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MSc Midwifery with Advanced Standing (2 years)

As a registered nurse this course offers you the opportunity to qualify as a midwife in just two years. This shortened programme will enable you to build on the important experience you have already gained as a registered adult nurse and achieve the additional knowledge and skills required of a midwife. You will develop the capacity to provide, lead on, evaluate and enhance evidence-based maternity care and respond flexibly and effectively to the changes and technological advances in today’s complex healthcare environment. On graduation you will be in an excellent position to pursue a career that could encompass practice, management, research and academia.

Introducing your degree

The award of Master of Science Midwifery with eligibility to apply for registration on the Midwifery Part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register is a 2 year, full time programme, designed to meet Professional Regulatory Body (NMC) and University academic award requirements. The programme is divided into academic and practice modules, although these are interdependent. There are learning group activities and seminars to help you integrate theory and practice, and to foster your professional and academic development.

At least 50% of the programme is allocated learning in practice (NMC, 2009) which is mainly undertaken within local NHS Trusts. You will normally have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings for example the community, midwifery-led birth centres, children’s centres, health centres as well as within the local hospital. You will be supported by midwives, and other professionals as appropriate to develop the knowledge and skills you will need to be an autonomous midwife and to meet the NMC professional requirements and the programme outcomes. Practice is assessed throughout the programme by the midwives you work with, with contributions from the women you care for, using an electronic assessment of practice portfolio for midwifery requirements. You will work with the inter-professional team in many of these locations. There will be some opportunities to gain an insight into other areas of health care, such as gynaecology, neonatal nursing, health visiting, and sexual health practice.

To Apply

You can apply to this course online using our online application form.


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Programme Structure

The academic modules develop in breadth, detail and complexity from one year to the next but encompass the following areas:

  • The principles of the bio-health sciences and their application to the process associated with normal health, and in particular with normal, complex and abnormal events from the conception to the puerperium.
  • The principles of the psychosocial/human sciences and their application to the process associated with normal physical and mental health, and in particular with normal, complex and abnormal physical and mental health events from conception to the puerperium.
  • The principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and medicines management in the context of midwifery practice.
  • The role of the midwife in the provision of competent, empathetic care to the woman and her family throughout her child birth experience, including risk-assessment and management of care.
  • Public health from an individual, family, population and societal perspective.
  • Safeguarding the woman and neonate (and other vulnerable individuals).
  • The provision of culturally sensitive/appropriate care for vulnerable groups.
  • Inter professional education ad working.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills, including leadership.
  • Research knowledge and skills of critical inquiry (implementing the Research-Teaching Nexus.
  • Working in an ever changing and technological environment.

There will be opportunities to undertake learning and practice alongside other students on health care programmes. There will also be some opportunity to identify learning activity of particular interest to you. This might include one of the following; working with practitioners specialising in an aspect of care; working with a particular client group; working with a researcher.

Key Facts

The course is underpinned by a set of beliefs and values that espouse a holistic woman centred approach to care and embraces an adult learning philosophy to support your development as an autonomous midwife

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

The Faculty welcomes applicants who have an active NMC Registered Nurse qualification – Adult status. To be admitted to the Master of Science Midwifery programme, you must be able to satisfy the requirements of the University of Southampton, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Since you will be working with physical and psychological vulnerable people, it is important that you should be physically and mentally well on entering the Midwifery programme. You will be required to undertake an occupational health screening process and may need to update your immunization status before going into clinical placement. Disability is not a bar to entry as long as you are capable of working as a midwife. The Nursing and Midwifery Council will assess your eligibility on successful completion of the programme.

This course is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013) this means that you will be subject by the Disclosure and Barring Service and any police cautions, civil or criminal convictions will be revealed. You must disclose any police record and discuss it, in confidence, with the admissions team. Having a record will not necessarily debar you from entering the programme. All places are conditional on satisfactory evidence of academic achievement and health and criminal record checks.

Entry Requirements

  • Registered Nurse (Adult) – Status Active Registration
  • Normally an Honours degree in a relevant subject at 2.1 – Preferably a BN Adult Nursing degree at 2.1 or above (Relevance will be assessed by the admissions tutor for non-nursing degrees on an individual basis for example, science based degrees such as biology or environmental science; social science degrees such as psychology or sociology; pharmacology however this list is not exhaustive) or an international equivalent.


  • Recent relevant study within the last 5 years. (Relevance will be assessed by the admissions tutor on an individual basis for example.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

The award of Master of Science Midwifery with eligibility to apply for registration on Part Two of Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register is a full time, 2 year programme. It is modular in design based on the University agreed modular curriculum structure reflecting the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) that requires all programme based learning activities to be valued and awarded credit. The award must be completed within five years of the commencement date. This period of registration will incorporate periods of suspension or interruption of studies. Successful completion requires a minimum of 90 ECTS, of which at least 75 ECTS undertaken at academic level 7. In addition, to meet the European Union directive 2005/36/EC, professional requirements of the programme and to achieve NMC accreditation, there are an additional 7.5 ECTS at academic levels 6. Each academic year requires 45 weeks attendance. There is no opportunity for a part time route.

Year 1

Semester One
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Midwifery with Advanced Standing - fees charged in years 1 & 2MSc 2020Full-time£9,250not offered 
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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

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 some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. 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

The Faculty is committed to providing you with a student-centred, friendly, supportive and receptive environment in which you will be able to reach your full potential and assume responsibility for your own learning (Fraser, 2011). The education content is underpinned by the sciences, research & evidence-based practice, which together provide the essential components for reflective practice and life-long learning. This means you will have the potential for a diverse and stimulating career in midwifery. You are supported to develop your analytical skills through an experiential, problem-solving learning approach to acquire knowledge and skills in a contextual and integrated manner. This is achieved through the use of: key-note and expert lectures; student and tutor-led tutorials and seminars; debates, case-based learning; inter-professional and trans-disciplinary learning; group work; directed and self-directed learning activities; practical and simulation skill based sessions; experiential learning; practice placement experience; web-based learning and digital resources. The programme team will draw upon established and proven approaches embedded in other successful programmes to support your transition to academic study and the requisite academic skills.

You are expected to apply learning from inter-professional education to your own professional context. One strategy to achieve this is through the Values Based Enquiry journey (VBE).

This programme has a strong values based ethos which supports your development as a midwife who is prepared for the predicted challenges of the future, demonstrating the personal qualities and character which identify you as University of Southampton graduate.

Midwives graduating from the University of Southampton will be:

  • Committed to delivering person-centred care underpinned by values of care and compassion.
  • Self-aware, possessing self-belief and self-efficacy and will have developed the courage and character necessary to speak out and to 'make a difference' as practitioners and leaders.
  • Insightful analytical thinkers with the ability to problem solve and to generate evidence for the enhancement of practice.
  • Knowledgeable and skilled professionals who are competent and confident in practice.
  • Have an inquiring mind and approach to midwifery care provision.

To foster the VBE philosophy there are timetabled seminars throughout each academic year. These facilitated sessions are planned to integrate theory and practice, to promote reflective practice and to challenge yourselves and others to achieve best practice.

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