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Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Entry Route: Mathematics (Common Entry) - LM124

Course code:
4 Years

Course leader:
Norma Bargary
Email: Tel:
061 234759

Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus


About You

If you like mathematics and statistics but you aren’t totally certain what career you want to pursue, this might be a good course choice for you. Mathematical and statistical skills are highly valued by employers and are easily transferable. Mathematical Sciences, with its three options, is the perfect way to study something you like, while having a chance to think about your eventual career choice.

Why Study Mathematical Sciences at UL?

The programme is suited to students with an aptitude for mathematics and statistics who are interested in applying their skills to problem solving in the real world. It is designed to provide a broad training that will allow you to work in any environment that requires strong analytical and problem solving skills. The programme involves an introductory two years, common to all students, when the fundamental mathematical and statistical tools are introduced. After two years, you will have the option of specialising in mathematics, statistics or computing. The programme also provides a theoretical grounding for students who wish to pursue postgraduate studies.

Entry route to Mathematical Sciences at UL is via LM124 Mathematics Common Entry.

International Study Opportunities

In Years 2, 3 or 4, students can apply to spend a semester studying abroad at one of our partner institutes worldwide.

Programme of Study

The programme is full time, of four years in duration. It includes a period of Cooperative Education during the spring and summer of the third year of the course where the skills that you have acquired are applied in an appropriate workplace. The first two years of the course provide a foundation in a broad range of areas including calculus, statistics, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, operations research, mechanics, computer science and mathematical modelling.

There is also an elective pair of modules in the first year in either (a) Computer Science or (b) Economics or (c) Finance/Accounting or (d) Physics.

The third and fourth years of the programme give you the opportunity to specialise in one of the following options:


The mathematics stream is aimed at giving you a rounded appreciation of mathematics and the ability to approach problem solving with a mathematical mind. It develops the analytical skills acquired in the first two years using mathematical modelling of real world problems. Topics covered include linear algebra, fluid mechanics, dynamical systems, mathematical modelling and numerical solution of partial differential equations, perturbation methods, stochastic differential equations.


Statistics deals with the collection, presentation, and analysis of data. Application areas include marketing, product development and testing, finance, economics, sociology, medicine, and the experimental sciences. Topics covered range from the mathematical basis of statistics through to the use of specialised software in the analysis of large, complex sets of data. The courses in this option include data analytics, statistical inference, statistical modelling, experimental design, quality control, time series analysis, stochastic processes and multivariate analysis.


The aim of this stream is to develop your understanding of the mathematical foundation of computing and to provide you with practical skills in the development of software systems. The courses in this option include systems analysis, data mining, algorithms, database systems and intelligent systems.

You will undertake a project in your final year that reflects your area of specialisation and, if possible, your Cooperative Education experience.


Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2
MS4021 Calculus 1 MS4022 Calculus 2
CE4701 Computer Software 1 MS4122 Further Linear Algebra
MS4131 Linear Algebra 1 MS4222 Introduction to Probability & Statistics
  Elective - Choose 2 CE4702 Computer Software 2
MS4101 Mathematics Laboratory   Elective - Choose 1
AC4213 Financial Accounting AC4214 Accounting for Financial Decision Making
EC4111 Microeconomics EC4112 Macroeconomics
PH4051 Measure & Properties of Matter CS4182 Foundations of Computer Science 2
PH4131 Mechanics/Heat/Electricity/Magnetism PH4102 Wave/Light/Modern Physics
CS4221 Foundations of Computer Science 1    


Year 2 Semester 3   Semester 4
MS4013 Methods of Linear Analysis MS4014 Intro. to Numerical Analysis
MS4035 Probability Models MS4034 Applied Data Analysis
MS4403 Ordinary Differential Equations MS4303 Operations Research 1
MS4613 Vector Analysis MS4404 Partial Differential Equations
  Elective - Choose 1 MS4414 Theoretical Mechanics
MB4005 Analysis    
CS4013 Object-Oriented Development    

For further details on options in Years 3 and 4 in Mathematics, Statistics and Computing, e-mail norma.bargary@ul.ie

Applicants are required to hold 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.

In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade H3 in Mathematics. A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Recent graduates have undertaken a variety of Masters courses in Ireland and abroad, including the MSc in Mathematical Modelling at UL. Graduates have undertaken doctoral research, including some supported by the MACSI research centre at UL.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the programme have been in considerable demand by industry, commerce and government to apply their analytical and computing skills in areas such as:

  • Data analytics including market research, demographics and medical research
  • Financial services including accounting, lending analysis, fraud detection and investment analysis
  • The pharmaceutical industry in the development of new drugs
  • Manufacturing including production planning, quality control, and research and development of new products
  • Sport science
  • Teaching
  • Software development
  • Physical modelling in industry or at a university


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Student Profile - Sarah Murphy

I chose UL for this course, but also because I’d never met a UL student who didn’t seem to love their time here. Maths and applied maths were my favourite subjects in school and this course seemed liked the perfect way to pursue those interests. For the first two years, you will establish a strong base in mathematics and statistics before specialising in your area of choice. In third year, you start to focus on your chosen specialty and then everyone goes on co-op placement. In your final year, you have the chance to pick a final year project in a topic that interests you.

