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Advanced Practice (Midwifery) - MSc

Course Details


Available: Part- Time

Duration: 2 Years

Award: Postgraduate

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Margaret Graham
Dept. of Nursing & Midwifery
+353 61 202271
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Brief Description

The MSc Advanced Practice (Midwifery) aims to provide registered midwives with opportunities to expand knowledge and skills personally and professionally, towards becoming a competent practitioner at advanced practice level. The MSc Advanced Practice (Midwifery) enables experienced registered midwives to develop an expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills, and clinical competencies for an expanded autonomous scope of practice.  Further information can be found on the Nursing and Midwifery webpage - click here


The MSc Advanced Practice (Midwifery) aims to develop students’ knowledge and critical thinking skills to provide advanced clinical midwifery practice. To enhance care and ‘improved clinical outcomes for women and their babies through higher levels of critical analysis, problem solving and senior clinical decision-making as a lead healthcare professional who is accountable and responsible for their own practice’ (NMBI 2018, p.10).
This programme was developed in collaboration within a Consortium that includes 5 universities; UCD, UCC, NUIG, TCD, and UL. The part-time Level 9 programme offers a range of modules supporting the development of an advanced practitioner who is innovative at assessing and managing care in partnership with women, takes responsibility for decisions made, is research active, is woman-centred and an active member of the multi-professional team. Theory and practice are integrated throughout the programme. On successful completion, students will be eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland(NMBI) for registration as an Advanced Midwife Practitioner (RAMP) and Registered Midwife Prescriber (RMP).

Advantages of studying in UL;

  • Excellent library facilities
  • Dedicated student supports (Writing Centre, Blended learning and Student centre)
  • The supervisor provides the student with academic supervision and supports
  • Supervised Research Project in year 2

Programme pathways are intended to be individualised and flexible and learning experiences are designed to be  interactive, interweaving theory and practice. Blended learning is central to programme delivery, supporting interaction with traditional face-to-face classroom and flexibility and access to resources at any time or venue by remote access via computer, mobile device, or virtual classroom. Usually, students attend for seven days in Autumn, Semester 1 (details to be finalised).

Students will be based in practice throughout the programme and are required to complete the practice requirements as stipulated by NMBI (2018) Each student will be under the guidance and clinical supervision of an experienced practitioner, providing learning opportunities and completion of clinical competencies, formalised through a completed Site Declaration Form.

Year 1 Autumn Year 2 Autumn
NS6036 Health Research Methods/Methodology (12 Credits)
NM6001 Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance (9 Credits)
NM6011 Advanced Practice Decision Making for Health Professionals (12 credits)
NS6004 Dissertation 1 (9 Credits)
NM6003 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Midwifery) 1 (9 Credits)
Year 1 Spring Year 2 Spring
NS5251 Professional, Ethical, Legal and Interpersonal Dimensions to Nurse/Midwife Prescribing (9 Credits)
NS5261 Drug Action and Prescribing (9 Credits)
NM6002 Advanced Health Assessment (9 Credits) Clinical Practicum in Nursing/Midwifery Prescribing 1& 2 (9 Credits) (Spring & Summer Semester)
NS6005 Dissertation 2 (21 Credits)
NM6004 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Midwifery) 2 (12 Credits)

Applicants must have a minimum of an honours primary degree in Midwifery (or Nursing) with a minimum award of 2h2 (level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland recognised ) or equivalent.  Hold active (Midwife) registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the NMBI. Recognition of appropriate prior learning. Provide evidence of support from an employer and completed Site Declaration Forms. Applicants must comply with current minimum entry requirements for admission to the programme of education for nurse/midwife prescribing; the candidate must have three years’ recent post registration clinical experience (this must be within the past five years) with the equivalent of oneyear full-time experience in the specific area of practice. Must provide nomination and confirmation of a clinical supervisor (completed Site Declaration Forms).

What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • NMBI registration certificate
  • Your Site Declaration Forms x 3: Professional Mentor Agreement, Clinical Mentor AgreementDirector of Nursing Support
  • A copy of your birth certificate/passport (showing your legal name)    
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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Minimum Language Requirements

Where an applicant's first language is neither English nor Irish, excellent use of one of these languages must be demonstrated (either by having completed a degree in an English or Irish speaking country or by passing the International English Language Testing System exam, Academic Format, with an overall grade level of at least 6.5 (IELTS) and no score below 6 in any individual part).


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The programme offers students an opportunity to interweave practice and theory in advancing personal and professional development within the scope of their discipline.
Knowledge generated will further expand an ability to articulate and collaborate in delivering effective woman-centred, evidence based practice utilising strategies for optimum care delivery.  Fostering insights into the unique contribution of advanced practice will inform responsible and accountable proactive responses to individual and population health care reform. Advanced practitioners undertake advanced health assessments informing decision making and guiding interventions in consultation within multidisciplinary teams.