About This Course
Mathematical Sciences (Single Honours)
EU State Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,165. See Fees and Costs for full details.
2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; H3 in Maths. See Requirements for full details.
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. There is a significant choice of courses, especially in Years 3 and 4.
You don’t need to have studied Applied Mathematics for Leaving Certificate, though naturally this would be an advantage.
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.
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.
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.
Why Choose This Course
- You will enter the jobs market with a top class numerate degree from one of the strongest Mathematical Sciences departments in the country.
- The emphasis on developing problem solving skills across a range of disciplines is highly regarded by employers.
- Our students have an excellent track record in both career development following graduation and in postgraduate study.
- We have strong links with local, national and international companies, as well as a strong international reputation in research which will add value to your degree.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
The course does not include any formal placement module, but you are encouraged to seek a summer internship at the end of Year 3. Staff in the School of Mathematical Sciences are willing and able to advise you in sourcing a suitable position through well-established contacts with companies in Ireland.
Skills and Careers Information
As a graduate, you will have the technical and numeracy skills, as well as desirable soft skills, such as oral and written presentation skills and team work experience, which prepare you for a range of employment opportunities.
A mathematical science degree will be seen by employers as evidence that you are able to think independently and quickly learn new skills.
Career paths of recent graduates include:
- management consultancy
- options trading
- scientific research
- pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries
- engineering-based industries such as electronics.
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:
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 for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.
For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.
Mature Students Requirements
Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details.
Fees and Costs
The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge was €3,000 and the Capitation Fee was €165. Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees.
The 2017/2018 Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.
How Do I Apply
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.
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.
Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.
**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these 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 term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments.