Midwifery and Excellence in Practice, M.Sc.


The ultimate aim of this Midwifery and Excellence in Practice programme from London South Bank University is to enable midwives and other health professionals providing maternity services to review, challenge and seek ways of improving the service in striving for excellence to ensure a world class maternity service, which responds effectively to consumer expectations.

Normally students are registered midwives with an honours degree. The emphasis is on clinical expertise and excellence in practice - you must therefore be able to implement your acquired skills in your clinical role. The Challenges of Implementing the Public Health Agenda module is open to other health professionals providing maternity services.
Career progression within the NHS is increasinglyinfluenced by academic awards. The Masters degrees form part of the essentialcriteria for consultant midwifery, for head/director of midwifery and formidwifery lecturing posts. It is a desirable criterion for matrons positions,and for specialist midwives posts.

Programme Structure

Core units
  • Research methodology and strategy
  • The challenges of implementing the public agenda
  • Excellence in clinical practice and professional development
  • Research philosophies
  • Dissertation
Optional units
  • Progressing healthcare provision through clinical audit
  • Exploring the challenges of clinical decision making through work-based learning
  • Developing skills and competence in professional practice
  • Management of breastfeeding through work-based learning

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Entry requirements
An honours degree in Midwifery with a minimumof one year post registration practice experience, or a relevantprofessional qualification with evidence of successful degree level study.Accreditation of prior experience can be used to demonstrate successful degreelevel study.

Living costs for London

  • 1000 - 2600 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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