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MSc Midwifery (Pre-Registration)

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Full time


3 years

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

This programme provides students, who already have a relevant degree, with the opportunity to study Midwifery at masters level. This course equips you with the skills, knowledge and professional insight needed to become a registered midwife. Whether it's helping women during pregnancy and birth, or giving support to new mothers, you learn through doing, building your confidence as you go. Graduate ready to excel as a fully rounded healthcare professional.

Become a 'Registered Midwife' with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as soon as you successfully complete the course. Midwives are highly employable, some midwives choose careers in specialist clinical roles or midwifery education and research.

Careers with this subject

Midwives support women during pregnancy, labour and the post-natal period, and are experts on childbirth. They work with women from diverse backgrounds and cultures, providing parenting and health education. They create bespoke individuals programmes of care, considering psychological and social impacts on pregnancy and birth. Midwives support women when they need it most. Antenatal care – relates to the period of the entire pregnancy. They assist with parenting classes, clinical examinations and screening to assess the health of the baby. High-risk pregnancies – you’ll work with people who may have existing health conditions such as diabetes or HIV, may be overweight or obese which may lead to developing additional complications, people that have had multiple births, or may be very young or over the age of 35. Labour and birthing – you’ll monitor women and support them during the whole labour and birthing process; Postpartum – midwives support women by providing advice on what to expect after the birth. They also teach new and expectant mothers how to feed, care for and bathe their babies; Pregnancies that do not go to plan – you will work with women and families going through severe life challenges such as difficulties conceiving, stillbirth, miscarriage, termination, neonatal death and neonatal abnormalities.

Key features

Become a 'Registered Midwife' with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as soon as you successfully complete the course. Having already gained an honours degree in a relevant subject you will start your studies at level 6 and progress to level 7 in order to gain a Masters degree at the end of the three years. Spend 50% of your time learning through doing, in a range of real placements, in partnership with real clients; Learn how to work as part of a multi-professional team; Build confidence through clinical skills and theory sessions, priming you to be at your best when working directly with real clients; Extend your skills in IT, numeracy and literacy to support your clinical and professional midwifery practice; Learn about the psychological and social impacts of having a baby and how to effectively communicate with and support your clients; Build on your critical approach to research and undertake an extended project; Develop the professional knowledge, skills and attributes to enable you to work as an autonomous practitioner fit for the future; Support women and families through a continuity of carer approach


This module will enable students to gain a systematic understanding of the professional issues and clinical skills underpinning midwifery practice, aligned with the regulatory body proficiencies. Students will critically analyse these underlying concepts and principles, making sound judgements in applying any pre-existing knowledge and experience.

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Entry requirements

An honours degree from an Institution of Higher Education normally at 2:1 or above, preferably in a related subject. We will, however, also consider applications from graduates with non-related degrees. Five GCSEs grade C / 4 or above to include Mathematics, English and Science. In addition to the above, evidence of academic study within the last five years is required. Enhanced DBS and OH clearance is also mandatory, along with two satisfactory references and evidence of relevant work experience (paid or voluntary).

University information

The University of Plymouth’s campus is centrally located within Britain’s Ocean City, perched on the South Westerly coast of Devon in between scenic Cornwall and the historic Dartmoor National Park. The University is renowned for its world leading research; postgraduate students are supported by accomplished and experienced staff who undertake research that is innovative, operates across disciplinary boundaries, and provides outstanding...more