Mathematical Studies Arts BA (Hons)

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Course Code: Subject available through multiple programmes

Course Title: Arts

Subject Title: Mathematical Studies

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.

Entry Requirements: Refer to CK101


This course in the theory and practice of mathematics is specially designed for students in the CACSSS who want to further develop their interest in mathematics. It can also provide a route into teaching mathematics at second-level. 

The BA in Mathematical Studies is an option in the BA Arts (Honours) degree and complements other numerically based options in the BA Arts degree, for example Economics or Geography.

Course Details

You will develop the theoretical underpinning of the mathematics you studied at school, while also developing applications of Mathematics to problems in the wider world. Throughout the degree you will learn written and oral presentation skills, for example, how to present a logic argument, perhaps backed up by numerical data. 

Year 1 Modules:

Three modules will consolidate what you will have learnt in school and provide the building blocks for the rest of the degree:

  • calculus
  • linear algebra
  • statistics 

Year 2 Modules:

You will build on this foundation, with modules chosen from the following:

  • discrete mathematics
  • dynamical systems
  • further calculus
  • applications of abstract algebra
  • geometry
  • data analytics and other applications of statistics
  • mechanics

Year 3 Modules:

You will develop these topics further, again with a mixture of theory and applications. Modules include:

  • differential equations and mathematical modelling
  • further statistics
  • transformation geometry
  • number theory and further abstract algebra
  • financial mathematics
  • analysis

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

Application Procedure

Refer to CK101. Students choose Arts subjects when registering for first year.

Course Practicalities

Year 1: You will spend one quarter of your time doing Mathematical Studies, with three hours of lectures per week, and a tutorial.

Years 2 and 3: You will spend either one half or one third of your time doing Mathematical Studies, 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. Problems will be assigned in the lectures for you to prepare for discussion in the tutorials.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal 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.

Who Teaches This Course

The modules are taught by members of the School of Mathematical Sciences.

Further Contact Information

E: School of Mathematical Sciences:

P: +353 21 420 5818


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