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: €3,138 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

    2022: 495

  • CAO Points Range


Course Outline

On completion of the BSc Midwifery, you will be recommended to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (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, and Mental Health Issues Neonatal Unit; Gynecological 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 Vare for Medical, Surgical, and 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.

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). 


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.

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

Technical Requirements

All Nursing and Midwifery undergraduate students will require access to their own personal Apple device (iPad or iPad mini) (iOS 12 or higher) and an Apple pen (or other compatible stylus). This is necessary to complete programme work while in college and scheduled clinical placements. Please see School of Nursing & Midwifery Tech Requirements for more information. 

Why Choose This Course

Top 50 Ranking

University College Cork (UCC) is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide according to the major World University Rankings and is ranked as one of the top 50 Nursing Schools. According to the QS rankings, UCC’s School of Nursing and Midwifery is ranked as the top School of Nursing in Ireland and is the top-ranked subject at UCC. The Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Professor Josephine Hegarty notes:

The top 50 QS ranking is certainly a huge achievement for UCC’s School of Nursing and Midwifery. The ranking is a testament to all the hard work of our incredible students, faculty, and clinical partners. We’re extremely proud of the achievement and look to continue to push boundaries in ensuring academic excellence in Nursing and in advancing research capabilities and impact.

Our 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

Clinical Placements

The diversity of placement requirements and their geographical spread will mean that regardless of where you live, or which programme you are registered on, traveling to clinical placement areas will be required throughout various stages of your nursing or midwifery programme. This is to ensure students meet the required clinical instruction, set out by the NMBI. Typically travel will be within the Munster region. Some of our clinical partners include, but are not limited to, Mallow General Hospital (MGH), University Hospital Kerry (UHK), University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and Tipperary University Hospital (TUH). There are also several elective placements in Dublin and with our Erasmus partners throughout Europe. The Allocations Office and our Clinical Partners use several methods to ensure equity in relation to students travelling eg preferred placement submissions and student rotation.

Study Abroad

In Year 3, you 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. See our Go Abroad with UCC page.

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. NMBI will provide further information about the test on its website in advance of the test. Further information is available on the NMBI website.

Other qualifications: EU/EFTA/UK students presenting an alternative school-leaving qualification (e.g. A-levels or International Baccalaureate) or QQI/FE course should visit our EU/EFTA/UK Applicants pages for further information. 

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.

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such appicants 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 visit our qualification comparison page and refer to our International Office page for more information.

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. 

Please see Fees Office for more information.

For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.

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.

EU Applicants

The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the CAO page for further information.

Mature Applicants (age 23 or over)

All interested mature applicants must make an application through the Central Applications Office (CAO). See the CAO Mature Applicants and the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) pages. Visit our Mature Student Entry page for more information.


See our QQI/FET Applicants page for information on the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)/Further Education and Training (FET) application process.

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page for more information.

All Applicants

Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and are subject to change from year to year. Check the College Calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

  • In UCC, we use the terms programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments. 

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