Plymouth University
Midwifery (Shortened) MSc
Plymouth University

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

This programme provides students, who are already registered Adult Nurses (with the NMC) and have a relevant degree, with the opportunity to study Midwifery at Masters level. This programme will equip students with the knowledge, skills, interpersonal and cultural competence required to positively contribute to the health of childbearing women and their families, through individualised midwifery care, promoting continuity of care, personalisation and choice. On completion, students will achieve an MSc Midwifery (Shortened), and will also be eligible to register as Midwives with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Each year of this two-year programme includes 45 weeks of learning, with 50% of this time spent on clinical placement. Clinical placements are provided in the maternity units across the South West of England, where practice supervisors support students to learn and progress to achieve the required NMC standards of proficiency for midwives. A dedicated team of midwifery lecturers and associate professors based at the University of Plymouth also facilitates student learning. The team includes an experienced and diverse group of professionals with a range of clinical and academic backgrounds. The first year of the programme includes an individual learning needs assessment, with development of essential midwifery knowledge and skills, and will extend students’ understanding and application of theory and research to all areas of midwifery practice. The second year will include a research or practice development project, and enable students to develop the ability to support women with more complex needs through pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period (including the newborn and infant physical examination – NIPE). Students qualifying as midwives following completion of the MSc Midwifery (Shortened) at the University of Plymouth go on to practice as autonomous practitioners across the UK, with the potential to practice midwifery almost anywhere in the world. The programme will also equip graduates for further educational development at PhD level if they wish.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Midwifery (Shortened), MSc you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

2:1 Adult Nursing degree and NMC registration

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic) 7 With 6.5 in all elements.

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Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

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About Plymouth University

Founded in 1992, Plymouth University is established in the small city of Plymouth, South West England. The university has a variety of residence halls at distinct price points, and all within walking distance of your classrooms. When wandering off-campus, students will find a blend of both urban and rural surroundings, ensuring that there’s something for everyone here.

Student composition of Plymouth University

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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Where is this programme taught

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