Applications are still open for pre-registration BN and MN Nursing courses (adult, child, mental health and learning disability) for September 2019 entry.

All pre-registration nursing and midwifery courses at Edinburgh Napier University have one intake each year, in September. The next student intake is September 2019

Applications are still open for pre-registration BN and MN Nursing courses (adult, child, mental health and learning disability).

Applications for BM and MM Midwifery are now closed for 2019 and will open again in the autumn for 2020 entry.

How to apply

Applications for both undergraduate degree and Masters nursing and midwifery programmes are submitted online through UCAS.

You'll need the institution code (E59 ENU) and the course code (you can find this on the page of your chosen course on our website). 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 then send it to us for processing. Candidates MUST check the UCAS Tracker regularly for updates throughout the process.

Please note: The application process for all pre-registration (undergraduate degree and masters) nursing and midwifery courses offered at Edinburgh Napier University is the same.

Financial support

All eligible (Scottish domiciled) student nurses and midwives studying in Scotland will benefit from an annual bursary of £10,000 from 2020/21 to help cover accommodation and living expenses. You can find funding information on the SAAS website.

For students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales, information about Access and Merit bursaries are available on our website.


In the first instance, your application will be examined to ensure you meet the appropriate academic criteria (you can check the academic criteria for your chosen course online).

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.

Our top tips for writing your statement:

  • Tell us your motivation for wishing to undertake the nursing/midwifery course applied for
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the role of the nurse/midwife
  • Include personal interests that relate to nursing/midwifery, let your personality shine!
  • Add relevant experience related to nursing/midwifery and care
  • Show that you've done your research
  • Be truthful, accurate and enthusiastic
  • Make sure it's styled in a formal manner and reads well
  • Write in a precise way using small paragraphs 
  • Check your spelling and grammar
  • Remember to get it proof read!

It is also strongly recommended that candidates arrange a visit to an appropriate care setting and speak with practising nurses/midwives and/or student nurses/midwives.

Literature about nursing/midwifery and searching the web can also provide useful background information (some useful links are provided below).

You should also take note of the University's essential qualities for nursing and midwifery candidates.

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

Please apply to Edinburgh Napier University for only ONE of the fields of nursing OR midwifery. The personal statement will not have the appropriate focus on the chosen field if multiple choices are submitted.

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:

Please remember that every institution you apply to receives the same personal statement. If Edinburgh Napier is not the only university 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.

You can find further guidance and tips on writing your personal statement on the UCAS website.


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 provides you with an opportunity to apply for courses through UCAS if you have not received any offers.

Clearing is available from 5 July onwards and enables applicants who are not holding any offers of admission to apply for places, subject to availability. Applications for Clearing open in July and will remain open until all clearing places have been filled.

Useful links

Find out more about Nursing and 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 5673 or email