Professional Certificate Maternal Critical Care

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.

Who is the programme for?

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

Programme aims

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

Programme structure and content

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.

Teaching methods

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 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.

Careers/how will I benefit?

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.

Entry requirements

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.

How to apply

Visit and search for your programme code X843. You will be required to complete an online application form and upload supporting documentation. Once you have submitted the online form, your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted within a short period.

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


The fees for your programme can be found at the links below. Search using your major code (the four-digit code beginning with 'X' which can be found in the key information box on this page).

· EU fees information

· Non-EU fees information

Please note that UCD fees are subject to change annually. The fees shown include the student centre levy which must be paid by all students. 


If the fees for your programme are being paid by a third party (full or partial), please ensure your funding organisation/sponsor/hospital contacts Please note this is not a student facing email address.

Student Queries:

If you have any queries about your fees, please contact the Student Desk:

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

Documents to be submitted with your application
  • Original 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)
Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) applications must be submitted online through your SISWeb account.

There are two instances in which you can apply to have recognised prior learning taken into account when applying for a programme in UCD.

1. RPL for admission to a UCD programme

If you are a prospective student seeking admission to UCD and you do not meet the required admissions criteria as set down for a particular programme of study in UCD, you may apply to be admitted based on prior learning.

2. RPL for exemption from a module or modules on a UCD programme

If you have been accepted onto a UCD programme and wish to have credit transferred towards the requirements of the UCD programme of study, you may apply for RPL from a module or modules.

When applying for RPL, please note the following:

  • You must submit your application for RPL as early as possible and preferably before you commence the relevant module/stage/programme.
  • An application for RPL relating to a particular module should be submitted before the third week of the trimester in which it is offered. Applications made after this date will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances.
  • Your application will be reviewed by the Taught Graduate Standing Committee and Programme Board. You can expect to hear of the outcome or status of your application typically within four to six weeks of submitting it (depending on committee schedules).
  • Please note that in some cases your application may not be successful or you may not receive RPL for the amount of credit for which you applied, therefore you must register for, attend and participate in the module or modules until you have been informed of the decision of the School Programme Board.
  • If your application is not successful, you are responsible for all assessments associated with the module.


Please read the UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning at this link: UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning