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 (www.pac.ie/nuigalway). 

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

Duration

18 months, full-time

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

17

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

Taught

ECTS weighting

150

Award

CAO

Course code

HDM1

Course Outline

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

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (150 Credits)

Optional NU563: Clinical Practice


Semester 1 | Credits: 20

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU563: "Clinical Practice" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional NU562: Issues in Midwifery Practice & Women's Health


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU562: "Issues in Midwifery Practice & Women's Health" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional NU561: The Neonate Requiring Special Care


Semester 1 | Credits: 15

Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU561: "The Neonate Requiring Special Care" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional NU560: Care of the Woman at Risk II


Semester 1 | Credits: 15

Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU560: "Care of the Woman at Risk II" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional NU554: Normal Midwifery Care I


Semester 1 | Credits: 15

Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU554: "Normal Midwifery Care I" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional NU553: Application of the Biological Sciences to Midwifery


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU553: "Application of the Biological Sciences to Midwifery" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional NU576: Social Sciences 1 - Sociology


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU576: "Social Sciences 1 - Sociology" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional NU558: Clinical Practice


Semester 1 | Credits: 20

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU558: "Clinical Practice" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional NU556: Normal Midwifery Care II


Semester 1 | Credits: 15

Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU556: "Normal Midwifery Care II" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional NU564: Practice Assessment (HDM)


Semester 1 | Credits:

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU564: "Practice Assessment (HDM)" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional NU598: Using Research in Midwifery Practice


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU598: "Using Research in Midwifery Practice" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional NU559: Practice Assessment


Trimester 3 | Credits:

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU559: "Practice Assessment" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional NU575: Social Sciences 1 - Psychology


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU575: "Social Sciences 1 - Psychology" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional NU557: Care of the Woman at Risk I


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU557: "Care of the Woman at Risk I" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

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

Anne Fallon
T +353 91 495 601
E anne.fallon@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/nursing.midwifery/
www.hse.ie/eng/staff/jobs/Nursing/NRS0495.html