Bachelor of Midwifery Science

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

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Course overview

The Bachelor of Midwifery Science course is a four-year degree programme provided in partnership with the Health Service Executive (HSE) West. The programme consists of theoretical and clinical modules. The theoretical content aims to provide students with the knowledge necessary to underpin their professional practice. It comprises lectures, seminars, workshops, experiential learning, skills training and reading time. Clinical modules are undertaken in the practice setting. Following completion of the programme, students are eligible to apply to register as a midwife with An Bord Altranais, the regulatory body.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and Passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional requirements

All successful applicants are required to meet the health requirements for the programme and to undergo Garda vetting. In order to meet the health requirements, applicants must complete a medical assessment self-declaration form and undertake a medical assessment/screening and a vaccination programme, as required by NUI Galway and the Health Service Executive West.

Duration: 4 years

Next start date: September 2016

Entry points(2014): 450

A Level Grades (2014): AAA (A-Level) & c (AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 20

Course outline

Year 1 - 3

  • Clinical and Theory Instructions
  • Theory
    • Biological Sciences
    • Social Sciences
    • Midwifery Skills
    • Midwifery Studies
    • Health Promotion
    • Research

Year 4

  • Clinical and Theory Instruction - Semester I
  • Theory
    • Research
    • Leadership and Clinical Governance in Nursing and Midwifery Practice
  • Internship Clinical Practice which runs over 36 weeks - Semester II

Further education

Students can pursue further study at masters and PhD level.

Find out more

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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €7,330 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €4,106 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student contribution: €3,000 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2015/16

EU Fees 2015/16:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Current Students

Emma Doyle

BSc (Midwifery)

"... Being a third year student, studying Midwifery in NUI Galway, is challenging but definitely rewarding. I really like our new modern Nursing and Midwifery building; it's such a lovely environment and really conducive to learning. The clinical skills labs are really cool and so well equipped. They give a realistic insight into what it's like working in a hospital environment. I enjoy the fact that class sizes are small so you really get to know other students and the lecturers. The lecturers are so enthusiastic about their topics that it makes learning enjoyable and a lot easier! The support and teaching in the clinical setting given by experienced clinical staff is also great and sometimes you are learning things without even realising it..."