ProfCert Maternal Critical Care

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 10)

The Professional Certificate Maternal Critical Care is offered on a part-time basis over one calender year. The programme will equip maternity care staff with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide critical maternity care.

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This professional certificate programme is designed to meet the needs of maternity care staff practising in Obstetrics and Gynaecological critical care. The programme is presented as a 10-credit  professional certificate.

The aim of the programme is to equip maternity care staff with the necessary knowledge and related skills to provide critical maternity care.

The programme is  offered on a part-time basis over one calendar year. The first trimester concentrates on theory and focuses on the conditions that give rise to critical illness, rapid deterioration and emergencies during pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium, inclusive of underlying related pathophysiology. The second trimester focuses on clinical skill acquisition in the clinical skills laboratory. The programme content is aimed at providing a strong theoretical and practical grounding that will enable practitioners to develop an analytical approach to clinical decision-making.

Our teaching methods offer the best of both worlds, face to face interactive and online learning thereby reducing the amount of contact time required on campus. The design of the programme combines the convenience and flexibility of online learning to facilitate  the needs of busy working professionals. Clinical skills are taught in small group settings.

The programme will afford students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills when caring for critically ill women. Students will also enhance their knowledge and skills for meeting the ongoing care needs of women in contemporary maternity care.

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The programme commences in the Autumn Trimester. Lectures are delivered on a monthly basis requiring 3 days attendance  in combination with E-tivities. In the Spring Trimester, students will be offered a series of clinical skill acquisition workshops and simulations requiring one day's attendance on a monthly basis over four separate occasions.

ProfCert Maternal Critical Care (X843) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 1720
nonEU    fee per year - € 4620

***Fees are subject to change


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Application Fee

Please note that all applicants are required to pay the €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

More information about fees is available on the UCD website at the link below:

General information about UCD Fees

The Professional Certificate Maternal Critical Care is open to nursing and midwifery practitioners who are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. Candidates should have at least three years’ experience in a relevant clinical area. In addition, it is essential that they are involved in the direct care of childbearing women. Candidates should hold an appropriate level 8 qualification, or equivalent.


Documents Required

  • Transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant
  • Nurse applicants: A current photocopy of NMBI registration
  • Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport
  • Signed Declaration Form from Employer (original form)
  • Completed Professional Reference Form  (original form)
  • Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)

The following entry routes are available:

Prof Cert Maternal Critical Care PT (X843)
6 Months
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised