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Mathematics (MSc & HDipAppSc)
College of Science
MSc: this one-year taught masters in mathematics introduces students to advanced topics and concepts. Although it prepares students for advanced research degrees, graduates are also in demand in the financial and semi-state sectors.
The programme content is dynamic and research-led. Each year, a distinct theme is selected, and designed to offer an insight into new and emerging areas of research mathematics. Details of the theme for 2012-13 will be posted to the School's website.
HDipAppSc: A diploma in Mathematics bridges the gap between a four-year mathematics programme, and one that has a substantial mathematical component, but that is not to the same level as an honours degree. It opens opportunities to taught and research Masters programmes, as well as the many career options open to Mathematics graduates.
Participating students are given the opportunity to develop their skills in different areas of mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, and mathematical modelling by taking advanced level courses. They study five courses each semester chosen from a catalogue of appropriate courses. They also undertake a supervised project working in close collaboration with an academic member of staff during which they are trained in various research techniques and gain an insight into some current area of Applied Mathematics research.
At the end of this programme successful students will have an equivalent level of knowledge and experience as a student who has completed a BSc (Applied Mathematics).
MSc: Candidates for this programme must have achieved a second class honours degree or better in Mathematics at degree level or the equivalent as determined by the College of Science.
HDip: The entry requirements are a distinction or commendation in a primary degree in Mathematics or Applied Mathematical Science at General degree level (NQAI Level 7), or an equivalent to be determined by the College of Science.
1 year, full-time
Next start date: September 2015
ECTS weighting: 90 (MSc) | 60 (HDip)
Average intake: 20 (MSc) | 15 (HDip)
Closing date: 31 July 2015
HDipAppSc: Students take a broad range of courses in Algebra, Analysis, Topology, Numerical Analysis, and Statistics. In addition, each student completes a project, supervised by an academic member of staff.
MSc: Students take four courses per semester. Throughout the year, students work on a minor dissertation on a topic of current interest, during which they receive training in modern research techniques, as well as developing presentation and report-writing skills. The School offers a lively environment for studying a Masters. There are several weekly research seminars on topics in various areas of mathematics. Students are also encouraged to participate in the workshops hosted by the School’s de Brún Centre for Computational Algebra.
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Requirements and assessment
HDipAppSc: examination and project work.
MSc: examination (80%) and minor dissertation (20%).
HDipAppSc: Recent graduates have found employment in the education sector, the financial and actuarial industries, as well as pursuing Masters and PhD degrees in Mathematics.
MSc: there is a strong demand for graduates with mathematical skills, and the ability to apply these skills, in financial institutions, business firms and semi-state bodies.
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One-year masters in Mathematics
"...While my engineering background meant that I had strong practical applied mathematical training this is now complemented greatly by the abstract nature of many of the courses in the graduate programme. The programme is stimulating me towards a career in academia but the entire programme is also an ideal training ground for a career in industry...."