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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary

About the course

The Master of Midwifery (Mmid) course is an innovative and flexible work-based course for qualified adult nurses who want to gain midwifery skills at Master’s level. It will develop your skills and knowledge so that you can become a responsive, confident midwife able to care for women and their babies. Focusing on holistic care, you will gain a sound knowledge of what is normal and healthy in childbearing women, enabling you to recognise and manage problems they might face. The aim of the MMid Midwifery course is to: prepare you for entry to the Midwife’s aspect of the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) Professional Register, in accordance with the professional and statutory requirements make you a committed midwife that contributes to the enhancement of health and social care through inter-professional collaboration develop skills that make you become a responsive, confident midwife who at the point of registration is competent to practice in a variety of settings develop transferable communication skills to enhance critical decision making and to use appropriate information technology give you the skills to become a midwife that is safe, effective and competent in caring for women experiencing normal childbirth recognising the need for appropriate referral to other health professionals enable you to act as an advocate and facilitator of change using an evidence-based approach in theory and practice enable you to develop critical awareness and gain insight around current midwifery practice and its evidence base so that they are able to make sound judgments in complex situations The programme consists of 86 weeks in total, with eight study block weeks, and reading and professional development time included within the programme. During your clinical placements, you will be supported through online resources, discussions, group working and reflection sessions. Each week comprises of 40 hours and is a combination of practice and theory. When in placement, the clinical hours will be 30 hours per week, with 10 hours of theory. The course leads to the award of Registered Midwife and a Master of Midwifery (MMid) degree. The award of a MMid Midwifery Degree requires 180 credits, to include at least 150 credits at Level 7.

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Full time


18 months

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This module provides the student with an in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology applied to the postnatal care of the woman and her baby. Work based learning enhances the application of knowledge to skills, alongside safe learning conducted within simulated clinical environments. Students will develop the practical and communicative skills that are requisite for effective and sensitive postnatal care in relation to the mother, baby and family, as well as gaining a comprehensive understanding of the impact that physiological, psychological and sociological issues may have on the provision of care. The application and understanding of the evidence that underpins infant nutrition will be explored and in particular, the skills required that assist the initiation and continuing support of breastfeeding during the postnatal period. Emotional support in the postnatal period, family dynamics and building a close mother-baby relationship are a key focus. The role of the professional midwife in relation to postpartum care and inter-professional communication will be examined.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The normal entry requirements for the Master of Midwifery course are: First degree at 2:1 or above, achieved during nurse training (Part 1 of NMC register: Adult) Evidence of study of research methods. All applicants need to have completed 10 years general school education before the start of the programme. All applicants must demonstrate that they have good health and good character, sufficient for safe and effective practice as a midwife. The University and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) require the following: Satisfactory enhanced DBS screening Satisfactory Occupational Health screening Two satisfactory references

University information

Why choose postgraduate study at Herts? Future Employment: Superb career support with 96.5% of graduates in work within six months of graduating Industry Connections: Links with over 1,700 businesses and industrial placements Course Accreditation: We offer over 40 industry accredited courses Financial Support: 20% postgraduate fee discount for University of Hertfordshire graduates, as well as £11,222 of postgraduate funding...more

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