Bachelor in Midwifery Studies
- Course Type: Undergraduate
- Duration: 1 Year(s) Part Time
- Award: B.M.S.
- Course Options:
This is not a CAO course, applications are made directly to the University. This course will not run in 2013, the next intake will be for September 2014 (if there are sufficient numbers of suitable applicants).
Please consult the School of Nursing and Midwifery website for further details.
Registered nurses and midwives in the employment of public health care agencies may apply to their health service employer for inclusion in the Department of Health and Children's part-time fees initiative. Where fees are not paid by the health service employer, students registered for the B.M.S. will be required to pay tuition fees.
This course will only run if there are sufficient numbers of suitable applicants.
- How to apply: See how to apply
Contemporary trends and developments in the delivery of health care present a challenge to the midwifery profession in terms of reclaiming and expanding the midwife's role and responsibilities.
This degree programme aims to provide practicing midwives with an increased level of knowledge, skills and attitudes about the principles and processes of practice. The programme will:
- develop students' knowledge of the nature of midwifery
- enable students to analyse the full extent of the midwife's role and to consider a range of issues relevant to contemporary midwifery practice
- challenge students' thinking and assumptions about the profession
Who is eligible to apply?
Midwives who hold registration as a midwife with An Bord Altranais, the Irish nursing board, and who qualified with the Diploma in Midwifery (or equivalent), may apply for admission into this one-year programme leading to a Bachelor in midwifery studies honors degree.
Midwives already holding registration as a midwife with An Bord Altranais but without the Diploma in Midwifery (or equivalent) may apply for admission to a one-year part-time Access to degree programme which, on successful completion, will allow access to the beginning of the degree year.
This course takes place over one academic year on a part-time basis. You will be required to attend the University for one study week at the beginning of the course and one day a week throughout the teaching terms. Although there is no specific clinical component, students are expected to be practising midwifery whilst undertaking the course and will undertake an assignment which has a particular practice-based focus.
The course comprises five modules:
- Governance in midwifery practice
- Expectant approach to midwifery practice
- Health care quality and informatics
- Communication and the facilitation of learning in midwifery practice
- Research methods
Assessment methods are designed to require both an analytical approach to reading and reference to the student's own practice. A combination of essays, projects and group work is used and a research proposal forms part of the research methods module.
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