PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME – Under construction

Phd Course

Theories and models for midwifery

For the first time in Iceland and in the Nordic Region before the Nordic Midwifery Conference, the 2nd – 4th of May in Reykjavik.

PhD course in midwifery and related health sciences

University of Iceland, Department of Midwifery, Eirberg, Eiríksgata 34, 101 Reykjavík

April 29th – May 1st, 2019

The focus of the course is on theories and models for midwifery and their implications for midwifery practice, research and education in the context of the Nordic region. It is aimed at Ph.D. students, post.doc researchers and holders of master‘s degrees planning for a Ph.D. project.

Central theories and models in relation to childbirth and reproductive health will be introduced and discussed (e.g. linked to salutogenesis, pathogenesis, evidence-based practice, the globally evidence-informed framework for Quality Maternal and New-born Care (QMNC), the MiMo model of woman-centred care developed in a Nordic context and more). The students will achieve knowledge of and will be able to critically assess and discuss the relevance of different midwifery theories and models, including the relation to their own research. Different perspectives encompassing both quantitative and qualitative methodologies will be explored.

The course has been developed by a Nordic network group of academic midwives from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Course committee:

  • Ólöf Ásta Ólafsdóttír, professor, University of Iceland
  • Ellen Blix, professor, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
  • Christina Prinds, associate professor, University of Southern Denmark
  • Ingela Lundgren, professor, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen, professor, University of Eastern Finland

Practical information:

3-day intensive course 29th of April – 1st of May, from 08.00-16.00.

Position in the educational system:
The course is given as a freestanding module on a Ph.D. level. The course is conducted in English.

3 ECTS featuring a total of 90 hours. Students from other universities others than the University of Iceland must apply to their own university for approvements of the course for ECTS credits.

Registered Ph.D. student in the Nordic countries, post. doc. researcher or a post-master developing a Ph.D. research project.

Teaching methods:
Lectures, group work and plenary discussions. A high degree of participants´ activity and involvement is expected.

Assessment and examination:
Home exam. An essay of approximately 5000 words, allowing the students to demonstrate their ability to apply acquired knowledge in relation to their own research project. The essay must be written in English and is graded as passed or failed.

Registration, course description and payments

  • Registration deadline is December 10th, 2018. Application form.
  • Please e-mail the application to as well as other required documents (see application form).
  • Course description see University of Iceland Course Catalogue (choose English version) and for more information by email to
  • The registration fee is 10.000 IKR. Please contact the University Center Service Desk, Gimli, upon arrival in Iceland or on the first day of the course to complete the payment.