Applied & Computational Mathematics

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN200
CAO Points Range 2021: 566
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 420

Leaving Certificate:
  • O2/H6 in Mathematics
  • O2/H6 in a laboratory science (Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or Geography may be used instead of a laboratory science subject) and
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish and two other recognised subjects

Special Entry Recommendations: We recommend that all students in Applied & Computational Mathematics should have a minimum grade H3 in Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent.

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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.

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

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 include Advanced Computational Science, 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.


“The flexibility that DN200 Science offers meant I could explore Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Physics without committing until I was sure. In second year, I decided that I enjoyed Applied and Computational Mathematics most and it was the best choice for me. I have learned about advanced areas of mathematics and programming and how you can apply them to solve or model real-life problems. I am an active member of the UCD Physics Society, including spending a year as Auditor. The events run by societies are a great way to get involved and get to know other people. After I graduated, I started an MSc in Applied Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh and plan to start a PhD afterwards.”

Aidan Tully, Graduate

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