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Advanced Practice (Midwifery) - Postgraduate Certificate

Course Details


Available: Part- Time

Award: Graduate Certificate

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Department of Nursing & Midwifery
Faculty of Education & Health Sciences
+353 61 202271

Brief Description

The Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Practice (Midwifery) is a part time level 9 programme providing registered midwives with opportunities to build on existing qualifications and clinical experience to expand knowledge and skills personally and professionally. The programme aims to foster learning enabling practitioners to practice both autonomously and collaboratively in a defined area of advanced practice, meeting national health policy reform in addressing population healthcare needs. The Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Practice (Midwifery) is a complementary addition to the MSc Advanced Practice (Midwifery), as part of in a national collaboration between 5 universities (UCD, UCC, NUIG, TCD and UL and a successful Health Service Executive (HSE) tender, delivered in partnership with the HSE. The Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Practice (Midwifery), meets the educational pathway as laid down by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), Department of Health and University of Limerick curriculum regulations. On completion, students will be eligible to apply for registration as an Advanced Midwife Practitioner (RAMP). Further information can be found on the Nursing and Midwifery webpage - click here


The primary aim of this programme is to enable the graduate to develop personally and professionally, to become a competent practitioner at advanced practice level. The realisation of this goal is guided by three key dimensions, encompassed within the education philosophy of the curriculum, focusing on the student, the professional understanding of midwifery and emerging practice levels.

• NM6001 and NM6011 programme specific modules support the development of an advanced practitioner, who is innovative at assessing and managing care in partnership with women, takes responsibility for decisions made, is person-centered and an active member of the multi-professional team.

• NM6003 and NM6004 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum 1 and 2 whereby students work in practice as part of the normal working week and supervised by mentors as agreed in a service led agreement with HSE partners. 


• NM6001 - Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance (9 credits)

• NM6011 - Advanced Practice Decision Making for Health Professionals (12 credits)


• NM6003 - Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum 1 (Midwifery) (9 credits)

• NM6004 - Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum 2 (Midwifery) (12 credits) 

  • Have a minimum of an MSc degree in Nursing or Midwifery or equivalent. 
  • Have a certificate in Nurse/Midwife Prescribing.
  • Hold active registration on the midwife division of the professional register maintained by the NMBI.
  • Provide evidence of support from an employer and completed Site Declaration Forms.
  • Provide nomination and confirmation of a clinical and professional mentor (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 in midwifery (this must be within the past five years) with the equivalent of one-year full-time experience in the specific area of practice.

What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English
  • English language qualification if English is not your first language .
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – composite score 6.5 and not less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

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For information on funding and scholarships please click here.