Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics and Education)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

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Mathematics and Education

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Studying Mathematics and Education

Course overview

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.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.  A HC3 or OA2 in Mathematics is also a requirement.

Additional requirements

For Leaving Certificate: A HC3 or OA2 in Mathematics is also a requirement.
For A-Levels: Grade C in A-Level Mathematics or Grade A at O-Level
Students must satisfy Garda/Police vetting requirements

Duration: 4 years

Next start date: September 2015

Entry points(2014): 405

A Level Grades (2014): AAA or equivalent combination

Average intake: 25

Course outline

Year 1

  • History and Structure of Irish Education
  • Principles of Second-Level Mathematics
  • Introduction to Educational Sciences
  • Practical Teaching Programme
  • Algebra and Analysis I and II
  • Skills of Applied Mathematics

Year 2

  • Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • Mathematics Methodology and Skills of Teaching
  • Practical Teaching Programme
  • Applied Mathematics: Mechanics I
  • Analysis I
  • Probability
  • Linear Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Statistics

Year 3

  • Curriculum and Assessment
  • Practical Teaching Programme
  • Professional Studies: Integrated Project
  • Psychology, Sociology and Catering for Diversity
  • Research Literacies for Professional Development & Lifelong Learning
  • Applied Mathematics: Mathematical Modelling I
  • Group Theory
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics: Mechanics II
  • Complex Analysis
  • One Mathematics Elective


Year 4

  • Practical Teaching Programme
  • Final-Year Symposium
  • Final Year Project in Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics: Non-linear Systems
  • Further Options: Three Mathematics Electives
  • Electives: Topology; Advanced Statistical Methods for Business; Functional Analysis; Field Theory; Cryptography; Groups II; History of Mathematics; Numerical Analysis II; Mathematical Modeling II


Further education

Higher degrees at either the masters or doctorate level in maths or education.

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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €5,822 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €2,598 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student contribution: €3,000 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €12,750 p.a. 2015/16

EU Fees 2015/16:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Current Students

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"