England www.gov.uk/studentfinance. The University’s Money Advice Service can provide information about student money; this can be accessed through firstpoint.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Placements

There is opportunity for prospective students in the local area to be offered planned placements with one of our established practice partners.

There is also an opportunity for prospective students to experience placements within their own locality, outside of these placement partners. These could be at an approved NHS Trust with sufficient practice education support and supervision. This would be dependent on a NHS Trust sponsored placement.

You will need to be identified by a manager at a Trust. A joint selection event will be held for shortlisted candidates. 

Please speak to the NHS Trust Education Team at your employing Trust.

Application to the University of Worcester Midwifery MSc (Shortened Programme) can be made by UCAS.

UCAS code: B721

 

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