This course has allowed me to develop essential skills needed to be a mathematician while also giving me the chance to apply them in a working environment. I completed my co-op placement in Analog Devices in Limerick, one of the leading semi-conductor companies in the world. I worked as a part of the New Product Engineering team that specialised in data analytics. My job involved the statistical analysis of data from different stages of testing and gave me the opportunity to apply the skills I had learned in college to the real world. My communication skills, presentation skills and my ability to work effectively as part of a team were vastly improved during my co-op experience.

I think one of the great advantages of studying Mathematical Sciences at UL is that it opens up a broad range of career paths. The course doesn’t tie you down to one profession but instead gives you the essential mathematical skills that are in demand in every sector.

Graduate Profile - Colm Howlin

I really enjoyed Maths in school, so I decided to continue with it at University. I visited several campuses before my making my decision on which University to choose. UL had by far the most impressive campus which made the decision easy.

As Principal Researcher at Realizeit, I lead the analytics and research efforts. Realizeit is an adaptive learning company that has created a platform to deliver personalised learning online to students. The platform uses data to figure out what works best for individual students and uses that to personalise and adapt the delivery of learning material.

I work on the development and deployment of the algorithms that are used by the system to personalise the learning experience. This ranges from algorithms that estimate the difficulty of a question to algorithms that automatically detect when a student is bored. I also work with several Universities to help them understand the impact of adaptive learning on how their students learn. My role, as with most in the tech sector, predominately involves problem-solving. The course not only provided me with the foundations in the tools that I would rely on in my career but more importantly, helped me develop my problem-solving skills.

Any advice for school leavers?

Study what you think you will enjoy, and you’ll set yourself up to have a far more successful and happier career than forcing yourself to study something that is supposed to lead to a good job or career.

Student Profile - Kevin Brosnan

This course offered me a great opportunity to become educated in a wide range of mathematical skills. Every module throughout the four years has challenged me in a unique way and developed core skills which are required in the workplace for mathematicians and statisticians.

For my co-op work placement, I was employed by Accenture in Dublin. Accenture are a global consultancy firm with 250,000 employees. I worked on the Accenture Analytics team who specialise in fraud and non-compliance for a wide array of companies ranging from financial institutions to utility providers and government departments. My placement offered me the opportunity to use skills and knowledge that I had developed in college and apply that to real life problems in large businesses. I developed basic office skills and vastly improved my interpersonal skills, which will be of huge benefit as I move out into the working world.

Student Profile - Bobby Reidy

A Day in the Life of... an Analytics Consultant 

I chose this UL course because maths was my favourite subject in school, I enjoyed working with numbers and I’m the kind of person who likes a straight and concise answer. I also saw that the course did not pin me down to any one profession after college, giving me great freedom to choose what I wanted to do after my course and not before. My typical day can vary a lot. I’m responsible for working on small mathematical projects for clients as well as travelling all over the UK and Ireland to give training courses on how to use mathematical software for their needs.

During my time in UL, my co-op work placement was a brilliant experience in every way. I chose to go abroad and UL arranged for me to work with Philips Healthcare in The Netherlands. I worked as a Data Analysis Intern as part of the Logistics and Optimisation team. My role was to help my supervisor in finding cost-saving opportunities by analysing the transport of replacement medical parts around the world. On my placement I learned valuable data manipulation skills, improved my ability to present results to colleagues and also the inter-personal skills needed to function well in a team.

Student Profile - Sarah English

I chose the Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences because maths was my best subject in school and I liked what I heard about the course when I attended the UL Open Days.

1st and 2nd year covers all the groundwork in maths and the subjects become more interesting and applicable in 3rd and 4th year when you pick your major. The FYP (Final Year Project) gives everyone the opportunity to specialise in an area that interests them. The course has a diverse range of subjects with practical implementation in the labs.

I spent my coop at AIB Global Treasury in the IFSC in Dublin and this really helped me in deciding which career path to take.

Graduate Profile - Sharon Hanlon

Mathematics was one of my favourite subjects in school and after researching career opportunities, statistics caught my attention. UL has a great reputation with a huge variety of facilities on campus. From a course perspective, it offered me the opportunity to grow my interest and knowledge in statistics and to get a taste of all the ways mathematics can be used in industry.

As Analytics & Solutions Manager at Fexco, I work in the outsourcing division and manage a multi-skilled team from software developers, business & reporting analysts and digital design analysts. I work with new and existing clients to implement improvement by utilising software, data, and processes resulting in operational performance optimisation and revenue generation.

Studying Mathematical Sciences at UL has broadened my knowledge on the depth and breadth of mathematics and helped me to find my passion and strengths within this space. The course gave me exposure to software programs and industry experience through co-op placement, which was a real benefit when applying for jobs.

Any advice for school leavers?

Find what interests you most first and the career/job will follow.