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NPMS6024 Critical Inquiry Midwifery Project

Module Overview

This module provides the opportunity to undertake an empirical project on a topic of interest to you, AND agreed with the Maternity service, and your academic supervisor.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide you with the opportunity to undertake independent empirical, inquiry based project and to experience aspects of project development, conduct and dissemination. To build on the inquiry / evidence based practice/research knowledge and skills you acquired from your previous programme of study, profession specific module within the programme, and the Critical Inquiry; Midwifery Protocol module.

Learning Outcomes


The module is focused, on the undertaking, with academic and peer support, of a project to inform midwifery practice, which is normal an empirical project. The taught knowledge underpinning this module was provided within the Critical Inquiry - Midwifery Protocol module, and the associated reading /learning. There will be academic supervision and group seminars to support your project work. You may also seek ad hoc tutorials / sessions depending on circumstances; for example, extra support may be provided for completing ethics and governance documents, or for using specialist statistical or qualitative software. Programme threads are linked throughout and include: • Baby Friendly principles • Medicines management • Mental health and well-being • Values Based Journey

Special Features

Your research project topic must be negotiated with your academic tutor, and where appropriate your clinical Practice area. Peer Review and Ethical Approval will be required for empirical projects Empirical projects may require collaboration with the Trust Research and Development Department You may be required to undertake a study day on Best Practice in Clinical Research, organised and run by the NHS Clinical Research Network for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Academic supervision Group seminars The module will include two Values Based tutorials which will aid your professional develop and the integration of theory and practice

Independent Study609
Project supervision15
Assessment tasks100
Total study time750

Resources & Reading list

Creswell JW (2015). A concise introduction to mixed methods research. 

Various. It is anticipated that you will need to access a range of topic specific, and project specific resources that is likely to include text books, journal papers, professional guidelines and policies.

Greenhalgh T (2014). How to read a paper : the basics of evidence-based medicine. 

Polit DF, Beck CT (2017). Essentials of nursing research : appraising evidence for nursing practice. 

Gray DE (2017). Doing Research in the Real World. 



Individual Oral Presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Journal Article  (5000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Journal Article  ( words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

Linked modules


To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

NPMS6020Critical Inquiry Midwifery Protocol


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:

Printing and Photocopying Costs

Some projects may need you to provide some resources, for example stationary for documents for the project activity. This should be considered as part of the planning activity and can be discussed with your academic tutor/supervisor.


Books and journals are available in the library and via electronic resources. If you choose to purchase such resources for yourself the costs will be your own.

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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