Midwifery (78-week shortened programme for nurses)  MSc / Postgrad Diploma

Overview

As a midwife you will be working with families and parents at one of the most important times of their lives. You will be caring for and supporting women and their partners during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period.

The Postgraduate Midwifery Diploma (78 week shortened course for Nurses) prepares qualified adult nurses to pursue a rewarding and challenging career in midwifery. Nurses will be able to specialise and enter a career in midwifery, where they can support women and their families at crucial stage in their lives.

Who is the course for?

This postgraduate Midwifery diploma course is for registered adult nurses who have been practicing for at least six months, have a previous honours degree at 2:2 or above, and who wish to convert to a midwifery career.

Why study Midwifery 78 week shortened course at City?

  • Fast track to a rewarding and challenging career in midwifery in 18 months.
  • Combine theoretical study and develop clinical skills within our excellent clinical simulation facilities.
  • Benefit from a salaried course funded by the NHS.
  • Undertake work placements within four London communities of practice as part of the midwifery diploma.
  • Have the option to top up the Postgraduate Diploma to a Masters degree at City.

Postgraduate Diploma Midwifery (78-week shortened programme) Conversion to MSc

Students who have successfully graduated from the Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery (78-week shortened programme) at City University London can convert to an MSc within 3 years of completion (this usually means starting the conversion within 2 years of finishing the Postgraduate Diploma). Once students have graduated they can enrol for the conversion in either September or January.

For your dissertation you may choose different formats for your research, the options will be explained to you during two half-study days. You will also have one or two supervisors to help you in developing your work. The submission takes one of two forms, either a small scale piece of research, written up in the style of a journal article (this doesn't have to be submitted or published for the award of an MSc), or a 15,000 word dissertation. Most students do the conversion on a part-time basis (half to one day per week). The MSc conversion takes 12 months. Students will need to complete their project within this timescale. 

For further information on the conversion contact Mandie Scamell.

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £This salaried course is funded by the NHS.
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Start Date:

September 2014

UCAS code:

Apply directly to City University London

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

English Requirements

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections
  • TOEFL (internet-based): 110

Visa Requirements

City University London retains Highly Trusted Status from UKBA, enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2014
Duration:
The full-time course is 78 weeks in length over three semesters. It commences with a one week compulsory orientation period.

Course Content

The course is delivered through a mixture of clinical practice and academic study. You will experience a wealth of opportunities for learning with midwives, women and their families within the hospital and community settings. From the outset of your journey you will be able to apply your growing knowledge and skills holistically through the undertaking of a small caseload of women. This will be with the support of your mentors and supervisors of midwives. A portfolio of practice will help to steer your learning and integrate the theoretical strands into your practice.

On successful completion of the course students will be able to register with the NMC to practice as a midwife. Students will also be able to top-up their Postgraduate Diploma to a Masters degree at City University London.

Courses start in September and March each year.

Course Structure

The programme will enable you to develop your skills, your professional knowledge and your understanding of the midwife's role, understand childbirth and the current issues in midwifery practice. It will provide knowledge and skills on the promotion of health and well-being of childbearing women and their families.

Experience will be gained in all areas of maternity services including community clinics, birthing centres, the antenatal clinic, delivery suite, antenatal/postnatal wards and women's homes. You'll also understand the value and importance of working within a multi-professional team to ensure the best possible outcome for women and babies when complexities arise.

The course commences with an orientation module followed by modules related to the following themes:

  • Applied Biological Sciences
  • Fundamental Aspects of Care
  • Professional Midwifery Knowledge
  • Psychosocial Sciences and Public Health

Students will be able to combine theoretical study and develop clinical skills within our excellent clinical simulation facilities. The course has a theory/practice split of 40%-60%.

Students will be allocated to a clinical area and supported by a trained midwifery mentor and practice education facilitator.
Independent study time is also given so students can develop their individual learning.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching and learning involves lecture sessions, workshops, small group activities and discussions and whole class discussion. You will split your time between clinical practice and the university, with 60% of your time gaining clinical practice experience and 40% of your time being theory based. Some of the student-directed study time is used for reflective practice sessions held within the practice setting.

Modules are assessed through a combination of group work, written coursework, written and clinical examination. All assessments are focused on issues in midwifery practice.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £This salaried course is funded by the NHS.

This salaried course is funded by the NHS.

Postgraduate Diploma Midwifery (78-week shortened programme) Conversion to MSc

The conversion fee for 2013-2014 is £2,000 and £4,000 for overseas students. We are offering a £500 fee waiver to students graduating in 2013. Please note that fees are subject to change on an annual basis.

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Placements

Students will be allocated to a community of practice for their clinical learning experiences. City University London currently has four communities of practice in Newham, City and Hackney, Canden and Islington and Tower Hamlets.

Career Prospects

Becoming a midwife provides many career opportunities both within the NHS and private organisations both in the UK and overseas.

Postgraduate Diploma Nursing Conversion to MSc

Students who have successfully graduated from the Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery (78-week shortened programme) at City University London can convert to an MSc within 3 years of completion (this usually means starting the conversion within 2 years of finishing the Postgraduate Diploma). Once students have graduated they can enrol for the conversion in either September or January.

For your dissertation you may choose different formats for your research, the options will be explained to you during two half-study days. You will also have one or two supervisors to help you in developing your work. The submission takes one of two forms, either a small scale piece of research, written up in the style of a journal article (this doesn't have to be submitted or published for the award of an MSc), or a 15,000 word dissertation. Most students do the conversion on a part-time basis (half to one day per week). The MSc conversion takes 12 months. Students will need to complete their project within this timescale.

For further information on the conversion contact Mandie Scamell.

About the School and Department

School of Health Sciences

Midwifery (78-week shortened programme for nurses)

UCAS code: Apply directly to City University London


Applications for September 2014 are now open. The final closing date for applications will be 4.00pm on Friday 9 May 2014. Please ensure you read the application guidance notes prior to completing your application.

Please note, to be considered for this course, applicants must already have an honours degree at 2:2 or above. For students whose first language is not English you must also provide evidence at application of IELTS: 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections. 

For more information about applying:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 5000

Email: health@city.ac.uk