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The Bachelor of Midwifery Science course is a four-year degree programme provided in partnership with the Health Service Executive (HSE) West. The programme consists of theoretical and clinical modules. The theoretical content aims to provide students with the knowledge necessary to underpin their professional practice. It comprises lectures, seminars, workshops, experiential learning, skills training and reading time. Clinical modules are undertaken in the practice setting. Following completion of the programme, students are eligible to apply to register as a midwife with An Bord Altranais, the regulatory body.
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Requirements and Assessment
Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science), and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
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Mode of study
Year 1 - 3
- Clinical and Theory Instructions
- Biological Sciences
- Social Sciences
- Midwifery Skills
- Midwifery Studies
- Health Promotion
- Clinical and Theory Instruction - Semester I
- Leadership and Clinical Governance in Nursing and Midwifery Practice
- Internship Clinical Practice which runs over 36 weeks - Semester II
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Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
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- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
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- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (60 Credits)Required NU1101: Midwifery Anatomy and Physiology and Applied Midwifery Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required NU186: Principles & Practices of Midwifery - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required NU115: Biological Sciences I - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required NU172: The Nature of Midwifery - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required NU1102: Midwifery Anatomy and Physiology and General Clinical Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required NU176: Clinical Practice I & II - 15 Credits - Semester 2
Required NU114: Practice Assessment - 0 Credits - Semester 2
Required NU116: Social Sciences 1 - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Required NU104: Placement Hours - 0 Credits - Semester 2
Year 2 (60 Credits)Optional NU237: The Management of Specialist Client Groups - 15 Credits - Semester 3
Required NU249: Biological Sciences II - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required NU243: Practice Assessment - 0 Credits - Semester 4
Required NU244: Clinical Practice III & IV - 20 Credits - Semester 4
Required NU246: Midwifery Studies I - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Required NU247: Research Methods I - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required NU248: Social Sciences II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required NU208: Specialist Placement Hours Module - 0 Credits - Semester 4
Year 3 (60 Credits)Required NU308: Midwifery Studies II - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required NU333: Research Methods II - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required NU306: Biological Sciences III - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Required NU314: Elective - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Required NU309: Midwifery Studies III - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Required NU334: Social Sciences III - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Required NU207: The Neonate Requiring Special Care - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Required NU193: Practice Assessment - 0 Credits - Semester 6
Required NU399: Clinical Hours - 0 Credits - Semester 6
Required NU350: Clinical Practice V & VI - 15 Credits - Semester 6
Year 4 (60 Credits)Required NU470: Practice Assessment - 0 Credits - Semester 7
Required NU469: Internship Clinical Practice - 20 Credits - Semester 7
Required NU474: Clinical Practice VII - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Required NU499: Clinical Hours - 0 Credits - Semester 7
Required NU405: Leading & Developing Practice - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Required NU488: Internship Assessment 3 - 0 Credits - Semester 7
Required NU489: Internship Assessment 4 - 0 Credits - Semester 7
Required NU475: Research Project - 20 Credits - Semester 8
Required NU486: Internship Assessment 1 - 0 Credits - Semester 7
Required NU487: Internship Assessment 2 - 0 Credits - Semester 7
Required NU490: Internship Assessment 5 - 0 Credits - Semester 7
Required NU491: Internship Assessment 6 - 0 Credits - Semester 7
Students can pursue further study at masters and PhD level.
Why Choose This Course?
There are many career opportunities for midwives both in Ireland and abroad, including in the hospital and community settings.
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Clinical placements are undertaken in the HSE West: in University Hospital Galway, Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar, and Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe. Placements also take place in community and mental healthcare settings in the HSE West area. While on clinical placements, students will be supervised by a midwife who has been specially prepared to guide and direct student learning and act as a preceptor to the student. Students who are required to travel to distant placements may apply to the HSE West for support in meeting travel and accommodation costs.
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*EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy
Student Levy: €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI. Further detail here https://su.nuigalway.ie/
What Our Students Say
Emma Doyle | BSc (Midwifery)
... Being a third year student, studying Midwifery in NUI Galway, is challenging but definitely rewarding. I really like our new modern Nursing and Midwifery building; it's such a lovely environment and really conducive to learning. The clinical skills labs are really cool and so well equipped. They give a realistic insight into what it's like working in a hospital environment. I enjoy the fact that class sizes are small so you really get to know other students and the lecturers. The lecturers are so enthusiastic about their topics that it makes learning enjoyable and a lot easier! The support and teaching in the clinical setting given by experienced clinical staff is also great and sometimes you are learning things without even realising it...