Midwifery with Leadership MSci, 4 years

Start date:

2021
2022

Course information

UCAS code B720

Institute code L34

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

NHS

Students on this course are eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund

Contact
+44 (0)116 252 2969 or 2985 or 2966
ahpadmissions@le.ac.uk

School of Allied Health Professions 

Midwifery has to be one of the most rewarding jobs imaginable. But this four-year degree goes one step further. Alongside gaining core midwifery skills and experience, you’ll also discover what it takes to be a clinical and professional leader within the field of maternity and healthcare.

Course description

Course description

This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and fully reflects the NMC (2019) Standards for Pre-registration Midwifery Programmes and Standards of Proficiency for Midwives from September 2020 entry. Details on this page describe the course as studied by all intakes of student midwives from September 2020.

The NHS needs midwives. Midwives work in a range of roles and settings which need effective leadership. We are currently the only university in the UK offering a pre-registration midwifery degree with an integrated leadership component.

This unique degree draws on the experience and expertise of more than 40 years of health education at the University of Leicester, a partnership with the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT), as well as the expertise of our School of Business.

By putting leadership at the heart of the curriculum, we give you all the tools you need to qualify as a registered midwife - and also to progress further in the midwifery profession. Throughout your degree you will be offered mentoring by experienced academics and clinicians with national and international reputations, as well as leaders in the midwifery profession and the wider NHS.

Whilst at Leicester, you will study and work within our superb facilities, which include a state-of-the-art clinical skills unit with high-tech simulated mannequins to enable you to practise procedures in a safe environment. You'll even have lectures in Leicester Medical School's anatomy dissection room and gain experience supporting mothers with feeding their babies in our newly established Infant Feeding Café.

However, practical real-world experience is a vital part of your training. You will spend 50% of your studies on placements, working alongside experienced midwives and the multi-professional team. Through these, you will develop your knowledge, skills and professional values to become a safe, proficient and confident midwife.

This undergraduate Masters degree lasts four years, at the end of which there will be employment opportunities as a midwife in the local NHS.

Students on this course are eligible for a grant of at least £5,000 a year, which you do not need to pay back.

Student Learning Contract

As part of the offer for a place on this course all students are required to agree to abide by the conditions of a Student Learning Contract (PDF, 136kb) which you will be asked to sign during the induction week at the beginning of the course. This learning contract will apply to the entire duration of the course and the signed copy will be stored as a PDF on your University electronic record.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A-levels: ABB (should include one science from Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology). General Studies, Critical Thinking and Global Perspectives not accepted.
  • GCSE: Maths and English Language at grade B/6, plus a science subject at grade C/5. Functional Skills not accepted as an equivalent to GCSE.
  • BTEC: DDD in Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care, Health Studies or Applied Science (including Medical or Forensic streams).
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass diploma with 30 points including grade 6 in HL Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology. Minimum of 4 in HL Maths, or 5 in SL Maths, or 6 in SL Maths Studies. Minimum of 5 in English at SL or HL.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Grades H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, which must include a science (from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology). Minimum of O3/H3 in English Language and Maths.
  • Access to HE: Healthcare or Science based Diploma at Level 3: 60 credits overall, including 15 credits in topics relating to Human Biology/Anatomy and Physiology. Of the Level 3 credits, at least 30 at distinction and 15 at merit.
  • Graduate entry: Honours degree in a relevant subject at 2:1 (or international equivalent)

NB. To study on this Midwifery degree you must have completed at least 12 years of general school education (or have evidence of passing an exam at an equivalent level).

Selection procedure

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including academic achievement. Suitable applicants will be invited for a values based Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). Your capability for digital and technological literacy is tested through submitting your application via UCAS and a further opportunity during the MMIs.

Health Requirements

The interview process is undertaken without consideration of any health or special circumstances.  However, if you are made an offer and you accept, you will be required to complete a Health Screening Questionnaire (Word, 48kb). You may be contacted by the University's Occupational Health team if it is deemed appropriate.

Criminal Records Check (DBS)

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. As part of the course entry requirements you must provide the university with an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. The university will bear the cost for this and will provide successful applicants with details of how to obtain their DBS certificate prior to the start of the course.

Checks can take 4-6 weeks to complete, so please complete your application as soon as possible after you have received instructions from us, to make sure that you receive your DBS Certificate by the beginning of term. If you will not be in the country on or shortly after the results day, you can consider carrying out the DBS application early but bear in mind that if you do not achieve your required results you may not be given a place on the course.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 7.0 (a minimum score of at least 6.5 in writing and at least 7 in all other components): as required by the NMC regulatory body. We recommend that you complete your IELTS test before you apply.

