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NPMS3039 Evidence Based Midwifery Practice

Module Overview

This module enables you to continue to develop your research knowledge base and analysis skills from year one. You will develop a research proposal to address this question you identified during year one, demonstrating knowledge of appropriate research design.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

to enable you to develop a research proposal in an area of midwifery practice of particular interest to you. In doing this you will enhance your independent learning skills and the ability to synthesise material from a variety of sources to develop a project proposal from initial idea to application to midwifery practice.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge based of research theory through the justification of all stages of the research process for your research project plan.
  • Demonstrate best midwifery practice in your articulation of ethical and client focused elements within your project.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the context and provision of maternity services in your articulation of potential challenges and solutions to undertaking the suggested research project.
  • Critically analyse the professional issues that might arise during the conduct of your suggested project, making innovative suggestions for how these might be overcome.
  • Demonstrate the skills of independent learning appropriate to a midwife throughout the conduct of this project.


Research theory • Paradigms and Research Approaches • Developing research objectives • Sampling frameworks and processes • Data collection and analysis Ethical and legal • Ethical principles in research • Research governance processes • Recognising and protecting vulnerable clients • Informed Consent • Data protection Decision making • Dissemination • Self-management • Time management Programme threads are linked throughout and include: • Baby Friendly principles • Medicines management • Mental health and well-being • Values Based Journey

Special Features

There may be opportunity to link with other pre-registration programmes with in the School for learning in common

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Lectures (Research related) • Seminars • Small group and individual supervision • Technology enhanced learning activities • Self directed study • Reflection

Completion of assessment task50
Independent Study49.5
Preparation for scheduled sessions50
Project supervision2
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Creswell JW (2011). Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research. 

Gray DE (2009). Doing Research in the Real World. 

Offredy M and Vickers P (2010). Developing a Healthcare Research Proposal: An Interactive Student Guide. 

Flick U (2011). Introducing Research Methodology; A Beginners Guide to Doing A Research Project.. 

Bowling A (2014). Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services. 

Polit DF and Beck (2014). Essentials of Nursing Research; Appraising Evidence for Nursing Practice. 

Cluett ER and Bluff R (2006). Principles and Practice of Research in Midwifery. 

Punch K (2016). Developing effective research proposals. 

Craig JV and Smyth, RL (2012). The Evidence-Based Practice Manual for Nurses. 

Gerrish K and Lacey (2010). The Research Process in Nursing. 



Poster Presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal  (2500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal 100%


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

All texts key are available within the library or can be purchased online or within the bookshop located on campus. For the current costs, you are requested to check on-line. If purchased, this will be at your expense.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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