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Higher Diploma in Midwifery

Higher Diploma in Midwifery

This programme is delivered in conjunction with the University Maternity Hospital, Limerick. The duration of the programme is 18 months and is full time. The student is both an employee of the hospital and a student of the University of Limerick.

The philosophy of midwifery education is based on a wellness model of women centred holistic care. The programme aims to prepare a competent, caring, research-minded, analytical and reflective midwife practitioner who applies a systematic, evidence based approach to responding creatively and sensitively to the needs of pregnant women and their families. The programme is full time and the student is both an employee of the hospital and a student of the University of Limerick. On successful completion of the programme students will be able to present for registration with The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and practice as a midwife and be awarded a Higher Diploma in Midwifery from the University of Limerick. For those wishing to register as a midwife in other EU countries, a further 12 months of midwifery practice is required under EU regulations. The Department of Nursing and Midwifery has received approval from The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland for the programme.

Semester one the student will be grounded in normal midwifery care and will acquire the theory and skills of assessment of mother and baby.

Semester two will expose students to theory underpinning complex midwifery care and so that while recognising and appreciating that pregnancy and childbirth are physiological processes they may be complicated by obstetric, medical and gynaecological problems.

Semester three will provide the opportunity to consolidate practice through midwifery theory, utilising skills and knowledge that support the woman in achieving her potential throughout her pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period.


The programme is offered over 78 weeks with theory and practice acquired in tandem throughout the three semesters with further practice placements outside of semester.

Year 1   Semester 1

  • NS5201 Foundations in Midwifery
  • NS5211 Physiological and Psychosocial Aspects of Childbirth
  • NS5221 Midwifery Care and Practice
  • NS5231 Holistic Care of the Neonate
  • NS5241 Practice Placement 1 (

Semester 2 

  • NS5242 Holistic Care of the at Risk and ill Neonate
  • NS5232 At Risk Pregnancy
  • NS5252 Midwifery Care and Complications of childbirth
  • NS5262 Sexual and Reproductive Well-being
  • NS5272 Practice Placement 2

 Year 2  Semester 3

  • NS5063 Integrating Midwifery Practice
  • NS5073 Scope of Midwifery Practice
  • NS5063 Midwifery Project
  • NS5093 Practice Placement 3
  • NS5123 Practice Placement 4

Entry Requirements

  • Be registered in the General Division of the Register of Nurses maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) or entitled to be so registered
  • Have a minimum of 6 months post registration experience as an RGN* within the past 3 years, working a minimum of 78 hours per month. * (by the closing date for receipt of application)

Students are recruited and interviews by the National Recruitment Agency of the HSE. Applications for the programme are online through for which there is a fee.

For further information please contact

Department of Nursing and Midwifery
Health Science Building
Northbank Campus
University of Limerick

Tel: +353 61 202271


Applications are now closed for the 2019 programme which will commence in September 2019.

The next application process will be published in due course for the 2021 programme.


The fees are administered through the HSE West executive and are subject to certain conditions


Salary is administered through the HSE West executive