Mathematics

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.

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Why is this course for me?

Mathematics is a basic tool in all scientific subjects, economics, engineering, geography, computer science, banking, business, statistics, social science and in many other fields. In the past 100 years the growth of mathematics has been spectacular, stimulated not only by the needs of science, technology and commerce, but also by the intellectual challenges provided by the discipline itself. The subject possesses a very large collection of problems – many still unresolved – that require highly challenging investigation and great ingenuity.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Each year sees new applications of sophisticated mathematical models and procedures, using computers, in insurance and actuarial services, the stock market, banking and industry. Employers in all of these areas seek mathematics graduates. Our recent graduates have found work in diverse areas including:

  • Actuarial science
  • Banking and financial services
  • Civil service executive and administrative grades
  • Coding and cryptography companies
  • IT industry
  • Meteorology

Graduate opportunities for Mathematics graduates include MSc programmes in Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences, as well as PhDs, in Ireland and abroad, leading to research in universities, research institutes or the industrial world.

What Will I Study

This is a sample pathway for a degree in Mathematics. Topics include linear algebra and geometry, differential and integral calculus, graphs and networks, theory of games, field theory, metric spaces, differential geometry and functional analysis.

First Year

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

Second Year

  • Mathematics
  • + 1 Other Science Subject
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Mathematics
  • Elective modules

Fourth Year

  • 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.

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First Year
Second Year
Third & Fourth Year

International Study Opportunities

Students can apply to study for a semester or year in third year in one of approximately 20 universities worldwide including:

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

Testimonial

“In secondary school I loved maths, however University-level maths has a reputation for being unthinkably difficult, and I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able for it. However, I’ve found that, although hard work is essential, University Maths certainly is doable. Moreover, it’s engaging. There’s a great deal more to maths than you ever see in secondary school! The more maths you study, the more interesting it becomes, and some of the courses are really fascinating. Maths requires a lot of critical thinking and rigorous understanding, and the lecturers in UCD encourage this. They are very good at transmitting their enthusiasm to the students. What’s really great is that the maths lecturers are approachable, and keen to answer any questions you may have.”

Caitríona Byrne, Student