Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN452
CAO Points Range 2021: 507
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 21

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject and two other recognised subjects

Please note: Applicants who have previously failed to meet programme requirements in any Nursing or Midwifery programme or have any issues which would affect their registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland will not normally be eligible.

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Why is this course for me?

From the moment a woman becomes pregnant, it’s the start of a journey leading to one of life’s greatest miracles: the birth of a baby. The term “midwife” means “with woman”. Midwifery is a wonderful profession and if you’re interested in working with women, their newborn babies and their families during pregnancy and childbirth, then midwifery is the career choice for you. The focus and philosophy of midwifery in UCD is the promotion of women-centred care.


Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Successful completion of your degree entitles you to register as a Registered Midwife (RM)‡ with The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). On registration, numerous career opportunities are available to you in both hospital and community settings in Ireland and abroad, including Europe, Australia and New Zealand. You can also pursue further specialist qualifications through graduate diplomas, and Master’s and PhD degrees.

‡Registration in Ireland does not automatically provide a licence to practise abroad.

What Will I Study

*The initial focus is on the foundational knowledge and skills required for midwifery practice. Each year, these will be developed and strengthened through theory and practice. In your final year, you’ll also focus on professional issues. Modules include:

First Year

  • Essence of Midwifery Practice
  • Scholarship of Enquiry
  • Anatomy, Sciences & Physiology
  • Psychology related to the profession of midwifery
  • Communication & Interpersonal Skills
  • Practice experience in a hospital setting for 11 weeks

Second & Third Year

  • Midwifery Practice during Normal Pregnancy & Childbirth
  • Complexities in Pregnancy & Childbirth
  • Complexities of the Newborn
  • Pharmacology
  • Patient Safety
  • Ethical & Legal Aspects of Midwifery Practice
  • Clinical Placement

Fourth Year

  • Research, Leadership & Management
  • Obstetric Emergencies
  • Enhancing Knowledge & Clinical Skills for Midwifery Practice
  • Clinical Placement/Internship

Assessment is through a combination of end-of-trimester exams and continuous assessment, including assessment of performance on clinical placements.

* Please Note: Curriculum may be subject to change in line with NMBI Midwifery Registration Programmes Standards and Requirements.

Professional Work Experience

Clinical Placements, which form a significant part of the course are completed across a number of sites throughout the Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG). You will attend clinical placements in the internationally renowned National Maternity Hospital (NMH) and a linked maternity unit in the IEHG e.g in Wexford General, Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar and St Luke’s General Hospital, Kilkenny. Students will be placed in any IEHG site on one or multiple occasions during their course to enable them to achieve the necessary clinical learning outcomes.

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You may be interested in the following Blog posts: Why study Midwifery at UCD (a student perspective).


“My name is Amy and I am in my fourth year of BSc Midwifery. This course gave me the opportunity to work with the largest maternity hospital in Ireland, the National Maternity Hospital Dublin, where I have gained invaluable experience on placement. UCD’s personal tutors, lecturers and other members of staff supported and guided me through the four-year degree and my placements on clinical practice. On campus in lecture halls, classrooms and labs I learnt the theoretical knowledge and skills needed while having access to all of UCD’s excellent facilities and being part of its community here in Belfield. I enjoyed my time here and couldn’t have imagined going anywhere else. I’d recommend anyone considering midwifery to choose UCD.”

– Amy Ashe, Student

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