M.Sc. Midwifery Studies

University of Limerick

Tuition fee:
  • € 3,962 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,965 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The overall aim of this programme is to provide registered nurses and midwives with the opportunity to enhance previously acquired professional education and develop critical inquiry, evidence based practice/research, knowledge, skills, and attitudes in preparation for professional role enhancement within nursing/midwifery. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma/MSc. Nursing/Midwifery programme will provide students with the academic qualifications necessary to enhance their professional role in the healthcare environment. The programme will provide opportunities to explore research in order to further develop evidence based nursing and midwifery practice.


On completion of the programme the student will be able to

* Critically evaluate, conduct and generate research in nursing/midwifery practice.
* Critically review current innovations and developments within nursing/midwifery.
* Critically appraise strategies that promote, maintain and restore health across a wide spectrum of care groups.
* Critically evaluate developments in healthcare informatics from a national and international perspective.
* Discuss factors that influence theoretical and practical knowledge and critical thinking skills.
* Critically discuss the principles of primary and community healthcare delivery.
* Critically discuss the meanings and paradigm challenges of caring as a creative enterprise in nursing/midwifery practice.
* Critically discuss strategies to empower nurses/midwives in leading and managing developments in nursing/midwifery practice within an interdisciplinary team approach.
* Critically appraise and analyse evidence based findings and their implementation in enhancing clinical effectiveness.
* Apply a critical understanding of reflective processes in realising a professional vision for practice.


At Graduate Diploma level, students undertake a total of 8 modules described below. At Masters level, all students will complete one additional research module and a dissertation.

Semester 1

Health Research - Methodology, Concepts of Specialist and Advanced Practice. Practice Placement 1, Contemporary Issues in Midwifery Practice

Semester 2

Healthcare Policy and Reform, Practice Placement 2, Advancing Midwifery Practice

Elective Modules

Students will select one Module from a range of the following Elective Modules to be taken in Semester 2. Not all Modules may be offered in any year.
Health Promotion in Nursing/Midwifery Practice, Consultancy in Nursing / Midwifery
Trans-cultural Care, Therapeutic Engagement, Complementary Therapies in Healthcare Practice

Semesters 3 and 4

Health Research - Methods, Dissertation 1, Dissertation 2


Applicants should normally possess a Primary Degree and must be a registered Nurse or Midwife on the appropriate register maintained by An Bord Altranais.

Applicants who do not meet the normal academic requirements will also be considered. It is expected that some applicants with substantial clinical and experiential experience as well as professional qualifications will wish to undertake this programme. Policies and procedures are in place in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery to support the recognition and accreditation of prior learning (RPL) - (including formal education and experiential learning) and will be applied to relevant applicants. These candidates will be required to submit a written assignment and may be required to attend for interview.

The Graduate Diploma will be offered over one year. The MSc. programme will be offered over a subsequent year (minimum). Entry to the MSc programme will be based on achieving a minimum 2.1 honours standard on the Graduate Diploma (Minimum QCA of 3.00 - with discretion of 0.1)


As all international students are required to possess sufficient language skills to attend lectures and sit examinations at the University of Limerick, students should be competent to communicate through the medium of English prior to their arrival.

Students must have a minimum score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based) in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score in the range of 6.5-7 and not less than 6.0 in any one component.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 80


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