Physics & Mathematics Education

Course Information

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

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

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

Leaving Certificate:

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

Important Advice: We recommend that all students in Physics & Mathematics Education should have a minimum Grade H4 in Leaving Certificate Higher Level Mathematics, or equivalent.

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Why is this course for me?

If you are interested in physics and 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 physics and mathematics, along with education, in an integrated manner. In third year, you’ll gain teaching experience by completing placements (which we find for you) in a post-primary school and as a thirdlevel tutor.

The four-year BSc in Physics, 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 physics and mathematics to Higher Level Leaving Certificate Level and Science to Junior 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. In particular, 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 Physics & Mathematics Education.

First Year

  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Education
  • Biology & Chemistry
  • Elective modules

Second Year

  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Education
  • Elective modules

Third Year

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

Fourth Year

  • Education
  • School Placement
  • Physics & Mathematics

Fifth Year

  • Education
  • School Placement

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Testimonial

“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, Lecturer