UCC Undergraduate courses


About This Course

Fact File

  • Title


  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BSc (Hons)

  • Fees

    EU State Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,130 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; Maths, Lab Science. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    2021: 509*

  • CAO Points Range

    2021: 509*-579

Course Outline

On completion of the BSc Midwifery, you will be recommended to NMBI for registration as a Registered Midwife (NFQ Level 8).

The course is designed to meet all the requirements and standards for Midwifery Education (ABA 2005). A broad-based curriculum helps to produce critical, analytical and reflective practitioners capable of functioning in a variety of settings as midwives.

Each year of the course has two components that consist of theoretical modules and midwifery practice modules.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective care for antenatal, childbirth and postnatal care
  • effectively coordinate, organise and manage midwifery care on your own initiative and in consultation with the multidisciplinary team
  • critically appraise and evaluate current research evidence and best practice for midwifery.

Year 1 Modules

NU1040 Infection Prevention and Control for Nursing and Midwifery Practice (5 credits)

NU1052 Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn I (10 credits)

NU1053 Midwives and Professional Practice I (10 credits)

NU1055 Interpersonal Communication and Applied Psychology for Midwifery Practice (10 credits)

NU1056 Midwifery Practice I (10 credits)

NU1064 Midwifery Theory and Practice for Various Clinical Settings I (10 credits)

SC1016 Sociological concepts for Midwifery (5 credits)

Year 2


  • Pregnancy, childbirth, postnatal care and the newborn
  • Midwives and professional practice
  • Food, nutrition and health for pregnancy
  • Infant/Breast Feeding
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Care of women with medical, surgical, mental health issues
  • Neonatal unit
  • Gynaecological problems
  • Care in the community
  • Pharmacology and medication management for midwifery practice
  • Research.

Year 3


  • Pregnancy, childbirth, postnatal care and the newborn
  • Midwives and professional practice
  • Midwifery practice in various healthcare contexts
  • Parenthood education
  • Promoting normal birth
  • High dependency care in maternity
  • On-going care for medical, surgical, mental health issues
  • Neonatal unit
  • Gynaecological problems
  • Care in the community
  • Social Policy for Midwifery Practice
  • Research.

Year 4


  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth, postnatal care and the newborn
  • Health promotion for midwifery practice
  • Research, midwifery and professional practice, ethics and legal issues
  • Ethics (an elective module)
  • Healthcare informatics
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Complementary therapies in healthcare
  • The therapeutic value of the arts: wound management
  • Contemporary debates in health and illness
  • Multiculturalism, gender and social policy.

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.



Course Practicalities

Theory modules

These comprise lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical skills training, experiential learning sessions, field visits, and protected study time. These modules are taken at the university during blocks of study weeks throughout each year of the course.

Clinical practice modules

These require you to be in supervised clinical practice in hospital, community and other healthcare settings for 35 hours per week for a number of weeks each year. In semester two (after Christmas) of Year 4, you will undertake a 36-week paid internship with your parent health service provider (HSP). 

Garda Vetting and Infectious Diseases Policy

Fitness to Practise

This programme is subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy – full details may be found here.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment including essays, projects, seminar presentations, assessment of clinical skills and learning, in-class tests, self and peer assessment. You will be assessed by registered midwives while on clinical placements.

Who teaches this course

The midwifery component of the course will be delivered by midwife lecturers. The shared modules will be delivered by appropriately qualified lecturers either from nursing or other departments.

Why Choose This Course

The BSC (Hons) Midwifery course at UCC is a highly sought-after course, as evidenced by the consistently high points required for entry to the course.

We can offer you a wide variety of clinical placements across a number of university hospitals and community facilities, with the majority of clinical placements in Cork University Maternity Hospital.

We can also offer opportunities to study abroad and have a large suite of postgraduate courses available to our graduates to facilitate further study needs.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at UCC participates in a number of international research and educational programmes which afford you the opportunity to undertake part of your BSc studies abroad. Currently we have links with Finland, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Netherlands, France, England, and the U.S. Study abroad opportunities in other countries is also a possibility.

In Year 3,Midwifery students are encouraged to arrange an elective clinical placement of one week, to observe and participate in care in any maternity setting in the EU or any area in Ireland outside the provision of care in the local maternity placement. 

Skills and Careers Information

The course aims to provide you with good midwifery practice sound clinical skills necessary for starting your professional career as a Registered Midwife. These skills will be further developed through clinical experience and further study at postgraduate and in-service levels.

You will also develop skills in independent thinking, problem solving and analytical and clinical decision-making, as well as fundamental research utilisation and application skills.

On graduation, you may seek employment as a Registered Midwife. Midwives are highly sought-after to work in other countries, enhancing work opportunities abroad, in particular wihtin the UK, Canada and Australia.


Leaving Certificate entry requirements

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.

The following are considered Lab Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry and Agricultural Science.

Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:

EnglishMathsIrishLab Science
O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7

Mature applicants

Mature applicants can apply to the CAO (www.cao.ie) by February 1st or late application by 1st May 2021.  In order to be eligible for application, they must be successful in an assessment test.  Registration for the test opens on the NMBI website on the 22 April 2021 and closes on 28 April at 1pm.  Registered applicants can take the test anytime during the testing window 22-28 April.  NMBI will provide further information about the test on its website in advance of the test.   

Further information is available on the NMBI website.

Non-EU applicants

Please see the International Education Office website.

QQI FE applicants

QQI FE requirements can be found here.

Garda clearance

All students on this programme will come into contact with the public and assume positions of trust through educational and training opportunities. To ensure the protection of the public, and to justify public trust and confidence, UCC is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake this programme.

Garda vetting is carried out by the Admissions Office in UCC once a student has accepted their place on the programme. It involves a police check to establish whether the individual being vetted has had criminal convictions in the past or whether any criminal proceedings are pending. The Garda Siochána provide this information for students who have resided in Ireland for a period of six months or more (including permanent residence).

All students who have resided outside Ireland for a period of six months or more must furnish a Police Clearance Certificate from their country or countries of residence. This certificate should state that the student has had no convictions recorded against them while residing there.

Fitness to Practise

This programme is subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy — full details may be found here.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

Course fees include a tuition fee, student contribution fee and capitation fee. The state will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student Contribution and Capitation Fees are payable by the student. In 2021/22 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €130.

Please see Fees Office for more information.

Non-EU Fees

The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

EU applicants

Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.


Non-EU applicants

Please see the International Education Office website.

Non-EU Applications

Non-EU applicants must apply online: How to apply pages for international students.

*All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

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