Neonatal Care: Qualified in Speciality PgCert

This relevant and contemporary programme is designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in neonatology.


The programme is designed as multiprofessional mode of study, to enrich your knowledge of different aspects of neonatal care provision across the various professions involved in delivery of holistic neonatal and family centred care. We aim to provide you with a teaching, learning and assessment experience that allows you to develop as a reflective practitioner who is in possession of in-depth knowledge of neonatal physiology and pathophysiology. This understanding will also incorporate the application of global evidence-based care strategies which will support you in becoming a knowledgeable, competent, and skilled professional in your field of practice.  It also aims to develop you as a critical thinker. We aim to provide you with teaching and learning experiences that will support your growth and development as a reflective and critical thinker who can apply research skills to neonatal care and contribute positively to neonatal practice. This learning opportunity will not only focus on training for the demands of professional practice, but it will also explore the moral responsibilities that come with local, national and global citizenship.

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Mode of Study:

Part-time (available as Part-time)


1 years

Start date:


Course details

This part-time blended online course will take up to a year to complete and is structured to support the student through their journey. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, guest lectures, tutorials and independent study. Your knowledge and understanding will be developed using a variety of online teaching, learning and assessment methods, utilising both asynchronous and synchronous learning opportunities.

Live lectures will be delivered using Microsoft Teams, allowing for live discussion with peers. These synchronous activities will not only help you to develop specific discussion skills, but they will also help you to develop relationships with your fellow students. Asynchronous activities will be set within each module site of the university’s virtual learning environment in the form of workbooks (learning materials and activities to engage the learner online), academic activities (such as reviewing literature; accessing, reviewing case studies and other learning resources, viewing podcasts and recorded sessions), peer and tutor led discussion boards, action learning sets and other forums for presenting/engaging in further discussion/review and application of learning. These activities will be mounted within each module site within the university’s virtual learning environment. The nature of these asynchronous learning activities means that you can complete these activities within a time rather than at a set time.

The programme is constructed using two distinct modules. Knowledge gained in the first module, Special and Transitional Care of the Neonate is the foundation module and an underpinning component of the second module, High Dependency and Intensive Care of the Neonate.

The first 20 credit module Special and Transitional Care of the Neonate will focus on the newborn baby who requires care in a special or transitional neonatal care setting. This module will support you in developing your knowledge and understanding of neonates as they transition to extra uterine life, together with the needs of their parents and families. The content will be based on relevant, embryology and fetal development. It will include exploration of maternal and perinatal factors that impact on the outcome of newborns as they adapt to extrauterine life. There will be dedicated time spent revising normal physiology, then learning the altered physiology and the pathophysiology relevant to the newborn baby. Alongside this, you will critically engage with the global evidence base which guides how we provide care and treatment options for these babies.

In the second 40-credit module High Dependency and Intensive Care of the Neonate your learning will be centered around complex physiology and pathological process related to the respiratory, cardiovascular, central nervous, endocrine, renal, gastrointestinal and immunological systems of the premature and ill neonate as they transition to extra uterine life. This will enable you to recognise developing illness and initiate plans of care. Alongside this, you will critically engage with the global evidence base which guides how you provide care and treatment options for these babies. The principles of family integrated care will be critically appraised throughout, as will the concepts and practice of neonatal neuro developmental supportive care.

Lead academic

Anne Moylan is programme and module leader. She has extensive experience in neonatal care both nationally and internationally and a clinical career in neonatology spanning 35 years including many years as an advanced neonatal nurse practitioner. As an educator she has taught within several universities in both Scotland and abroad, and is committed to developing and delivering neonatal education programmes that are committed to evidence based holistic care of the neonate and their families.

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    How you’ll be taught

    This part-time blended online course will take up to a year to complete and is structured to support the student through their journey. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, guest lectures, tutorials and independent study.
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    There is an assessment towards the end of each module. You will be assessed through activities that require you to show knowledge, understanding, creativity skills and synthesise of research.

    Assessment methods employed to assess core knowledge and understanding include self-assessment, written professional development activities, case studies and time limited, unseen examinations. Skills and professional capabilities are assessed in your clinical practice area by way of completion of a set of professional specific capabilities.


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for Neonatal Care Qualified in Speciality?

A bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Midwifery or a related Applied Health Profession and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or country specific professional registration body is required. 

Your employer/manager MUST submit a statement of support and verify your health board is funding your studies. They must also raise a purchase order (P.O.)  and send it to who will issue an invoice for payment. 

You will be unable to register for the programme unless this process is completed.

Other qualifications or experience which demonstrate through our recognition of prior learning process that you have appropriate knowledge and skills at SCQF level 10 may be considered on an individual basis.

Can I get admission into Neonatal Care Qualified in Speciality based on my working experience in this sector?

This course has academic entry requirements which are assessed alongside relevant work experience. Full details of any relevant work experience, including references should be submitted with your application and may be considered for entry where the minimum academic entry requirements are below those required.

Usually, unrelated work experience is not considered sufficient for entry without meeting the minimum academic entry requirements. Please contact us with your specific circumstances by submitting an enquiry form above and we will be happy to discuss your options.

Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?

If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the postgraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.

minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 overall with all four elements having a score of at least 5.5 or an equivalent.


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:
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

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.

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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 2023/24 2024/25
All students £1,500 £1,575
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
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. 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:

The university regrets that once fees are paid, there is no remuneration should student discontinue their studies.

The discount for Edinburgh Napier alumni can only be applied to year one of a full-time Postgraduate degree, any additional years are exempt from the discount.

For part time Postgraduate degrees the discount will apply to years one, two and three only and any additional years will be exempt from the discount.

Please read our full T&C here


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As a graduate from this education programme, you will be in possession of the knowledge and skills to develop professionally and work autonomously in your chosen field of practice where neonatal care is provided. Within your scope of practice, you will work in a safe and innovative way and make challenging decisions within a multidisciplinary team. 
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