Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s is here to help you with developing your career every step of the way. Whether you want to take a short course to improve your specialism, or whether you’re looking for a Masters or Doctorate programme to help you attain those leadership positions, we can help.

We offer a wide selection of learning options. They are divided up into easy to manage modules and short courses, so you can choose which parts you need to do first and tailor your learning to suit your career.  Many registered nurses and midwives can access these programmes through their employer – ask your line manager how to get involved.

We are offering, for a limited time, a selection of Level 2 modules designed specifically for nurses who trained before September 1990.  Click here for more information.


Return to Practice Midwifery (2018-19) 

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s is delighted to be able to offer a programme for midwives whose NMC registrations have lapsed within the last 15 years. Students will attend classes and practice placements, and, upon completion, meet the NMC Standards relating to return to practice courses (2016) and be eligible to re-register with the NMC.   The course will begin in January 2019.  

Applications have been extended!

Entry criteria

  • Applicants must be able to show that they have been previously registered as a midwife with the NMC and that their registration lapsed within the last 15 years.
  • Applicants should have had at least one year’s post-registration experience as a midwife
  • Applicants must be able to undertake study at Level 3, so should hold a Diploma level qualification.  Evidence of recent study would be an advantage.
  • Two satisfactory references
  • Candidates must be able to meet EU English language requirements.

Please note that these are the minimum entry requirements and may be subject to change.


  • Candidates will be required to attend for interview in September 2018.  This will include a discussion of any previous experience, which will be relevant in allocating the number of practice hours required to successfully complete the programme of education.
  • Applicants must also undertake a satisfactory Occupational Health assessment and Access NI Enhanced Disclosure check.

Funding and finance

The fees for this programme are wholly paid by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland. 

Teaching hours

During teaching periods students should expect to attend on a full time basis, i.e. Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.  On placement students will be expected to follow the shift pattern of the relevant HSCT, including night shifts.

Placement allocations

Students will be attached to one particular Trust area anywhere within Northern Ireland for placements.  We do attempt to allocate each student to a Trust area convenient to their home address, but this is not always possible.  The School will make the final decision on placement allocations.


Click here to find the application forms.



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