Taught course

Health Studies (Maternal & Child Health)

University of the West of Scotland · School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

Candidates must either be nurses registered on the Nurses parts of the NMC register Candidates must either be nurses registered on the nurses parts of the NMC register or midwives registered on the midwives part of the NMC register, or equivalent regulating body in other countries; or have a relevant professional qualification in a health, social care or an allied health profession; in addition to a background in maternal and/or child health. Applicants must have the language and literacy skills as per University guidelines or Nursing and Midwifery guidelines^ (IELTS score of 7 or above) for work-based modules. Nursing and Midwifery guidelines can be found at www.nmc-uk.org

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

This programme will develop your skills to work at an advanced level as a clinical expert, manager or consultant practitioner within maternal and child health.

About the programme This programme is designed for midwives, nurses and other healthcare practitioners with an interest in maternal and child health. You will explore the issues surrounding maternal and child health and have a widespread positive influence by developing the quality of maternal and child healthcare across the gradient of health inequality.

Part-time online delivery enables you to study at your convenience.

Your learning You can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Studies (Maternal and Child Health) (60 credits); a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Studies (Maternal and Child Health) after completing six modules (120 credits); or the MSc Health Studies (Maternal and Child Health) (180 credits). You will complete core and option modules:

Postgraduate Certificate

• Contemporary Issues in Maternal and Child Health (core): examines current and relevant issues affecting women and the wider maternity services to meet the needs of a rapidly changing population

• Responding to Public Health Challenges (core): introduces public health theory and practice in addition to health improvement interventions

Postgraduate Diploma

• Research for Health and Social Care (core): covers a range of methodological issues relevant to research in health and social settings

• Supporting Normality in Childbirth (core): promotes and supports normality in practice, enabling you to reflect upon and appraise the role of the midwife within the multi-disciplinary team

Option modules include:

• Advanced Work-based Learning

• Case Management within Family Health

• Clinical Teaching

• Delivering Compassionate Care

• Effective Clinical Practitioner

• Health Economics

• Independent Study

• Leadership for Effectiveness

• Quality Improvement in Healthcare

• Social Marketing

• Supervision of Midwives (Action)^

• Supervision of Midwives (Theory)^

• The Business of Health Care

• Working with Families

MSc You will complete the Research and Enquiry Dissertation module. Duration is normally one year part-time.

Our Careers Adviser says Graduates are equipped to work in management and clinical leadership roles in practice, and pursue career development in research and education.

Information for international students

For more information please visit - www.uws.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

For more information please visit - www.uws.ac.uk/fundingadvice

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-60 months


part time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr. Angela Dow
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)