Graduate Certificate Neonatal Nursing (Qualified in Speciality)

Undergraduate, Part-time

Neonatal Nursing (Qualified in Speciality) Graduate Certificate

Make a difference to the lives of premature and sick babies, and be the voice of their families and carers.


This one-year programme will enable you to further develop your theoretical knowledge and understanding of research to support care decisions, and enable you to achieve the clinical skills necessary to care for premature or sick neonates and their families.

Study modules are delivered by a blended method which incorporates online learning and face-to-face teaching at Edinburgh Napier University Sighthill campus. This will provide you with a unique opportunity to network with fellow students working in neonatal units all over Scotland. Online learning is delivered via a dedicated virtual learning platform.

This qualification will help set you on a path to advance your career in neonatal nursing not only in the UK but all over the world. It can also lead to future study at MSc level to become an Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.

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Mode of Study:



1 years

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Course details

The principle aim of the Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Nursing/ BSc Neonatal Nursing degree is to provide a coherent and relevant programme of study, designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to progress in a neonatal nursing care provision setting.  It will also develop your critical thinking abilities, helping you to understand and apply the latest research in your clinical practice area.

The course includes two modules totalling 60 credits at academic level 10. Following a year of blended online and face-to-face study, and the achievement of clinical skills and competencies, you may practice in many highly-specialised areas.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    You’ll be taught through a combination of online and face-to-face teaching, learning and group work. Clinical skills are taught at our Edinburgh Napier Sighthill campus in our excellent Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre.

  • note and pen Assessments Each module has an online portfolio of assessment. This takes the form of an exam and a piece of academic writing. In conjunction with your area of clinical practice, you are expected to build your portfolio of core clinical competency skills under the supervision of a clinical practice supervisor. This allows for continued growth and development of theoretical and practical skills in this highly specialised area of nursing.
  • briefcase Work placement In order to gain the required clinical competencies within each module course assessment, you will work within your own clinical practice area of employment. If it is considered that the clinical competency requirement cannot be achieved within your base hospital, then your clinical practice manager can negotiate a work placement. This may be out with your current area of employment and must be negotiated prior to starting the course.

Popular modules

  • neonatal intensive care
  • transitional care areas
  • special care wards
  • community outreach
  • neonatal transport services, stabilising and transferring extremely sick neonates to a tertiary area for surgery or specialised intensive care

Entry requirements

All applicants must be registered with the NMC either as a Registered General Nurse, a Child Health Nurse or a Midwife.

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 or Mental Health)
  • 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 2021/22 2022/23
All Students £915 tba

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.


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.


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Following achievement of the Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Nursing Qualified in Speciality (QIS) many of our Edinburgh Napier students have gone on to become Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (ANNP’s) or have used their qualification to extend their knowledge and skills working abroad where their qualification and expertise are highly valued.

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