Taught course

Midwifery with Advanced Standing

University of Southampton · Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

Registered Nurse (Adult) status active registration. Preferably a BN Adult Nurse degree 2:1 or above.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

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.

The academic modules develop in breadth, detail and complexity from one year to the next but encompass the following areas:

  • The principles of the bio-health sciences and their application to the process associated with normal health, and in particular with normal, complex and abnormal events from the conception to the puerperium.
  • The principles of the psychosocial/human sciences and their application to the process associated with normal physical and mental health, and in particular with normal, complex and abnormal physical and mental health events from conception to the puerperium.
  • The principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and medicines management in the context of midwifery practice.
  • The role of the midwife in the provision of competent, empathetic care to the woman and her family throughout her child birth experience, including risk-assessment and management of care.
  • Public health from an individual, family, population and societal perspective.
  • Safeguarding the woman and neonate (and other vulnerable individuals).
  • The provision of culturally sensitive/appropriate care for vulnerable groups.
  • Inter professional education ad working.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills, including leadership.
  • Research knowledge and skills of critical inquiry (implementing the Research-Teaching Nexus.
  • Working in an ever changing and technological environment.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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