Welcome Leaving Certificate Students and Teachers!

Welcome to the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics webpage for Leaving Certificate students and teachers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot facilitate school visits this year, therefore, we have compiled some links which you may find useful while studying for exams. Stay safe and we wish you all success in your exams.

Choose Mathematics at NUI Galway

Here are links to information regarding our mathematics programmes at NUI Galway:

MATHEMATICAL DEGREES IN SCIENCE

BSc Mathematical Science

BSc Mathematical Science

Covers all aspects of Mathematics and its Applications, providing wide range of problem solving skills.

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BSc Financial Maths and Economics

BSc Financial Maths and Economics

Four-year honours degree in Mathematics, Economics and related subjects providing up to three Actuarial exam exemptions.

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Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science

Four-year honours degree, covering all aspects of Mathematics.

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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE PATHWAYS 

Mathematics

Four-year honours degree, where students take Mathematics as one of their first and second year subjects and specialise in Mathematics in their third and fourth years.

WHY MATHEMATICS AT NUI GALWAY?
Mathematics is the language of the logical study of the structure of our world. It has developed from counting, calculating and measurement through the use of abstraction and logical reasoning. It underpins many other disciplines, such as physics, economics and engineering, along with newer areas like molecular biology. In addition to the traditional areas of algebra, calculus and geometry, you will study courses in topology, statistics, numerical analysis, coding theory, real and complex analysis, and probability and number theory.
 
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Studying mathematics will give you the ability to think rationally and to process complex data clearly and accurately. Such skills will prove to be extremely useful to you and will be highly valued by your employer. Recent graduates are pursuing careers in the financial and banking sector, the actuarial profession, information technology (IT) and computing, data science, teaching, and research.
 

Applied Mathematics

Four-year honours degree, where students take Applied Mathematics as one of their first and second year subjects and specialise in Applied Mathematics in their third and fourth years.

WHY APPLIED MATHEMATICS AT NUI GALWAY?

Applied Mathematics uses mathematical tools and models to address real-world problems. It helps to explain and describe what we know and, possibly, to predict what we don’t know about a given set of objects or circumstances. Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway includes courses in advanced mathematical methods, modelling, mechanics, quantum mechanics, dynamical systems, nonlinear elasticity, cosmology and general relativity, electromagnetism, fluid mechanics and numerical analysis, all geared toward inter-disciplinary applications.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Being able to develop mathematical models and apply them in practical settings will prove extremely useful career wise. Graduates have found employment in computer software and hardware companies, in the telecommunications sector, in financial and actuarial institutions, in teaching, and in pursuing research at postgraduate level in Ireland and abroad.
 

Data Science

Four-year honours degree where students take Data Science as one of their first and second year subjects and specialise in Data Science in their third and fourth years.

WHY DATA SCIENCE AT NUI GALWAY?
The 21st Century has brought new challenges in the storage and analysis of information due to the staggering amount of data being generated.  Data Science is the new and exciting interdisciplinary field that has emerged as a consequence of this data revolution.  Such ‘modern’ data come in many new forms from digital images to audio to text.  It is an interdisciplinary subject with courses in statistics, computer science and mathematics involving the study of data, how they are collected, stored, accessed, visualised, modelled and ultimately used to inform decision making by turning data into intelligence.
 
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Data Scientists are in great demand nationally and internationally in all domains where data are collected.  As the application areas for data science are very broad, you can work in a field that sparks your own personal interest such as health care, social science, entertainment, sports, genomics, business, intelligence, security and academia. 
 

Computing

Four-year honours degree where students take Computer Science as one of their first year and second year subjects and specialise in Computing in their third and fourth years.

WHY COMPUTING AT NUI GALWAY?

Computer science is the study of how computers work and how to use them to solve problems. With the advances being made in computer technology, this is an exciting area to be involved in. Computer science typically involves creating mathematical models and implementing these in software. As well as programming skills, it requires an understanding of computational techniques, approximation and numerical methods. You will begin by studying computer programming, computer hardware and software design. You will also study logic and algorithms, operating systems (Windows and Linux), networking and communications, and security and cryptography, and become familiar with commercial scientific software for symbolic and numeric computation.
 
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Many graduates work directly in the information technology (IT) industry, particularly in programming, software development and communications. An increasing number are working in financial services, where their computer programming skills and problem-solving abilities are valued. They are also well placed for careers in areas like education, banking, data science, and the public sector. 

Applied Mathematics and Mathematics

Four-year honours degree, where students take Mathematics and Applied Mathematics in their first and second years and specialise in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics in their third and fourth years.

See the Applied Mathematics pathway and the Mathematics pathway information for further details.

Computing and Mathematics

Four-year honours degree, where students take Computer Science and Mathematics in their first and second years and specialise in Computing and Mathematics in their third and fourth years.

See the Computing pathway and the Mathematics pathway information for further details.

Computing and Mathematical Studies

Four-year honours degree, where students take Computer Science and either the Mathematics MA180 module or the Mathematical Studies MA161 module for scientists in first year.  In subsequent years students take modules from the BA Mathematical Studies programme along with Computing modules.

See the Computing pathway information for further details on Computing.

 

MATHEMATICAL DEGREES IN ARTS

BA Mathematics and Education

BA Mathematics and Education

Four-year honours mathematics degree, incorporating a teaching training qualification with teaching practice.

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BA Mathematics

BA Mathematics

Students graduate with a BA in Mathematics and another subject.

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BA Mathematical Studies

BA Mathematical Studies

Students graduate with a BA in Mathematical Studies and another subject.

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OTHER DEGREES WITH MATHEMATICAL CONTENT

BSc Computer Science and IT

BSc Computer Science and IT

Four-year honours degree run by the School of Information Technology with substantial input from our School.

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BSc Theoretical Physics

BSc Theoretical Physics

Four-year honours degree run by the School of Physics with substantial input from our School.

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BA Education (CS and MS)

BA Education (CS and MS)

Four-year teacher education programme combining Education, Computer Science and Mathematical Studies.

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