BSc (Hons) in Midwifery

Course Points
421
Course Duration
4 Years
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
20 Places

Four great reasons to consider this course

  • Successful completion of this programme entitles you to register as a qualified midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
  • This qualification is recognised world-wide and, once registered in your destination country, will allow you to travel abroad to work as a midwife.
  • This programme embraces student centered, real-world learning where students are encouraged to relate midwifery theory to midwifery practice.
  • Students on this programme benefit from smaller class sizes and one to one engagement with lecturers.

Course Summary

This 4-year Honours Degree programme is designed to enable students to develop the professional knowledge, skills and understanding needed to fulfill the role of a midwife. A role which involves providing individualised care to women and their family. Learning throughout this courses takes place in the classroom, specialised skills laboratory and in our affiliated partner hospitals.

The philosophy of midwifery is based on a view of childbirth as part of the life cycle and therefore viewed as a normal, healthy and profound experience in women’s lives. Midwives recognise, respect and safeguard normal processes during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period whilst also acknowledging that some women may experience more complex pregnancies and require specialised care needs.

Midwives provide care in a range of settings including maternity units, midwifery led units and services both in the hospital and community. Midwives also work in partnership with other members of the healthcare team.

The purpose of this midwife registration education programme is to equip midwifery students with the necessary knowledge, skills and professional behaviours to practise as a competent midwife capable of autonomously carrying out all the activities of a midwife as set out in the EC Directive of 2005.

As a student on this course you will develop the professional knowledge, skills and understanding needed to fulfil the role of a midwife. The role involves providing individualised care to women and their family. Learning takes place in the classroom, specialised skills laboratory and in our affiliated partner hospitals: Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Cavan General Hospital (maternity unit) and Letterkenny University Hospital (maternity unit).

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YEAR 4 - Semester 1:
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The following learning and teaching strategies underpin this programme: 

  • Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) 
  • Tutorials 
  • Lectures 
  • Group Work / Seminars 
  • Clinical / Practical Skills 
  • Clinical Placements 

Apply to practice as a Registered Midwife in Ireland and throughout the UK and EU. Graduates can apply for positions as Staff Midwives in the Irish health care sector.

Opportunities for postgraduate study at both postgraduate diploma and master’s level in related areas such as clinical midwifery practice, midwifery education and management.

Please find information on fees and funding here: www.dkit.ie/fees

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:

H5 in two higher level papers and O6/H7 in four ordinary or higher level papers in the Republic of Ireland Leaving Certificate Examination in the following subjects:

  • English or Irish (not Foundation Level)
  • Mathematics (not Foundation Level)
  • A Laboratory Science subject (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry, or Agricultural Science)
  • Three other subject or equivalent qualification
  • PLUS Minimum Points Score of 300.

Northern Ireland/UK Entry Requirements:

Applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 6 different subjects which must include: 

  • Mathematics at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
  • A Laboratory Science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at A Level or GCSE Pass or GCSE Grade CC in Double Award Science  
  • English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
  • Two subjects at either:
        • ‘A Level’ (Grade A* - C)
        • AND/OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - C)
        • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction).
        • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction)
        • OR BTEC National Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
        • OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
        • OR BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma (Grade min: MMP)
  • The remaining subjects must be different from that presented above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:
        • GCSE (Grade A* - C)
        • AND/OR AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
        • AND/OR A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
        • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
        • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
        • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
  • And a minimum score of 300 points

PLEASE NOTE: offer of places on this course are subject to applicants successfully passing Garda Clearance and Health Status Clearance from the Health Service Executive (North East) Occupational Health Unity.

Mature Applicants Entry Requirements:

  • Minimum of 23 years of age on January 1st of year of application.
  • An assessment test is carried out by the PAS on behalf of NMBI.
  • For further information please click here 

Throughout this programme time is balanced between college (68 weeks) and clinical placements (81 weeks). The final nine months of the programme is a paid internship placement in core midwifery areas.  

Students who wish to care for women and families in a holistic manner before, during and after pregnancy should consider applying for this programme.

Students who have an interest in health and wellbeing, particularly women’s health and wellbeing, should consider applying for this programme.

Students who have an interest in specialised neonatal care and care of healthy newborn infants should consider applying for this programme.

This programme is also very suited to the mature student entry pathway.

Dr Kathleen Nallen (Acting Head of Midwifery Section)
Phone: +353 429370200
Email: kathleen.nallen@dkit.ie

Dr Anita Byrne (Programme Director)
Phone: +353 429370200 Ext. 2765
Email: anita.byrne@dkit.ie

The following questionnaire aims to give you an insight into the key skills required to be a midwife. Complete Questionnaire 

Finance/Grants:

  • Students are supernumerary to the midwifery service needs during three years out of the four and during this time do not receive any financial assistance other than that pertaining to other third-level students.
  • In year 4 there is a 36-week Internship placement during which time students are paid a salary from the health services.
Course ID DK877
Level 8
Duration 4 Years
Points 421
Places 20
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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Midwifery in DKIT is both a practical and theory based course throughout the 4 years which provides student midwives with a good balance in between college and work in the hospitals.

Rachel Coyle, 2016 Graduate of BSc (Hons) in Midwifery

How to Apply

All applications for this course must be made directly to the CAO by using the course ID
DK877.

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Northern Ireland & UK

Applicants from Northern Ireland/UK must also apply through CAO. Find out more information about
applying to DkIT from Northern Ireland or the UK.

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