Course Details

Course Code:
2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Department of Nursing & Midwifery
Address: Faculty of Education & Health Sciences Email: Telephone: +353 61 202271

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 (33 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)

Semester 1 (9 ECTS credits)

Semester 2 (12ECTS 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 and professional mentor supervision (completed Site Declaration Forms).  
  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.
  6. RPL Form 

What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • 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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