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Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics and Education)
The BA in Mathematics and Education is a four-year, fulltime honours degree programme which incorporates a teacher training qualification and opportunities for practical teaching experience throughout the four years of its duration. Graduates of the programme will be qualified mathematicians and will be recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland as qualified postprimary teachers of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. The programme is jointly run by the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics and the School of Education of NUI Galway. It has been created as a response to the growing need for excellent Mathematics teachers in Irish post-primary schools as well as a general need for qualified mathematicians.
Applications and Selections
Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, and another language, and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. Additional requirements: Minimum H5 or 01 in Mathematics.
Students must satisfy Garda/Police vetting requirements
Next start date
A Level Grades (2021)
QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes
Mode of study
- History and Structure of Irish Education
- Principles of Second-Level Mathematics
- Introduction to Educational Sciences
- Practical Teaching Programme 1 (work placement component)
- Algebra and Analysis I and II
- Skills of Mathematics
- Introduction to Applied Mathematics I and II
- Skills of Applied Mathematics
- Philosophical Foundations of Education
- Mathematics Methodology and Skills of Teaching
- Practical Teaching Programme II (work placement component)
- Mechanics I
- Differential Forms
- Probability and Statistics
- Linear Algebra
- Curriculum and Assessment
- Practical Teaching Programme III (work placement component)
- Professional Studies: Integrated Project
- Psychology, Sociology and Catering for Diversity
- Research Literacies for Professional
- Development and Lifelong Learning
- Mathematical Modelling I
- Discrete Mathematics
- Mechanics II
- Complex Analysis
- One Mathematics elective
- Block Teaching Practice (work placement component)
- Practical Teaching Programme: Integrated Project
- Final-Year Symposium
- Final Year Project in Mathematics plus four
- Mathematics electives OR six Mathematics electives
- Mathematics electives may include: Metric Spaces; Measure Theory; Applied Statistics; Topology; Advanced Statistical Methods for Business; Functional Analysis; Ring Theory; Fields and Applications; Cryptography; Advanced Group Theory; Mathematical Molecular Biology; Networks; Numerical Analysis; Mathematical
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Higher degrees at either the masters or doctorate level in maths or education.
Why Choose This Course?
Graduates will have excellent opportunities to become Mathematics and Applied Mathematics teachers. But prospects are not limited to teaching. Mathematics graduates are in short supply and are regarded as being integral to Ireland’s economic recovery and development in future years. They have a wide range of career options, including IT, finance, actuarial work and academia. In addition, graduates will also have a wide range of educational careers open to them in the further and higher education sectors.
Who’s Suited to This Course
The BA (Mathematics and Education) has links with teacher training institutions throughout Europe, and there may be opportunities for students of the programme to spend time studying abroad. For example, as part of their studies, students have in the past participated in a two-week Erasmus Intensive Programme at the University College of Teacher Education/Viktor Frankl Hochschule, in Klagenfurt, Austria.
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Fees: Student Contribution
Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
*EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy
Student Levy: €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI. Further detail here https://su.nuigalway.ie/
What Our Students Say
Nichola Leonard | Year Two, BA (Mathematics and Education)
At first I was a little apprehensive about taking this course especially when I learned that we would have to study applied maths, but surprisingly I actually enjoyed this element of the course along with the maths and education. The lecturers are very approachable and I would encourage anyone who is doing this course to ask questions if they are having difficulties. They will help you also to avail of the new support sums centre.