Edinburgh Napier University Midwifery

Edinburgh Napier University Midwifery


Learn the theory of bringing new life into the world before putting it into practice on several training placements. Our graduates get a guaranteed one-year Scottish placement after graduation.

BM Midwifery

Undergraduate, Full-Time

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

Course introduction

Welcome to the wonderful world 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 and advising 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 and through simulated practice using our state of the art facilities. You will be supported by a team of midwife lecturers who have 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.

Edinburgh Napier University Midwifery

What you’ll learn

The study of midwifery will teach you the theory of being a midwife through a blended learning approach including 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’ll relate theory to real life practice supported by a midwife mentor 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’ll also be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This qualification means that you’ve been assessed to be a safe and competent midwife with the necessary understanding and abilities.

What you’ll study

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 1

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.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Edinburgh Napier University Midwifery


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 Nursing and Midwifery Council 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 will enable your future career opportunities including midwifery research, advanced practice or specialist roles and education.

Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Scotland/EU Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland* Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland*
England Wales and Northern Ireland Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland* £9,000**

*Students should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding.

Edinburgh Napier University Midwifery

**Following the decision of the UK Government to remove the health bursary in England and move to a loans based support package for nursing, midwifery and AHP students from academic year 2017/18, the Scottish Government has confirmed that students commencing study on Nursing and Midwifery undergraduate programmes in September 2017 will be able to apply for tuition fee and living cost support from their home funding body.

Nursing students will also be eligible to apply for the University’s own generous package of financial support for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Further guidance can be found here