Midwifery with Registered Midwife for Registered Nurses (Adult) MMid

Why choose this course?

This two year masters course is ideal for registered adult nurses who have already studied at degree level and wish to gain the knowledge and skills to register as midwives with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You will study the midwifery profession and practice, research, biological science, social science, public health, law and ethics.

There is an emphasis on clinical skills teaching - more than half the course focuses on developing practical abilities. We aim to ensure your clinical placements reflect the modules you study, enabling you to integrate theory and practice.

Salary Support

In September 2022, this course is funded by the government with salary support worth equivalent to the mid-point of AFC band 5 and a tuition fee contribution of up to £9,250 per student per annum, pro rata for the length of the course.

Each year we are notified by Health Education England about the number of places available.

UCAS code Mode Duration Start date
4J34 Full time 2 years September 2022
Location Kingston Hill

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Kingston is No.1 in London, and No.6 in the UK overall, for nursing and midwifery (Guardian league tables 2022).
  • These courses are funded by the government with salary support worth equivalent to the mid-point of AFC band 5 and a tuition fee contribution of up to £9,250 per student per annum, pro rata for the length of the course (students starting September 2022).
  • You will be offered a wide range of clinical experience within local NHS Trusts and the surrounding community.

What you will study

You will be offered clinical experience within local NHS trusts and the surrounding community. We aim to co-ordinate your clinical placements to reflect the modules being studied, integrating theory and practice.

The themes that run through the programme are midwifery profession and practice, research, biological science, social science, health promotion/public health, and law and ethics.

Year 1

Year 2

Your nursing knowledge will be expanded to cover the essentials of midwifery practice. You will learn alongside students in the second year of their three-year midwifery programme.

Core modules

Bodies and Birth 2

30 credits

This module will enable students to:

  • systematically analyse the quality and significance of published literature
  • develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of pharmacology and appropriate medicines management across the childbearing continuum
  • have a detailed understanding of fetal and neonatal development and be able to identify the normal parameters of systematic newborn examination
  • develop systematic knowledge and understanding of human pathophysiology, pathophysiology, genetics, epigenetics and genomics including the physiological processes of lactation, bonding and infant nutrition
Social and Political Context of Birth 2

30 credits

This module will enable students to:

  • critically analyse the socio-economic, political and cultural factors which impact on health outcomes
  • synthesise the interconnected issues which affect the health and care needs of women and birthing people and their families to generate transformative solutions
  • source and systematically analyse authoritative data relating to public health and the socio-political context of maternity care
Midwifery Profession and Practice 2A

30 credits

This module will enable students to:

  • optimise normal processes in a variety of contexts even where there may be additional care needs for the woman or birthing person, fetus, and/or newborn infant
  • have a systematic understanding of the role and scope of the midwife in order to collaborate with other healthcare practitioners when caring for women and birthing people and/or the newborn infant with additional care considerations and work collaboratively within the team
  • critically analyse and synthesise the available evidence to support women and birthing people as they adapt to pregnancy and childbirth, anticipating complications by evaluating findings from assessment, screening and care planning
  • apply systematic knowledge and understanding to identify pre-existing, current and emerging complications affecting the women and birthing people, fetus and/or newborn infants.
Midwifery Profession and Practice 2B

30 credits

This module will enable students to:

  • protect and promote aspects of normality in a variety of contexts even where there may be additional care needs for the woman or birthing person, fetus, and/or newborn infant
  • demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the role of the midwife and participate in the shared responsibilities of caring for the woman or birthing person, fetus and/or newborn infant in unpredictable and complex situations, alongside other members of the health care team
  • use a range of strategies and tools to ensure effective professional communication

In your final year, you will continue to develop your midwifery knowledge, understanding and leadership skills, preparing you for autonomous practice as a midwife.

