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Mathematical Sciences (Single Honours) BSc (Hons)

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Course Code: CK407

Course Title: Mathematical Sciences (Single Honours)

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science

Mathematical Sciences (Single Honours)

Duration: 4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BSc (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: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes. Special Entry Requirement: H3 in Mathematics.

Entry Points: 2017: 565

Overview

BSc Mathematical Sciences is an ideal broadly-based degree course for students who wish to develop their mathematical knowledge and ability to a level that is highly valued by employers.

Our students enjoy mathematics, were good at mathematics in school and want to make significant use of their mathematical skills in their careers. This course will help you to capitalise on your interest in mathematics by completing a strongly numerate degree.

You will study a wide range of topics across mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics, concentrating on the areas you like most, without becoming unduly specialised. 

You don’t need to have studied Applied Mathematics for Leaving Certificate, though naturally this would be an advantage.

Course Details

You will study modules in mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics, with significant choice of topics, especially in Years 3 and 4.

In Year 1 you will both review much of what you learned in Leaving Certificate mathematics, with an emphasis on understanding, and build on this.

Each year, you will encounter new areas in the mathematical sciences, from modules in theoretical aspects of mathematics to its practical applications, the balance depending on your emerging interests.

You will learn programming skills in a mathematical context, will gain experience of working in groups, and you will learn written and oral exposition skills, not least through your final-year research projects or through your work in statistical consultancy. 

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Detailed Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate entry requirements:

H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Special Entry Requirements: H3 in Mathematics.  Students presenting with a 2016 (or previous) Leaving Certificate must present with a HB3 in Mathematics.

Mature students: Applicants should apply directly to CAO, include a statement of interest and may be called for interview. Applicants must have studied Maths at second level or QQI/FETAC level or demonstrate involvement with Maths related areas.  Approximately three places are available for mature students.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry. 

Course Practicalities

In a typical year you will study 12 modules, each worth 5-credits, which leads to 12 lecture hours and 6 tutorials hours per week on average.

Most courses consist of two lectures per week, together with exercise sheets that you work through with support from a tutor in a weekly tutorial.

Modules which involve significant use of the computer will have associated laboratory practicals. Some modules incorporate practical laboratories and for these the students may be required to purchase basic safely items such as a laboratory coat or goggles. Other modules may require the purchase of a kit of components.

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Assessment

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

The remaining marks for a module are allocated based on an end-of-semester or end-of-year written examination.

Some modules, project modules for example, are examined wholly by continuous assessment.

Who Teaches This Course

Staff across the disciplines of mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics teach modules on this course, which is one of the top two degrees offered by the School of Mathematical Sciences, thereby putting a wide breadth of mathematical knowledge and research experience at your disposal. This is evidenced by the high level and the wide range of final-year undergraduate projects which we offer.

Further Contact Information

E: School of Mathematical Sciences: sms@ucc.ie

P: +353 21 420 5818

W: http://www.ucc.ie/en/matsci/

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