Nursing - Midwifery

University College Cork

Nursing - Midwifery

Course Practicalities
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

Students take 90 credits as follows:

Year 1 (60 credits)

NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits)
NU6070 Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits)
plus elective modules (subject to availability) to the value of 40 credits to be chosen from the following:

NU6140 Woman-Centred Care (10 credits)
NU6153 Preparation for Birth and Parenthood Facilitation (10 credits)
NU6167 Maternity Critical Care (10 credits)
NU6201 Personal and Professional Portfolio (10 credits)
NU6301 Personal and Professional Development (10 credits)
NU6303 Advancing Practice for Patient Safety (10 credits)
NU6306 Clinical Leadership for Healthcare Quality Improvement (10 credits)
NU6310 Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice for Quality Improvement in Healthcare (10 credits)
NU6312 Contemporary Issues in Healthcare (10 credits)
NU6313 Digital Healthcare (10 credits)

Note: Not all modules will be offered each year. Alternatively, students may take up to a maximum of 10 credits, relevant to the MSc programme with the approval of the School of Nursing and Midwifery and subject to timetabling restraints, in lieu of 10 credits above.

Year 2

MH6014 Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits)
NU6151 Dissertation in Midwifery (20 credits)

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.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Entry requirements

Entry to Year 1 MSc (Midwifery) (MSCMW)

Applicants for the MSc (Midwifery) should normally:

have a minimum of a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) 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 the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or be eligible for such registration.
Direct Entry to Year 2 (MSCMWF2)

Applicants for Direct Entry to Year 2 should normally have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery (NFQ, Level 9 or equivalent) or a Higher Diploma in Midwifery (NFQ, Level 8 or equivalent).
For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure 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.

Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Application dates

The closing date for non-EU applications is 2 June 2023

How Do I Apply
1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.

2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Deferrals are not permitted on this course.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.

Please upload certification of current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).


2 years part-time.

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;

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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