Advanced Midwifery Practice MSc

Postgraduate Degree (2 - 3 years)



Develop your midwifery knowledge and skills to an advanced level with our challenging Masters course which will open doors to leadership roles or research.

Application Deadline:
Sun, Jul 1st, 2018


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If you’re passionate about your midwifery practice and want to develop your knowledge and skills to an advanced level, our MSc is for you. Supported by an exceptional academic team of experienced midwives within a faculty with a track record for innovative midwifery training, it’ll enable you to advance your existing skills of independent thinking and quickly apply them to your practice.

Full Description

With concerns about rising rates of intervention, you’ll be encouraged to explore both how to promote normality during childbirth and how to care for vulnerable women with complex needs, with the aim of reducing intervention. The supporting optional modules will help you acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for assuming leadership roles in clinical practice or research.

Course Details

Core modules

Promoting Normal Childbirth

This module addresses one of the major national and international concerns about childbirth, the rising rate of intervention, and will provide you with the underpinning knowledge and confidence required to modify this situation. You will be encouraged to develop your existing knowledge and skills by exploring the concept of normality and determining how this might be promoted during the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods. Both international and local perspectives will be analysed, enabling you to apply your learning to your particular position whilst deepening your understanding of alternative situations.

Facilitating Complex Birth

This module explores the role of the midwife in supporting women with complex social, emotional, and physical needs. You will be encouraged to explore both direct and indirect causes of maternal death and the role of the midwife in addressing these. You will also be expected to consider wider influences on maternal mortality and morbidity. Strategies for the maintenance of normality within such complex situations will be promoted. You will be supported in applying your learning to your own clinical practice and in developing your skills in caring for women with complex needs.

Research Studies

This module is designed to provide you with a critical overview of the main methodologies and designs applied to research within health and social care, professional practice, regulation and policy. It will provide you with an opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas that underlie the process of inquiry and its relationship to practice. The module will provide a framework within which to select, evaluate and justify the research methods chosen for your research project. The module requires you to prepare and write a research proposal which will normally lead to a level 4 dissertation. Hence prior knowledge of some research approaches at level 3 is normally expected. This module is taken by students on a variety of courses. Learning will usually be with a group of students who bring different academic and/or professional interests to their study, thus providing a community of collaborative learning well suited to interdisciplinary exploration.

Major Project

The Major Project, which is central to the Masters award, enables students to demonstrate their ability to synthesise learning from previous modules and use this learning as the basis for planning, conducting and writing up a research or work-based project. This project provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate: the ability to raise significant and meaningful questions in relation to their specialism; depth of knowledge which may involve working at current limits of theoretical and/or research understanding; critical understanding of research methods and its relationship to knowledge; awareness of and ability to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in their research or professional practice; the ability to draw meaningful and justifiable conclusions from information which may be complex or contradictory; the capability to expand or redefine existing knowledge to develop new approaches to changing situations and contribute to the development to best practice; the ability to communicate these processes in a clear and sophisticated fashion; the capability to evaluate their work from the perspective of an autonomous reflective learner. In the course of your studies with us you may generate intellectual property which is defined as an idea, invention or creation which can be protected by law from being copied by someone else. By registering with us on your course you automatically assign any such intellectual property to us unless we agree with the organisation covering the cost of your course that this is retained by them. In consideration of you making this assignment you will be entitled to benefit from a share in any income generated in accordance with our Revenue Sharing Policy in operation at that time. Details of our Intellectual Property Policy and Guidelines can be found on My.Anglia under Research, Development and Commercial Services or by contacting this Office for a hard copy.

Optional modules

Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE)

Advanced Communication Skills

This interprofessional module is based upon experiential learning to explore the student's own learning needs in relation to communication issues. You will reflect upon the importance of good communication and explore the theory of communication in complex situations. You will have the opportunity to practice and critically review your micro skills in a safe environment. This will enable the development of reflexivity and increased self awareness in relation to your own performance. The module will require students to identify stressors prevalent in this work in order to broaden their repertoire of coping strategies.

Law & Ethics in Health & Social Care

This module highlights the ethical and legal aspects related to your professional practice. There will be an analysis of legal cases and the statutory provision driving practice coupled with an exploration of current ethical issues, such as resource allocation and judicial review, issues of consent, death and dying and respecting life. The application of principles, theories and the legislative framework will be presented to you via reflective activities, case situations and scenarios, which will enable students to access their knowledge, trace their implications, refine their outcomes and evaluate the degree of moral justification they possess. You will also have the opportunity to focus on particular aspects of law and ethics that have relevance to your practice or personal interest This module is particularly relevant to health and social care professionals wishing to develop crucial insights into legal and ethical issues in practice.

