MRes Midwifery

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
12 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
19 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 19/07/2019
Package One year of funding full-time for a midwife to undertake an MRes (with potential to progress to PhD)

Job description

One year of funding full-time for a midwife to undertake an MRes (with potential to progress to PhD)

Title: Student midwives' experiences of factors within midwifery curriculum that facilitate or inhibit their effectiveness to work within the new 'best start' model of maternity care: a mixed methods action research study

Based within the SHSC at Edinburgh Napier University 
Funding GBP 12,000 + fees paid for 1 year

This exciting proposal will provide a midwife who is interested in curriculum development and its approach towards preparing midwives to work in a continuity of care model with the opportunity to undertake an MRes over a one-year time-period. Upon completion of this MRes, opportunity to progress towards PhD maybe considered an option. Completion of this research study is intended to develop understanding of most advantageous curriculum strategies to prepare student midwives for optimal working within a 'best start' maternity care team. 


The Scottish Government 'best start' five year forward plan for maternity and neonatal services, sets out a program of transformational change to the way maternity services are delivered in Scotland (UK). In response to this dramatic shift in style of maternity care provision, it is essential that universities appropriately prepare student midwives for placements within the new 'best start' teams, with curriculum conveying appropriate education at fitting time points to facilitate development of relevant contemporary evidence-based midwifery skills. A mixed methods approach involving a survey with both quantitative and qualitative elements and focus groups will be held with midwifery students, midwifery lecturers, and midwives currently working within 'best start' teams. This MRes will undertake the first cycle of an action research project, with potential to progress to PhD through implementation of changes and re-evaluation at two further time points.

Pre-requisite for applicants:

  • Registered Midwife
  • Based in Lothian Region
  • WTE 37.5 hours per week
  • Registering for 1 year full-time Masters in Research (MRes)

Additional information

Please apply with a CV and covering letter to  G.Norris@napier.ac.uk

Closing date for applications:  19th July 2019 (midnight GMT)
Interview date : Wednesday 31st July 2019
Start Date: Monday 2nd September 2019

For further information and enquiries please contact:

Dr Gail Norris, Senior Academic Lead for Student Experience & Lead Midwife Educator in the School of Health and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus. 

Email: g.norris@napier.ac.uk