School of Nursing and Midwifery

MSc Midwifery (Shortened)

This programme provides Registered Adult Nurses, who already have a relevant degree, with the opportunity to study Midwifery at Masters level.This course equips you with the skills, knowledge and professional insight needed to become a registered midwife. Whether it's helping women during pregnancy and birth, or giving support to new mothers, you learn through doing, building your confidence as you go. Graduate ready to excel as a fully rounded Midwife.

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MSc Midwifery (Shortened) will be available from 2022.

Careers with this subject

Midwives support women during pregnancy, labour and the post-natal period, and are experts on childbirth. They work with women from diverse backgrounds and cultures, providing parenting and health education. They create bespoke individuals programmes of care, considering psychological and social impacts on pregnancy and birth.

Midwives support women when they need it most.

  • Antenatal care – relates to the period of the entire pregnancy. They assist with parenting classes, clinical examinations and screening to assess the health of the baby.
  • High-risk pregnancies – you’ll work with people who may have existing health conditions such as diabetes or HIV, may be overweight or obese which may lead to developing additional complications, people that have had multiple births, or may be very young or over the age of 35.
  • Labour and birthing – you’ll monitor women and support them during the whole labour and birthing process.
  • Postpartum – midwives support women by providing advice on what to expect after the birth. They also teach new and expectant mothers how to feed, care for and bathe their babies.
  • Pregnancies that do not go to plan – you will work with women and families going through severe life challenges such as difficulties conceiving, stillbirth, miscarriage, termination, neonatal death and neonatal abnormalities.

Within the midwifery profession there are a multitude of job opportunities. You could work in the NHS, within the public or private sector. For example:

  • NHS hospitals

  • Maternity units and birthing centres

  • Public health and policy making

  • Communities

  • Patient’s homes

  • Community clinics

  • Private practice

  • GP surgeries

  • Children’s centres

  • Education and academia

  • Research

  • Leadership roles

  • Voluntary roles

What can you do with a midwifery degree?

Key features

  • Become a 'Registered Midwife' with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as soon as you successfully complete the course.
  • Spend 50% of your time learning through doing, in a range of real placements, in partnership with real clients.
  • Build on your knowledge as registered-nurse to work as part of a multi-professional team within maternity services. 
  • Identify your own learning needs and build confidence through clinical skills and theory sessions, priming you to be at your best when working directly with real clients. 
  • Extend your skills in IT, numeracy and literacy to support your clinical and professional midwifery practice.
  • Learn about the psychological and social impacts of having a baby and how to effectively communicate with and support your clients.
  • Develop a critical approach to research, enabling you to provide evidence-based care.
  • Develop the professional knowledge, skills and attributes to enable you to work as an autonomous practitioner fit for the future.
  • Support women and families through a continuity of carer approach.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Building on your nursing knowledge, you’ll learn more about preconception, conception and childbearing. Explore conditions particular to pregnancy and birth including when women and families have additional needs. Learn how to undertake a full systematic physical examination of the newborn infant and work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team. Develop your ability to identify and apply evidence based midwifery practice. Put your improved clinical and theoretical skills into practice on placement, gaining experience of midwifery settings.

    You will be offered tutorials specifically for masters students and will be assessed at level 7.

    Core modules

    • Developing Midwifery Practice (MID606)

      This module will enable students to contribute to holistic midwifery practice under decreasing supervision and direction in maternity and related clinical settings, aligned with the regulatory body proficiencies.

    • Reproductive Health and Pregnancy (MID702)

      This module aims to teach students about a broad range of reproductive health issues and link this with possible effects on pregnancy. Students will study preconception, gynaecological and antenatal care and will analyse factors which may cause complications during pregnancy.  

    • Physiological Childbirth and additional needs (MID703)

      This module aims to teach biological concepts relating to anatomy, physiology and epigenetics of labour and birth. Through application of holistic evidenced based care, the student will understand the importance of birth to public health and wellbeing to meet the changing health and care needs of people during all life stages.

    • Postnatal and Neonatal Care (MID704)

      This module enables the student to demonstrate mastery in the examination of the newborn and care of the postnatal woman by critically interpreting and synthesising the evidence base of this role in midwifery.

    • Developing Evidence Based Practice (MID705)

      This module consolidates student midwifery research scholarship by: demonstrating a mastery of complex knowledge of research through structured literature searching and application to evidence based midwifery practice. The student will demonstrating a systematic understanding of methodological approaches and critically respond to the interpretation of this knowledge base.

    • Developing Midwifery Practice (MID710)

      This module will advance the student's professional skills in the context of midwifery practice and role in the wider professional team. Students will extend their knowledge to develop as a safe, competent, woman centred, critical practitioner. This will ensure that the student is developing towards being an evidence informed midwife, at the point of registration, in line with the regulatory body proficiencies.

