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Midwifery Courses

Bachelor of Science in Midwifery (Undergraduate BSc Midwifery)

The Bachelor of Science in Midwifery is a four year honours degree programme and on successful completion of the programme, students will be eligible to register as midwives with The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). Courses are run at University College Dublin in partnership with the National Maternity Hospital.  All applications are made through the Central Applications Office (CAO).

Mature entrants are required to contact the Nursing and Midwifery Careers Centre at The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). Further information for the BSc midwifery programme can be obtained from our Academic partner's website UCD and from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland website NMBI.

Notice for BSc Midwifery applicants;

The National Maternity Hospital (NMH) Education and Practice Development Department normally hold information sessions for CAO Midwifery applicants each year.

The aim of the sessions is to give prospective students an insight into the clinical placement aspects of the course over the 4 years of the BSc Midwifery programme, which upon successful completion, entitles the candidate to register and practice as a qualified midwife.

The 2017 sessions took place on Friday 21 April and the 2018 sessions are scheduled to take place on Friday April 6 2018.

Details of booking and venue will be available in early 2018.


Higher Diploma in Midwifery

Next Course Due to Commence in March 2018

All candidates should have a minimum of six months post registration experience.

Further Information
Application Form  (Applications are now closed)
For more information on course contents: Higher Diploma in Midwifery at UCD







Course Structure 

The Higher Diploma Midwifery is an 18 month programme for registered general nurses.  Upon successful completion of the programme students are eligible for registration as a Midwife (RM) with An Bord Altranais and the award of Higher Diploma in Midwifery from University College Dublin (UCD).  The duration of the programme is 78 weeks with 26 weeks of structured learning.  Students will obtain clinical education and experience at The National Maternity Hospital.  Students are given an outline of the programme upon commencement of the course.  Assessment is through a variety of approaches including practical and written examinations and assignments.  Midwifery skills and competencies are assessed throughout the programme.

Student Status

Midwifery students are employed by the National Maternity Hospital for the duration of their course . As an employee of the hospital, certain contractual obligations are requested and will be outlined in a contract of employment.  The students are allocated to all areas of the hospital and community that provide maternity and neonatal care.  The students are rostered on duty.  Night duty experience is part of the programme.  The student is also a fully registered student with University College Dublin and entitled to utilise all university student facilities.


Students are paid according to their current increment at the time of entering the programme.

Course Duration:

Full time course, 18 months duration.100% attendance is required.
Course duration March 2018 to September 2019.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be registered with An Bord Altranais as Registered General Nurse (R.G.N.).  Six months post registration experience is required.  Three references are requested, two professional and one academic.  Students will be selected following interviews.

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