Course Overview

A Diploma in Mathematics bridges the gap between a four-year Mathematics programme and one that has a substantial mathematical component but is not at the same level as an honours degree. It opens opportunities to taught and research programmes as well as the many career options open to Mathematics graduates.

A Master’s taught programme introduces you to advanced topics and concepts. It prepares you for advanced research degrees, and graduates are also in demand in the financial and semi-state sectors. The programme content is dynamic and research-led. Modules are designed to offer an insight into new and emerging areas of research Mathematics.

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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

The entry requirements are a distinction or commendation in a primary degree in Mathematics or Applied Mathematical Science at general degree level (NQAI Level 7), or an equivalent to be determined by the College.

Additional Requirements


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

Next start date

September 2020

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

15 (HDipAppSc) | 20 (MSc / MA / PDip)

QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

28th July 2020

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

90 (MA) | 60 (PDip)



Course code

Course Outline

HDipAppSc: Students take a range of courses, such as Algebra, Analysis, Topology, Numerical Analysis, and Statistics. In addition, each student completes a project, supervised by an academic member of staff. Module Details

MSc: Students take three 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 Master’s. 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

MA: This is aimed at students with a strong degree in Honours Mathematics. It introduces advanced topics and concepts, preparing graduates for further doctoral studies. However, graduates are also in demand in the financial and semi-state sectors. The programme content is dynamic and research-led. Modules are designed to offer an insight into new and emerging areas of research Mathematics. Module Details

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. Module Details

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’s and 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

€6,600 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Tuition

€6,376 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Non EU

€15,550 p.a. 2020/21

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your full-time tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay full-time TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224. 

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

What Our Students Say


Una Carroll |   MA Mathematics

I find the courses to be intellectually stimulating and targeted towards my interests. I think that the programme's emphasis on logical thought processes in mathematics is an ideal training ground for the problem solving skills needed in my anticipated career in industry.

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