UCC Postgraduate courses


About This Course

Fact File

  • Title


  • Code

    Pathway: MSCMWF; Direct Entry Yr 2: MSCMWF2

  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    2 Years Part time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees

    €5,130 (Midwifery Pathway Year 1); 2,630 Direct Entry Year 2)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees

    €10,300 (Year 1); €5,200 (Year 2)

  • Entry Requirements

    This programme is for Registered Midwives ONLY. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    3 June 2022

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    3 June 2022

  • Start Date

    29 August 2022

Course Outline

The MSc Midwifery is a part-time taught programme for midwives running over two years from the date of first registration for the programme. This programme is for Registered Midwives ONLY.  Registered General Nurses who wish to become Registered Midwives should apply for the Higher Diploma in Midwifery.

Students take 90 credits as follows:

Year 1 (60 credits)

  • NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits)
  • NU6070 Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits)

plus elective modules (subject to availability) to the value of 40 credits to be chosen from the following:

NU6140 Woman Centred Care (10 credits)

NU6153 Preparation for Birth and Parenthood Facilitation (10 credits)

NU6167 Maternity Critical Care (10 credits)

NU6201 Personal and Professional Portfolio (10 credits)

NU6301 Personal and Professional Development (10 credits)

NU6303 Advancing Practice for Patient Safety (10 credits)

NU6306 Clinical Leadership for Healthcare Quality Improvement (10 credits)

NU6310 Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice for Quality Improvement in Healthcare (10 credits)

NU6312 Contemporary Issues in Healthcare (10 credits)

NU6313 Digital Healthcare (10 credits)

Note: Not all modules will be offered each year. Alternatively students may take up to a maximum of 10 credits, relevant to the MSc programme with the approval of the School of Nursing and Midwifery and subject to timetabling restraints, in lieu of 10 credits above.

Year 2

  • MH6014 Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits)
  • NU6151 Dissertation in Midwifery (20 credits)


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

The majority of modules are assessed by assignments. For some modules there will be examinations or a student may be required to make a presentation. In Year 2, students undertake a research study and complete a dissertation. A supervisor will be provided to support this work.

Who teaches this course?

Lecturers in the School of Nursing and Midwifery teach the modules.

Why Choose This Course

This is an opportunity for qualified midwives to gain knowledge and understanding of midwifery in a broad context.

Skills and Careers Information

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Practise with greater insight of the research-base, ethical, socio-political and professional underpinnings of midwifery and health care in Ireland;
  • Exercise enhanced personal and professional competence through accountability and autonomy in midwifery practice;
  • Demonstrate higher levels of judgement in the practice of midwifery through the generation of midwifery knowledge for innovative, research based midwifery practice;
  • Act as innovators and leaders and contribute to practice development in midwifery;
  • Teach others from a broad and in-depth knowledge base, derived from critical reflection on midwifery practice and the development of critical inquiry in midwifery
  • Exercise accountability and autonomy within the clinical and professional boundaries of midwifery;
  • Promote excellence in assessment and implementation of research based practice, within agreed inter-disciplinary protocols in midwifery practice;
  • Demonstrate high levels of judgement in the practice of nursing/midwifery through the generation of knowledge for innovative midwifery practice;


Entry to Year 1: MSCMW

Applicants for the MSc (Midwifery) should normally:

  • have a minimum of a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in Nursing or Midwifery or approved equivalent degree or qualification approved by the College of Medicine and Health AND 
  • hold professional registration as a midwife with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or be eligible for such registration.

Direct Entry to Year 2: MSCMWF2

  • Applicants for Direct Entry to Year 2 should normally have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery (NFQ, Level 9 or equivalent) or a Higher Diploma in Midwifery (NFQ, Level 8 or equivalent)

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €5,130 (Midwifery Pathway Year 1); 2,630 Direct Entry Year 2).

The Non-EU fee for this course is €10,300 (Year 1); €5,200 (Year 2).


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.


Deferrals are not permitted on this course.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.

  • Please upload certification of current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

The closing date for non-EU applications is 3 June 2022

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