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Bachelor of Science in Midwifery

University of Limerick
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2022

About this program

Bachelor of Science in Midwifery

The BSc Midwifery course will prepare you to become a competent midwife who is sensitive to the needs of pregnant women and their families. The course leads to registration as a midwife (R.M.)

The word ‘midwife’ means being with women. A midwife gives care and support to women and their families during pregnancy, labour, birth and to new mothers and their babies. Today’s midwife is responsive to the socio-economic, cultural, educational, physical and psychological needs of women.

This course is full-time with practice placements currently in the University of Limerick Hospital Group, and in the maternity services of Waterford Regional Hospital, South Tipperary General Hospital Clonmel and St Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny. You will learn about midwifery based on a wellness model of women-centred care. The course will give you the knowledge and skills of normal midwifery care. It includes the study of physiology, sociology, research, management, law and ethics. A midwife recognises and initiates action when deviations from normal occur. As this course leads to academic and professional qualifications, students will need to put time and effort into study.

Admission requirements

Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Subject requirements

In addition applicants must hold an O6/ H7 grade in one of the following Laboratory Science subjects: Biology; Physics, Chemistry; Physics and Chemistry; or Agricultural Science.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Shared Module: Promoting Safety within a Healthcare Context
  • Shared Module: Foundations for Engaged Learning
  • Introduction to Midwifery
  • Midwifery Care in Pregnancy
  • Shared Module: Biological Sciences applied to Nursing & Midwifery 1
  • Shared Module: Communication and interpersonal Relationships in Nursing & Midwifery

Semester 2

  • Practice Placement Midwifery 1
  • Shared Module: Introduction to Health and Health Promotion
  • Midwifery Care in Childbirth
  • Shared Module: Biological Sciences applied to Nursing & Midwifery 2
  • Shared Module: Introduction to Psychology applied to Nursing and Midwifery

Year 2

Semester 3

  • Practice Placement Midwifery 2
  • Midwifery Care for the Postnatal Mother, Baby and Family
  • Maternal and Infant Nutrition
  • Shared Module: Biological Sciences applied to Nursing & Midwifery 3
  • Shared Module: Principles of Infection Prevention & Control for Nurses and Midwives
  • Shared Module: Pharmacology for Nurses and Midwives

Semester 4

  • Practice Placement Midwifery 3
  • Responding to Complex Needs During Pregnancy
  • Reproductive Health & Wellbeing
  • Shared Module: Law and Ethics for Nursing and Midwifery Practice3
  • Shared Module: Sociology of Health and Illness for Nursing and Midwifery
  • Obstetric Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • Practice Placement Midwifery 4

Year 3

Semester 5

  • Practice Placement Midwifery 5

Semester 6

  • Contemporary Midwife Practitioner
  • Shared Module: Research and Evidence in Healthcare
  • Responding to Complex Needs in the Postnatal Period
  • Responding to complex Needs of the At Risk and Ill Neonate
  • Shared Module: Transition towards a Competent Practitioner

Year 4

Semester 7

  • Practice Placement Midwifery 6
  • Shared Module: Practice Research Project
  • Shared Module: Leading and Managing in Quality Practice
  • Consolidating Midwifery Practice

Semester 8

  • Practice Placement Midwifery 7
  • Practice Placement Midwifery 8

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Tution fee for 2021/2022:

  • EU Fee: 7,200&euro
  • Non EU Fee: 25,212&euro


NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Continuing studies

  • Structured PhD in Nursing & Midwifery
  • MSc in Advanced Practice (Midwifery)

Career paths

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:

  • Midwife
  • Maternity Nurse

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