Midwifery (MSc) at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS

Course summary

OVERVIEW This exciting, three-year pre-registration MSc Midwifery is underpinned by master’s level education, enabling you to become a highly educated and skilled midwife with longer term potential for management, leadership, consultancy, educational and research roles. It is designed for graduates of health, science, or related subjects. The MSc Midwifery is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Graduates are eligible to apply for professional registration as a Registered Midwife. The MSc also carries UNICEF’s UK Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation for ensuring midwifery students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to advise and support breastfeeding mothers. Throughout the course, you will be given opportunities to embrace new challenges that shape the future of maternity services for women, newborn infants and their families. Practice-based learning makes up 50% of the course with placements available with NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (Clyde Area), and NHS Highland (Argyll and Bute). At least one placement shall be outwith the acute maternity sector in a community midwifery unit. PRACTICAL FOCUS Practice-based learning makes up 50% of the course with placements available with NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (Clyde Area), NHS Highland (Argyll and Bute) and NHS The State Hospital. Over the three years of the course, you will undertake some 62 weeks of practice placement: // Total number of practice placement weeks in Part 1: 18 weeks // Total number of practice placement weeks in Part 2: 20 weeks // Total number of practice placement weeks in Part 3: 24 weeks Through your placements, you will experience 24 hour/7 day care, enabling you to develop an understanding of the needs and experiences of women, newborn infants and their families throughout as 24-hour period. RELATED COURSES If you are interested in studying for a pre-registration Midwifery degree (BSc Midwifery), see our web course entry for this: https://www.uws.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-course-search/midwifery/ If you are a graduate, you may also be interested in our postgraduate pre-registration MSc Adult Nursing (UCAS:BR40) or MSc Mental Health Nursing (UCAS: BR60). PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION The MSc Midwifery is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). CAREER PROSPECTS Jobs Following graduation, there are a variety of career pathways / opportunities available locally, nationally and internationally: // Midwifery practice in an acute setting // Midwifery practice in a community setting // Independent midwifery practice // Midwifery within the armed forces // Voluntary service // Public health / Sexual health // Management and leadership midwifery roles // Project management and leadership // Consultant Midwife // Education // Research // Post-doctoral studies Further Study Some graduates choose further study, leading to a Master of Science (MSc), Master of Research (MRes), Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Professional Doctorate (DProf).


Our pre-registration MSc Adult Nursing is designed around the new NMC pre-registration education standards, proficiencies and practice supervision. It has three parts over the two academic years, each part containing a mixture of theory and practice core modules. There are three core 20-credit modules in Part 1 and there are two core 30-credit modules in Part 2 with Part 3 consisting of a 60-credit theory/practice dissertation module. Clinical Practice Placements x 6 are attached to core modules and vary in length. Part 1: PgCert - In Part 1 you will receive specialist education in relation to life and social sciences, adaptation to pregnancy, health and public health issues and practical midwifery skills. Key public health issues including breastfeeding, smoking, alcohol, blood borne infections, maternal nutrition, drug addiction, gender-based violence and poverty will be explored in relation to their effect on childbirth. You will then be introduced to midwifery practice within the context of normal midwifery care during the pre-conceptual, prenatal, intranatal and postnatal periods including care of the newborn. The PgCert award is academic and carries no professional recognition from the NMC. In order to meet the NMC standards (NMC, 2010) you must successfully complete all theory and practice elements of Part 1 before progressing to Part 2. Part 2: PgDip - The focus of Part 2 prepares you to assess, manage, support and care for women whose childbirth experience has been compromised due to complex medical, obstetric, psychological and/or social ill-health. This encompasses the underlying pathophysiology and the role of the midwife in addressing the complex physical, psychological, sociological, cultural and spiritual needs and implications in relation to pregnancy and birth outcome. In order to meet the NMC standards, students must successfully complete all theory and practice elements of Part 2 before progressing to Part 3. The PgDip Health Studies award is academic and carries no professional recognition from the NMC. Part 3: MSc - The overall aim of Part 3 is to consolidate theory and practice learned in the preceding two parts and further enhance your knowledge and understanding of the professional role of the midwife. This will include autonomous decision-making, management/leadership strategies and critical thinking/analysis. MSc pre-registration students will be prepared to challenge existing practice, develop new ideas and work creatively and innovatively to advance practice. You will undertake a Dissertation module comprising of a substantive project in the form of a Research Protocol that will enable you to demonstrate your expert knowledge of the research process by detailing a plan for an original research study where the topic area is chosen by yourself and should relate to midwifery practice. Students who have met the NMC Standards (NMC, 2010) and 180 credits at SCQF Level 11 will progress to Award of MSc Mental Health Nursing and be eligible to enter the NMC Register as an mental health nurse.

Assessment method

Our pre-registration MSc Midwifery will include teaching at a more advanced scholarship level. You will be taught through a combination of lectures and practical workshops in a simulated environment. Your experience will also be deepened and broadened using additional tutorials and seminars. As a graduate, you will be expected to demonstrate advanced research awareness throughout your studies and will complete an element of personal research/project work involving the development of new ideas/knowledge. Learning and Teaching: Scheduled learning // Independent study // Practice Placement Assessment: Written and online class tests // Oral presentations // Written reports // Coursework // Academic posters // Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. For NMC Pre-registration courses, these requirements are highter than for other courses. Please see below.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

To be considered for our course, you must: Possess a first degree and have Qualifications in English, numeracy and science are required for Midwifery in line with NMC. Provide a personal/employer reference Provide an academic reference and formal University transcript/certificate Provide a statement of support (max 500) Entry is also dependent on your success in the following: Health screening Protection of vulnerable groups Personal interview

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Additional entry requirements

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in Reading, Listening and Speaking components and 6.5 in the Writing component

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. However, for Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) (eg. BSc Adult Nursing, MSc Adult Nursing, BSc Mental Health Nursing, MSc Mental Health Nursing, BSc Midwifery and MSc Midwifery), applicants are require to have a higher English language ability than the majority of other courses at UWS; this requirement is governed and controlled by the NMC. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS and in placements. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

UWS's English language requirements


Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £17250* Year 1
International £17250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS: Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS: Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS: These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details). ADDITIONAL COSTS: The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory. Check the course entry on our website for more more information.
Midwifery (MSc) at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS