Course Overview

HDipAppSc: A higher diploma in Mathematics is a flexible 9-month programme that 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. Students take six modules each semester chosen from a catalogue of appropriate advanced mathematical modules.

MSc: The MSc in Mathematics is a dynamic and research-led one-year programme which covers advanced mathematical topics and includes a substantial project. Apart from taking 60 ECTS worth of advanced modules, throughout the year, students work on a 30 ECTS minor dissertation on a topic of current interest. This provides them with training in modern research techniques, as well as presentation and report-writing skills. The School offers a lively environment. 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 Mathematics.

PDip: This bridges the gap between four-year programmes with a substantial mathematical component, and those that are broader in focus or shorter in duration. It opens opportunities to taught and research Master’s programmes, as well as the many career options available to Mathematics graduates.

Scholarships available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

HDipAppSc: examination and project work.
MSc: Course (two-thirds weight) and minor dissertation(one-third weight).

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Higher diploma students should hold a bachelor’s degree involving at least 35 ECTS of appropriate mathematics or applied mathematics modules or equivalent.

Masters’ students should hold a bachelor’s degree, involving a significant mathematical component at upper second-class honours level.

Additional Requirements


9 months, full-time, HDipAppSc/PDip; 1 year, full-time, MSc

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

20 (MSc/PDip) | 15 (HDipAppSc)

Closing Date

28 July 2021

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting

90 (MSc) | 60 (HDipAppSc, PDip)



Course code

1AL1 (MSc) | 1HA1 (HDipAppSc)

Course Outline

HDipAppSc & PDip: 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.

Module Details for MSc 

Module Details for HDipAppSc & PDip

Research Project
A 30-credit Research Project is completed under the guidance of an academic staff member and submitted in August. The project is an opportunity to explore a particular topic of interest in great depth. You are strongly encouraged to seek out potential supervisors as early in first semester as possible. A full list of School academic staff and their research interests is hereConsult the Course Director, Dr. Tobias Rossmann (E: you need assistance in finding a suitable project supervisor.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

HDipAppSc: Recent graduates have found employment in the education sector and the financial and actuarial industries, and have pursued Master’sand PhD degrees in Mathematics.

MSc: There is a strong demand for graduates with mathematical skills, and the ability to apply them in financial institutions, business firms and semi-state bodies

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,800 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€6,576 p.a. 2021/21

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€16,300 p.a. 2021/22

EU fee for MSc €6,800
MSc [1AL1] EU fee €6,800
HDipAppSc [1HA1] EU fee €6,330 2021/22
For further information on postgraduate funding & scholarship opportunities see here.

Find out More

Dr Tobias Rossmann
T: +353 91 492 043



  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2021

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2021 PDF (11.3MB)