Mathematics (through Arts & Humanities/Social Sciences)

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) or BSc (Hons) NFQ Level 8)

Full time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN520 BA Joint Honours
CAO Points Range 2019: 336
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 420

CAO Code: DN700 BSc Social Sciences
CAO Points Range 2019: 392
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 500

Leaving Certificate:

DN520 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects

DN700 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognised subjects

Special Entry Recommendations

In order to study Mathematics, we strongly recommend that you also have at least a Grade H4 in Leaving Certificate Mathematics, or equivalent.

 

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Why is this course for me?

If you are interested in studying Mathematics together with an Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences subject, then this degree is for you.

Mathematics has long played a central role in our quest to fully describe and understand the natural world. Nowadays, it is also a vital tool in many of the social sciences. Those who concentrate on this subject will gain an understanding of mathematical concepts and learn how to prove key facts and solve problems using deductive reasoning.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

The skills and problem-solving abilities you acquire are highly prized in a range of professions. Mathematics graduates have found highly rewarding employment in: Actuarial science, Political science, Journalism, Business, Sociology, Banking and financial services, IT, Education, Meteorology, Accounting.

Graduates may also pursue further study, including the HDip in Mathematical Science (qualifier for the MSc in Mathematical Science), HDip in Statistics, and MA in either Mathematics or Statistics.

What Will I Study

Some first year modules build on the foundations laid at Leaving Certificate or equivalent, while others will introduce exciting new aspects of the subject. It is not assumed that you will have met everything before and each topic is carefully introduced and built upon.

Mathematics as part of a BA can be combined with one of 12 subjects including English, Music, Irish and History.

BA Joint Honours

First Year

  • Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Combinatorics & Number Theory
  • Plus Other Subject
  • Plus Electives.

Second Year

Topics in Mathematics include:

  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Analysis
  • Algebraic Structures
  • Linear Algebra 2
  • Statistics & Probability
  • Graphs and Networks
  • The Mathematics of Google
  • Theory of Games
  • Plus Other Subject
  • Plus Elective Modules.

Third Year

  • Complex Analysis
  • Geometry
  • Group Theory and Applications
  • History of Mathematics
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Differential Equations
  • Plus Other Subject
  • Elective Modules.

BSc Social Sciences

Mathematics as part of a BSc can be combined with one of seven subjects including: Economics, Sociology and Geography.

First Year

  • Calculus
  • Linear Algebra,
  • Combinatorics & Number Theory
  • Plus Other Subject
  • Electives.

Second Year

Topics in Mathematics include:

  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Analysis
  • Algebraic Structures
  • Linear Algebra
  • Plus Other Subject
  • Elective Modules.

Third & Fourth Year

  • Mathematics topics include:Complex Analysis
  • Group Theory & Applications
  • Geometry
  • Graphs and Networks
  • The Mathematics of Google
  • Financial Mathematics
  • History of Mathematics
  • Differential Equations
  • Statistics & Probability
  • Cryptography / Coding Theory
  • Study Abroad Opportunity
  • Internship Opportunity
  • Research Project
  • Elective modules

Assessment will be through a combination of end-of-semester written examinations, projects and continuous assessment.

How Will I Study

Studying Mathematics (BA Arts)
Studying Mathematics (BSc Social Sciences)

International Study Opportunities

Students may apply to study abroad at international partner universities in Year 3 of the Social Sciences programme.

Testimonial

“I chose to study Mathematics as a joint honours degree in UCD so I could explore a subject which I am passionate about. Maths can complement any other subject you choose to take, sometimes in surprising ways as it is very logical and technical. The right answer is always the right answer, regardless of who reads it. After my first year my overall impression of the maths course is that it’s excellent. The classes are interesting, the lecturers are enthusiastic, I’m with like-minded people and I am confident that that I’ve made the right choice of course. Studying Mathematics will give me a solid foundation to undertake further study or provide me with in-demand skills for future employment in a variety of sectors.”

Alexander Bourke, Student

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