Nursing - Midwifery

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The 18-month Higher Diploma in Midwifery is for registered nurses who wish to pursue a career in midwifery. The programme builds on students' prior professional, academic and personal experiences. Following successful completion of the programme, students are competent to fulfil the role of the midwife as outlined by the International Confederation of Midwives and are eligible to apply to register as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

Modules: Anatomy and Physiology applied to Midwifery, Midwifery Care 1 & 2, Care of the Well Neonate, Research for Midwifery, Midwifery Practice 1 & 2, Woman with Complications in Childbirth 1 & 2, The Neonate Requiring Specialised Care, Elective Practice Placement for Midwifery, Psychology and Sociology for Midwifery.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. Placements: This is an 18-month programme comprising 26 weeks of theoretical input organised in study blocks through the programme at NUI Galway, with clinical practice placements at University Hospital Galway.

2. Flexible learning: Modules are delivered in a variety of ways including classroom learning, clinical skills-based learning and blended learning.

3. In all theory modules, there is an emphasis on exploring the relevance of the content to practice, providing students with an opportunity to integrate theory and practice.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Applicants must be registered on the General Division of the Register of Nurses maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (Registered General Nurse). A minimum of six months' general nursing post-registration experience is required. Students must meet the normal minimal educational requirements for admission.

GARDA VETTING/POLICE CLEARANCE: Garda vetting/ police clearance is required for this programme.

Subjects taught

Modules: Application of the Biological Sciences to Midwifery; Normal Midwifery Care I and II; Using Research in Midwifery Practice; Social Sciences (Sociology and Psychology); Care of the Woman at Risk I and II; Clinical Practice I and II; Practice Assessment; The Neonate Requiring Special Care; Issues in Midwifery Practice and Women's Health.


18 months, full-time.

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Career Opportunities
Graduates have found employment in the health services, and in private hospitals and clinics.

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    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

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