MM Masters of Midwifery

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Equip yourself with the requisite knowledge of evidence based midwifery practice and skills required to provide holistic women and family centred care

  • Napier code:

    72760MM

  • UCAS code:

    B721

  • Course type:

    Full-Time

  • Duration:

    3 years

  • Award:

    MM

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Course introduction

Welcome to this new and exciting opportunity. Edinburgh Napier University are proud to offer the new pre-registration Masters of Midwifery programme.

Midwives are recognised as experts in supporting women during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. We believe midwifery fosters the belief that childbirth is a normal physiological experience to be nurtured and respected.


As a midwife you will be recognised as an expert in supporting and advising women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum care. This course offers you the opportunity to develop clinical midwifery practice in a variety of healthcare settings and through simulated practice using our state of the art facilities. You will critically explore the provision of maternity services embracing the challenges of prioritising compassion, professionalism and trust.
You will be supported by a team of midwife lecturers who have expertise in both clinical practice and current research. 
Midwives are autonomous practitioners who practice in a multi-disciplinary care setting. Midwifery is a very distinct independent health profession which possesses its own knowledge skills and competencies. Midwifery care holistically encompasses the unique experience of each individual woman throughout their journey. 

The study of midwifery will teach you the theory of being a midwife through a blended learning approach including lectures, tutorials, online self-directed learning and workshops. You will prepare for your placements in our simulated clinical environment prior to your practice placements across South-East Scotland. Notable midwifery skills include:
  • communication skills
  • breast feeding
  • normal labour and birth
  • initial consultation and history taking
  • medicines management

On placement you’ll relate theory to real life practice supported by a midwife mentor specifically trained to support you and assess your achievement. 
The experience you gain will enable you to become a conscientious midwife and contribute positively to advancing midwifery practice. You’ll become knowledgeable and skilled in the care of pregnant women, their babies and families and graduate ready to go straight into work. 
You’ll also be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This qualification means that you’ve been assessed to be a safe and competent midwife with the necessary understanding and abilities. 

What you'll study


Year 1
  • Professional midwifery practice
  • Ante-natal and post-natal midwifery care
  • The science of midwifery
  • Evaluating the evidence base for normal labour and birth
  • Evaluating Midwifery care of the new-born and family
  • Midwifery practice 1

Year 2
  • Conceptualising public health and social context of childbearing
  • Midwifery practice 2
  • Midwifery care of mothers and babies with complex needs
  • Midwifery practice 3
  • Management of emergencies during childbirth
  • Midwifery practice 4

Year 3
  • Research skills for professional midwifery practice 2
  • Midwifery practice 5
  • Critiquing midwifery practice for women centred care
  • Midwifery practice 6
  • Midwifery practice 7

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

On successful completion of the course, you will be well equipped for your role as a Registered Midwife. This will also be supported by continuous professional development/ revalidation throughout your career based on the NMC Code (2015). The principles of the Code are to:
  • Promote professionalism and trust
  • Prioritise people
  • Practice effectively
  • Preserve safety
These principles are firmly embedded in our programme and  continued application of these principles will enable future career opportunities including, midwifery research, advanced practice or specialist roles and education


The Masters of Midwifery is a three year pre-registration programme that leads to a midwifery qualification and entry onto a professional register. Therefore our admissions policy reflects the requirements of the NMC (2009) Standards for pre–registration midwifery education.

To apply for this programme you must possess a first degree (preferably in life sciences, social sciences, sports sciences, nursing, health studies, health care, and education). You must provide evidence of completion of general education of 12 years  as part of the interview process. You may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Although not essential, we do advise students to gain paid or voluntary work within the health and/or social care sector before commencement onto the programme.

Numeracy

As part of the interview process all applicants’ previous studies in relation to Numeracy and/or Maths is checked . If successful at interview those without a pass in a Numeracy Module equivalent to Numeracy Intermediate 2, and/or Maths National 5 at grade C or above must pass a Numeracy Module - 'Core Skills - Numeracy for Health Care (Intermediate 2).

Literacy

All Applicants must have at least a Higher in English (or equivalent) to be shortlisted for interview.  

Science

All Applicants must have at least a Higher in Biology (or equivalent) to be shortlisted for interview. 

Interview Requirements

There will be a selection interview and all candidates must meet NMC requirements of good health and good character. Competition for places varies from year-to-year and achievement of the typical minimum entry requirements does not always guarantee shortlisting for interview or a place on the course.

Admission to the Programme is dependent upon a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) Check. This will be sent to you prior to interview and will be conducted on the interview day.  The cost of the PVG check will be paid by the University.

Previous Nursing Students

Please note that students who have already studied a Nursing degree are unlikely to receive funding for a second Nursing degree.

English Language Requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in each component).  For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact ugadmissions@napier.ac.uk

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland* Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland*
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000** £9,250**

**Please note, whilst this programme leads to a Masters level qualification, the course is eligible for student funding in the same way as undergraduate nursing programmes are, and therefore offer holders should apply for funding via these routes.