Applied Mathematics and Physics BSc (Hons)

Fact File

Course Code: CK407, CK408

Course Title: Applied Mathematics and Physics

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science

Applied Mathematics and Physics

Duration: 4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BSc (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: The State will pay the tuition fees for full-time EU 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 CK407 and CK408


BSc Applied Mathematics and Physics focuses on a) analytical and logical thinking in the application of mathematics and b) intuitive and analytical understanding of theoretical and experimental physics. 

Offered jointly between the Department of Physics and the School of Mathematical Sciences, the course provides a grounding in both disciplines. It combines strong practical and theoretical elements.

Applied mathematics and physics are genuinely complementary disciplines. Physical intuition provides a useful insight into the formulation and solution of equations. Rigorous mathematical thought and ideas provide a fundamental interpretation and insightful understanding of the phenomena.

Both subjects underpin much of modern technology, tackling problems that are as pressing and diverse as the development of new energy sources, safer medical diagnostics, and ever-smaller and faster devices for electronics and telecommunications. 

Course Details

Entry to this degree is through CK407 or CK408

First Year will provide you with a broad foundation in Mathematical sciences (CK407) or Physics and Astrophysics (CK408)

This course consists of an equal combination of modules from both Applied Mathematics and Physics, covering a broad range of topics, including theoretical, numerical, computational and experimental work.

Physics concentrates on understanding the basic laws of nature and how they can be applied to explain a wide variety of physical phenomena. Physicists use a combination of theoretical and experimental methods, so training in both of these is an integral part of our Physics course.

Applied Mathematics is closely associated with mathematical modelling, which is widely recognised as the key universal tool of science and engineering. Models are used to describe and predict physical phenomena and other processes in society, spanning from economics to ecology and from medicine to meteorology. Successful mathematical modelling requires the applied mathematician to master many skills such as an understanding of physical phenomena, the construction of model equations, the ability to solve equations and the capacity for model evaluation.

Year 1

Refer to CK407 and CK408

Year 2 Modules:

Astrophysics and Special Relativity;  C/C++ Programming with Applications;  Classical Mechanics;  Computer Modelling and Numerical Techniques;

Electrostatics and Magnetostatics;  Experimental Physics;  Fourier Methods;  Mathematical Experiementation and Chaos;  Mathematical Modelling;

Multivariable Calculus;  Quantum Physics;  Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

Year 3 Modules:


Computational Techniques;  Electromagnetism;  Experimental Physics;  Fluid Mechanics;  Nonlinear Dynamics and Control;  Optimisation and the Calculus of Variations;

Optics;  Partial Differential Equations with Applications;  Quantum Mechanics;  Statistical Thermodynamics;  Vector and Tensor Methods 


Nuclear and Particle Physics;  Observational Astrophysics

Year 4 Modules:


Applied Stochastic Differential Equations;  Fluid Mechanics;  Partial Differential Equations with Applications;  Perturbation and Asymptotic Methods;

Projects in Applied Mathematics and Physics


Condensed Matter Physics;  Nuclear and Particle Physics;  Observational Astrophysics;  Advanced Mechanics;  Advanced Quantum Mechanics;

Advanced Electromagnetism;  Atomic and Molecular Physics;  Quantum Field Theory;  Introduction to Plasma Physics;  Lasers and Photonics;

Computational Physics;  Stars and the Insterstellar Medium;  Galactic and Extragalactic Astrophysics;  Experimental Physics;  Quantum Optics;

Physics of Semiconductor Devices

Check the Book of Modules for Applied Mathematics and for Physics for further information on modules in this programme.

Detailed Entry Requirements

Refer to Detailed Entry Requirements for CK407 and CK408.

Application Procedure

Refer to detailed Application Procedure for CK407Mathematical Sciencesand CK408.

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture hours: In a typical year, you will study 12 modules. This equates to 12 lecture hours per week on average.

Expected lab/practical hours: In a typical year, you will have 6-9 tutorial or laboratory hours per week on average. Modules in applied mathematics which involve significant use of the computer have associated laboratory practicals. The School of Mathematical Sciences has dedicated, well-equipped computer laboratories for this purpose. Certain physics modules are based entirely on practical laboratory work and the Physics Department has dedicated teaching laboratories as well as state-of-the-art research laboratories available.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment.

Who Teaches This Course

Staff across the disciplines of physics, applied mathematics, mathematics and statistics teach modules in this course, putting a wide breadth of physical and mathematical knowledge and research experience at your disposal. This is evidenced by the high level and the wide range of final-year undergraduate research projects offered.

Further Contact Information

E: School of Mathematical Sciences:

P: +353 21 420 5818


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