Programme Structure

B.Sc. in Midwifery

Bachelor in Science in Midwifery Honours Degree programme - Content and assessment

The 4-year Bachelor in Science in Midwifery Honours Degree programme provides midwives with the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of women and their families in an individualised, culturally sensitive manner. The first three years combine learning in both university and midwifery practice in associated maternity hospitals and takes place during the academic year with usual academic holidays. Midwifery students also undertake other practice placements, for example, mental health, medical, surgical etc. The final year includes a 36 week period of internship in midwifery practice for which the students will be salaried.

The programme content covers:

  • Midwifery practice, knowledge and skills.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Professional, personal, ethical and legal issues.
  • Knowledge base for midwifery practice to include: Biological sciences, psychology, pharmacology, non-pharmaceutical approaches.
  • Sociology for midwifery practice.
  • Research.
  • Health promotion.
  • Maternal and social care services in Ireland.

A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the programme. Assessment of learning in midwifery practice is an important component of the programme and takes occurs throughout the programme when on practice placement. Other forms of assessment include written examinations and assignments, presentations, debates, teaching sessions etc.

See modular course structure for a description of each module of this course.