Midwifery - Pre-Registration
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Are you passionate about making a difference in the world? Do you want to work in midwifery, a valued profession that is in demand both locally and globally? Join us at Oxford Brookes and do just that.
Having already completed an undergraduate degree in any subject (except nursing), you'll learn to apply your critical thinking skills to support women throughout the pregnancy journey, from early pregnancy to post-birth care.
You’ll learn how to support women to make informed decisions, and you’ll become familiar with the full range of midwifery care. You will experience community midwifery, home and midwife-led units and will be part of a multidisciplinary team caring for complex cases in hospitals.
By combining your academic expertise with a rewarding career in midwifery, you’ll make a significant impact on the lives of countless women and their families.
The recent influx of midwifery funding has created many opportunities to take on leadership roles, once you’ve embedded yourself into the profession. As a master’s level graduate, your options to make a positive impact are endless.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Small year group sizes
Benefit from more personalised support from teaching staff and experience a stronger sense of community and collaboration among students.
Participate in the full range of midwifery care. From community midwifery and midwife-led units, to multidisciplinary teams caring for complex cases.
Bespoke teaching experience
You’ll benefit from tailored MSc specific seminar and tutorial sessions to develop your critical thinking and research skills.
Influential teaching team
The lecturing team is engaged in research, international project work or work in clinical practice, taking your education to the next level.
Finesse your research skills
Take the opportunity to complete a bespoke module, where you’ll develop your primary research skills ready for your dissertation.
Year 1 starts with an introduction to core universal midwifery care. You’ll dive into anatomy and physiology, learn about the changes and adaptations that occur during pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal. You’ll also explore the public health role of the midwife and its impact on the pregnant women and birthing people you’ll be supporting.
Practical experience starts early in the skills labs. You’ll then put it into practice in clinical placements alongside registered midwives within 6 weeks of starting the course.
In Year 2, you’ll discover how to support women with additional complexity, from medical conditions to mental health issues and social complexities. You’ll also take a bespoke research proposal module to develop your research skills, in preparation for your dissertation.
In Year 3, you’ll have the opportunity to provide caseloading midwifery care to a small group of women in supervised student groups. Alongside this you’ll explore your personal midwifery philosophy. You’ll also investigate a topic of your choice through your dissertation using primary data collection.
Learning and teaching
At Oxford Brookes, no professional group works in isolation. We teach a wide range of pre-qualification and foundation courses. These include health and social care, all branches of nursing and occupational therapy.
On this course you will:
- learn in a friendly and stimulating environment
- share your learning with other healthcare students
- develop your teamwork skills
- gain understanding of the other roles which you will encounter in practice.
We have excellent teaching facilities, including:
- dedicated clinical skills suites and simulation resources
- a well-equipped movement laboratory
- a family of computerised simulation manikins (including a simman, simbaby and birthing mother)
- an extensive range of anatomy models.
You can access an extensive range of learning resources through 'Brookes virtual'. This is an online repository of:
- information and learning exercises.
We use a wide range of assessments including;
- case studies
- reflection in and on practice
- observed structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) held in our skills labs
- a variety of written assessments, including some examinations.
- poster presentations.
These assessments ensure that you are competent at both;
- academic writing
- practical and emergency skills.
Grading of practice is a central feature of practice assessment.
Our academic staff have extensive experience of NHS, clinical practice and general management at senior level. They also have a significant record of research and publications on a range of topics, including water birth and breastfeeding.
We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in:
- maternal and women’s public health
- cancer care
- children and families
- drugs and alcohol
- physical rehabilitation and enablement
- interprofessional education and collaborative practice.
We have excellent library resources, accessible both online and through a range of locally based facilities on university and NHS sites.
Studying midwifery at MSc level at Oxford Brookes will prepare you for a multitude of rewarding opportunities beyond university. You’ll become an expert in applying your analytical academic thinking to all stages of pregnancy, birth and postnatal.
We'll support your independence and encourage you to learn higher levels of critical thinking. This will lead to opportunities in leadership and management and clinical specialisms, as well as the more academic side of midwifery.
- consultant midwifery
- specialisms such as infant feeding, bereavement, and public health
- clinical educator
- delivery suite coordinator
- research midwifery.
Or perhaps you fancy deepening your knowledge and career further? At Oxford Brookes, we offer the option to complete a professional doctorate in midwifery or a PhD as a progression route, allowing you to enjoy a career in research and academia or extend your area of specialism further.
"After coming here, all the practical exposure that I’m getting during placement is really rewarding to see that you’re doing something that’s actually making a change, helping someone so when I go to sleep at night I feel content and worthy of what I’m doing on a daily basis"Read more about Luthfa
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, an Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (with 6.5 in Reading and Writing, and 6.0 in Listening and Speaking) is required.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.
Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.
If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
International applicants will need to apply early to allow enough time for obtaining visas.
If you are offered a place you may be asked to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure a place on the course. Applications are dealt with on a first come, first served basis, so please act early to avoid disappointment.
All Oxford Brookes University Health and Social Care Programmes conduct Value Based Recruitment (VBR).
We recognise that values and attitudes have the greatest impact on the quality of people's care and their experiences.
VBR is a way of helping our Programme recruitment teams to assess the values, motives and attitudes of those who wish to work with people in health and social care settings. When we refer to values we mean, for example, the values included in the NHS constitution.
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
Financial support and scholarships
All eligible midwifery students on courses from September 2020 (new and continuing) will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back. For more information please visit NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF).