PgDip in Midwifery (Short) PgDip

A two year pre registration postgraduate programme for adult nurses registered with the NMC


Applications are invited from adult nurses working in the following Health Boards for the two year PG DIP/MM short programme in midwifery due to commence in January 2023:

  • Highlands
  • Shetland
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • Lanarkshire
  • Orkney
  • Western Isles
  • Forth Valley
  • Fife
  • Ayrshire and Arran
  • Tayside
  • Lothian

The above Boards have indicated interest in supporting at least one student, but applicants should be aware that final numbers and places have not yet been confirmed in each location. This programme is funded by the Scottish Government and students will be paid a band 5 wage whilst studying.

Only adult nurses currently working in the above Boards are eligible to apply and will be placed for practice experience in their current employing Board.

Highlands Health Board is willing to consider applications from nurses elsewhere in Scotland who are willing to relocate to the Highland’s for the duration of the programme and for two years post qualification.

Please contact the Head of Midwifery in the Highlands if you would like to discuss this opportunity.

The deadline for January 2023 applications is 30 September 2022.
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Mode of Study:



2 years

Course details

Midwives provide skilled, knowledgeable, and compassionate care to women, newborn infants and their families. They work across the continuum of pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, labour, birth, postpartum and the early weeks of a newborn infant’s life. To meet these needs our programme reflects a dynamic, student-centred approach to learning, teaching and assessment. 

Our postgraduate diploma in midwifery is subject to the ‘NMC Standards for pre-registration midwifery programmes’. This requires that 50% of programme learning is theoretical and 50% is practical. 

It aims to prepare you for practice as an accountable and autonomous midwife with a focus on:

  • mastery of the knowledge and skills required to provide safe and effective midwifery care to women and their families.
  • the interpersonal and cultural competence required for effective and collaborative working.
  • developing self-capability in a midwifery leadership context, particularly in relation to quality, safety, and efficacy.
  • demonstrating commitment to ongoing research, audit and service evaluation to enhance professional learning, policy and practice.


Year 1

• Midwifery Practice: Art and Science
• Examination and Care of the Newborn
• Complex Care of Women and Newborn Infants
• Practice Learning: Part 1

Year 2

• Promoting Excellence in Midwifery Research and Practice 
• Management of Obstetric Emergencies and Midwifery Care
• Midwifery Practice, Leadership and Personalised Care
• Practice Learning Part 2

All modules are compulsory. 

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Theoretical content will be delivered online using a variety of interactive approaches. 

    Practice skills will be delivered in your health board. Travel may be required for placements such as neonatal care.

  • note and pen Assessments

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

  • briefcase Work placement The full range of midwifery practice will be covered in seconded placements.


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

Entry Requirements 

The entry requirement for this course is a first degree or Honours degree. 

Adult Nurse with current registration with the UK NMC  

Admission to the programme is dependent upon a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) check. 

Applications must be submitted using your NHS email address.

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, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £6,120 tba
Overseas and EU £14,337 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

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.

This programme is funded by the Scottish Government and students will be paid a band 5 wage by their Health Board whilst studying. (Places are limited.)


Over the next decade the Scottish Government plans to implement a new strategy which will re-shape maternity services in Scotland.

This programme will enable you to be a part of this dynamic and exciting change and contribute to improving the care and experiences of women and their families across Scotland.

It is anticipated that you will remain in your seconding health board to take up a post as a registered midwife.



Midwifery students prepare for an induced labour