International Qualifications

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2022

Tuition fees for 2022/23 are yet to be confirmed. As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2021/22 were:

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

You may be eligible for support from the Learning Support Fund, administered by the NHS Business Authority. From September 2020, the LSF has been extended to include a non-repayable £5,000 per year bursary for new and existing students.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2022

Tuition fees for 2022/23 are yet to be confirmed. As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2021/22 were:

  • £21,515 per year

You will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Accreditation

Accreditation

This programme has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which means at the end of the course you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a midwife. The programme has also been mapped against the UNICEF-UK Baby Friendly standards and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

This course will develop key employability skills that are important to leadership positions in healthcare, including:

  • Leadership and management
  • Advanced interpersonal and communication skills
  • Entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity
  • Evidence based decision making
  • Change management
  • Team working

At the point of registration, it is expected that you will have the ability to practise autonomously and will be able to progress to specialist midwifery roles such as in public health, perinatal mental health as well as become consultant midwives.

You’ll also graduate with a clear plan to accelerate your career. You will start employment within the NHS at Band 5 and it is anticipated that, with support from your educators in practice, you will be able to use your leadership education and skills to fast-track into key NHS leadership roles.

If you aspire towards a career in academia or research, secondments to the university setting to engage with the education of students or assist with project work is also a possible career option.

Career Development Service


Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

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Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

The first year of the course introduces fundamental knowledge required to be a midwife and a leader of the profession. You will gain knowledge and skills that are key to maternal and neonatal care, which will underpin your development in years two, three and four. You will be introduced to both core theoretical and clinical skills. Your knowledge will be complemented by clinical placements, a focus on leadership and inter-professional learning experiences.

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

During the second year you will undertake modules that specifically address the provision of safe and compassionate midwifery and neonatal care and the needs of child-bearing women and babies with complex health and social care needs, including perinatal mental health. The full physical examination of the newborn infant is learned and practised and, through a professional portfolio and clinical assessment, you will acquire sufficient knowledge and clinical experience to be deemed proficient in the examination by the end of the course.

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3

Year 3

In year three you will build upon the foundations from the previous two years, and study more complex theory and application to midwifery practice (e.g. pharmacology and medicines management, maternal and neonatal emergencies). You will have the opportunity to undertake a short elective/internship placement that embraces all aspects of midwifery leadership roles; e.g. in clinical practice, education and research departments where you will work alongside effective role models and be nurtured in developing your leadership potential.

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 4

Year 4

In your final year, you will prepare for clinical practice as a registered midwife, including interview skills. You will explore safe motherhood in a global context that serves in not only addressing the diversity and complexities of maternity care in the United Kingdom, but also the role that midwifery plays in low to medium-income countries in improving maternal and child health. You will also undertake a project working alongside an academic supervisor who will guide you through a topic of your interest.

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Get all the practical experience you need. Our course includes maternity case-holding from the very start and placements account for 50% of the course. Develop your knowledge and skills by supporting new parents in the University’s Infant Feeding Cafe, which is open to the public and supports UNICEF-Baby Friendly Initiative standards.

Enhance your skills with superb facilities, including our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Unit, which offers high tech simulated mannequins to enable you to perfect your procedures. You'll also learn anatomy and physiology and its application to midwifery practice in Leicester Medical School's dissection room.

Study a unique course. We are the only university offering a pre-registration midwifery degree with an integrated leadership component. Develop the skills and knowledge to be a leader in the profession.

Healthcare education at the University of Leicester has been established for over 40 years. This means you'll learn from a dedicated team of experts with a huge amount of experience in training you to succeed. You'll have the opportunity to study inter-professionally alongside students from other healthcare areas, including nursing, operating department practice, physiotherapy, and medicine.

Teaching and learning

University teaching balances a mixture of online learning and campus based lectures (flipped classroom), clinical skills teaching and inter-professional group learning opportunities (alongside other healthcare students), therefore building your professional knowledge, skills and attitudes over the four years.

The four leadership modules, which are an integrated component of the programme, will enable you to develop your own leadership knowledge and skills. As part of the leadership modules, you will develop a leadership portfolio that will be part of your long-term career map - underpinning your accelerated career trajectory. You will prepare for professional practice, focussing on the knowledge and skills required for lifelong learning and professional practice, including specific interview preparation, presentation skills and numeric skills.

We have fully embraced the rapidly changing field of digital technology, both in its application to teaching but also to the provision of holistic personalised maternal and neonatal care. In the first year you will be given an iPad. Lecture and group work material is delivered directly onto these iPads enabling you to annotate during sessions. Content can also be rapidly revised and updated, and the iPad can support you to organise your own self-directed study.

Fifty percent of the course will be based in midwifery placements, building your professional knowledge, skills and attitudes over the four years. During these placements, you will develop how to act professionally, exercise personal responsibility and make decisions in complex and unpredictable circumstances. A system of personal development planning and reflective practice will support you in developing these skills.

Upon successful completion of the NMC and University requirements, you will not only become a registered midwife, but also an ambassador for midwifery, and the MSci Midwifery with Leadership degree undertaken at the University of Leicester.

As an alumnus, you will be encouraged to contribute to the ongoing work in education and scholarship at the University.

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