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 An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann .

Applications and Selections

Applications for Higher Diploma in Midwifery programme are made to the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Further information on the Higher Diploma recruitment can be found here.

Who Teaches this Course

Teaching staff:

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

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be registered on the General Division of the Register of Nurses maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Registered General Nurse). A minimum of one year’s 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

March 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Applications are made via PAC ( to the HSE, after being advertised by the HSE.

Next start date

March 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting




PAC code


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

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 495601