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Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Entry Route:s Mathematics (Common Entry) - LM124

Physics (Common Entry) - LM125

Course code:
LM124 or LM125
Duration:
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr. Clifford Nolan
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 202766
Admissions:
Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus
 
 

Have you ever wondered

  • Why is the weather so difficult to predict?
  • What do stock markets and earthquakes have in common?
  • How can matter be a wave on atomic scales?
  • How can wave mechanics produce the next generation of computers?
  • How do you model the Universe in a computer?
  • How does the spreading of a disease explain star formation?

All of these questions share something in common; they can be answered at the interface of mathematics and physics. Understanding both subjects equally allows a unique view of the world that lets you capture and analyse its true complexity in an elegant way; it allows you to explain it, see effects not yet detected nor realized, and even predict how it will behave. You will need to be comfortable with mathematics, and have an innate curiosity as to how the world works. You should also be interested in applying your skills in mathematics and physics to understanding and solving real world problems.

Entry route to Mathematics and Physics at UL is via:

 LM124 Mathematics Common Entry

or

LM125 Physics Common Entry.

Why Study Mathematics and Physics at UL?

Traditional mathematical physics degrees in Ireland have been narrow in their scope. This course seeks to provide a genuine mixture of the two subjects. In addition to developing core and advanced mathematical skills, training will be provided in fundamental physics spanning mechanics to quantum mechanics, and in state-of-the-art applications of physics such as nanotechnology.

The analytical training and broad physical understanding of challenges likely to be encountered in an industrial setting will prove to be a valuable asset for prospective employers.  The applied aspects in particular will ensure that, on graduation, you will be at an advantage in comparison to more traditional Maths Physics graduates, when seeking employment in the smart economy. In such an economy envisaged by the Government, academic and industrial research will be closely coupled.

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What you will study

This full time programme is of four years duration. The first two years are a combination of the main modules taken in both the mathematical sciences degree and the applied physics degree at UL.

In these first two years the fundamental aspects of physics and mathematics are established. Physical subjects will include such topics as Mechanics, Waves, Light, Thermal Physics, Electromagnetism, and Modern Physics, which spans the scope of current basic understanding in physics. In addition, more applied topics are Optics and Semiconductors which are essential to modern technology.

Mathematical subjects include Calculus, Algebra, Vector Analysis, Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations, Numerical Analysis, Fourier Analysis and Computer Software.

During the spring semester of the third year, a period of cooperative education (placement in industry) provides you with practical experience in a relevant work environment. This is organised by the University’s Cooperative Education Department in collaboration with representatives from various industries, both in Ireland and abroad. Students are interviewed by company representatives. On selection, they are offered full-time employment during the Cooperative Education period and are paid at a competitive rate.

The remainder of the modules taken during third and fourth year offer a more in-depth view of both mathematics and physics. The offered modules include: Quantum Mechanics, Solid State Physics, Atomic, Molecular and Laser Physics, Nano-technology, Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations and Mathematics of Natural Phenomena. These more advanced subjects will prepare you for both an industrial career and also for a career in research and development.

During the final year, a project is undertaken that allows you to analyse a particular problem in depth. This also gives students interested in postgraduate research an opportunity to carry out an exploratory investigation of a potential research topic.

