Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma
NFQ Level 9 Minor Award
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr Louise Barry

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Brief Description

The programme provides a pathway, for registered midwives acknowledging academic achievements and clinical experiences of applicants to expand knowledge and skills personally and professionally towards becoming a competent practitioner at advanced practice level.

Theory and practice are integrated throughout the programme. The 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 women centred and an active member of the multi-professional team.  Modules NM6003 and NM6004 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Midwifery) 1 and 2 modules whereby students are practice based, as part of the normal working week and supervised by mentors as agreed in a service led agreement with HSE partners.

Semester 1 (21 ECTS credits)

Semester 2 (36 ECTS credits)

  • NM6001: Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance (9 Credits)
  • NM6011: Advanced Practice Decision Making for Health Professionals (12 Credits)


  • NS5251: Professional, Ethical, Legal and Interprofessional Dimensions to Nurse/Midwife Prescribing and practicum (9 credits)
  • NS5261: Drug Action and Prescribing and practicum (9 credits)
  • NM6002: Advanced Health Assessment (9 credits)
  • NS5281 & NS5282: Clinical Practicum 1 & 2 In Nurse/Midwife Prescribing (9 credits)

Year 2 (21 ECTS credits)

Semester 1 (9 ECTS credits)

Semester 2 (12 ECTS credits)

  • NM6003: Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Midwifery) 1 (9 credits)
  • NM6004: Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Midwifery) 2 (12 credits)

The PGD in Advanced practice (Midwifery), meets the educational pathway as laid down by the Department of Health, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Advanced Practice (Midwifery) Standards and Requirements and University of Limerick for registration as an Advanced Midwife Practitioner and Registered Midwife Prescriber (RMP)

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have a minimum of an MSc degree in Nursing/Midwifery. 
  2. Hold active Midwife registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the NMBI.  
  3.  Provide evidence of support from an employer  
  4. Must provide nomination and confirmation of a clinical supervisor (consultant or Advance Practice Nurse) (completed Site Declaration Forms in below section). 

    The Professional Mentor form should be filled out by an Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) or higher.

    The Clinical Mentor form should be filled out by a Consultant Doctor or Advanced Practice Nurse.

    The Director of Nursing Support form should be filled out by the Director of Nursing (DON)

  5. 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 one-year full-time experience in the specific area of practice. Post Registration Clinical Experience (please complete and upload with your application).
  6. RPL Form 

What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • Completed Post Registration Clinical Experience Form
  • Your Site Declaration Forms x 3: Professional Mentor Agreement, Clinical Mentor AgreementDirector of Midwifery Support
  • 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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Year 1 fees:

EU - €6,002 per annum

Non- EU - €6,002 per annum

Year 2 fees:

EU - €6,002 per annum

Non- EU - €6,002 per annum

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email

Please click here for information on funding and scholarships.