MM Masters of Midwifery

Postgraduate, Full-time

Masters of Midwifery MM

Equip yourself with the requisite knowledge of evidence-based midwifery practice and skills


Welcome to this new and exciting opportunity. Edinburgh Napier University are proud to offer the new pre-registration Masters of Midwifery programme.

Midwives are recognised as experts in supporting women during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. We believe midwifery fosters the belief that childbirth is a normal physiological experience to be nurtured and respected. 

To meet the needs of women and their families in today’s society, our course reflects a dynamic student-centered approach to education. In preparation for practice as an autonomous midwife within the maternity services, our course has an emphasis on active learning focusing on:

  • Developing Critical Thinking and developing expert knowledge
  • Personal and Professional Reflection
  • Education
  • Research Awareness
  • Leadership
  • Management

This new innovative and dynamic three-year programme will equip you to become a highly skilled midwife who will deliver and progress evidenced-based research and holistic midwifery care to women and their families. This will lead to potential opportunities in leadership, management, consultancy, research and educational roles.

Over the next decade the Scottish Government plans to implement a new strategy which will shape the future of maternity services in Scotland. This will give you the opportunity to rise to the challenges which will shape and develop the roles of midwife practitioners in the future.

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Mode of Study:



3 years

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Course details

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 expert clinical midwifery practice in a variety of healthcare settings and through simulated practice using our state of the art facilities. You will critically explore the provision of maternity services embracing the challenges of prioritising compassion, professionalism and trust.

A team of midwife lecturers who have expertise in education, clinical midwifery practice and current research will support you.

Midwives are autonomous practitioners who practice in a multi-disciplinary care setting. Midwifery is a very distinct independent health profession, which possesses its own knowledge skills and competencies. Midwifery care holistically encompasses the unique experience of individual women throughout their journey.

Notable midwifery skills include:

  • communication skills
  • breast feeding
  • normal labour and birth
  • initial consultation and history taking
  • medicines management

The experience you gain will enable you to become a conscientious midwife and contribute positively to advancing midwifery practice. You will 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 knowledge, understanding and clinical skills.


Year 1

  • Professional Midwifery Practice
  • Antenatal and Postnatal Midwifery Care
  • The Science of Midwifery
  • Evaluating the Evidence base for Normal Labour and Birth
  • Evaluating Midwifery Care of the Newborn and Family
  • Midwifery Practice 1

Year 2

  • Conceptualising Public Health and the Social Context of Childbearing
  • Midwifery Practice 2
  • Midwifery Care of Mothers and Babies with Complex Needs
  • Midwifery Practice 3
  • Management of Emergencies during Childbirth
  • Midwifery Practice 4

Year 3

  • Research Skills for Professional Midwifery Practice( 2)
  • Midwifery practice 5
  • Critiquing Midwifery Practice for Women Centred Care
  • Midwifery practice 6
  • Midwifery Practice 7
  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    The theory components of the Masters of Midwifery will include teaching at a more advanced scholarship level. You will be taught through a blended learning approach including lectures, tutorials, online self-directed learning and workshops. You will broaden and deepen your perspective knowledge of wider issues by developing advanced research awareness of:

    • Management
    • Leadership
    • Clinical Governance
    • Clinical Supervision
    • Education

    You will prepare for your placements in our simulated clinical environment prior to your practice placements across South-East Scotland.

  • note and pen Assessments

    A variety of assessments include, academic essays, reports, written examinations and ongoing assessment in clinical placement.

  • briefcase Work placement

    On placement you will relate midwifery theory to real life practice supported by a midwife mentor specifically trained to support you and assess your achievement.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    You will have the opportunity to organise a 4-week elective clinical placement at home or abroad.

  • library Facilities

    When you study midwifery with us you will spend a large proportion of your time here perfecting your skills in our simulated environment.


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.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

The Masters of Midwifery is a three year pre-registration programme that leads to a midwifery qualification and entry onto a professional register. Therefore our admissions policy reflects the requirements of the NMC (2009) Standards for pre–registration midwifery education.

To apply for this programme you must possess a first degree (preferably in life sciences, social sciences, sports sciences, nursing, health studies, health care, and education). You must provide evidence of completion of general education of 12 years  as part of the interview process. You may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Although not essential, we do advise students to gain paid or voluntary work within the health and/or social care sector before commencement onto the programme.


As part of the interview process all applicants’ previous studies in relation to Numeracy and/or Maths is checked . If successful at interview those without a pass in a Numeracy Module equivalent to Numeracy Intermediate 2, and/or Maths National 5 at grade C or above must pass a Numeracy Module - 'Core Skills - Numeracy for Health Care (Intermediate 2).


All Applicants must have at least a Higher in English (or equivalent) to be shortlisted for interview.


All Applicants must have at least a Higher in Biology (or equivalent) to be shortlisted for interview.

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.

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

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

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by 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 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 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland* Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland*
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000** £9,000**

**Please note, whilst this programme leads to a Masters level qualification, the course is eligible for student funding in the same way as undergraduate nursing programmes are, and therefore offer holders should apply for funding via these routes.


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 NMC 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  continued application of these principles will enable future career opportunities including, midwifery research, advanced practice or specialist roles and education.