Core modules

Bodies and Birth 3

30 credits

This module will enable students to:

  • have a deep and systematic knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, genomics and genetics to provide universal and additional midwifery care for women, birthing people and babies
  • have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of sexual and reproductive health and contraception options
  • apply their systematic knowledge of normal physiology to develop innovative strategies to promote physiological childbearing and mitigate the factors in the care environment that can negatively impact these processes
  • recognise actual and potential additional care needs for childbearing women, birthing people and babies and initiate first line management of complications that may occur for the woman or birthing person, fetus, neonate or both
Social and Political Context of Birth 3

30 credits

This module will enable students to:

  • investigate the historical and socio-political influences related to childbearing and critically analyse how this shapes the way midwives work both within the UK and globally
  • critically analyse the local, national and international strategies and initiatives designed to promote equity of access to maternity and women's and birthing people's health services in a variety of contexts and evaluate the extent to which these promote and support individuals' rights, preferences, beliefs and cultures
  • critically evaluate the impact of variations in childbirth and midwifery practice in a global context
  • source and critically appraise the data relating to human rights and advocacy in maternity care to identify how this shapes their professional practice
Midwifery Profession and Practice 3A

30 credits

This module will enable students to:

  • demonstrate confidence and responsibility as an accountable, autonomous, critical and analytical practitioner, fit for employment at the point of registration
  • gain a systematic knowledge and understanding of professional and ethical frameworks for midwifery practice
  • develop in-depth knowledge of midwifery principles and practice in order to effectively support and advocate for women and birthing people and newborn infants across the childbearing continuum
  • implement and evaluate strategies to engage in personal health and wellbeing, ongoing education and professional development
Midwifery Profession and Practice 3B

30 credits

This module will enable students to:

  • provide and critically evaluate safe and effective universal care for all childbearing women and birthing people, newborn infants and their families optimising physiological processes and managing common symptoms
  • anticipate and prevent complications and take appropriate action when caring for women and birthing people and newborn infants with additional care needs working in partnership with interdisciplinary and multiagency colleagues
  • critically analyse and apply evidence-based, best practice approaches across the maternity care continuum, including those which are complex and unpredictable
  • provide first line management in emergency situations.

 

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

Typical offer

Registration as an Adult Nurse (RNA) on the NMC Professional Register for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors (Parts 1 and 10). Candidates pursuing the MMid strand must have achieved a BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing at grade 2.2 or above and have a minimum of six months post registration experience.

International

Non-native speakers who do not have the equivalent of GCSE English at grade 4 (formerly grade C) or an equivalent (e.g. Functional Skills Level 2 Literacy) require an Academic IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent overall and at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections.

Country-specific information

You will find more information on country specific entry requirements in the International section of our website.

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Additional requirements

  • All suitable applicants are required to attend an online interview. This includes a series of short value-based questions, tasks or scenarios.
  • Admission is subject to occupational health screening and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check including checks against the Adult and Child Workforce Barring lists if you are offered and accept a place on the course.

Covid-19 vaccination requirement

UPDATE 3 March 2022:

The Covid vaccine mandate for NHS staff in England that was due to come into effect on 1st April has been revoked by the Government. [https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2022-03-01/hcws654] This means it is unlikely that vaccination will be a requirement to access placements on your course.

However, we are aware that some placement providers may still require their staff and students to be fully vaccinated for some clinical areas. It therefore remains our position to strongly recommend everyone eligible to be fully vaccinated for health and care courses.

You can book your vaccinations here.

You can read information about Coronavirus vaccines here.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Pharmaceutical Council and Social Work England strongly encourage everyone eligible to be fully vaccinated as quickly as possible to keep yourselves and your community safe.

We will continue to update this page if there are any further changes.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching includes academic study and clinical practice experience. You will have access to well-equipped skills laboratories and simulation suites where you can use clinical equipment and practise on mannequins and teaching models that are relevant to maternity care.

There is a continuous assessment of theory and practice. This includes extended essays, examinations, reflective journal writing and projects.

