Applied & Computational Mathematics

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

If you enjoy studying Mathematics for the Leaving Certificate, the UCD degree in Applied & Computational Mathematics will train you in the essential mathematical and computational skills in modelling, analysis and simulation needed to solve problems arising throughout the physical and life sciences, engineering, business and finance sectors.

Today’s challenges faced by science and engineering are so complex that they can be analysed and solved only through mathematical and computational modelling. Mathematical models create representations of complex real-world phenomena in a precise, quantitative way. Fundamental insights can then be obtained by analysing these models through a combination of mathematical analysis and computational simulation. Outside the traditional spheres of science and engineering, mathematical modelling and simulation techniques are increasingly used in the social sciences, communication, business and finance sectors.

Course Pathways
What Will I Study

This is a sample pathway for a degree in Applied & Computational Mathematics. Sample topics include dynamical systems and chaos, financial mathematics, fluid dynamics, relativity and quantum mechanics.

First Year

  • Applied & Computational Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Optional Science modules
  • Elective module

Second Year

  • Applied and Computational Mathematics (includes Mathematics/Statistics modules)
  • + 1 Other Science Subject
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Applied & Computational Mathematics (modules include Partial Differential Equations, Mathematical Biology, Metric Spaces, Mathematics of Machine Learning)
  • Elective modules

Fourth Year

  • Applied & Computational Mathematics (modules includ, Mathematics of Complex Networks, General Relativity & Black Holes, Mathematical Fluid Dynamics, and a two-trimester Research Project with a member of staff)

Timetables & Assessment

Each student will have their own timetable based on their individual module selection. This is a full time course and classes may include lectures, practicals and tutorials, depending on the subjects. Students will also be expected to study independently (autonomous student learning). Assessment varies with each module but may comprise continuous assessment of practicals, written exams and online learning activities.

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International Study Opportunities

Students may apply to study abroad for a trimester in third year in partner institutions internationally.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates with training in Applied & Computational Mathematics work in fields as diverse as:

  • Analytics and Forecasting
  • Energy Systems
  • Electronics
  • Biomedical applications and bio-information
  • Finance
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Environmental agencies and companies
  • Computing in business, technology, research and academia
Other Entry Routes

“After my first Applied & Computational Mathematics class, I knew it was the right choice for me. The chance to study further the mechanics and structure of Mathematics and learn how to apply it to not just Physics and Computer Science but to a wide range of other fields was thrilling. That, along with my time spent as a class representative, was so rewarding; getting to organise events, trips and hoodies for my class. As well as this, UCD Science gave me the opportunity to spend a trimester studying abroad in California, broadening my perspective and giving me a more varied education. My time at UCD left me well prepared for a masters at the University of Cambridge.”

PJ Nee, Graduate

Contact Information

Assistant Professor Conor Sweeney
UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics
Belfield, Dublin 4


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