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UCC Postgraduate courses

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Course Fact File
Duration2 years Part-time
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
NFQ LevelLevel 9
EU Fees€4,105 (Year 1); €4,105 (Year 2)
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Non-EU Fees€4,105 (Year 1); €4,105 (Year 2)
Start DateNot on offer 2023/24

Course Outline

The MSc in Obstetrics and Gynaecology is a two-year part-time course that will give you a postgraduate education in obstetrics and gynaecology. The course will enhance your academic understanding of the speciality, provided thorough clinical training. The master’s course will also provide structured research opportunities. The course incorporates taught modules, clinical attachments and a minor thesis. The taught modules consist of formal teaching material and course work, individual assignments including case studies and journal reviews, clinical skills teaching and practical exercises, as well as assessment of clinical skills and expected attendance at academic meetings.

You will take 90 credits as follows: three 10-credit modules in year 1 and three 10-credit modules in year 2, with a research dissertation of 30 credits.

Year 1

(Year 1 may be Obstetrics or Gynaecology, depending on the year of intake)

Modules (30 credits):

  • OG6001 Basic Obstetrics (10 credits)
  • OG6002 Maternal Medicine (10 credits)
  • OG6003 Fetal Medicine (10 credits)

On completion of the above 30 credits, you can opt to be conferred with a Postgraduate Certificate in Obstetrics.

Year 2

Modules (30 credits):

  • OG6005 Basic Gynaecology (10 credits)
  • OG6006 General Gynaecology (10 credits)
  • OG6007 Specialty Gynaecology (10 credits)

On completion of the above 30 credits, you can opt to be conferred with a Postgraduate Certificate in Gynaecology.

  • OG004 Research (30 credits)

On completion of the total 60 credits, you can opt to be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology or you can complete a research project and submit a minor thesis to be conferred with the MSc in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Fitness to Practise

Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Academic Programme Catalogue

See the Academic Programme Catalogue where you can search 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

Lectures, directed study, workshops, courses, research project, assessments, developing clinical skills.


The course is marked by continuous assessment of attendance, clinical logbook tasks, assignments and end-of-module assessments. In addition, there is an end-of-year, three-hour Objectively Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) of each module from the year.

Who teaches this course

  • Dr Keelin O’Donoghue: overall course coordinator and lecturer, OG6003 Fetal Medicine module coordinator and OG6004 research module coordinator
  • Professor Richard Greene: OG6001 Basic Obstetrics module coordinator and lecturer
  • Dr Mairead O’Riordan: OG6002 Maternal Medicine module coordinator and lecturer
  • Dr Noirín Russell: OG6005 Basic Gynaecology module coordinator and lecturer
  • Dr Cathy Burke: OG6006 General Gynaecology module coordinator and lecturer
  • Dr Orfhlaith O'Sullivan: OG6007 Specialist Gynaecology module coordinator and lecturer
  • Staff members of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, CUMH and UCC
  • Visiting lecturers – clinical and non-clinical

Why Choose This Course

Skills and Careers Information

Having completed all modules of the MSc in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, you will have a sound knowledge and comprehension of obstetrics and gynaecology, including the scientific foundation of the specialty, management of clinical problems and practical procedures. In addition, the course will develop your evaluative, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, allowing you to apply this knowledge and deliver a high-quality service to your patients. The course also aims to enable you to undertake research and evidence-based practice.


Prospective students should:

  • have a primary Medical degree approved by the Programme Committee
  • hold full professional registration with the Medical Council of Ireland
  • be employed by an approved hospital and must have a letter of consent from the hospital of employment before registration

For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure 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.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
English Language Requirements

Applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €4,105 (Year 1); €4,105 (Year 2).

The Non-EU fee for this course is €4,105 (Year 1); €4,105 (Year 2).

Postgraduate EU and International Fees 2024/2025

See our Postgraduate EU and Non-EU (International) Fee Schedule for the latest information.


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

Fee payment 

Fees are payable in two equal instalments. First payment is at registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay? 

See different options on our How Do I Pay My Fees? page.

Any questions? See the 'Contact Us' section on the Fees Office page.

How To Apply

1. Check dates

Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

2. Gather documents

Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

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

3. Apply online

Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the applications process for this programme. This form is available to view from here SupplementaryQuestionsckx12

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