BM Midwifery

Undergraduate, Full-time

Midwifery BM

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


We offer you the best start in studying the art and science 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, advising and advocating for 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. We work closely with local healthcare providers to organise work placements which allow you to put theory into practice, and you’ll get to prepare in advance in our state of the art simulated clinical environments. You will be supported by a team of midwife lecturers who have a wealth of 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.

Please note: We will have a newly NMC accredited Midwifery Programme from September 2021.

If you have a degree already, you may also be eligible to study our Masters in Midwifery (MM) programme designed for graduates, which enables you to achieve a post-graduate Masters qualification alongside your nursing registration.

We have a 95% satisfaction rate for our Midwifery course (National Student Survey, 2020)

Midwifery student in the Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre.

Mode of Study:



3 years

Start date:


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Study Abroad:


Course details

In your theoretical study of midwifery, we will teach you using a blended learning approach, which includes 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 will relate theory to real life practice supported by a placement supervisor/assessor 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 will also be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This qualification means that you have been assessed to be a safe and competent midwife with the necessary understanding and abilities.

Additional mandatory costs

Year 3: Students are expected to pay for the registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, £120.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Your learning experience will be supported by: lectures, tutorials, group work, skills simulation classes and work placements.

  • note and pen Assessments

    Academic writing, including essays and reports, exams and assessment in clinical placements.

  • briefcase Work placement

    We work closely with local healthcare providers to organise placements which allow you to put theory into practice, and you’ll get to prepare in advance in our simulated clinical environments.

    Practice placement experiences will reflect the current and emerging model of continuity of carer with implementation of The Best Start: A five-year forward plan for maternity and neonatal care in Scotland (Scottish Government, 2017).  This will involve caring for women through all stages of pregnancy, birth and postnatal periods.  As a result students will shadow their midwifery mentors working a variety of shift patterns to meet the needs of their case load.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    Within this programme you will have the opportunity to arrange an elective midwifery placement in Year 3. This can be arranged outwith NHS Lothian and Borders or with international partners or organisations.

    Students have previously undertaken placements in Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Belgium, Zambia and various countries in between.

Popular modules

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

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.

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and 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.

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto this programme.

Selection Day 

You will be invited to our Sighthill campus for a selection day. This will give you the opportunity to meet with the recruitment and teaching teams. You will also have the chance to explore some of the University teaching facilities, for example our state-of-the-art clinical skills simulation area.  

Part of the selection process for entry to the programme of your choice will include a computer based Confident Caring Assessment (CCA) where you will be given a short video and related scenario with questions. This is an assessment of the attributes expected of a nurse/ midwife, not your clinical knowledge and skills. It is designed to assess the qualities needed to work as a nurse/ midwife and the proficiencies outlined in the:  

Nurses Standards of proficiency 

Standards of proficiency for midwives 

The Code and watch these short videos

It presents a series of work-related situations, and you will be questioned about how you would respond. All applicants are required to sit the CCA. 

If you require adjustment for a learning support need, please get in touch by emailing before your selection event.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

BBBC including English and Biology or Human Biology

National 5 grade C in Maths

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC including English and Biology or Human Biology

National 5 grade C in Maths

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy.  Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

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

BTEC National Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in Health and Social Care and A Level Biology grade C

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths


Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in Applied Sciences and A Level English or Alternative Literary subject at grade C

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths

Irish Leaving Certificate (first awarded in 2017)

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

O3 in two Ordinary Level subjects including Maths


Care and Administrative Practice or Healthcare Practice with B in the graded unit.

Higher Biology/Human Biology at grade C or above also required.

Access Courses

Midwifery Courses

Students on Access to Nursing courses are not considered for the Midwifery course.

For applicants studying SWAP Access to Medical Sciences we would require a pass in the SWAP Access internally assessed modules with overall profile grades BBC in this year's exams. 

For applicants studying SWAP Biological Sciences we would require a pass in the SWAP course with overall profile grades BBC. In addition, we would also require Higher Biology at grade C and National 5 Maths at grade C or above. 

Access to HE Diploma

Applicants who are studying the QAA Access to Higher Education Diploma in a related subject will also be considered for entry to our Nursing and Midwifery courses.

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a related subject with 45 credits overall with a minimum of 39 credits at Merit and 6 at Distinction.

Biology and English must be achieved at Level 3 and Maths achieved at Level 2.

Please note all qualifications should have been taken within the past five years.  

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 standard 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 conducted as part of the induction week. The cost of the PVG check will be paid by the University.

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.

Mature Students

We can accept 3 Highers at BBC. This must include Higher Biology or Human Biology and Higher English or a Literary subject*. National 5 maths at grade C is also required.  All other accepted qualifications are the same as above. Please contact if you are unsure whether or not you would be eligible to apply.  Please note all qualifications should have been gained within the last 5 years.  If Higher Biology is out with the five years, we may be able to offer a refresher course, but you must still have 3 Highers at BBC or the other accepted qualifications listed above within the last five years.

Subjects Required

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

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, excluding Writing which requires 6.5).  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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2022/23 2023/24
Scotland £1,820 tba
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £9,250 tba
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.


Nursing students grouped around a bed in the university's clinical skills and simulation suite

Where your degree could lead you

On completion of the programme, our midwifery students are confident graduates who:

  • are knowledgeable in delivering evidence-based midwifery practice
  • have the clinical skill to support and care for women compassionately
  • are competent to work in a hospital and community settings.

They are eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. They can contribute to research development in reproductive health and improve outcomes for women and their families.

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