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Higher Diploma in Midwifery

September 2025
On Campus
18 Months

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18 Months

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Nursing & Midwifery

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Course Overview

The Higher Diploma in Midwifery is an 18-month full-time add-on course for Registered General Nurses who wish to become midwives. 

The programme is delivered in partnership with Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda and will provide students with the knowledge and skills required to carry out their duties as a midwife in accordance with the definition of a midwife adapted from the International Confederation of Midwives’ (ICM 2011) definition and adopted by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

The programme is suited to Registered General Nurses with NMBI who:

  • Wish to care for women and families in a holistic manner before, during and after pregnancy
  • Have an interest in health and wellbeing, particularly women’s health and wellbeing.
  • Have an interest in specialised neonatal care and care of healthy newborn infants.

What makes this course different

Become a Qualified Midwife

Successful completion of this programme entitles you to register as a qualified midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

Student-Centred Learning

This programme embraces student-centred, real-world learning where students are encouraged to relate midwifery theory to midwifery practice. Students on will also benefit from smaller class sizes and one-to-one engagement with lecturers.


Earn While You Learn

Students on this programme are paid employees of the HSE. Students will retain their current point on the staff nurse salary scale on entry into the programme and will also be granted incremental credit (if applicable) during the programme.

Career Opportunities

The Higher Diploma in Midwifery programme will provide the appropriate foundation for midwives to practice following registration. This will be the basis of a career trajectory and will help prepare midwives for continuing professional development. Career pathways can be considered in terms of clinical, management, education and research pathways.

Course Delivery and Modules

The following learning and teaching strategies underpin this programme:

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

The programme is normally divided into three semesters with a combination of theoretical and clinical modules being provided each semester. 

  • Semester 1

    • HDip The Profession of Midwifery
    • HDip Midwifery Practice 1
    • HDip Midwifery and Women’s Health
    • HDip Clinical 1
  • Semester 2

    • HDip Midwifery Practice 2
    • HDip The Healthy Neonate
    • HDip Sensitive Midwifery
    • HDip Clinical 2
  • Semester 3

    • HDip Midwifery Practice 3
    • HDip The Complex Neonate
    • HDip Developing the Profession of Midwifery
    • HDip Clinical 3

Work Placement

Throughout this programme time is balanced between college and clinical placements.  

Entry Requirements

The HSE has identified that applicants must:

  • Be registered in the General Division of the Register of Nurses maintained by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) or entitled to be so registered
  • Have a minimum of 6 months post registration experience as an RGN within the past 3 years, working a minimum of 78 hours per month

How To Apply

The next intake for this course is September 2025. Please complete the form at the link below to register your interest and be notified when applications are open.

Register Your Interest

Ask us a Question

If you have a question about the Higher Diploma in Midwifery please ask it below and we will get back to you.

Jill Atkinson

Head of Midwifery Section


Dr Deirdre O'Malley

Programme Director


Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).