BM Midwifery

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Gain the academic and practical knowledge and skills required to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a midwife

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    3 years

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  • Location:

    Sighthill campus

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Course introduction

Welcome to the wonderful world of midwifery. At Edinburgh Napier University you have the exciting opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills to ensure that the care offered to women and their families has a woman centred approach and prioritises the ethos of compassion and professionalism.

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 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 and 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. 

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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 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

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

Year 2

  • Integrated health and social care and midwifery
  • Midwifery practice 2
  • Medical disorders and the midwife
  • Midwifery practice 3
  • Midwifery care and emergencies around childbirth
  • Midwifery practice 4

Year 3

  • Research skills for professional midwifery practice
  • Midwifery practice 5
  • Women-centred care in midwifery practice
  • 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 Nursing and Midwifery Council 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 will enable your future career opportunities including midwifery research, advanced practice or specialist roles and education.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

BBBC including English and Biology or Human Biology. 

National 5 Grade C in Maths

A Level

BCC including Biology/ Applied Science and a Literary subject.* 

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths.

GCSE Grade C/4 in English required for candidates who do not have A Level English. 

For Midwifery, applicants need to demonstrate a breadth of subject choice and must be studying three separate A-level subjects. We are unable to accept Double Award A-levels for entry to this degree programme.

BTEC National Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in Health and Social Care + A-Level Biology at Grade C.

GCSE Maths at C/4.


Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in Applied Sciences + A-Level English or Alternative Literary Subject* at Grade C.

GCSE Maths at C.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System

B1, B3, B3, B3 at Higher Level including English and Biology.

A2 in two Ordinary Level subjects including Maths.  

New Grading System

H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level including English and Biology.

O2 in two Ordinary Level subjects including Maths. 


Care and Administrative Practice with B in the graded unit.

Higher Biology/Human Biology at Grade B also required.

Access to HE Diploma

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a related subject with 45 credits overall 

with a minimum of 39 Credits at Merit & 6 at Distinction to include Biology 

and English at Level 3.

Maths required at Level 2 or equivalent.

Mature Students

Adequate and appropriate recent study is essential. This must include Higher Biology or Human Biology and Higher English or a Literary subject*. Please contact us at if you are unsure whether or not you would be eligible to apply. Relevant work experience will be considered alongside recent study.

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.

Subjects Required

*Literary Subjects include: English/English Literature, History, Modern Studies; Religious, Moral & Philosophical Studies/Christian Theology, Psychology, Geography, Sociology, Health and Social Care, Law.

Deferred Applications

Please note that we cannot accept applications for deferred entry for this course.

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 

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

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're 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**

*Students should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding.

**Following the decision of the UK Government to remove the health bursary in England and move to a loans based support package for nursing, midwifery and AHP students from academic year 2017/18, the Scottish Government has confirmed that students commencing study on Nursing and Midwifery undergraduate programmes in September 2017 will be able to apply for tuition fee and living cost support from their home funding body.

Nursing students will also be eligible to apply for the University’s own generous package of financial support for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Further guidance can be found here