We are the centre for research and education in the mathematical sciences at NUI Galway.

We offer the following degree programmes: B.Sc. in Mathematical Science, B.Sc in Financial Mathematics & Economics, B.A. in Mathematics & Education, B.Sc. degrees in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and/or Computer Science via the Science programme, and a B.A. degree in mathematics with another (humanities or social sciences) subject via Arts. We also run one-year course-based Masters programmes in Mathematics, in Biomedical Genomics and in Computational Genomics.

In a typical year we teach over 2,000 individual students across the University, in a supportive and inclusive learning environment. We are home to the SUMS (Support for Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics) Centre, which provides tutorial support on an informal drop-in basis. Approximately 100 students graduate annually from NUI Galway with a primary degree in the mathematical sciences. The skills and knowledge that they have developed are highly valued by employers, and they have diverse and promising career opportunities.

We conduct high calibre research in mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and bioinformatics, publishing over 100 articles in the international research literature in a typical year. More than 20 students have completed PhD degrees in the School in the last three years.

The School is involved in many local and regional communication and outreach activities, and welcomes visits from potential future NUI Galway students through its TY Friday and mathematical enrichment programmes.

Our School is the only one on campus to have won awards in each of the three President’s Excellence Award schemes: for Teaching, Research and Support Service Excellence. You can find out more about us at the links below.

Dr Rachel Quinlan, Head of School.


The School offers three denominated degree programmes:  BSc in Financial Mathematics & Economics, BSc in Mathematical Science and BA in Mathematics & Education. ‌There are also undenominated degree pathways in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Computer Science for students in the Colleges of Science and Arts. 

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Teaching and Learning

The school has a longstanding commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching. Individual school members have been awarded four President's teaching awards and have been nominated for many more. The school offers modules and programmes in many diverse areas of mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and bioinformatics. Many of our graduates have provided testimonials to our teaching and courses and they enjoy an excellent record of success in employment. 


Prospective students can choose from taught postgraduate programmes such as the MA or MSc in Mathematics, or HDip in Applied Mathematics or in Mathematics. They can also embark on a postgraduate degree by research, such as MSc or PhD in Applied Mathematics, Bioinformatics, Mathematics or Statistics.

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International Students

The school attracts students from all over the world. There are Brazilian students visiting for a year under the "Science Without Borders" programme, students coming under one of our exchange programmes with universities such as Hong Kong University of Science an Technology, University of California and John Carroll University, as well as many other visitors.  

Our MSc and PhD programmes also boast a very high proportion of international students.


The School maintains a strong research profile through publications, recruitment and training of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, a weekly seminar series and conference hosting. It has productive links with centres all over the world, supported by funding from Irish and international sources. 

Research activity is focused via three Research Clusters:

The de Brún Centre for Mathematics  

The Stokes Applied Mathematics Cluster 

The Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Cluster

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Community Engagement

The School of Maths is keen to share its enthusiasm for all things mathematical with the wider community. In particular, all pupils from the West of Ireland are welcome to participate in our TY Friday or Mathematics Enrichment programmes, or in our MathsWeek activities. We also regularly propose interactive workshops and talks to schools and large events such as NUI Galway's Open Days or the Science & Technology Festival.

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