UCC Undergraduate courses

Arts - Applied Mathematics

About This Course

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Course Outline

Applied Mathematics is the application of mathematics to the modelling and solving of practical, real-world problems. The emphasis throughout this three-year course is on developing and enhancing problem-solving skills.

Areas of applied mathematics taught on the course include:

  • aspects of more classical applied mathematics in the form of elements of mechanics
  • mathematical modelling methods and techniques
  • computer programming language and use of modern sophisticated symbolic software
  • numerical experimentation
  • general mathematical methods
  • elements of the modern areas of chaos and dynamical systems.

The first-year course assumes no previous knowledge of applied mathematics and extensive tutorial support is available throughout.

Year 1 Modules (All 5 Credits):

  • AM1052 Introduction to Mechanics;
  • AM1053 Introduction to Mathematical Modelling;
  • AM1054 Mathematical Software

Note:  Students taking Applied Mathematics in First Arts must also take Mathematics MA1055. Applied Mathematics may not be combined with modules from Mathematical Studies (MS1002, MS1003, MS1004

Year 2 Modules:

Engineering Mechanics with Transform Methods;  Mathematical Modelling;  C/C++ Programming with Applications;  Fourier Methods;  Mathematical Experimentation & Chaos, Multivariable Calculus

Year 3*/4 Modules:

Computer Modelling & Numerical Techniques;  Vector & Tensor Methods;  Optimisation & the Calculus of Variations;  Partial Differential Equations with Applications; Analysis and Control of Non-Linear Systems

Applied Mathematics Literature Review

*BA International students spend Third Year studying in an approved foreign University in a country of the student's major language or subject.  They will return to complete their final year in UCC in Year 4.

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for Applied Mathematics for further details. 

Course Practicalities

Year 1: Three 5-credit modules in Applied Mathematics corresponds to a workload of about 7 lecture hours and 3 hours of tutorials or computer laboratory per week.

Years 2 and 3: Six 5-credit modules per year. Most modules consist of two lectures per week, together with associated homework that is discussed in tutorials.

Modules in applied mathematics that involve significant use of the computer have associated laboratory practicals. The School of Mathematical Sciences has dedicated, well-equipped computer laboratories for this purpose.

Why Choose This Course

Starting college was emotional as I’m the first in my family to go to university so it was a big step for me.

Alan Hayes

3rd Year Social Sciences, Quercus Active Citizenship Scholar.

I realised early in first year that passion and curiosity are all that’s required for success

Sinéad Ní Argáin

2nd Year Mathematical Sciences,
Quercus Creative & Performing Arts Scholar

Applied Mathematics is the application of mathematics to the modelling and solving of practical, real-world problems.

If you have a good feel for puzzles, games and mathematical conundrums, and you’re generally considered to have an aptitude for mathematics and mathematical problems, this is a good indication that Applied Mathematics may be for you.

This subject is at the core of many disciplines, ranging from business, finance and economics, to geography and geology, to all branches of engineering and the sciences.

It is concerned with the definition, formulation, solution and interpretation of developed mathematical models. Being able to effectively communicate about problems and their solutions with those from other related disciplines is essential. Regardless of the career path chosen, today’s employers demand these types of skills and flexibility of approach.

Computers play a central role in Applied Mathematics. Many problems can be solved by making use of computers to perform immense numerical computations far beyond the power of human beings. Numerical computation encompasses scientific programming, the use of sophisticated mathematical software libraries, computer laboratory experiments and numerical analysis. The course content reflects this.

Skills and Careers Information

As a graduate, your technical, practical and numeracy skills, as well as the soft skills you have acquired, such as oral and written presentation skills and the ability to work in teams, will prepare you for a wide range of employment opportunities. 

A degree in Applied Mathematics will be seen by employers as evidence that you are able to think independently and quickly learn new skills.

Recent graduates have embarked on careers in primary and secondary level teaching, in software/computing, in the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries, and in engineering-based industries such as electronics. They have also become management consultants, actuaries, bankers and accountants.


Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade requirement of 2*H5 and 4*O6/H7. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:





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Refer to CK101 and CK108 for other requirements. The first year course in Arts assumes no previous knowledge of Applied Mathematics. 

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements visit our qualification comparison page.

Refer to our International Office page for more information on how to apply to UCC.

Fees and Costs

The State will pay the tuition fees for EU students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. A separate mandatory annual charge called the ‘Student contribution fee' is payable for the costs of student services and examinations. In 2021/22 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €130.

For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.

How Do I Apply

Refer to CK101 and CK108.

EU Applicants: The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the CAO page for further information.

Mature Applicants (age 23 or over): See the CAO Mature Applicants page and the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) page for essential information on the application process for mature students.

QQI FET/FETAC Applicants: See our QQI FET/FETAC Applicants page.

Non-EU Applicants: Non-EU applicants apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page.

All Applicants: Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and are subject to change from year to year. Please check the College Calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

  • In UCC, we use the terms programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments. 

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