UCC Undergraduate courses


Course Fact File
Duration4 Years
Teaching ModeFull-time
QualificationsBSc (Hons)
NFQ LevelLevel 8
FeesEU State Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,138 See Fees and Costs for full details.
CAO Points2023: 433
CAO Points Range2023: 433 - 601

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.

Academic Programme Catalogue

See the Academic Programme Catalogue for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year-to-year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of 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 varied placement criteria and the extensive array of placement locations require students to travel to clinical placement areas throughout their nursing or midwifery programme, irrespective of their normal residence. This may also entail overnight stays, utilising accommodation in closer proximity to the assigned placement site. The purpose is to guarantee that students fulfill the clinical instruction standards outlined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). Typically travel will be within the Munster, but can be outside the 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 placement opportunities in Dublin and with our Erasmus partners throughout Europe.

The Allocations Office and our Clinical Partners use several methods to ensure equity for students travelling eg preferred placement submissions and student rotation. 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 for more information.

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
EU/EFTA/UK Qualifications

EU/EFTA/UK applicants presenting an equivalent school-leaving qualification should review the EU/EFTA/UK Applicants page for information on equivalent grades and how to prove their level of English.

Mature Students

To compete through the mature entry route, applicants must be 23 years of age on or before 1 January of the application year and apply online via the CAO. The application should include a statement of interest, and further details on applying can be found in our Mature Nursing Applications information.

Admission to the programme is based on an assessment test with the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). NMBI will provide further information about the test on its website in advance of the test. Further information is available on the NMBI website.

Further information on applying as a mature student is available on the Mature Applicants and Mature Student Entry support pages. 


Applicants who meet the required level of distinctions in required subjects can apply for entry to this course using specific QQI FET qualifications. Please review the Programme Requirements on our Information for QQI FET Applicants page for information on related QQI courses, and visit Access UCC’s QQI/FET Entry section for further support. 

Fitness to Practise

This programme is subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy

Student Vetting

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. 

Vetting is carried out by the Admissions Office in UCC under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 (the Acts) once a student has accepted their place on the programme. This 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. 

Further information can be found on our Student Vetting page. 

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 applicants 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

  • Whether you are an EU or Non-EU student will affect the course fees applicable to you. See more information on EU Fees, Non-EU Fees, or Free Fees Status.
  • 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.
  • See the Fee Schedule to find out the course fee.
  • Check out scholarships that may be available to you.
  • Explore our Nurturing Bright Futures free online course (Module 5) to learn about managing your money as a student and budgeting for university life.

How To Apply

Irish and European (EU/EFTA/UK) Applicants

Apply via the CAO. See the CAO Handbook for useful information on applying through the CAO. 

Mature Applicants 

Apply via the CAO by 1 February. To apply for a place as a mature student, you must be 23 years of age on or before 1 January of the year of entry.

QQI/FET Applicants 

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

Non-EU Applicants 

If you are from outside the EU/EFTA/UK, apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page for more information. 

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