Studying for a Masters degree is something that many professionals consider doing, and chances are, if you’re a midwife hoping to progress in your career you’ve given thought to gaining a higher level of qualification. But you may have also questioned what exactly you would gain from a Masters, whether you have the right qualifications to meet the entry requirements and how it would develop you as a professional. To help you find the answers to these questions, we’ve put together a list of the top three benefits of studying for a Masters in midwifery. Whether you’re fresh out of university, a seasoned midwife or just looking for a change in career, you’ll be able to decide if a Masters is the right move for you.

Progress in your career

If you’re a qualified and practicing midwife, it’s worth considering embarking on a Masters in midwifery if you want to progress your career. The simple fact of having a higher level of qualification in your profession will make you more eligible for promotion and enhance your employability for posts that involve staff leadership and practice development. If you’re still not sure where you want to go in your career and aren’t sure that a Masters is right for you, then why not check out your options on NHS Careers?

Get academic accreditation for the skills you already have

Taking a Masters course in midwifery can be a great opportunity to gain academic accreditation for the skills and experience you already have, even if you haven’t done much formal studying in the past. It may be that you don’t have a degree, but have a huge amount of clinical experience and feel that a Masters course is the right level for you to be studying at. If this is the case, and you can demonstrate that the experience you have is relevant, then studying for a Masters can be a great opportunity to advance your career or take it in a new direction altogether.

Gain new skills

As well as giving you the chance to advance your career and your ability as a midwife, doing a Masters degree will help you to develop many other transferable skills. For example, through studying midwifery at such an advanced level, you will gain outstanding skills as a researcher and as an academic writer – both of which will serve you well should you ever choose to change profession.

You will also develop the ability to speak with authority, engage in debate on complex topics and supervise others. These skills – along with the many others you’ll gain – will be of great benefit in advancing your career as a midwife, or a career in another industry, should you choose to move on.

Do you qualify?

Entry requirements vary between academic institutions, but as an example, if you were to apply for an MSc in Midwifery at Middlesex University, you would need a good honours degree (2:2) or above in midwifery or a closely related subject. If you don’t have a first degree, Middlesex also accepts candidates with relevant professional qualification and evidence of successful level-six study.

Wherever you choose to apply to, check what the entry requirements are for that institution, and if it isn’t clear on their site or you’re not sure that you qualify then still get in touch with the course leaders – you might have more relevant experience than you think.

This article was written on behalf of Middlesex University