Duration & study mode
3 years full-time
Health & Life Sciences
Course starting dates
This innovative three-year MSc Midwifery course will enable you to become a highly educated midwife with the potential for management, leadership, consultancy, educational and research roles.
Within the next decade, there will be new challenges and opportunities for midwives to develop their roles as practitioners, partners and leaders in delivering and shaping future maternity services (Scottish Government, 2017). This course will give you the education and skills to embrace this challenge.
NB: you must apply through UCAS for this course as it is classed as an undergraduate Masters course - the UCAS code is B722 (see Apply section below for more details).
Our course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You will be eligible for registration as a registered midwife with the NMC.
On completion of the programme students will be able to enter onto the NMC register and practice as a midwife
The course comprises 50% practice and 50% theory. Practice placements are available throughout the following Health Boards:
There is at least once placement outwith the acute maternity sector in a community midwifery unit.
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We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate & Post-experience Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.
To be considered for our course, you must:
Entry is also dependent on you successfully passing the following:
Further desirable skills pre-application:
All applicants must meet NMC entry requirements as per NMC Standards for pre-registration Midwifery education.
International applicants must satisfy enhanced English Language requirements. See section below - IELTS Score Exceptions - for more information.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
To meet the needs of women and their families within our society, our course reflects a dynamic student centred approach to education. In preparation for autonomous practice within the maternity services with emphasis on active learning focussing on:
Overall total number of practice placement weeks in programme: 67 weeks
NB: None of these interim awards carries professional recognition from the NMC.
NB: This award carries no professional recognition from the NMC.
Students who have successfully completed the programme achieving:
will exit the programme with the academic and professionally accredited award MSc Midwifery. You will then be eligible for registration as a registered midwife with the NMC.
Practice-based learning is integral to the content and credibility of the Pre-registration MSc Midwifery (NMC Standard 12, 2009).
Students may be allocated to any of the following for practice placements:
Practice-based learning is achieved through the 50% practice component of the programme. Students must achieve specified clinical proficiencies for year one before progressing to year two, and specified proficiencies for year two of the programme prior to progressing to year three and must achieve and maintain the mandatory NMC competencies for professional registration.
Our course comprises of 50% practice and 50% theory and is provided on a full-time basis of no less than three years duration. It must be completed within 5 years (including interruptions).
Delivery of our taught MSc pre-registration course will include teaching at a more advanced scholarship level. Your experience will be deepened and broadened using additional tutorials and seminars, this will include a wider perspective on issues such as:
In addition, you will be expected to demonstrate advanced research awareness throughout the course and will complete an element of personal research/project work involving the development of new ideas/knowledge.
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
Our course will enable you to become a highly educated midwife with the potential for roles in areas such as:
Upon completion, you will be equipped to consider postdoctoral studies, project management and leadership, postgraduate teaching and learning, and specialist consultant clinical midwifery roles.
£0 Fees paid by the Scottish Government Health Directorate
£7,300 per year of study
£7,300 per year of study
£14,000 Cost per year of study
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In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.
Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:
The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.
You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.
Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.
For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.
Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.
Student Nurse Uniforms are provided.
Successful applicants who gain a place on this course will need to register on the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme, managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. You will need to maintain your membership throughout the duration of your studies.
The fee for joining the scheme is £59.
Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.
Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.
English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.
EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.
Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.
If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.
Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.
All UK, EU and International (non-EU/non-EEA) applicants for this programme should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
The on-time application deadline for 2020/21 entry is 15 January 2020, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2020, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.
Please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide for domestic & EU/EEA to find more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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