Strategic Management & Commissioning

On this module you will be familiarised with the planning and methods of various community assessment methods that inform priority setting and equable service provision (eg Health Needs Assessment). It will introduce you to the principles and methods of partnership working, leadership and change management.

Global Leadership

Businesses, whether private, public or third sector, operate in a world facing a range of urgent global issues. This module examines the fitness of business in both Health and Social care and other sectors and individuals to tackle such issues. The key focus will be: effective decision making, adoption of a global approach, creation of a new business paradigm and a contemporary mission. Our module also considers the related concept of MisLeadership, which looks at how leaders have often failed to achieve the optimum outcomes for those they lead. Leaders predominantly create context and this module will explore the skills required to successfully mould and develop the context in a complex evolving environment. Our module will critically examine the following areas: emotional intelligence; leadership behaviours in the 21st century; definitions of leadership, global leadership and misleadership within the context of urgent global concerns; strategic decision making; environmental change; the role of the individual in a leadership position individually, in an organisation and in the wider community; organisational culture; complexity theory; hard and soft systems methodologies; local, national and international policy.

You will choose one optional module from the above list. Some modules may not be available through Distance Learning and you can contact us to find out more. Modules are subject to change.


Assessment methods vary between modules and include written essays, seminar presentations with supporting papers, a research proposal and, for the Masters award, a major project of no more than 18,000 words.

All the assessment methods are designed to demonstrate the range of knowledge and skills expected of a practitioner working at an advanced level.


This course is supported by an exceptional academic team of experienced midwives and is run within a department that has a track record for innovative midwifery training.

Our midwifery team maintains an extensive engagement with international agencies via links such as the UK Network on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, World Health Organisation (WHO), The White Ribbon Alliance and the London School for Health and Tropical Medicine.

Anglia Ruskin is one of only a few universities in the UK to hold a Baby-Friendly Certificate of Commitment and stage-one assessment. We are currently working towards stage-two assessment and full accreditation.

We maintain strong co-operative links with midwife-practitioners - we work in all eight NHS trusts in our region.

Meet your Tutors

Meet the team

An exceptional team of midwifery lecturers, all of whom maintain strong links with clinical practice, supports this innovative course. Not only are we able to offer a breadth and depth of expertise in advanced midwifery practice, but we also hold academic qualifications in the discipline of midwifery, supported by qualifications in anthropology, sociology and women's studies, international health, management and business administration, education, social research methods, interprofessional healthcare, primary and community care, and women's.

All lecturers are required to have a Master's degree and Postgraduate diploma in education. In addition to this many staff have completed or undertaking Doctoral study.

The research interests of the team include:

  • organisational studies and the implications for professionals and care delivery,
  • body image and effects on contraception,
  • implications of examination of the newborn, neonatal studies including family dimension,
  • all aspects of breastfeeding,
  • clinicians' experiences of managing obstetric emergencies,
  • historical analysis of intervention in midwifery care, and
  • students' experiences of midwifery training.

The team also has a strong background of international experience working in the field of mother and child health in: Nigeria, Nepal, The Maldives, Ascension Island, Romania, Somaliland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Montenegro, Sudan and Afghanistan. We are able to offer a high degree of support to midwives from diverse situations (UK and International) seeking to develop their specialist areas of practice.

"I have a passion for midwifery, and believe in the importance of normalising birth for all women regardless of known risk factors. I believe that further education and increased depth of knowledge can inspire practitioners to continue to improve care for women and their families."
Louise Jenkins
Course Leader, Advanced Midwifery Practice


Successful completion of this course will give you the potential to advance your career into leadership positions within clinical settings, or in the fields of management, research and teaching. You’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge to become an innovative, forward-thinking practitioner, with the qualities needed to affect change in healthcare planning, delivery and education.

You’ll also have the opportunity to complete the course with an additional qualification as a Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) practitioner. Many of our Masters level midwifery students go on to complete professional doctorates.

Career Advice

Our Employability Service is here to help give you the best chance of landing the job you want. We’ll help you improve your skills and bulk up your CV to improve your career prospects.

As a distance learning student, you’ll still benefit from help and advice on CV writing, interview techniques, job hunting, and general careers advice.

To find out more please visit our careers advice page.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold an appropriate Midwifery qualification and have at least one year's post-qualification experience of working as a midwife and evidence of appropriate continuing professional development. Applicants will usually have an honours degree or equivalent qualification.

You must hold an appropriate midwifery qualification and have a minimum of one year’s post-qualification experience of working as a midwife. An Honours degree qualification is also usually required.

As a distance learner, you’ll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.

If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please contact us for further information.

Fees & Funding

This course costs £6,700 in total. Don't forget to ask us about payment by instalments.

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