UCC Postgraduate courses

Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing

  • Code

    CKR36 Full-time; CKR37 Part-time

  • College

    Science, Engineering and Food Science

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2018

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2018


  • Entry Requirements

    A 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a numerate discipline (i.e., science or engineering) See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Programme not on offer in 2018/2019

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15th June

  • Course Delivery Method


  • Start Date

    Programme not on offer in 2018/2019

Course Outline

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.

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)

Additional Teaching Mode Information

This programme will be taught online.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please 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. 

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.

Why Choose This Course

As one of the first programmes to go fully online this MSc reflects a philosophy of cutting edge teaching methods and pragmatism. As an online programme the course is extremely flexible and designed to fit around a busy lifestyle or can be combined with full-time employment. As well as providing you with a host of abilities which are in demand in industry, this MSc provides skills which are complementary to most scientific and engineering undergraduate courses. The MSc not only opens up new possibilities, you also gain a set of skills that sets you apart from the crowd in your original field of study. The final project is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your abilities to future employers or to undertake a detailed study in a new area of interest. The course is extremely flexible in helping you realise your ambitions

Skills and Careers Information

Quantitative graduates with software skills are in high demand in industry according to the Governments Expert Group on Future Skills Needs. Demand for these skills is project to rise over the coming years not just in Ireland but in the EU and globally. Graduates have recently secured jobs in the following areas: banking, financial trading, consultancy, online gambling firms, software development, logistics, data analysis and with companies such as AIB, McAfee, Fexco, DeCare Systems, MpStor, the Tyndall Institute, Matchbook.com, First Derivatives and KPMG.


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. 

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. 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 requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €7,000.

Part-time students:

If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,000.

The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study


Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Postgraduate Fees Schedule is available here

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Irish/EU Closing Date Rounds

Irish/EU places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here


The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

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