BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) & MSc (NFQ Level 9)
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If you are interested in Biology and Mathematics, and think you might like to teach these subjects at post-primary level, then this degree subject may be for you. It’s designed so that you study mathematics, biology and education in an integrated manner. Throughout the course you will gain teaching experience through structured educational placements.
The four-year BSc Biology, Mathematics & Education leads directly to the one-year MSc Mathematics and Science Education. On completion of both degrees, you are fully qualified to teach post-primary Biology and Mathematics to Higher Level Leaving Certificate Level and Science to Junior Certificate Level.
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.
Biology, Mathematics & Education is one of the degree subjects in the Science, Mathematics & Education stream in the common entry Science course.
Students study the modules required for the Biology, Mathematics & Education in first year and will study modules for a minimum of two degree subjects in second year. Students interested in Science, Mathematics & Education degree subjects also have the choice to pursue the modules required for degree subjects in other streams within the common entry Science course. At the end of second year, students choose their degree major. This is a sample pathway for Biology, Mathematics & Education.
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After graduating with their BSc, students proceed to the MSc in Mathematics & Science Education.
Placements are integrated into this 5-year course from first year, with all undergraduate placements arranged for you. Care is taken to gradually introduce you to school placements, to enable you to build your knowledge and confidence before teaching a class of pupils.
During the last two years of the course, students complete 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.
“UCD’s reputation and wide range of amenities, clubs, and societies initially attracted me. However, my fascination with various scientific disciplines led me to discover the UCD Science course with diverse options in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Education.Motivated by a deep interest in people, pedagogical practices, and the intricacies of mathematical learning, I finalized my subject selection in Biology, Mathematics, and Education. This choice offered an all-encompassing STEM education experience, where the theoretical knowledge acquired during lectures served as the bedrock for implementing effective teaching methodologies. This pathway includes two-yearlong placements, and these significantly contributed to the development of my identity as a Mathematics and Science educator.”
Ciara Cunningham, Student
Assistant Professor Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabhàin
UUCD School of Mathematics and Statistics
Belfield, Dublin 4