Applied Mathematics, Mathematics & Education

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) & MSc (NFQ Level 9)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN200
CAO Points Range 2017: 510 - 625
Length of Course: 5 Years (BSc 4 Years + MSc 1 Year)
Average Intake: 400

Leaving Certificate:
  • O3/H6 in Mathematics
  • O3/H6 in a laboratory science (Applied Mathematics or Geography may be used instead of a laboratory science subject) and
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish and two other recognised subjects

Special Entry Recommedations: We recommend that all students in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics & Education should have a minimum Grade H4 in Leaving Certificate Mathematics, or equivalent.

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Why is this course for me?

If you’re interested in mathematics and applied mathematics, and think you might like to teach these subjects at post-primary level, then this course may be for you. It’s designed so that from the start, you study mathematics and applied mathematics, along with education, in an integrated manner. In third year, you will gain teaching experience by completing placements (which we find for you) in a post-primary school and as a third-level tutor. The four-year BSc in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics and Education leads directly to the one-year MSc in Mathematics and Science Education. On completion of both degrees, you are fully qualified to teach Applied Mathematics and Mathematics to Higher Level Leaving Certificate Level.

Key Facts:

The five-year course is fully accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland.

Placements are integrated into this course from first year, with year-long placements at two different post-primary schools during the final two years of the course.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

On completion of the BSc, students have guaranteed entry to the MSc in Mathematics & Science Education, provided they have achieved a GPA of 3.08. This is equivalent to a 2.1 Honours.

Placements are integrated into this course from first year. Care is taken to slowly introduce you to placements to enable you to build confidence before taking a class. During the last two years of the course, students are assigned year-long placements at two different post-primary schools. These placements are designed so that students not only obtain teaching experience, but also gain a whole-of-school experience through participating in parent-teacher meetings, timetabling etc. The complete five-year course is fully accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland.

What Will I Study

This is a sample pathway for Applied Mathematics & Mathematics Education.

First Year

  • Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Education
  • Elective modules

Second Year

  • Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Education
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Education
  • School Placement – one placement in a post-primary school, and one placement as a third-level tutor.

Fourth Year

  • Education
  • School Placement
  • Mathematics & Applied Mathematics

Fifth Year

  • Education
  • School Placement

For detailed information on subject content click the relevant link below:

First – Second Year

Third – Forth Year


“I studied Theoretical Physics here in UCD as my undergraduate degree because it combined the two subjects I was really interested in: Mathematics and Physics. Mathematics is fundamental in science and is particularly relevant in physics, since it provides a way of understanding and unravelling how the world around us works. A few years after graduating, I decided I wanted to work in education and enjoyed teaching Mathematics, Physics and Applied Mathematics at second level and Mathematics Education at third level. It is essential that there are more teachers of Mathematics and Science who are knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects and the Science and Mathematics Education pathways in DN200 will contribute to the next generation of well-qualified and innovative teachers.”

Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin Staff

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