Course Overview

Advanced Practice curriculum is reflective of contemporary trends, policy, and developments concerning the profession of midwifery, health care practices, legislative and regulatory requirements and the societal and demographic changes and associated healthcare needs. 

Within the programme, the student initially focuses on attaining the knowledge, competencies, and skills for midwife prescribing and the core theoretical perspectives underpinning clinical decision-making, good governance, leadership, and research awareness. Standardised modules are included to support the development of core and specialist knowledge, skills, and competencies.

Applications and Selections

Please note the application portal for this particular course is currently closed. 

The portal will re-open to accept applications for the above programme on the 10th April 2023, and will remain open until 30th June 2023. Applications for September 2023 intake will be accepted during these dates. Please note no applications will be accepted after this date. 

Applicants will be reviewed in tranches and you will be communicated with in due course on receipt of your completed application. Earlier and fully completed applications will be prioritised. Please ensure you have all requirements for your application as incomplete applications will not be considered. For reconsideration, applicants will have to reapply incurring reapplication costs. 

Who Teaches this Course

Dr Linda Biesty
M.Sc. B.Sc. PgDip
Senior Lecturer
School of Nursing and Midwifery
NUI Galway
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Dr Maura Dowling
MSc,BNs,RNT,RGN,RM Cert Oncology,PhD
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Ms Catherine Meagher
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Dr. Fionnuala Jordan
RPN, PG.Dip.,PhD
Lecturer Above The Bar
T: 019- 493818
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Dr Catherine Houghton
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Dr Peter Carr
M.Sc., PhD
Senior Lecturer
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Aras Moyola
NUI Galway
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Mr Bernard McCarthy
RGN, R.N.M.H, Bsc, Msc
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Ms Brona Mooney
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Requirements and Assessment

Students are assessed using a variety of methodologies including MCQ, OSCE, Assignment, Portfolio, Case Study.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

For midwives seeking admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery (Advanced Practice) applicants are required to: 

  1. Have a master's degree in midwifery or equivalent.
  2. Hold current active registration on midwives division of the professional register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
  3. Comply with current minimum entry requirements for admission to the programme of education for nurse/midwife prescribing and must have three years’ recent post-registration clinical experience in midwifery (this must be within the past five years) with the equivalent of ‘one year’ full time experience in the specific area of clinical practice.
  4. A copy of current NMBI registrations (e.g., RGN, RM, RNP, RNID, RPN, PHN, RCN as required) (NMBI 2017 & 2018).
  5. Evidence of academic achievements including copies of all academic transcripts from completed educational courses.
  6. Copies of official awards (parchments) from completed educational courses.
  7. Evidence of current clinical specialist area.
  8. A completed Site Declaration Form signed by the Director of Midwifery and Medical Mentor.

Provide evidence of support from an employer and completed Site Declaration Forms containing confirmation of a clinical supervisor who will provide supervision, support and learning opportunities, including shadowing opportunities to gain the required competencies and clinical competence to practice at an advanced level in midwifery (including midwife prescribing).

Additional Requirements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2024

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

No set closing date. Offers are made on a continuous basis.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code


Course Outline

Course Modules

  • Decision Making, and Advanced Practice Professional Roles
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Pharmacology and Medicinal Prescribing
  • Professional, Ethical & Legal Issues of Nurse and Midwife Prescribing
  • Clinical Practicum

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete this programme are eligible to register as an Advanced Midwife Practitioner (RAMP) with NMBI.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€4,340 p.a. (including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Tuition

€4,200 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€13,550 p.a. (€13,690 p.a. including levy) 2024/25

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