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Available from our partner institution, Mary Immaculate College Mathematics can be taken as part of the UL Arts Degree as a joint honours combination. Review the subjects you can study with Mathematics by looking at the table at the end of this section.
Mathematics is an ancient study that has been fundamental to the development of society since earliest times. It involves the abstract understanding of concepts and the acquisition of computational skills. It develops an appreciation of the essential links between theory and practice, insofar as to know mathematics is to be able to do mathematics and to do mathematics well, one must understand what it is. A study of mathematics has twin values: there is the intrinsic educational gain to be derived from the personal satisfaction of mastering a slightly elusive piece of theory, or from solving even a moderately difficult problem, and there is the extensive economic utility of mathematics. The latter is particularly visible in the commercial and business world and in the great achievements of science and engineering.
The mathematics programme includes several modules in the main branches of pure mathematics: Analysis (calculus in one and in several variables), Algebra (elementary number theory, linear algebra and abstract algebra) and Geometry. Relevant applications of mathematical theory are included in course modules and there are complete modules on computational mathematics and on statistics.
First Year Foundation courses are designed to take account of the mixed mathematical background of students. As such they are intended to be an appropriate introduction for students who wish to study Mathematics to degree level and a reasonable taste of the subject for students who wish to specialise in other subject areas.
We welcome students who have taken Ordinary Level Mathematics for their Leaving Certificate, as well as those who have taken it at Higher Level, so long as they have good grades and a keen interest in Mathematics. At the end of First Year, the decision on whether or not to continue with Mathematics to degree level can then be based on the First Year experience and examination grades, rather than on the student’s pre-College background.
Maths Joint Honours Pathway
Modules are subject to change
|Year 1||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|MH4731||Elementary Number Theory||MH4722||Introduction to Geometry|
|Year 2||Semester 3||Semester 4|
|MS4021||Calculus 1||Cooperative Education Placement|
|Year 3||Semester 5||Semester 6|
|External Academic Placement||MS4022||Calculus 2|
|MS4222||Introduction to Probability and Statistics|
|Year 4||Semester 7||Semester 8|
|MH4754||Multivariable Calculus||MH4738||Computational Mathematics|
|MH4757||Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry||MH4728||Abstract Algebra|
Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.
Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation mathematics is not reckonable for scoring purposes.
In addition, students wishing to study a Language must hold a minimum H4 grade in that language, with the exception of beginners German or beginners Spanish where a H4 grade in a language other than English is required. Specialist requirement in Mathematics also Ð for those studying Economics or Mathematics.
For certain subjects, additional special qualifications specific to individual subjects or disciplines may be determined by the respective departments in accordance with Academic Council regulations.
Applications are especially welcome from Mature Students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.
Certain QQI Awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for this programme. go to the UL Admissions QQI page for a full list of modules.
Mathematics graduates find work in a wide range of careers including:
- Banking and commerce
- Teaching (PME required)
- International and EU organisations
- Financial services
- Management services
- Civil service
- Informational Technology
Follow on Study:
- MA/PhD Research
- Professional Master of Education (Mathematics)
- MSc in Mathematical Modelling