Nursing - Midwifery

Trinity College Dublin

Nursing - Midwifery

Course Overview
This course is taught by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin in partnership with The Rotunda Hospital, Dublin and The Coombe Hospital, Dublin. The course aims 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, their babies and families.

Is This Course For Me?
This course is designed for NMBI- (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland), registered nurses with an undergraduate degree.

Course Structure
The course consists of both classroom and practice learning:

- Theory: 26-weeks (24 weeks classroom and 10 individual study days)

- Practice: 52 weeks (including eight weeks of holidays and public holidays)

For the duration of the course, the student is an employee of either The Coombe Hospital or The Rotunda Hospital, and a registered student at Trinity College Dublin.

Assessment methods are varied, including examinations, written and oral assignments, case presentations, independent and group work, skills assessment, and OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination).

Subjects taught

Students take eight modules across 18 months: Being a Midwife – Personal and Professional Development; Foundation Skills for Midwifery Practice and Sharing the Woman’s Experience; Health Promotion and Infant Feeding; Midwifery Clinical Practice 1 (1-3); Core Midwifery Practice and Adaption in Pregnancy; Midwifery Practice: Pathophysiology and Unexpected Outcomes of Pregnancy and Childbirth; Midwifery Research - Evidence for Midwifery Practice; and Midwifery Clinical Practice 2 (4-7).

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Only candidates who have attended an application interview may apply for the course.

All applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated through the English language must meet Trinity’s English language requirements. Find out more:

Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting, you can learn more at:

Application dates

Closing Date 12th January 2024


18 months full time.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake March 2024

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Career Opportunities
Midwifery graduates will be able to provide competent, safe midwifery care autonomously for women and their families; recognise the individuality of each woman and foster the development of shared decision making throughout the childbirth experience; and promote and support lifestyle choices that enhance the health and wellbeing of women, their families and the wider community.

Graduates will also be able to demonstrate informed decision-making skills and the ability to make informed differential diagnoses; and recognise the scope of midwifery practice, initiate appropriate referrals to other healthcare providers, and provide emergency care when required.

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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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