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Trinity College Dublin

Dublin , State ,Ireland

B.Sc. (A.Obs.) Midwifery

What are a Midwife and Midwifery?

As a midwife, you will be helping women and their families at one of the most crucial times of their lives, supporting the woman during pregnancy, childbirth and the post-natal period. Midwives play a vital role in promoting and maintaining health, facilitating normal childbirth and helping women make informed choices about their care. The midwife is the key professional providing continuity of care and promoting choice and control to women in pregnancy and birth, and to women and their babies following birth. The core concepts of the midwifery profession are of:

  • Normality: Childbirth is viewed as a normal event in the life cycle, a normal healthy event
  • Woman-centred: The focus of midwifery practice is pregnant women and their families and delivering care in woman-centred maternity services.
  • Respect: Midwifery care is delivered in a manner that respects the uniqueness and dignity of each person regardless of culture or religion.
  • Partnership: Partnerships between the woman and the midwife is fundamental to midwifery practice. It is based on mutual trust, support and collaboration, which facilitates informed choice and decision-making and the empowerment of both the woman and the midwife.
  • Client first: Decisions about an individual midwife’s scope of practice should always be made with the woman’s and her family’s best interests foremost and in the interest of promoting and maintaining best quality maternity services for women and their families.
  • Evidence-based: Midwifery practice is based on the best available evidence.
  • Advocacy: Midwifery practice involves advocacy for the individual woman and her family.

Midwifery: The course for you?

Midwives often describe their job as ‘privileged’. The role they have in preparing women for the birth of new life makes them a vital presence during all stages of pregnancy, labour and the early postnatal period.

This unique role is demanding and carries a lot of responsibility. A career in midwifery involves a great deal of professional and personal satisfaction.

If you want a rewarding and respected career with great employment and travel opportunities, then the professional course in midwifery could be for you.

Midwifery at Trinity

The School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College, has a world renowned reputation and courses are taught by academics at the top of their profession. The School is ranked 1st in Ireland and in the top 50 universities in the World in the QS World University Subject rankings 2019. You will have the opportunity to meet and mix with students from Ireland and abroad and form cohesive bonds throughout your time with us. Midwifery students are taught theory predominantly in the School of Nursing and Midwifery building on D’Olier Street, which is a wonderful historic building in the heart of the capital. The School is a great place to learn and interact with classmates and, with its close proximity to Trinity’s main campus, midwifery students are never far from the centre of student life. While on clinical placements, you will be supervised by highly skilled midwives who have been specially prepared to guide and direct your learning.

We also offer opportunities to study abroad and have a large suite of postgraduate courses available to our graduates to facilitate further study needs.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

On completion of this course, the student will be eligible to apply for registration as a midwife on the midwives division of the Nurses and Midwives Register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. The course offers an excellent foundation for career advancement in midwifery and further health related studies. It facilitates learning across wide and varied experiences and promotes flexibility for employment within and outside the health services.

Your degree and what you’ll study

This four-year course will cover such areas as:

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; Social theory for midwifery practice; Research; Health promotion; Maternal and social care services in Ireland.

You will begin your first midwifery clinical placement in October of the first year of the course. The first three years combine learning in university and clinical midwifery practice in the maternity hospitals and will take place during the academic year with the usual academic holidays. The final year will include a 36-week period of internship in midwifery practice.

The majority of the theoretical component of the course will be taught in the Trinity School of Nursing and Midwifery building, which is located on D’Olier Street, minutes from the main campus. Classes are also held on other sites including the main Trinity College and in the Trinity Centre for Health Sciences in St. James’s Hospital. Teaching methods include lectures, small-group teaching, tutorials and practice classes.

The course is offered in partnership with two linked maternity care providers: The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital and The Rotunda Hospital. Each midwifery student will be allocated all of their midwifery clinical placements throughout the four years at one of these maternity hospitals. Some placements may also occur in other sites including the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.

You will be required to complete clinical placements each year, which will consist of 30-35 hours (approximately) supernumerary practice per week in a practice setting. Midwifery students will also undertake other clinical placements, for example, community midwifery, mental health, medical and surgical. The final year will include a 36-week period of internship in clinical midwifery practice.

Intakes

  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 60

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

If you are an international student studying at Trinity, you might be considering internship and graduate work in Ireland, in your home country, or elsewhere. This section provides information for Non EU students on working in Ireland during and after your studies. For information and resources to support an international job search, see our Devex resource which includes international job search advice and information.

Employers value candidates who have more to offer than a good degree with high grades. They look for students who are well rounded and who have experience outside the classroom. Search for and take advantage of opportunities to gain experience, develop your skill set, and gain a clearer picture of what you like and don't like in terms of career options.

For example, you can get involved in some of the many student clubs and societies in college, volunteer or get a part time job. Remember that voluntary work is as valuable as paid work on your CV or resume - it's a great way to demonstrate your skills to future employers. Have a look at the TCD Civic Engagement website and check out volunteering opportunities in Ireland and abroad.

PSW Opportunity

2 Year

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • General Entry Requirements
  • Class XII – ISC, CBSE
  • 80-90% in six subjects at XII depending on course (or 5 at Grade XII and 1 at Grade X) Mathematics up to Grade X

International Baccalaureate

  • 3 subjects at Grade 5 (Higher Level)
  • 3 subjects at Grade 4 (Standard Level),
  • including English & Maths
  • 32 to 40 points, depending on course

A-levels

  • 4 A2 or best 3 A2 plus one AS
  • Pass in English & Maths
  • *75% or above / HL Mathematics required
  • at Class XII level for Computer Science,Engineering, Science and Mathematics courses

*Additional requirements may apply for some courses

  • English Language Proficienc Test
  • IELTS - 6.5 (No individual band below 6)
  • TOEFL - 90 (Written score 21)
  • PTE Score -63 (No section below 59)

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