The Global Maternal Health MSc is a flexible programme designed to develop your leadership skills with a particular focus on international aspects of childbirth and maternal health, including development and scaling up of midwifery to improve quality, accessibility, and safety of maternity care globally. You have the opportunity to discuss key issues in global maternal health and healthcare provision in multi-professional and interdisciplinary contexts. You will gain a solid foundation of research skills and applied data analysis to support and extend your role as an evidence-based practitioner, researcher, educator, advocate or development worker. This programme is suitable for graduates from a wide background relative to global maternal health, including midwifery, nursing, medicine, public health, policy, sociology, anthropology and law. Specialisms: The programme develops your research skills and critical thinking and provides the opportunity to undertake an international elective placement and to conduct an implementation and improvement project under expert supervision, laying the foundations for independent research and service development in the future. The programme is tailored specifically to meet the needs of both UK and international students, as it is delivered in a flexible manner with the possibility of opting for online only or to enhance student choice, this is complemented by the option of taking elective modules in intensive on-site mode. Additionally, the Innovation and Improvement module includes a placement either in the student's own country or abroad.
Modules: 7 in total Core modules: 5 Optional modules: 2 Modules Full-time students take up to four modules per term over one year, including the dissertation module (see below for more details). Part-time students take up to two modules per term over the two years. The elective module list is not binding, as new modules may become available from time to time and will be offered if they are appropriate. Similarly, some modules may become obsolete and will be replaced with new modules. You are normally required to complete all the taught modules successfully before progressing to the dissertation. Core Modules
- Implementing Midwife-led Models of Care (online)
- Foundations in Research Methods and Data Analysis (online)
- Advancing Midwifery Knowledge: Profession, Theory and Practice (online)
- Global maternal health issues (online)
- Global maternal health implementation and innovation project (online)
- Facilitating Group Antenatal Care (intensive, over one week face-to-face) (15 credits)
- Philosophy, Knowledge, Skills and Evidence for Optimum Birth (intensive, over one week face-to-face) (15 credits)
- The Health Policy Process, Politics and Power (15 credits)
- International Health Systems (15 credits)
- Health Economics (15 credits)
- Health Policy in Britain (15 credits)
- Leading Change (15 credits)
- Global Health (15 credits)
- Epidemiology (15 credits)
- Social Determinants of Health (15 credits)
- Public Health (15 credits)
The programme is tailored specifically to meet the needs of both UK and international students, as it is delivered in a flexible manner with the possibility of opting for online only or to enhance student choice, this is complemented by the option of taking elective modules in intensive on-site mode. Additionally, the Innovation and Improvement module includes a placement either in the student's own country or abroad. It also provides the opportunity to undertake a work-based placement and to conduct an innovation and evaluation project under expert supervision, laying the foundations for independent research and service development in the future. Assessments will vary depending on the module including written exams, essays, creation of portfolios and reports on the placement.
UK: A relevant first degree with a minimum 2.2 or above or equivalent international grade in Midwifery or in another relevant subject including but not confined to: - Anthropology - Sociology - Public Health - International Development. In exceptional circumstances, portfolio entry may be considered. Examples might include countries where a Midwifery diploma rather than degree is available and where you can show other evidence of capacity to study at master’s level. For students whose first language or language of education is not English, the following qualifications will meet the English language requirement for entry to a postgraduate course of study: - A first degree from a UK university OR a first degree from an overseas institution recognised by the University as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language - International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) – a minimum score of 6.5 is required OR Pearson Test of English (Academic) score 72 required OR Other evidence of proficiency in the English language, which satisfies the board of studies concerned.
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