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

The university currently provides a Pre-registration Shortened Midwifery Programme where Registered Adult Nurses become Registered Midwives in 20 months.  The Scottish Government arrangements require those completing the Programme will continue to work in the region afterwards.

Students commenced in January 2019 complete the Programme in August 2020.

Students commencing in January 2020 complete the Programme in August 2021.

In 2020 the Scottish Government plan a review of midwifery workforce and education to determine the opportunities for midwifery education across Scotland in 2021.  We await the outcome of this review.

Study on the Programme

This is a full-time Programme.

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

How long does the programme last?

86 weeks (or approximately 20 months)

Where do students study?

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