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Advanced Practice Midwifery  MSc

Overview

City’s Advance Practice in Health and Social Care (Midwifery) MSc is a natural progression from your preregistration Midwifery education as it provides you with the opportunity to build upon your specialist knowledge and skills in a way that will widen your career opportunities. Applicants for senior, advanced and educational posts in Midwifery are usually expected to possess, or be working towards, masters-level qualifications. Completing an Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Midwifery) MSc at City University London will not only demonstrate your ambition and aptitude for learning, it will increase your chances of success in your chosen career progression. Furthermore, our uniquely flexible programme provides you with the opportunity to tailor your learning to your unique learning needs and interests.

City’s Advance Practice in Health and Social Care (Midwifery) MSc offers an exciting and flexible learning opportunity that enables you to build a unique and challenging learning programme tailored to your individual development needs and interests. Compulsory modules are kept to a minimum, with a wide range of optional modules available for individual selection and the programme includes several optional modules that provide you with advance practitioner skills in areas of care such as critical maternity care, examination of the new-born, sexual health, non-medical prescribing, health management, mental health and safeguarding and centring pregnancy ante natal care.  It is this combination of excellent module choice and the high standard of research and critical thinking skills that make our programme stand out.

The Masters programme offers teaching in the latest theoretical and clinical developments by academics belonging to the Centre for Maternal and Child Health who carry out leading world class research aimed at improving the health and care of women, children, families and communities. It develops your research skills and critical thinking and provides the opportunity to conduct a research project under expert supervision, laying the foundations for independent research in the future. You will have the opportunity to discuss key debates in health and social care provision in multi-professional and interdisciplinary contexts. You will gain a solid foundation of research skills and applied data analysis to support and extend your role as an evidence-based practitioner.

Aims

The aim of this programme is to develop midwives who will be able to:

  • Develop the ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility, decision making in complex and unpredictable situations within midwifery practice.
  • Develop your midwifery knowledge, and acquire skills which will advance your midwifery practice role.
  • Organise and appraise independent learning required for continuing professional development
  • Discriminate and be open to new ideas, and challenge traditional ways of working.

Dean's Scholarships

For those starting in January and/or September 2015, there are up to 12 Dean's Scholarships available, based on academic and clinical excellence. Each scholarship is worth £2,500, and will be awarded to students across all the routes of this course. Find out if you qualify and how to apply.

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for qualified midwives who have at least one year experience in clinical midwifery practice.

Why study Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care at City (Midwifery)?

  • Increase the depth and breadth of your knowledge of midwifery practice
  • Benefit from a flexible course which enables you to address your specific development needs
  • Learn on course modules which are updated in response to the latest research and influential government reports and policies from expert staff
  • Progress your career by gaining qualifications for posts that involve staff leadership, practice development and policy formulation
  • Enhance your existing practice and theory giving you greater confidence to progress in advanced practice in leadership and research activity in the field of midwifery

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution.


Applicants who do not hold a degree but do have relevant employment experience in the health sector may be considered.

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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £7,500 (MSc)
  • Part-time EU: £3,750 per year (MSc)
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000 (MSc)
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 per year (MSc)
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Start Date:

The course starts in September and January each academic year.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should hold a second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in midwifery.
  • Applicants without a degree may be considered on the basis of professional experience.
  • Applicants should have at least one year's experience as a practising and registered midwife.

English Requirements

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

  • A first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by the University as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA
  • IELTS: 7.0
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 72.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; 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

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
The course starts in September and January each academic year.
Duration:
Full-time: 1 year Part-time: 2 years (January 2014 start-date ONLY open to part-time students)

Course Content

Length of course:

The normal period of registration for a Masters degree is one year's taught programme for full-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation) or two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation).

Students undertake up to seven modules including three core elective modules and two optional modules.

Alternatively students can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) courses. In this case, course costs might vary. For further information please click on the CPPD links below each module.

Core multidisciplinary modules:

Discipline specific modules:

Elective/optional modules:

Students who successfully complete all modules can progress to the dissertation. Successful completion of the dissertation leads to the award of an MSc.

Discover more School of Health Sciences CPPD modules.

Timetable information

Full-time students

PeriodDatesModule(s)
Autumn Term (Period 1)Sept - DecHRM001 (Introduction to Research Methods and Applied Data) – Mondays
APM019 (Advanced Midwifery Knowledge Theory Context and Practice ) - Thursdays
Spring Term (Period 2)Jan - March/AprilAPM001 (Critical approaches to advanced practice)- Tuesdays for 4 weeks
+ one elective
Summer Term (Period 3)May - JulyNMM039 (Risk in Midwifery Practice) – Thursdays
APM020 (Knowledge, Evidence and Skills for Normal Birth ) – taught in one week block at the end of May
+ one elective module (if not already completed)

Part-time students (1st year only)

PeriodDatesModule(s)
Autumn Term (Period 1)Sept - DecHRM001 (Introduction to Research Methods and Applied Data) – Mondays
Spring Term (Period 2)Jan - March/AprilAPM001 (Critical approaches to advanced practice)- Tuesdays for 4 weeks
+ one elective
Summer Term (Period 3)May - JulyNMM039 (Risk in Midwifery Practice) – Thursdays
APM020 (Knowledge, Evidence and Skills for Normal Birth ) – OPTIONAL - taught in one week block at the end of May

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

A blended approach to learning and teaching is adopted including university-based taught modules, e-learning and work-based learning. Modules are run by experienced practitioners and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive teaching methods. Students will learn in large and small multidisciplinary groups and will be supported and encouraged to participate in independent learning.

A variety of assessment methods are used to assess the course learning outcomes. The choice of assessment method will be influenced by the focus and learning outcomes of the modules. Assessment strategies include coursework, examinations, reports, seminar presentations, skills schedules and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs).

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £7,500 (MSc)
  • Part-time EU: £3,750 per year (MSc)
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000 (MSc)
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 per year (MSc)

Length of course:

The normal period of registration for a Masters degree is one year's taught programme for full-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation) or two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation).

DegreeHome/EU full-time 2016/17Home/EU part-time 2016/17Non EU (overseas) full-time 2016/17Non EU (overseas) part-time 2016/17
MSc (180 credits)£7,500£3,750£15,000£7,500

Please note that fees are subject to annual increases.

Funding

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

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Scholarships

The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January:

Apply for scholarships using the official scholarships form.

Bursaries

You may also be eligible to apply for a means-tested NHS bursary. Please visit the NHS Bursary page of our website, or the

NHS Student Bursaries website for details.

Placements

A work placement is not required for the MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Midwifery). If you choose clinical modules you must be registered with the NMC and be working clinically within a healthcare setting.

Career Prospects

This course allows practitioners flexibility in developing specialist skills and knowledge at a highly demanding academic and practical level. The course will prepare students for a range of roles including midwife consultant and clinical leadership.