UCC Postgraduate courses


About This Course

Fact File

  • Title


  • Code

    MWC01 Full-time

  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    18 Months Full-time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2021

    €18,080 for 18 months
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants must be registered as a general nurse (RGN) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Applications now closed for 2021

  • Start Date

    1 March 2021

Course Outline

The Higher Diploma in Midwifery is now closed for applications for 2021. Please check the HSE website for further information https://www.hse.ie/eng/staff/jobs/job-search/nursing/midwifery/

This is an 18-month programme for Registered General Nurses that leads to a Higher Diploma in Midwifery and registration as a midwife (RM) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) 

The programme is full time and is offered in partnership with Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH). Successful applicants will have EU Fees paid by the HSE subject to certain conditions. Students receive an 18-month contract of employment with CUMH and as an employee of the maternity services, must meet certain contractual obligations.  Details will be provided in the contract of employment under the HSE Midwifery Sponsorship arrangements.  

The theoretical component of the programme is delivered over 26 weeks with lectures in UCC and CUMH.

The practice component consists of 52 weeks of midwifery practice which includes annual leave.  Midwifery practice includes a 24-hour cycle of care for mothers and babies therefore student midwives work day and night duty including weekends.

The 18 month programme meets the EU Directive for midwifery education programmes in Ireland.  For those who wish to register as a midwife in other EU countries, under EU regulations, a further 12 months of practice as a qualified midwife is required.

Students take 90 credits.

Year 1 (duration nine months) largely focuses on the role and activities of the midwife in providing care to healthy mothers and babies.

Part A

  • NU5093 Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Neonate 1 (10 credits)
  • NU5095 Supporting Mothers during Pregnancy and Parenthood (10 credits)
  • NU5057 Professionalism for Midwifery Practice (5 credits)
  • NU5058 Health Promotion for Midwifery Practice (5 credits)
  • NU5073 Evidence Based Midwifery Practice (5 credits)
  • SS5806 Social Policy and Midwifery Practice (5 credits)

Part B

  • NU5088 Midwifery Practice I (10 credits)

Year 2 (duration nine months) develops from this and challenges midwifery practice in a variety of settings.

Part A

  • NU5043 Ethics for Midwives (5 credits)
  • NU5059 Childbirth and the Neonate II (10 credits)
  • NU5096 Normal Childbirth: Issues and Debates (5 credits)
  • NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits)

Part B

  • NU5089 Midwifery Practice II (10 credits)

Fitness to Practise

This programme is subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here


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


Assessment is through a variety of approaches including written assignments, class presentations and end-of-year examinations. Assessment of midwifery practice is a continuous process and includes the assessment of midwifery skills and competencies for practice.

Who teaches this course

Why Choose This Course

The course works towards developing a thinking, analytical, questioning midwife, who has an interest in learning and who can fully exploit the learning advantages of working within a midwifery environment. The course is student-based and designed to equip you with the clinical skills and theoretical knowledge needed by qualified midwives to provide high quality woman-centred care both in Ireland and internationally. Graduates will have an excellent theoretical framework which will ensure safe evidence-based autonomous midwifery practice.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Students have an opportunity to gain experience in an area relevant to midwifery practice locally, nationally or internationally during a one week elective placement. This week is self-funded.

Skills and Careers Information

Midwives are expected to be responsive to the changing needs of women and their families and therefore need an educational input that positively influences their practice and develops their sense of autonomy. This course sets out to achieve this while meeting and maintaining the professional and practice requirements for post-registration midwifery education. You will be prepared to be proactive as a midwife in effecting change that will benefit mothers and babies. 


  • Applicants must be registered as a general nurse (RGN) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
  • The HSE requires that applicants are required to have 6 months post registration experience as an RGN within the past 3 years, working a minimum of 78 hours per month. Verification will be required on application.
  • The application form and interview is competency based.


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 €18,080 for 18 months.


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 .

The fee for this course is €15,577.



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.

Additional Requirements

The next programme will commence on 8th March 2021.

  • Recruitment is through the HSE National Recruitment Service. See https://www.hse.ie/eng/staff/jobs/job-search/nursing/midwifery/ for details.
  • Potential applicants are advised to check this website for application details and closing dates. The closing date for applications for 2021 and supporting documentation will be 12 noon Friday 07/08/2020.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • The HSE requires that applicants are required to have 6 months post registration experience as an RGN within the past 3 years, working a minimum of 78 hours per month. Verification will be required on application. The application form and interview is competency based.

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact