BSc (Hons) in Midwifery
This 4-year Honours Degree programme is designed to enable students to develop the professional knowledge, skills and understanding needed to fulfil 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 term midwifery means with woman. The focus of midwifery is to provide woman-centered care from pre-conception through to the postpartum period. Fundamental to this is the concept of partnership between the woman and the midwife. This partnership is based on mutual trust, support and collaboration.
Midwives provide care in a range of settings including maternity hospitals / units, and midwifery units and services both in the hospital and community. Midwives also work in partnership with other members of the healthcare team in particular when women experience complications in pregnancy and birth.
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 services) and Letterkenny General Hospital (maternity services).
YEAR 1 - Semester 1:
- Midwifery 1 (year-long)
- Learning to Learn
- Natural Sciences for Nursing/ Midwifery Practice
- Safe Healthcare Practice 1
- Clinical Placement 1 (year-long)
YEAR 1 - Semester 2:
- Midwifery 1 (year-long)
- Women’s Health and Pregnancy 1
- Midwifery and Natural Sciences
- Safe Healthcare Practice 2
- Clinical Placement 1 (year-long)
YEAR 2 - Semester 1:
- Midwifery 2 (a)
- Women’s Health and Pregnancy 2
- The Neonate
- Communication and Interpersonal Skills
- Clinical Placement 2 (year-long)
YEAR 2 - Semester 2:
YEAR 3 - Semester 1:
YEAR 3 - Semester 2:
- Midwifery 3
- The Complex Newborn
- Sensitive Midwifery Practice
- Ethical and Legal Practice
- Evaluating Research
- Clinical Placement 3 (year-long)
YEAR 4 - Semester 1:
YEAR 4 - Semester 2:
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.
Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:
Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate including:
- At least two H5 Grades
- AND Mathematics Grade O6 or H7
- AND Laboratory Science subject Grade O6 or H6
- AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7
- 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
Clinical placements are undertaken in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda (Primary site) and in the maternity units at Cavan General Hospital and Letterkenny General Hospital.
Please note that all students must undertake placements at all three sites throughout the course.
The following questionnaire aims to give you an insight into the key skills required to be a midwife. Complete Questionnaire
- 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.
|School||School of Health & Science|
|Department||Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years|
|Awarding Body||Dundalk Institute of Technology|
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
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.