Midwifery - Advanced Practice

University of Limerick

Midwifery - Advanced Practice

The MSc Advanced Practice (Midwifery) has been developed to enable experienced registered midwives, to develop an expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for an expanded autonomous scope of practice. This programme was developed in collaboration within a consortium that includes 5 universities: UCD, UCC, NUIG, TCD, and UL. The part-time Level 9 programme offers a range of modules supporting the development of an advanced practitioner who is innovative at assessing and managing care in partnership with women, takes responsibility for decisions made, is research active, is woman-centered and an active member of the multi-professional team.

Theory and practice are integrated throughout the programme. On successful completion, students will be eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) for registration as an Advanced Midwife Practitioner (RAMP) and Registered Midwife Prescriber (RMP).

Key Fact:
The MSc Advanced Practice (Midwifery) aims to develop students' knowledge and critical thinking skills to provide advanced clinical midwifery practice. To enhance care and 'improved clinical outcomes for women and their babies through higher levels of critical analysis, problem solving and senior clinical decision-making as a lead healthcare professional who is accountable and responsible for their own practice'

Subjects taught

Programme Content
Year 1
Autumn Semester
• Health Research Methods/Methodology
• Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance
• Advanced Practice Decision Making for Health Professionals

Spring Semester
• Professional, Ethical, Legal and Interpersonal Dimensions to Nurse/Midwife Prescribing
• Drug Action and Prescribing
• Advanced Health Assessment
• Clinical Practicum in Nursing/Midwifery Prescribing 1 & 2

Year 2
Autumn Semester
• Dissertation 1
• Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Midwifery) 1

Spring Semester
• Dissertation 2
• Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Midwifery) 2

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of an honours primary degree in Midwifery (or Nursing) with a minimum award of 2h2 (level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland recognised ) or equivalent. Hold active (Midwife) registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the NMBI. Recognition of appropriate prior learning. Provide evidence of support from an employer and completed Site Declaration Forms. Applicants must comply with current minimum entry requirements for admission to the programme of education for nurse/midwife prescribing; the candidate must have three years' recent post registration clinical experience (this must be within the past five years) with the equivalent of oneyear full-time experience in the specific area of practice. Must provide nomination and confirmation of a clinical supervisor (completed Site Declaration Forms).

Minimum Language Requirements
Where an applicant's first language is neither English nor Irish, excellent use of one of these languages must be demonstrated (either by having completed a degree in an English or Irish speaking country or by passing the International English Language Testing System exam, Academic Format, with an overall grade level of at least 6.5 (IELTS) and no score below 6 in any individual part).

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-
Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Application dates

How to apply:
1. Choose your programme.
2. Check closing date for the programme.
3. Apply online at www.ul.ie
4. Have your supporting documentation ready to upload.
5. Pay the application fee (€35 online / €40 bank draft or cheque).
6. Submit your application.

What to Include with your Application

Qualification transcripts and certificates

NMBI registration certificate

Your Site Declaration Forms x 3: Professional Mentor Agreement, Clinical Mentor Agreement, Director of Nursing Support

A copy of your birth certificate/passport (showing your legal name)

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:

• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate


2 Years Full-Time.

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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