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Midwifery Courses

Bachelor of Science in Midwifery (Pre-Registration 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 can be obtained from UCD

Notice for BSc Midwifery applicants;

The National Maternity Hospital (NMH) Education and Practice Development Department normally hold information sessions for CAO Midwifery applicants towards the end of June 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.

Notice and dates for these sessions are usaully available in May/June each year.


Higher Diploma of Midwifery

Next Course Due to Commence in September 2016

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

Further Information
Application Form  (Applications for 2016 Intake has 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 September 2016 to March 2018.

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.

Informal Enquiries  
Email: epdinfo@nmh.ie