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Midwifery with Advanced Standing MSc

Midwifery with Advanced Standing MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

As a registered nurse this course offers you the opportunity to qualify as a midwife in just two years. This shortened programme will enable you to build on the important experience you have already gained as a registered adult nurse and achieve the additional knowledge and skills required of a midwife. You will develop the capacity to provide, lead on, evaluate and enhance evidence-based maternity care and respond flexibly and effectively to the changes and technological advances in today’s complex healthcare environment. On graduation you will be in an excellent position to pursue a career that could encompass practice, management, research and academia.

Introducing your degree

The award of Master of Science Midwifery with eligibility to apply for registration on the Midwifery Part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register is a 2 year, full time programme, designed to meet Professional Regulatory Body (NMC) and University academic award requirements. The programme is divided into academic and practice modules, although these are interdependent. There are learning group activities and seminars to help you integrate theory and practice, and to foster your professional and academic development.

You will normally have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings for example the community, midwifery-led birth centres, children’s centres, health centres as well as within the local hospital. You will be supported by midwives, and other professionals as appropriate to develop the knowledge and skills you will need to be an autonomous midwife and to meet the NMC professional requirements and the programme outcomes. Practice is assessed throughout the programme by the midwives you work with, with contributions from the women you care for, using an electronic assessment of practice portfolio for midwifery requirements. You will work with the inter-professional team in many of these locations. There will be some opportunities to gain an insight into other areas of health care, such as gynaecology, neonatal nursing, health visiting, and sexual health practice.

Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


The Master of Science Midwifery gives you the preparation for a life-long career as a midwife that is different, stimulating and rewarding every day. You will have the opportunity to enhance the health of individual women, their families and the nation by promoting good health, such as breast feeding, diet, exercise and general health. You can move into specialist roles, such are caring for vulnerable groups, or wide public health roles, or related professional groups such as Specialist Community Public Health Nursing.

You could move into leadership roles, as a Master of Science Midwifery graduate you will lead the care of a client group, supervising with support workers, and other midwives. You will develop the expertise to supervise, challenge and lead teams to provide high quality midwifery practice. You have choices from then on; to develop your clinical expertise to provide expert care to clients with particular/complex care needs. You might wish to develop your leadership of midwifery teams, service projects, with the potential of moving into significant NHS leadership activity, such as supervisor of midwives, consultant midwife, Head of Midwifery services, or into more general healthcare leadership roles.

Other choices include undertaking doctorate level studies, leading to a career in research, which can be grounded in practice, or across education and research leading to an academic career. Research and /or education can impact national and international agendas.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



The aim of the Critical Inquiry Midwifery Protocol is to enable you to build on the research and related skills developed in your previous programme of study and to prepare you to undertake health services empirical projects independently at a Masters level. Its successful completion is pre-requisite to you embarking on your own independent project in Critical Inquiry in Midwifery Practice. Specific opportunities will be provided to enable you to appreciate a range of evidence based and research methods commonly used in health services research and differences between an Honours level and a Masters level research project. The learning opportunities provided will enable you to obtain specific skills required to undertake research at this academic level.

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

Registered Nurse (Adult) – Status Active Registration Normally an Honours degree in a relevant subject at 2.1 – Preferably a BN Adult Nursing degree at 2.1 or above (Relevance will be assessed by the admissions tutor for non-nursing degrees on an individual basis for example, science based degrees such as biology or environmental science; social science degrees such as psychology or sociology; pharmacology however this list is not exhaustive) or an international equivalent and Recent relevant study within the last 5 years. (Relevance will be assessed by the admissions tutor on an individual basis for example.

University information

The University of Southampton has a long history of tradition, prestige and success, having just celebrated 100 years of its Highfield Campus. A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the University is ranked in the Top 20 UK universities in the Complete University Guide, 2020 and is also a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize. The University is spread across five campuses in Southampton,...more