Course Overview

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 Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

Applications and Selections

Applications are made to the HSE via PAC ( 

Who Teaches this Course

  • Miriam Brennan
  • Anne Fallon
  • Deirdre Van der Putten
  • Prof Declan Devane
  • Dr Mary O'Hara
  • Dr Linda Biesty
  • Sally Millar 
  • Samantha Moroney



Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be registered on the General Division of the Register of Nurses maintained by the NMBI (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.

Additional Requirements


18 months, full-time

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Advertisement for the course commences approx 6 months in advance of start date, in national & local newspapers & the HSE website.

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting




Course code


Course Outline


  • Anatomy and Physiology applied to Midwifery
  • Midwifery Care I & II
  • Woman with Complications in Childbirth I & II
  • Care of the Well Neonate
  • The Neonate Requiring Specialised Care
  • Research for Midwifery
  • Psychology for Midwifery
  • Professional Issues
  • Sociology for Midwifery
  • Elective Practice Placement for Midwifery

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

There are various employment opportunities for registered midwives in Ireland, in the various hospital settings. In addition, there are two Midwifery-Led Units which are located in Drogheda and Cavan. A small number of midwives work as self-employed community midwives. For midwives who wish to work in another EU state, they must undertake a year of clinical midwifery practice in Ireland before they can register with any other EU Member State and practice in that country.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

Find out More


  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2019

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2019 PDF (12.6 MB)