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Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions

Examination of the Newborn (Master's Level (7))
University Certificate in Postgraduate Continuing Education


Course overview

  • Limited HEENE-funded places are available for eligible applicants.
  • Standard University fee applies once all funded places have been allocated.

This module enables registered and practising midwives and neonatal nurses to undertake a routine physical examination of the newborn (NIPE). It also enables the student to progress academically at level 7 (masters). The module is delivered at Darlington campus and is ran over 30 weeks. The teaching timetable consists of one day per week for three weeks then one day in week 21. The module is assessed in two components; a portfolio of clinical examinations assessed in the clinical area and a case study of 2,500 words assessed at level 7 (masters level).

Where you study

Teesside University.


Course details

What you study

The award enables health professionals, through a process of advanced skill development, to undertake the routine physical examination of the newborn. The four study days concentrate on the aspects of the NIPE examination as well as discussions on other complications and referrals. You develop originality in your application of comprehensive knowledge along with evidence-based practice through a variety of teaching and learning strategies. Independent study is also required to enhance these teaching sessions.

How you learn

The degree and master’s module run together but there are separate learning outcomes for each and the written essay differs. Initially this award is front-loaded with classroom-based theory such as key-note lectures, seminars, formative assessment and simulation in practical workshops. You can access for teaching and learning resources and online support.

You undertake 20 supervised neonatal examinations and a final examination of the newborn with a consultant paediatrician/neonatologist/consultant neonatal nurse or experienced midwife. Maintenance of a portfolio is required together with evidence of individual learning and a 2,500-word care analysis.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should be a practising midwife or neonatal nurse.



2020 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:

Limited funded places available

  • Length: 30 weeks, part-time
  • 20 Credits, Master's Level
  • Enrolment date: 28 April 2020

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