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Midwifery Studies

MSc
Entry 2018: See entry requirements
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
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.

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 Allied Health Professions and Midwifery 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 show evidence of recent relevant study in the last five years.

Plus minimum of:

GCSEs with grade C or grade 4, to include English Language, Mathematics, and Biology or Combined Science. Level 2 equivalencies are accepted. 

Additional entry requirements:

As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers.

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening, a second reference and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Evidence of recent relevant study in the last 5 years is required — please contact us for further information.

The occupational health screening

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening. This will involve completing an on-line occupational health questionnaire and attendance if required at a medical appointment.

Students on health care programmes must be able to meet the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency (2013). Occupational health screening and assessment will consider the students’ health and wellbeing and their fitness to study and practice. Progress on the course is dependent on your continued fitness.

This screening process complies with Public Health England requirements for protection of the public and students and staff working in health and social care.

All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

The University is obliged to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities to enable them to fulfil the required competencies of the programme. Candidates who are concerned about health issues are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

All places are also offered subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (previously known as CRB check) disclosure. This is due to the fact that you may be required to work with children or vulnerable adults on your clinical placement, and will need to demonstrate that you can safely work with these groups upon HCPC registration.

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

The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

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.