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Master in Science in Midwifery Practice and Leadership

Key Facts

Course Code: DPTNM-MIDW-1F09 (F/T)

Course Code: DPTNM-MIDW-1P09 (P/T)

Duration:1 year FT or 2 years PT

Next Intake: September annually

Closing date for applications: 31 July

Location: 24 D'Olier Street

International Students: Due to visa restrictions, Non-EU students are only eligible to apply for the 1 year full-time MSc programme.

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


The M.Sc. in Midwifery Practice and Leadership will provide midwives with a thorough understanding of midwifery theory, practice, education, management and research. By developing and building on subjects undertaken at degree level, graduates of this course will possess the skills necessary for advancing knowledge, initiating and encouraging innovation, and leading and developing midwifery practice. Students participate as active learners in a dynamic environment and enjoy an academically robust education. The MSc Midwifery Practice and Leadership programme does not lead to registration as a Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

Structure & Delivery

Year One

Commences with a full week in September and thereafter one or two days per week for the remainder of the academic year (depending on whether the course is being undertaken full-time or part-time).

Year Two

Attendance at workshops throughout the academic year

A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content which includes lectures, group discussions and self-directed learning. The assessment process is a combination of written and practical assignments.

Course Content

Year One

Year Two

Entry Requirement

The criteria for admission are that the candidate must

  • Registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, or, in the case of international applicants, registration as a professional midwife who is entitled to practice as a qualified or registered midwife in their own country.
  • A minimum of one-year full-time recent clinical midwifery practice since registration as a midwife; and
  • An honours degree in midwifery or a related discipline or equivalent professional and academic qualification; or
  • Otherwise satisfy the course committee that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course, subject to the discretion/permission of the Dean of Graduate Studies

Information for midwives who wish to apply to register as a nurse tutor with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (RNT)

Documentation required to complete application

  • 1 academic and 1 professional reference from the employer or work practice area. Each reference should confirm the potential and suitability of the applicant to undertake the course
  • Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses
  • Copies of official awards (parchment) from completed educational courses

Flexibility in Progression from P.Grad.Cert. and P.Grad.Dip. to M.Sc.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery are pleased to offer flexibility in pathways for progression from P.Grad. Dip. level to M.Sc. level within its M.Sc. programmes. The following is a summary of the pathways for such re-entry:

On successful completion of all modules of Year One (60 ECTS credits), students may proceed immediately to year two in the next academic year to complete the M.Sc. programme.

On successful completion of all modules of Year One (60 ECTS credits), students may exit the programme without any award (deferring the award), but may apply to return to complete the M.Sc. programme within four years.


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

  • IELTS: Grade 6.5 overall with a minimum of grade of 6 in each category
  • TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based. The test taken here should be TOEFL IBT
  • University of Cambridge:
    Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
    Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)
  • An award certificate with a minimum II.1 overall score from Trinity's Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching's Pre-sessional Pathway Programme
  • Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 110/160, dated since January 2020

The Pre-Master’s Pathway Programme is an academic English course for international students with conditional offers for postgraduate study at Trinity. Passing the programme means you meet Trinity’s English language requirement and can progress to your postgraduate course without retaking IELTS or any other exam. Click here for Pre-Master’s Pathway Programme.

Please also note that existing IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and PET scores up to three years old (rather than two) will be accepted for 2020/21 applications in light of test centre closures.

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