Applying to Nursing & Midwifery

All pre-registration nursing and midwifery courses at Edinburgh Napier University have one intake each year, in September. The next student intake is September 2020.

Is Nursing & Midwifery right for you?

Essential qualities for nurses and midwives:

  • Honest and trustworthy
  • Able to communicate with people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • A good listener
  • Patient, tactful and non-judgemental
  • Able to demonstrate a sensitive and compassionate approach to people
  • A good team worker
  • Recognise the need to seek and act on guidance
  • Able to remain calm in potentially stressful or distressing situations
  • Able to draw on knowledge and experience
  • Able to multitask
  • Able to demonstrate use of reasoning and articulate transferable skills
  • Able to commit to a full time course
  • Able to show insight and motivation into chosen field of practice

It is strongly recommended that candidates arrange a visit to an appropriate care setting and speak with practising nurses, midwives and current students. Literature about Nursing & Midwifery around the web can also provide useful background information.

Take some time to research the different specialisms of Nursing & Midwifery to decide which route you want to pursue.

Undergraduate (pre-registration)

Postgraduate (pre-registration)

If you already hold an undergraduate degree in another subject area, you may be interested in exploring these postgraduate routes:

Applying to Edinburgh Napier University

Applications for both undergraduate degree and postgraduate Nursing & Midwifery programmes should be submitted online through UCAS.

You'll need the institution code (E59 ENU) and course code (available on individual course pages). UCAS charges an administration fee of £13 to apply for a single course and £24 to apply for up to five courses.

After you apply, UCAS will confirm your application and send it to us for processing. Candidates MUST check UCAS Track regularly for updates throughout the process.

Please note: The application process for all pre-registration (undergraduate and postgraduate) Nursing & Midwifery courses offered at Edinburgh Napier University is the same.

We strongly recommend that you apply to Edinburgh Napier University for only ONE field of nursing OR midwifery.

The selection process

In the first instance, your application will be examined to ensure you meet the appropriate academic criteria (available on individual course pages).

Next up is the personal statement. This is your chance to shine! It is an important and vital element of the selection process and can determine whether you'll be invited to interview.

Please remember that every institution you apply to receives the same personal statement. If Edinburgh Napier University is not the only one you are applying to, make sure you do not mention us or any other university by name. This seems obvious, but it can come across as unprofessional and there is no guarantee you will be accepted by your first choice.

Watch our video for further guidance and tips on writing your personal statement.


If shortlisted, you'll receive an invitation by email. Up to 60 candidates will be called to the interview event, which will be a full day.

The main selection activity of the day is the group interview (with around nine to 13 candidates), lasting approximately one hour.

In the group interview, you'll be given a picture to generate discussion on a health-related topic. You'll be asked to respond to the picture in several ways. For example:

  • Describing the picture to the other candidates and teaching staff
  • Indicating positive and negative health factors in the picture
  • Discussing possible nurse/midwife involvement in the health matters arising from the picture or from similar scenarios

There will be an opportunity for wider discussion involving the whole group during the hour. The group interview will be observed by at least two members of staff who will score your performance. Demonstrating communication skills, verbal and non-verbal, is vital. Insights relating to health and the role and activity of the nurse/midwife must be included. In addition, the views, attitudes and values you express during the discussion will be noted.

The interview day will also include a range of activities to provide information about the course and studying at Edinburgh Napier.


Clearing is another opportunity to find a place at university if you don't have any offers (or none you want to accept).

Clearing is available from 5 July and allows prospective students to submit applications to courses that still have availability. Visit our dedicated Clearing pages to find out more.

Find out more about Nursing & Midwifery at Edinburgh Napier

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the application process, please call our advisor of studies on 0131 455 5382 or email