Course Description
This course is taught by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin in partnership with The Rotunda Hospital, Dublin and The Coombe Women & Infants Hospital, Dublin. The course is designed to develop midwives with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to become competent, analytical and reflective practitioners, thus enabling them to provide care in a manner that benefits women and their families.

Entry requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria: a. Must be a registered general nurse on the General Nurse Division of the register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland), b. Currently on the Live Register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland), c. Have a relevant academic qualification, preferably to degree level, d. Satisfy the selection committee that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course and e. applicants for this programme must have secured a place in one of the two partnership hospitals (The Rotunda Hospital, Dublin or The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin) before applying to TCD.

All applicants to the School of Nursing and Midwifery whose first language is not English or who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:

• IELTS: Grade 6.5 overall with a minimum of grade of 6.5 in each category

• TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based. The test taken here should be TOEFL IBT

• University of Cambridge:
Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)

• Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)

• An award certificate with a minimum II.1 overall score from Trinity's Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching's Pre-sessional Pathway Programme

Please note that test scores are only valid for two years.

Subjects taught

The course will consist of the following modules:
Foundation Skills for Midwifery Practice and Sharing the Woman's Experience;
Health Promotion and Infant Feeding;
Clinical Practice 1 (1-3);
Clinical Practice 2 (4-7);
Core Midwifery Practice and Adaptation in Pregnancy;
Midwifery Practice: Pathophysiology and Unexpected Outcomes of Pregnancy and Childbirth;
Midwifery Research: Evidence for Midwifery Practice;
Bringing it all together


18 months full time.

The programme is 78 weeks in duration, with 52 of these weeks spent in Midwifery Practice Placements

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: September 2020

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    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

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