Physics, 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 Recommendations

We recommend that all students in Physics, 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 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. 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 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

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First – Second Year

Third – Forth Year


“The Science DN200 course was a perfect option for me as it allowed me to study all the sciences in first year, before concentrating on my chosen pathway of Physics, Maths & Education. I plan to further my studies to MSc level, where I hope to qualify as a post-primary education teacher. Such is the flexibility of this course, however, that many other options are still available to me in both Maths and Physics. UCD offers many opportunities for students to get involved. I have been a member of UCD GAA club since first year and play with the Men’s Gaelic Football Team. It is a good way of getting a break from time spent studying.”

Jim Rossiter Student

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