Bachelor of Science (Mathematical Science)

College of Science

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Course overview

This honours degree programme provides students with a solid foundation in Mathematical Science, encompassing all aspects of mathematics and its applications. Students will have the opportunity to specialise in particular areas, for example in mathematics, applied mathematics, financial mathematics, computer science, statistics and bioinformatics.

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 Mathematics – a minimum of HC3 or OA2, Irish, English, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
Grade C in A-Level Mathematics or Grade A at O-Level

Additional requirements

Grade C in A-Level Mathematics or Grade A at O-Level

Duration: 4 years

Next start date: September 2015

Entry points(2014): 490

A Level Grades (2014): A* A* A & b (AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 20

Course outline

Year 1

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics (also available through the medium of Irish)
  • Introduction to Programming and Probability and Statistics
  • One of: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Physics

Year 2

Curriculum core consists of components from the following subjects:

  • Linear Algebra
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Analysis
  • Probability
  • Statistical Inference
  • Mechanics
  • Mathematical Methods

Up to one-third of the second year curriculum can be selected from a list of additional options, some offered from within the School and some options available within other science subjects, subject to first year prerequisites.

Year 3 and 4

  • Selection of specialized subjects from chosen areas of the Mathematical Sciences.
  • Choices are flexible and possibilities include:
    – Metric Spaces
    – Topology
    – Groups
    – Measure Theory
    – Functional Analysis
    – Rings
    – Field Theory
    – Numerical Analysis
    – Applied Statistics
    – Stochastic Processes
    – Annuities & Life Assurance
    – Actuarial Mathematics
    – Life Contingencies
    – Bioinformatics
    – Cryptography
    – Mathematical & Logical aspects of Computing
    – Networking
    – Scientific Computing
    – Object-Orientated Programming
    – Advanced Programming
    – Artificial Intelligence
    – Neural Network
    – Graphics and Image Processing
    – Human Computer Interaction
    – Non-Linear Systems
    – Non-Linear Elasticity
    – Quantum Mechanics
    – Partial Differential Equations
    – Electromagnetism
    – Fluid Mechanics
    – Modelling
    – Cosmology and General Relativity

  • Final year project

Further education

Graduates have a broad range of options for postgraduate work available to them. Opportunities include MSc or PhD programmes at NUI Galway and further afield in all areas of the Mathematical Sciences. Interdisciplinary research options are also available.

Find out more

Dr Emma Holian
Programme Director
College of Science
T 353 91 495 490 
F 353 91 494 578

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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €7,492 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €4,268 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student contribution: €3,000 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 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.