Guided independent study (self-managed time)

When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking and preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS – the online virtual learning platform.

Support for postgraduate students

As a student at Kingston University, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development. You will also be able to use the University's support services

Your workload

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules.

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises exams (e.g. test or exam), presentations, clinical assessment and coursework (e.g. essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows:

  • 60% coursework
  • 20% written exams
  • 20% practical exams

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Who teaches this course?

You will be taught by leaders in the field who regularly contribute to research, particularly in the care of the mother or birthing person and child, before, during and after pregnancy. Our teaching has an extensive focus on practical skills development, in partnership with local NHS Trusts to ensure you are fully equipped and competent to practice.

Fees for this course

2022/23 fees for this course

Home 2022/23

  • MMid full time £9,250

International/EU 2022/23

  • MMid full time £15,900

2021/22 fees for this course

Home 2021/22

  • Full time £9,250

International 2021/22

  • Full time £15,450

Funding

Salary support

These courses are funded by the government with salary support worth equivalent to the mid-point of AFC band 5 and a tuition fee contribution of up to £9,250 per student per annum, pro rata for the length of the course (students starting September 2022).

Students eligible for this funding offer will not be able to access the Learning Support Fund (LSF). Further information on eligibility requirements for LSF are available on the NHS Business Services Authority website. However, students are entitled to seek support, if eligible, from the Student Loans Company for a maintenance loan.

Visit our Fees and funding page to find out about the student funding options available to help you fund your postgraduate studies.

Discounts for Kingston University alumni

Kingston University is pleased to offer a 10% discount on full-time and part-time postgraduate degree course tuition fees (including PGCE courses) to our alumni. Visit our Alumni discount page to find out more.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Textbooks

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to buy your own copy of key textbooks, this can cost between £50 and £250 per year.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residence. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost from £100 to £3,000 depending on your course requirements.

Photocopying and printing

In the majority of cases written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.

Uniform and equipment

We provide you with a uniform. You will need to purchase appropriate shoes (£20 to £60) and a fob watch (£5 to £20) for practice. You will need to purchase a lab coat (costs £10 to £20), details will be given at the start of course.

Travel

Travel costs are not included in your tuition fees but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses, Surbiton train station, Kingston upon Thames train station, Norbiton train station and halls of residence.

Placements

Placement expenses for travel and accommodation may be reimbursed by NHS Bursaries where, for example, the requirement exceeds that of attending university; or requires additional accommodation to that of the usual term time location. These expenses may need to be covered initially by the student before any applicable reimbursement is received. Please note: EU and international students may not be eligible for support for travel and accommodation.

DBS check

The University pays for the processing of the application which is £51 but students are expected to pay a small fee (approximately £7) to the Post Office to get their ID documents verified and £13 per year for subscribing to the Update Service. This subscription allows universities and potential employers to view any changes to students' DBS.

Occupational health

You will need to fill out an Occupational Health Form. In some cases, we will require extra information and may ask you to get your GP to complete a routine screening form. All GPs have their own policies on charging fees for completion of these reports. The minimum fee recommended by the BMA is £30. Some GPs will not charge you for completion of the form but some GP surgeries are unable to make exceptions and will charge you the standard rate for their practice (in some cases this can be £50 or more). Neither the Faculty nor Occupational Health will be able to reimburse students for fees charged by their GP.

The majority of the required vaccinations should be free from your GP or via the NHS. Our Occupational Health Service will see you in the first two weeks of the course to ensure you have obtained the necessary vaccinations and will undertake any vaccinations/screening tests you have missed. Neither the Faculty nor Occupational Health will be able to reimburse students for any fees charged by their GP or other vaccination providers for vaccinations incurring a cost. If you are being charged for a vaccination we would suggest that you wait until you start the course where you will be able to obtain the vaccination at no cost to yourself.

