Mathematics Arts BA (Hons)

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Course Code: CK101, CK108

Course Title: Arts

Subject Title: Mathematics

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences


Duration: 3 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BA (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

2017 Entry Requirements: Refer to CK101

Entry Points: CK101: 345 in 2014. Points may vary year to year.


The BA in Mathematics covers concepts and techniques of modern and classical mathematics and will develop your mathematical knowledge and ability to a level that is highly valued by employers.

This degree course is an option in the BA Arts (Honours) and provides good preparation for teaching at all levels. It can provide a route to careers in accountancy, actuary, administration, the civil service, management, consultancy, investment banking, meteorology, teaching or statistics.

Course Details

While consolidating concepts and skills you have acquired in school, you will also develop a deeper, more extensive and sophisticated view of the topics involved.

Year 1
You will review Leaving Certificate mathematics, with an emphasis on understanding, and build on this. The topics covered in this year are calculus, analysis, linear algebra and abstract algebra.

Year 2
You will study the theoretical underpinning of integration and differentiation in one and more variables, solve differential equations, and solve real-life problems using graphs and other discrete mathematics techniques. You will experiment with using computer software in problem solving.

Year 3 
These topics will be developed further and you will also study other topics in analysis, algebra and geometry.

See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on modules.

Detailed Entry Requirements

Refer to CK101 but applicants also require a H3 in H level Mathematics .

Application Procedure

Refer to CK101. Students choose Arts subjects when registering for Year 1.

Course Practicalities

Most modules consist of 2-3 lectures per week, together with exercise sheets that you work through with support from a tutor in a weekly tutorial.

In Year 1 you will have on average five hours of lectures per week, and three tutorials.

In Years 2 and 3 you will spend either one half or one third of your time doing mathematics, taking either four or six modules in each year. Each module has two hours of lectures and a one-hour tutorial each week over the course of a 12-week semester.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have written examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment including in-class tests, take-home problems etc.

Lecturers take care to give you as much feedback on your progress as possible.

Further Contact Information

E: School of Mathematical Sciences:

P: +353 21 420 5818


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