Fast-track programme for midwife education

Pre-registration shortened midwifery programme (postgraduate diploma)

We are delighted to be working in partnership with NHS Highland and NHS Western Isles to bring midwifery education to the Highlands and Islands, funded by the Scottish Government.

If you are a registered adult nurse this shortened, pre-registration programme means you can become a fully qualified midwife in just 20 months. The full-time programme is available, subject to Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) approval, to local registered nurses and to those wishing to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands and continue to work in the region afterwards.

How will I study the programme?

This is a full-time programme.

  • 40% theory component, which is arranged in blocks of attendance
  • 60% clinical practice placements provided by NHS Highland and NHS Western Isles in urban, remote and rural, island practice areas.

How long does the programme last?

86 weeks (or approximately 20 months)

What are the entry requirements?

  • You must be a registered Adult Nurse, live on NMC Register, at the start of the programme.
  • You are not required to meet revalidation requirements for registration as an adult nurse during the programme but we strongly advise all Registered Nurses to ensure they have met the revalidation requirements prior to commencing the programme.
  • Hours in practice undertaken as a student midwife cannot be used for revalidation as a Registered Nurse
  • If you are supported by NHS to undertake the programme, a condition of your employment contract may be that you maintain your nurse registration. This a matter for you and your employer not the university.
  • You must hold a first degree (or equivalent).
  • All successful applicants are subject to a Disclosure Scotland (PVG) check and must be passed fit by Occupational Health

Where will I study?

Department of Nursing, University of Highlands and Islands
Highland Campus, Centre for Health Science

How much does it cost?

Starting in January 2019, the postgraduate midwifery diploma (PgDip Midwifery) will have 20 places. For eligible students, the Scottish Government will fund tuition fees and provide bursary support of approximately £6,500 per year to those currently not in employment. The government will co-fund with the health boards the salary costs of existing employees to enable them to undertake the programme.

Further information

Further information about the PgDip Midwifery (Word docx format)

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