Birmingham City University - MIDWIFERY WITH PUBLIC HEALTH - MSCI

Birmingham City University


If you’re looking to gain a professional qualification as a Registered Midwife and explore at an advanced level how midwives can contribute to public health, then our MSci Midwifery with Public Health is for you.

Our approach to learning and teaching has been developed using a variety of frameworks and embraces the wealth of knowledge of the course team, practice partners and service users. The course will incrementally build on the skills and knowledge you will gain in practice and at university in order to support you to achieve the necessary level of competence and ability to make evidence-based decisions. Every aspect of the course has been carefully aligned to the standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2019). Successful completion of this course provides eligibility to apply and be entered onto the NMC register as a midwife.


During the first two years, you will receive integrated theory and practice content. This will allow you to engage teaching and learning activities in both the academic and practice setting. The third year consists of alternate theory and practice blocks. You will study various modules, which will allow you to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to care for women, and newborn infants across the care continuum from pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, labour and birth, postpartum, and the early weeks of a newborn infants’ life. Each year, you will engage in a yearlong practice module. This module, alongside varied clinical placements, will provide you with preparation and support to develop your confidence and competence in practice, working towards autonomously leading and co-ordinating care at the end of your course. Clinical practice will be assessed using the nationally, NMC approved Midwifery Ongoing Record of Achievement (MORA).

The first three years of the MSci course will be experienced alongside your BSc (Hons) Midwifery student colleagues. The final fourth year at level 7 will have a public health and midwifery focus. Your MSci cohort will have the opportunity to study with other healthcare professionals and midwives as this year includes a module of your choice related to midwifery which is often accessed by other healthcare professionals too.

Practice learning experiences may be within community, hospital or home environment settings. You will be exposed to diverse populations and you will learn to work as part of the interdisciplinary and multiagency teams. Whilst on placement you will be supported, supervised and assessed by suitably prepared practice and academic staff to develop your knowledge and skills. There will also be opportunities for exposure to alternative (including global midwifery) experiences during the elective placement. In your fourth year you will enable to negotiate a placement related to public health.

The Midwifery Department is committed to providing excellent, innovative, learning, teaching and assessment experiences. We use technology to enhance your learning, through lectures, seminars, skills, simulation and virtual learning. Engagement of practice partners and service users in all areas of learning, teaching and assessment is integral to our approach. Our evidence based curriculum will empower you to contribute to the provision of high quality holistic care both during your studies and in your future profession.

Entry Requirements

Essential Requirements:

128 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level

  • Five subjects at grade C/4 or above
  • Must include Mathematics, English language and Science subjects
  • Level 2 equivalent qualifications (e.g. Functional Skills) are not accepted
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
  • Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application


  • Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 7, with no subtest below 6.5
  • If English is studied at GCSE Level but as a second language, IELTs must be completed to qualify for UK L2 requirement

Career Prospects

Enhancing your employability skills:

Employers at our NHS partners consistently cite the strength of our graduates at interview and their suitability to be immediately fit for practice as a midwife. We believe it is because of our selection of determined and caring individuals who are motivated to becoming midwives that have the 6C’s as their core attributes.


On our Midwifery courses, you can expect to enjoy a number of placements at some of the biggest and busiest NHS centres for midwifery training in the Midlands. We have a teaching-placement split of 50-50%, reflecting the importance of the clinical experience you will get at these Trusts and birthing centres. Within these placements you will experience a wide range of midwifery practice progressing from normality in year one to complexity in year two and more specialist roles in year three. You will also have the opportunity for additional experiences such as gynaecology and the neonatal unit

Course Details

This four-year course aims to prepare you with leadership skills and practice experience in a research-informed way, enabling you to develop, design and evaluate health promotion interventions. This integrated Master’s degree combines three years of undergraduate study with an additional fourth year at postgraduate level, in a single course. You could also gain 120 credits at postgraduate level which you could use towards a Master's qualification.

In addition to academic and professional qualifications, you will complete the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) and UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative qualifications.

Year 1

• Introduction to Midwifery Studies
• The Antenatal Woman and Fetus
• The Intrapartum Woman and Fetus
• The Postnatal Mother and Newborn Infant
• Midwifery Clinical Practice 1 and Pharmacology

Year 2

• Supporting the Vulnerable Woman, Family and Newborn Infant
• Enhancing Midwifery Studies
• Complex Conditions in the Mother and Newborn Infant
• Midwifery Clinical Practice 2

Year 3

• Advanced Skills in the Care of the Woman and Newborn Infant40 credits
• Introduction to Global Perspectives on Public Health20 credits
• Midwifery Clinical Practice 320 credits
• Research Proposal

Year 4

• Advanced Public Health
• Maternal and Infant Nutrition
• Research Dissertation
• Midwifery Clinical Practice 4
• Choice of an optional module (from BCU offering)

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