(Online) Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing MSc

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Course Code: CKR36 Full-time; CKR37 Part-time

Course Title: Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing Online Course

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science

Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing

Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

Course Delivery Method*: Online

Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time

This programme will be taught online.

Qualifications: MSc

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €7,000. The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee full-time: €18,000

2017 Entry Requirements: You must have obtained at least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a numerate discipline (i.e., science or engineering)

Closing Date: Programme not on offer in 2017/2018

Next Intake: Programme not on offer in 2017/2018


The primary aim of this course is to educate you to MSc level in the theoretical and practical aspects of mathematical problem solving, mathematical model development, creating software solutions and communication of results.

This course provides training in the use and development of reliable numerical methods and corresponding software. It aims to train graduates with a mathematical background to develop and apply their skills to the solution of real problems. It covers the underlying mathematical ideas and techniques and the use and design of mathematical software. Several application areas are examined in detail. It develops skills in mathematical problem-solving, scientific computing, and technical communication.

Training is also provided in general computing skills, mathematical typsetting, mathematical writing, desktop and web-based mathematical software development, and the use of computer languages and packages including Mathematica, parallel computing, C#, 3D graphics and animation, and visualisation.

The MSc is now available fully online and can be taken over 12 months full time or 24 months part time.

Course Details

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • use the description of a real world problem to develop a reasonable mathematical model in consultation with the scientific literature and possibly experts in the area
  • carry out appropriate mathematical analysis
  • select or develop an appropriate numerical method and write a computer programme which gives access to a sensible solution to the problem
  • present and interpret these results for a potential client or a non-technical audience

Modules (90 credits):

Module descriptions

AM6001 Introduction to Mathematica (5 credits)

AM6002 Numerical Analysis with Mathematica (5 credits)

AM6003 Cellular Automata (5 credits)

AM6004 Applied Nonlinear Analysis (Computational Aspects) (5 credits)

AM6005 Modelling of Systems with Strong Nonlinearities (5 credits)

AM6006 Mathematical Modelling of Biological Systems with Differential Equations (5 credits)

AM6007 Object Oriented Programming with Numerical Examples (10 credits)

AM6008 Developing Windowed Applications and Web-based Development for Scientific Applications (5 credits)

AM6009 3D Computer Graphics and Animation for Scientific Visualisation (5 credits)

AM6010 Topics in Applied Mathematical Modelling (5 credits)

AM6011 Advanced Mathematical Models and Parallel Computing with Mathematica (5 credits)

AM6012 Minor Dissertation (30 credits)

Detailed Entry Requirements

You must have obtained at least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a numerate discipline (i.e., science or engineering).

Candidates from Grandes Écoles Colleges are also eligible to apply if they are studying a cognate discipline in an ENSEA or EFREI Graduate School and are eligible to enter the final year (M2) of their programme

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.


Course Practicalities

The course places great emphasis on hands-on practical skills. There is a computer laboratory allocated solely for the use of MSc students. PCs are preloaded with all the required software and tools. Online students are expected to have a suitable PC or laptop available; all required software is provided for installation to faciliate course work. Online teaching hours, involving lecturers, tutorials and practical demonstrations, usually take place in the morninbg.  The rest of the time, you are expected to do exercises, assignments and generally put in the time required to acquire key skills.


Continuous assessment is the primary method of examining. In each module, typically 40% of the marks are available for take-home assignments and the remaining 60% of marks are examined by a practical computer-based examination. Final projects are read and examined by at least two members of staff.

For more information, please see the Book of Modules 2012/2013

Who Teaches This Course

The staff of the Applied Mathematics Department teach the MSc. All staff hold PhDs and publish their research in international journals. Many also have industrial experience in the development of mathematical software. Outside experts from industry may also contribute to teaching. We also have a unique collaboration with the University of Montana and module AM6006 is collaboratively delivered by distance methods.

Contact us

E: Dr Kieran Mulchrone

P: + 353 21 420 5822
W: Website

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