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Midwifery MPhil/PhD

The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Midwifery.

Research at Worcester has grown significantly in the last 10 years as the University itself has expanded. As a research student you will join a vibrant student community in our Research School and become part of our dynamic research environment.

You will have the opportunity to be supervised by leading researchers in your field and take advantage of our rich Researcher Development programme which will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to complete your research degree but also enhance the skills you will need in any future career.


Our MPhil/PhD research degree programme offers you:

Wide variety of research interests

The Institute of Health and Society has a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of your programme. Our staff have expertise in Clinical Midwifery Skills, supervision of midwives and governance issues, support of students within a diverse care settings, normality, high risk situations, regulation.

Excellent supervision

Benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.


Access to the University of Worcesterís virtual resources and its state of the art library facilities. The Midwifery team at Worcester have an excellent range of resources available to support your learning and your research project.† The Institute of Health and Society has a state of the art clinical skills and simulation centre that is staffed by three dedicated clinical skills technicians. Simulation suites include; hospital, therapy and home environments that are designed to mimic real life settings so that students can practice in realistic healthcare surroundings. The simulation suites are fitted with video recording equipment which is controlled from a central control room.

Current MPhil/PhD research projects in Midwifery include: the impact of NCT Yoga for Pregnancy classes on womenís experiences of labour and birth, IPA methodology on the experiences of final year students, mixed methods, systematic review in Peer Support (breast feeding).

How to apply

How to apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Research School on 01905 542182 or

Before you submit a full application, please contact Dr Paul Snelling ( to discuss your research project and the availability of appropriate supervision.



Dr Lucy Hope
Expertise: mixed methods; systematic review in peer support (breast feeding).

Professor Mary Nolan
Expertise: education and support for mothers, fathers and families across the transition to parenthood; universal and targeted parent education; couple relationships education for the first two years of parenting; building mothersí and fathersí relationship with their unborn and newborn baby; engaging new fathers in postnatal care; womenís and menís experiences of early labour; knowledge of early brain development among young people prior to parenthood.

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