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Higher Diploma in Midwifery


Key Facts

Course Code: DPGNM-MIDW-1F09

Duration: 18 months full-time

Next Intake: March or September annually

Location: 24 D'Olier Street

Fees: Further information on course fees can be found at Academic Registry.

Fees: EU Non-EU
Year One Tuition €18,910 €18,910
Additional Fees €203 €203

Overview

The current programme is delivered over an 18 month period by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dublin Trinity College and its two linked maternity hospitals - the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin and The Rotunda Hospital, Dublin. Midwifery students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded a Higher Diploma in Midwifery from The University of Dublin Trinity College Dublin with eligibility to register on the Midwives Division of the Nurses Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

The changes to the Midwife Registration Education Programme (Post-RGN) are as a result of major changes to all midwife registration education programmes

Structure & Delivery

This programme aims to:

  • Prepare midwifery students to practise safely, competently and effectively;
  • Educate diplomates to uphold recognised standards of midwifery practice;
  • Foster tolerance and respect for individualism and diversity;
  • Educate diplomates who are flexible and adaptable in their approach to working with women and their families during the childbirth experience;
  • Engender in diplomates a desire for the discovery of new knowledge;
  • Engender a philosophy of life long learning.

Following successful completion of the totality of the programme, the midwifery student will be able to:

  • Provide competent, safe midwifery care autonomously for women and their families;
  • Recognise the individuality of each woman and foster the development of shared decision making throughout the childbirth experience;
  • Promote and support lifestyle choices that enhance the health and well-being of women, their families and the wider community;
  • Demonstrate informed decision making skills and the ability to make informed differential diagnoses;
  • Recognise the scope of midwifery practice, initiate appropriate referrals to other healthcare providers, and provide emergency care when required;
  • Recognise the need for pursuing scientific and social research in order to enhance midwifery practice;
  • Provide evidence that they meet the EU Directives 2005/36/EC and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Requirements and Standards for the Midwife Registration Education Programme(2005, Addendum 2007) for entry to the Midwives Division in the Nurses Register in Ireland;
  • Take responsibility for maintaining a level of knowledge and skills that is based on the best available evidence.

Course Content

MW7001

Foundation Skills for Midwifery Practice

MW7002

Sharing the Woman's Experience - Social Theory and Birth

MW7006

Midwifery Research - Evidence for Midwifery Practice

MW7007

Lactation and Infant Feeding

MW7011

Health Promotion

MW7012

Being a Midwife - Personal and Professional Development

MW7034

Core Midwifery Practice and Adaptation in Pregnancy

MW7058

Midwifery Practice: Pathophysiology and Unexpected Outcomes

MW7051

Midwifery Practice 1 - Orientation

MW7052

Midwifery Practice 2

MW7053

Midwifery Practice 3

MW7054

Midwifery Practice 4

MW7055

Midwifery Practice 5

MW7056

Midwifery Practice 6

MW7057

Midwifery Practice 7

Entry Requirement

Students applying for this programme must be on the General Nurse Division of the register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. Thereafter, selection and recruitment is on the basis of performance at interview.

The Rotunda Hospital and the Coombe Women and Infants Hospital advertise separately for midwifery students. Applicants for this programme must have secured a place in one of the two partnership hospitals before applying to TCD. The programme runs back to back, therefore the next intake will be September or March annually.

Please contact the hospitals directly:

Documentation required to complete application

You will be required to submit the following documents with your application:

  • NMBI Pin Number
  • Certified copies of your educational awards (Parchments).
  • Certified copies of your educational transcripts.
  • Curriculum  vitae
  • Confirmation of a place with linked Maternity hospital
  • 1 Academic reference
  • 1 Professional reference

Note: You will be requested to submit two referee contact details (one academic and one professional). These referees will be contacted automatically by email and will be asked to submit their reference directly to TCDs electronic system. It is, therefore, very important that all email addresses are entered correctly and that your referee is willing and available to provide a reference.

Language

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:

Examination

Minimum Level Required

IELTS Grade 6.5
TOEFL 230 computer-based 570 paper-based 88 internet-based
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English Grade C
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade C
Pearson Test of English PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59)

Please note that test scores are only valid for two years.

For further details on these English Language Proficiency Tests, please contact the appropriate organisation directly.