Mathematical Science

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN200 MPG
CAO Points Range 2016: 510 - 625
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 402

Leaving Certificate:

Passes in six subjects including English, Irish, Mathematics (Min O3/H6 in LC or equivalent), one laboratory science subject (Min O3/H6 in LC or equivalent.) Applied Mathematics or Geography may be used instead of a laboratory science subject) & two other recognised subjects.

You must obtain a minimum of Grade H5 in two subjects and a minimum of Grade O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects.

Special Entry Recommendations: We recommend that all students in Mathematics should have a minimum Grade H3 in Leaving Certificate Higher Level Mathematics or equivalent.

Click below for equivalent entry requirements information for:

Why is this course for me?

If you enjoy Mathematics or have an aptitude for logical thinking, UCD’s four-year degree in Mathematical Science is an ideal choice for you. Set up in response to the demands of business and industry for people trained in analytical thinking, it’s a highly respected and fully flexible degree. You will learn the accurate and concise language of Mathematics that underpins many of the technological advances of the modern world and how to model mathematically a wide variety of real-world problems and present your solutions clearly.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

There is a high demand for Mathematical Science graduates in communications and information technology, coding and cryptography, education, finance and banking, government statistics, healthcare, mathematical and statistical modelling, meteorology and climate research, pharmaceutical research, software design, statistical and agricultural research and the civil service.

With a Mathematical Science degree, you’ll be well equipped to pursue research at MSc or PhD level in disciplines including actuarial science, applied mathematics, bio-mathematics, climate science, coding and cryptography, computational science, financial mathematics, mathematics, meteorology and statistics.

What Will I Study

This is a sample pathway for a degree in Mathematical Science. Topics include statistical modelling, probability theory, computational science, cryptography, financial mathematics and actuarial statistics.

First Year

  • Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Applied and Computational Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Elective modules

Second Year

  • Mathematical Science (including Statistics, Mathematics and Applied and Computational Mathematics)
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Applied and Computational Mathematics
  • Elective modules

Fourth Year

  • Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Applied and Computational Mathematics

All Science courses are full time, with many student timetables running from 9.00am to 5.00pm or later. Depending on the subject choices, a weekly timetable can include lectures, practicals and tutorials.

Assessment varies with each module but may comprise continuous assessment of practicals, written exams and online learning activities.

For detailed information on subject content click the relevant link below:
First Year
Second Year
Third & Fourth Year

International Study Opportunities

Students may apply to study abroad for a semester or year in third year in a range of worldwide universities. Potential universities include:

  • University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • University of California, USA
  • University of Perugia, Italy
  • University of Konstanz, Germany

Testimonial

“I knew I wanted to study a mathematically based degree in university so I kept my options open and started a BSc Science degree in UCD. The flexibility of this programme was a big attraction, with the range of modules I could take in pure Maths, Applied Maths and Statistics key in making me choose UCD Science. During my first two years I realised I really enjoyed Theoretical Maths, Applied Maths and Statistics and I’m now studying towards a BSc Mathematical Science degree. The degree offers a range of theoretical and applied modules, with lots of hands-on data analysis using computer software, and some computer programming. I hope to find a job in Statistics where I can apply my statistical, data modelling skills and my applied maths modelling skills.”

Conor Cronin, Student