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Postgraduate Diploma-MSc in Specialised Midwifery Practice

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  • Objectives
    These programmes aim to develop highly knowledgeable and skilled graduate midwives with the knowledge base to be able to function at an advanced level and to develop into expert clinical practitioners, advisers, midwife managers or educators within their particular area of expertise. The graduates of this programme are expected to have a widespread beneficial influence on the quality of patient/client care through enhancing evidence informed practice. Their development in relation to research and theory will vary according to the academic award achieved. These graduates will have the theoretical background to become leaders within the profession.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Conditions Applicants will normally have gained: . An honours or non-honours degree from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Education Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being or an equivalent standard; or . An equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or an approved professional or other qualification. . Provide evidence of their ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning. . Have successfully completed an undergraduate research module (or equivalent learning). . Hold a first level midwifery qualification entered on the NMC Register (UK applicants) or hold a first level midwifery qualification in their own country. . Normally be in clinical practice (UK students): (others will be expected to have had recent clinical practice). . Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent); or International students will have a score of 6.5 on the IELTS test with a score of 5.5 on each sub-scale. Note: Those taking the Ultrasound Pathway will be required to be in practice in an area where they will be able to undertake the necessary clinical practice and must have the agreement of their manager. Students may be accepted with credit from previous relevant study.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Specialised Midwifery Practice
  • Course description
    Structure and Content

    Ultrasound Pathway This programme will equip midwives to proficiently undertake and interpret obstetric ultrasounds through the three trimesters of pregnancy. Web CT delivers most of this programme and there is minimal face-to-face contact. Online lecturers/tutorials/ discussion groups deliver the programme and an online induction course is provided.

    Students are expected to negotiate their clinical activities in order to maximise their opportunity to have hands on experience. Each student will be allocated to a clinical mentor who holds a recognised radiography qualification in ultrasound scanning.

    Please note: Students undertaking this pathway will have to complete 15 credits of study above the required for the PGDip/MSc alone.

    Specialised Issues in Midwifery Pathway

    The development of this pathway has utilised the specialist expertise and research strengths of the School of Nursing. Students will complete two of these three optional 30 credit modules. The first of these, Education for Childbirth, A Professional Challenge, explores a wide range of issues related to the education of mothers and partners in preparation for childbirth. It exploits the research and educational strengths within this school in health promotion, working with mothers with a learning disability, smoking and pregnancy etc. the second option, Mental Health and Well-being in Pregnancy and Childbirth, draws on research and clinical expertise in such areas as mental health, drug and alcohol misuse, learning disability. The module on breast-feeding relates to such on going work as motivation for breast feeding and weaning.

    Childbirth Education Pathway Applicants who have successfully completed the PGCert in Education for Nurses, Midwives and Specialist Community Public Health Nurses may enter this degree programme with full credit for the 60 credit points of the PGCert. These students will already be experienced midwives.

    Prescribing Pathway

    Applicants who have successfully completed the PGCert and Supplementary Prescribing may enter this degree programme with full credit for the 60 credit points of the PGCert. These students will already be experienced midwives before commencing the PGCert programme

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