Nursing - Midwifery

Course Outline
The MSc Midwifery is a part-time taught programme for midwives running over two years from the date of first registration for the programme.

This programme is for Registered Midwives ONLY. Registered General Nurses who wish to become Registered Midwives should apply for the Higher Diploma in Midwifery.

Additional Teaching Mode Information
CKX09 (Midwifery Pathway), CKX04 - Direct entry to year 2 to the MSc in Midwifery

Why Choose This Course
This is an opportunity for qualified midwives to gain knowledge and understanding of midwifery in a broad context.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery should normally:
- have a minimum of an Honours primary Degree in Nursing or Midwifery or approved equivalent degree or qualification approved by the College of Medicine and Health AND
- hold professional registration as a midwife with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann or be eligible for such registration.

Direct Entry to Year 2
- Applicants for Direct Entry to Year 2 should normally have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery or a Higher Diploma in Midwifery.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available online.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country online.

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Assessment Info

The majority of modules are assessed by assignments. For some modules there will be examinations or a student may be required to make a presentation. In Year 2, students undertake a research study and complete a dissertation. A supervisor will be provided to support this work.

Subjects taught

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.


2 Years Part time

Enrolment dates

Start Date: Late August 2020

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Practise with greater insight of the research-base, ethical, socio-political and professional underpinnings of midwifery and health care in Ireland;

Exercise enhanced personal and professional competence through accountability and autonomy in midwifery practice;

Demonstrate higher levels of judgement in the practice of midwifery through the generation of midwifery knowledge for innovative, research based midwifery practice;

Act as innovators and leaders and contribute to practice development in midwifery;

Teach others from a broad and in-depth knowledge base, derived from critical reflection on midwifery practice and the development of critical inquiry in midwifery

Exercise accountability and autonomy within the clinical and professional boundaries of midwifery;

Promote excellence in assessment and implementation of research based practice, within agreed inter-disciplinary protocols in midwifery practice;

Demonstrate high levels of judgement in the practice of nursing/midwifery through the generation of knowledge for innovative midwifery practice;

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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