Course Overview

The aim of the Master of Science in Midwifery (Advanced Practice Midwifery) programme is to enable experienced registered midwives to develop an expert knowledge base, to utilise advanced skills and abilities in clinical decision making, and clinical competencies for an expanded autonomous scope of practice the characteristics of which are shaped by the: context in which the individual practices; the needs of women; and the challenges and developments within the health services.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

  • Professor John Kelly
  • Professor Perter Cantillon
  • Dr Heike Smith Helzman
Dr Linda Biesty
M.Sc. B.Sc. PgDip
Senior Lecturer
School of Nursing and Midwifery
NUI Galway
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Ms Catherine Meagher
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Dr Maura Dowling
MSc,BNs,RNT,RGN,RM Cert Oncology,PhD
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Dr Catherine Houghton
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Dr. Fionnuala Jordan
RPN, PG.Dip.,PhD
Lecturer Above The Bar
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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 MSc in Midwifery (Advanced Practice Midwifery), applicants are required to:

  1. Have a minimum of an honours primary degree in midwifery or equivalent
  2. Hold current active registration on the 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 midwife prescribing, and must have three years’ recent post-registration clinical experience in nursing/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.
  9. 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)


2 years, part-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.

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Mode of study

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Course Outline

Course Modules

Year One

  • Decision Making, and Advanced Practice Professional Roles
  • Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance
  • Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals

Year Two

  • Advanced Health Assessment Pharmacology and Medicinal Prescribing
  • Professional, Ethical & Legal Issues of Nurse and Midwife Prescribing
  • Clinical Practicum
  • Research

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be autonomous practitioners, who are clinically competent and skilled in the delivery of high-quality, direct care to a specific client group. The Advanced Midwife Practitioner will provide care for mothers, babies and their families in all settings during a very special time, in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, according to agreed scope of practice guidelines. Graduates, equipped with such knowledge and advanced skills will be eligible to apply to the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) for registration as a Registered Advanced Midwife Practitioner (RAMP). 

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,555 p.a. (including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Tuition

€6,450 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Student levy

€105 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€14,500 p.a. (€14,605 p.a. including levy) 2024/25

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