  • Final year

  • In your final year, you’ll further develop clinical skills for planning, assessing, implementing and evaluating pregnancy and childbirth care. Working with midwives within a continuity of carer model, you’ll see what it takes to be an effective practising midwife. You’ll explore complexities in midwifery care, developing the ability to support women and families in a variety of situations. Using what you’ve learnt on the course, you’ll identity and undertake an extended project. Prepare for your future as Registered Midwife in your final clinical placements.

    You will be offered tutorials specifically for masters students and will be assessed at level 7.

    Core modules

    • Advancing Midwifery Practice (MID706)

      This module promotes excellence in the future midwife’s role as colleague, scholar and leader through demonstration of systematic understanding, critical awareness and new insights. It ensures that the student demonstrates comprehensive evidence-based practice in all core and domain-specific skills and procedures in line with the regulatory body proficiencies, under appropriate supervision.

    • Complexity in Midwifery (1) (MID707)

      A module exploring management of complexity in midwifery across the whole childbearing continuum of care with an in-depth focus on conditions peculiar to pregnancy, pre-existing conditions impacting on pregnancy and postnatally. Pathology, wellbeing and the midwife’s role as part of the multidisciplinary team will be explored.

    • Complexity in Midwifery (2) (MID708)

      A module encompassing management of complexity in midwifery across the whole childbearing continuum of care with an in-depth focus on managing intrapartum midwifery / obstetric emergencies. Pathology, wellbeing and the midwife’s role as part of the multidisciplinary team will be explored.

    • Research and Quality Improvement (MID709)

      This module will support students to complete a systematic and in-depth research proposal or quality improvement/practice development project. Students will demonstrate their ability to understand practice development and master the underpinning theories to develop an area of practice, critically evaluating the potential impact on the clinical area or research proposal.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Midwifery Shortened Programme Specification 6994

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.
Entry requirements

Potential students applying through UCAS should demonstrate:

A strong GCSE profile of 5 GCSE’s at level 4 (grade C) or above, including English, Mathematics and Science.

Evidence of recent study (within the last 10 years)

Relevant work experience (paid or voluntary)

Registered Adult Nurse, Part 1 NMC registrant, relevant degree BSc or above usually with 2:1 or above.

Enhanced DBS and Occupational Health clearance is also mandatory, along with two satisfactory references and evidence of relevant work experience (paid or voluntary) and recent study (within the last 10 years).

Student selection is via UCAS and includes:

  • A personal statement demonstrating an understanding of the role of the midwife
  • References
  • Confirmation of academic attainment

Applicants are initially screened to ensure they have the required academic qualifications. Registration on the Adult Nursing part of the NMC register is also confirmed. All eligible applicants will undertake a face-to-face interview with members of the programme team and clinical partners.

If you are an overseas applicant, you must have IELTS where the overall score is at least 7.0, with a score of at least 6.5 in all elements.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2021-2022 2022-2023
Home To be confirmed £9,250
International To be confirmed £15,700
Part time (Home) To be confirmed N/A
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The School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Plymouth recognise that people may act out of character in times of trouble or distress. However, we will not tolerate inappropriate behaviour or language towards any of our staff during the admissions process. Hostile, aggressive, or otherwise inappropriate behaviour or language, whether expressed verbally or in writing, will be viewed seriously and may adversely affect the consideration of an application, appeal, or complaint. We reserve the right to reject an application from, or withdraw an offer to, an applicant who has behaved in an inappropriate manner.

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Campus code
There is no campus code

Application deadline
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Apply now

Keeping the school running in troubled times

Our students have reached out to thank the teaching staff for continuing to deliver high-quality courses throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Thank you to the nursing and midwifery teaching staff for quickly turning around digital teaching and running the school at this time. We know you are working hard to do what is best and we appreciate the effort that you are all making.

We want you to know that we are proud to be student nurses and midwives of the University of Plymouth
- Emma, School Representative and first year Nursing (Child Health) student

Connie Wisniewski – Midwifery graduate

Try and participate in some work experience prior to applying for the course; this will help during the application process and also ensure that the course is really for you.

Read more about Connie's journey since graduating

Blended learning 

A blended learning version of this course will also be available from September 2022/23, subject to NMC approval and placement availability. This will enable these students to access theory learning online, at a time that suits them, and undertake part time practice placements over the three years of the course. Regular face to face group tutorials will also be available to these students. The course learning outcomes and content will be identical to the campus-based course, but it is anticipated that a blended learning option will be appealing to students in more rural areas, or to those who may find University attendance challenging due to other responsibilities. Students on the blended learning version of the course will need to be highly motivated and able to manage their own time in order to engage in online learning. Please ask about this on an open day if you are interested.

The moment I realised...

“You really do have a long-term impact on a family whether you are a midwife or a student, they just remember you as being someone who was there and held their hand and listened to them.”

Abbie Rich explains the moment she realised she was becoming a midwife.


*Subject to NMC approval.