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Overview

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 (Midwifery 2020, 2010)

Our course will give you the education and skills to embrace this challenge.

Year one focuses on normality in the childbirth process, receiving specialist education in relation to life and social sciences, adaptation to pregnancy, and basic caring practical midwifery skills. You are introduced to midwifery practice during the pre-conceptual, prenatal, intranatal and postnatal periods; key public health issues; and professional, ethical and legal issues.

The degree programme is provided on a full time basis of no less than three years duration and must be completed within 5 years (including interruptions). Practice placements are available throughout NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde; NHS Ayrshire and Arran; NHS Lanarkshire; NHS Highland and NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

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Professional Approval and Accreditation

Our course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You will be eligible for registration as a registered midwife with the NMC.

Placement Opportunities

While on our Midwifery course you will undertake a practice placements in one of the following Health Boards:

  • NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • NHS Ayrshire and Arran
  • NHS Lanarkshire
  • NHS Highland
  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway

You will also have one placement outwith the acute maternity sector.

85%

Overall student satisfaction amongst UWS postgraduate Health, Nursing & Midwifery students (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)

88%

UWS postgraduate Health, Nursing & Midwifery students would recommend us to a friend (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)

99%

Graduates in work/further study 6 months after graduating (HESA performance indicator 2014/15)

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

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.

Standard Requirements

To be considered for our course, you must:

  • Possess a first degree
  • Provide a personal/employer reference
  • Provide an academic reference and formal University transcript/certificate
  • Provide a statement of support (max 500)
  • Qualifications in English, numeracy and science are required for Midwifery in line with NMC

Entry is also dependent on your success in the following:

  • Health screening
  • Protection of vulnerable groups
  • Personal interview

Further desirable skills pre-application:

  • Communication/interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • IT literate
  • Research literate
  • Driving licence
  • Previous work experience in a caring/health environment
  • Evidence of research theory/activity

 

All applicants must meet NMC entry requirements as per NMC Standards for pre-registration Midwifery education.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

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)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

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:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

Pre-sessional courses

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:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

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:

  • leadership
  • management
  • education
  • research-awareness
  • professional reflection
  • critical thinking and expert knowledge

Teaching and Assessment

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:

  • management
  • leadership
  • clinical governance
  • education
  • supervision innovation and the development of new insights

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.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Career Prospects

Jobs

Our course will enable you to become a highly educated midwife with the potential for roles in areas such as:

  • management
  • leadership
  • consultancy
  • educational
  • research

Further Study

Upon completion, you will be equipped to consider postdoctoral studies and postgraduate teaching.

Tuition Fees

Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£3,400 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£3,400 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£3,400 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,300 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

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 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:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

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.

Additional Costs

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.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

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.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

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.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

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.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

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.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

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.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

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.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

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.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

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.

Find out more.

HOW TO APPLY

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS codes for UWS

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40

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If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.

For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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