Membership and professional fees

Professional body membership fees whilst on course are approximately £10. Nursing and Midwifery Council registration fees, once qualified, are currently £120 for the year.

Facilities

Our Kingston Hill campus offers you modern facilities and includes well-equipped laboratories where you can practise within a safe environment. Our new simulation suite houses all the equipment needed to develop clinical practice skills.

This versatile space can be used for simulated home settings or a delivery suite setting. It also has a range of equipment, including a birthing pool, birthing mattresses, manikins, resuscitaires and exercise balls for you to learn with.

After you graduate

Registered midwives can choose to develop their skills and experience in the NHS, or the independent or voluntary sectors. Midwives can elect to work clinically, teach, undertake research or even manage a complete maternity service. Extensive postgraduate study opportunities are also available at Kingston University. 

Career opportunities 

Midwifery today is a highly attractive career with good financial rewards and excellent employment prospects in the UK and overseas. 

The majority of midwives work in the NHS, either in the community working alongside GPs, district nurses and social workers, or in hospital environments in partnership with obstetricians, anaesthetists and neonatologists. Others work in private maternity hospitals or practice independently. 

There are many practice-based roles and also management opportunities in both midwifery and general health care which can enable midwives to develop and support modern midwifery practice. Midwives may also take on consultant roles. 

 

After you graduate

Accreditation

This degree confers both an academic award and a professional qualification in midwifery. On completion of the programme, students are recommended to the Nursing and Midwifery Council or professional registration. 

What our students say

I joined the BSc Midwifery programme as a mature student, having been a primary school teaching assistant for many years whilst raising my own three daughters and after completing a Diploma in Adult Nursing (also at Kingston University).

The course is fast moving, and at times challenging, but the academic and personal support provided by both tutors and colleagues is excellent. There is always someone available if you need to discuss any aspect of your practice or need guidance with academic assignments.

I have enjoyed the course immensely and feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to learn how to professionally support women and their families during the life-changing events of pregnancy, childbirth and adjustment to parenthood.

Rosemarie McLoughlin, Midwifery for registered nurses BSc (Hons)

During the midwifery 18-month programme, I have felt exceptionally well supported by teachers, mentors, clinical facilitators and my personal tutor. As a male student in a midwifery degree, you might expect to face some difficulties. However, with the appropriate support and guidance, it can be seen as a positive experience rather than an inconvenience. Kingston and St George's really care for their students, providing a range of tools and techniques to ensure that students are very well supported and guided during this time.

Nowadays, I am working as a midwife in one of the healthcare trusts where I was trained. This course has not only provided the opportunity to study the midwifery degree, it also provided the means to gain the job that I always wanted. It has been a rewarding experience.

David Diaz Gomez, Midwifery for registered nurses BSc (Hons)

This 18-month programme has been consistently challenging throughout. Varied teaching methods have maintained an upbeat learning environment with each individual's learning capabilities and styles being complimented.

As a student I have experienced a high level of support both on a personal and professional basis with skilled academic and practice mentorship facilitating my grasp of the varied concepts of midwifery care.

Overall, studying midwifery at Kingston University and St George's, University of London has been a life-enhancing experience resulting in my ability to make the transition from nurse to midwife with a broad sphere of confidence and competence in the specialist area of midwifery.

Jo Bécares, Midwifery for registered nurses BSc (Hons)

Links with the health sector

You will do a range of placements in different settings, including hospitals, community settings and continuity of care. We have a range of practice partners for midwifery from the NHS including:

  • Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
  • Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Current research in this subject

Many of our staff are research active, often in partnership with NHS Trusts. This ensures they are in touch with the latest thinking and bring best practice to your studies.

Midwifery research activity focuses around several key areas:

  • Clinical interventions
  • Professional practice
  • Women's experience of maternity care
  • Public health
  • International midwifery

We conduct much of our midwifery research and consultancy either in partnership with or on behalf of maternity services, voluntary sector and independent agencies.