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Higher Diploma in Midwifery

Key Facts

Course Code: DPGNM-MIDW-1F09

Duration: 18 months full-time

Closing Date: 31 May 2019

Next Intake: September 2019

Location: 24 D'Olier Street

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


This course is taught by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin in partnership with The Rotunda Hospital, Dublin and The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin. The course aims to develop midwives with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to become competent, analytical and reflective practitioners, thus enabling them to provide care in a manner that benefits women, their babies and families.

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 Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

Rotunda Hospital

Application form for the Higher Diploma in Midwifery Programme can be obtained from Ms. Margaret Campion, Administrative Assistant, School of Midwifery, The Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 1. Tel: 01 8176883, Email:


Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital

Application forms can be obtained from the HR department, please contact Niamh McGlade, Informal enquiries can be made to Ms. Arathi Noronha, Post-registration Midwifery Programme Clinical Co-ordinator on Tel: 01 4085537. Please note that in order to maintain a timely process, the closing date for receipt of applications will be strictly adhered to.

Post Graduate - Higher Diploma in Midwifery 2019 - Closing Date for applications 31/01/2019 Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital Click here for Information

The Practice Development team are also holding information sessions on the below dates for the programme: Information Sessions: ·

  • Monday 14th January 2019 from 11am to 1pm
  • Wednesday 16th January 2019 from 11am to 1pm

To register a place on an information session or for further details on the course please contact the Post-registration Midwifery Programme Clinical Co-ordinator, Ms Arathi Noronha on 01-4085537 or

Intending applicants should complete and submit an application form along with an updated Curriculum Vitae by the closing date of 8pm on 31st January 2019.

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


Foundation Skills for Midwifery Practice


Sharing the Woman's Experience - Social Theory and Birth


Midwifery Research - Evidence for Midwifery Practice


Lactation and Infant Feeding


Health Promotion


Being a Midwife - Personal and Professional Development


Core Midwifery Practice and Adaptation in Pregnancy


Midwifery Practice: Pathophysiology and Unexpected Outcomes


Midwifery Practice 1 - Orientation


Midwifery Practice 2


Midwifery Practice 3


Midwifery Practice 4


Midwifery Practice 5


Midwifery Practice 6


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, next intake will be September 2019 as this is an 18 month programme.

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria:
a. Must be a registered general nurse on the General Nurse Division of the register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland),
b. Currently on the Active Register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland),
c. Have a relevant academic qualification, preferably to degree level,
d. Satisfy the selection committee that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course
e. applicants for this programme must have secured a place in one of the two partnership hospitals (The Rotunda Hospital, Dublin or The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin) before applying to TCD

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.


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:


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.