M.Sc. Advancing Practice

University of West London | London, United Kingdom
The MSc in Advanced Practice (Midwifery) is aimed at all health and social care staff who are looking to develop their knowledge and skills as advanced practitioners and specifically within a substance misuse context. Over the past decade, the emergence of competencies, conceptual frameworks and operation tools, together with government and educational drivers, has firmly placed the notion of advanced practice as a core development area in the practice workplace.

Description of Advancing Practice


This master's programme is likely to appeal to a wide range of professional midwifes, particularly those at the forefront of policy design and delivery in relation to Midwifery. The flexible nature of the programme means that you can complete the modules in any order (with the only pre-requisite that a research methods module is completed prior to the dissertation). We will accept credits at level 7 from other universities providing they can be mapped to our programme learning outcomes. Once accepted on to the programme you will meet with the programme leader to plot your route to award, and to be allocated an academic advisor who will support you during your duration of study at University of West London.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Start date February  2016, September  2016
Duration full-time 36 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Course details

Generally, students will study 60 credits worth of modules each year. We recommend that students start the programme with two modules: Role Development (20 credits) and Becoming an Advanced Practitioner (40 credits), unless the student has prior learning which can be credited against the programme learning outcomes at this level.

The focus of the Role Development module is to look at your role within your organisation and the current role. It will help you to identify any skills deficits and areas of competence which would benefit from further development using models and competency frameworks, for example Competencies for Advanced Practice.

Becoming an Advanced Practitioner module takes the process a step further and prepares you for your role within a strategic context, looking at your organisation as a whole and the contribution you can make. It will consider concepts such as advanced communication, strategic change management, project facilitation, implementation of Department of Health initiatives, corporate governance, finance planning and resource management. Usually, students complete these two modules in one year. In the second year, you will undertake 3 modules, each of 20 credits, which relate specifically to your badged award called:

Influences on women's experiences of childbirth

The purpose of this module is to explore the issues which influence women's experiences of childbearing and the processes conducive to promoting positive life experiences for women. The issues include exploration of the social, political, cultural, epidemiological and economic influences on women. It is envisaged that this knowledge will equip midwives to practise with insight in flexible, responsive settings. The module will give you an opportunity to study the key literature and to apply your increased awareness to understanding the influences on women's lives and the context of maternity care delivered in your own and other national settings.

The context and background of midwifery as a profession

This course uses the concepts of traditionalism, professionalism and modernism/postmodernism. It traces and critically examines the social, cultural, philosophical and political-economical influences on the practice of midwifery, looking critically at childbirth practices at different times in history and in different cultures.

It provides midwives with a framework that will demonstrate the complexity of the nature of midwifery practice, and that can be applied to addressing challenges for midwifery now and in the future.

Mental health and the childbearing woman

This module has been designed to inform and encourage midwives and related health care professionals to reflect on and explore the issues that may impact on the mental well being of childbearing women. It will include exploration of the factors that may positively or adversely affect women's mental health during pregnancy, labour and / or the postnatal period. This understanding will assist the development of strategies to enhance personal practice to support women and their families. It will also facilitate the development of strategic planning skills to develop service improvements for women and their families.

Finally, you will have the option to undertake an enquiry based project (60 credits) or you can undertake a research methods module (20 credits) followed by a dissertation (40 credits) giving you in total 180 credits to be awarded a Masters Degree. In addition to the subject specific modules given above, the focus of the dissertation or project must be specific to Midwifery to be awarded the MSc Advanced Practice (Midwifery).

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Advancing Practice

You will need:

- a first degree (or equivalent professional qualification) in a health or social care related subject (for example a nursing, physiotherapy, or social work degree)
- to be working as a health and social care professional (usually at least 2 years full-time or equivalent), with a significant professional experience for advancing practice.
If you do not have a first degree, but possess substantial work experience, you are still invited to apply. (In these cases, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire which maps practice experience to the learning outcomes for a Level 6 degree, and also to present an essay/report to demonstrate your potential for studying at Master´s level).


Work Experience for Advancing Practice

No work experience is required.

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