For further details, go to www.maths.ul.ie

Semester 1   Semester 2
Common Entry (LM124 or LM125) PH4102 Waves/Light/Modern Physics
  PH4092 Semiconductor Devices
  MS4022 Calculus 2
  MS4122 Further Linear Algebra
  MS4222 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  Semester 3   Semester 4
PH4041 Optics PH4072 Electromagnetism
PH4171 Mechanics PH4132 Modern Physics
MS4043 Methods of Linear Analysis PH4042 Thermal Physics
MS4613 Vector Analysis MS4014 Intro to Numerical Analysis
MS4403 Ordinary Differential Equations MS4404 Partial Differential Equations
  Semester 5 Semester 6 Summer
PH4061 Quantum Mechanics Cooperative Education Cooperative Education
PH4021 Physics of Solids    
MA4617 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics    
MS4045 Complex Analysis    
  Elective (choose 1)    
PH4161 Atomic/Molecular/Laser Physics    
MS4008 Numerical Solutions for PDEs    
MS4105 Linear Algebra 2    
MS4035 Probability Models    
MB4017 Geometry    
  Semester 7   Semester 8
PH4607 Solid State Physics 1 PH4608 Solid State Physics 2
MS4627 Maths of Natural Phenomena MS4018 Dynamical Systems
MS4407 Perturbation Tech. and Asymptotics MS4408 Mathematical Modelling
PH4097 Maths & Physics Project 1 MS4098 Maths & Physics Project 2
  Elective (choose 1)   Elective (choose 1)
PH4081 Nanotechnology 1 PH4062 Nanotechnology 2
PH4091 Physics of Modern Measurement PH4018 Medical Instrumentation

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements are dependent on the entry routes to this course. 

For the exact entry requirements please visit:

LM124 Mathematics (Common Entry)

or

LM125 Physics (Common Entry)

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

Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€16,373
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€16,465

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to https://www.studentfinance.ie to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website

 

These scholarships are available for this course

Title Award Scholarships available
The Critchley Prize
1
The George Gooberman Memorial Prize for Excellence in Physics
1
Royal Irish Academy Hamilton Awards – Mathematics
€250
1

These scholarships are available for all courses

Title Award Scholarships available
Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship Programme
All Ireland Scholarships - sponsored by J.P. McManus
€6,750
125
Higher Education Grants & VEC Grants
Financial Aid Fund
Elaine Fagan Scholarship
€5,000
5
Stuart Mangan Scholarship
Provincial GAA Bursaries Scheme
€750
The Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarship
Various benefits equating to over €7,000 in value
Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship
€2,500
UL Sports Scholarships
Varies depending on level of Scholarship
Multiple
Cooperative Education Award
1 award per faculty
UL 40 Entrance Scholarship
€2,000
40

Your future career

Employability skills from this degree

  • Designing and conducting observational and experimental studies
  • Analysing and interpreting data, finding patterns and drawing conclusions
  • Dealing with abstract concepts
  • Presenting mathematical arguments and conclusions with accuracy and clarity
  • Advanced numeracy and analysing large quantities of data
  • Logical thinking
  • Numeracy—mathematical modelling, interpreting and presenting information graphically, and using mathematics to find solutions to scientific problems
  • IT skills, including specialist software packages and some programming
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication— conveying complex ideas and using technical language correctly

The year after graduating with this degree

The University of Limerick Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) is a detailed review of the employment outcomes of UL graduates conducted annually by the University and supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The survey forms part of a nationwide review of the employment outcomes of Irish University Graduates. The table below illustrates a five-year trend for UL graduate employment levels and location the year after graduation.

Employed in Ireland Employed abroad Further study Not available Seeking employment No. of responses Total no. of graduates Year
0% 0% 100% 0% 0% 5 5 2014
40% 0% 60% 0% 0% 5 5 2015
0% 25% 75% 0% 0% 4 5 2016
40% 0% 60% 0% 0% 5 7 2017
38% 13% 50% 0% 0% 8 10 2018

Further Study Options

Job titles for graduates with this degree

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:

  • Data Analyst
  • Financial Analyst

Student Profile - Stephen Cowpar

I chose to study at UL as it offered me the opportunity to continue my study of both Maths and Physics, without having to choose one over the other. In the first two years I gained a solid grounding in both subjects, which has enabled me to go on to study more advanced topics such as Quantum Mechanics, Dynamical Systems and Mathematical Modelling. I have found that studying Physics has enabled me to develop a physical intuition that has given me real advantage in some of the more advanced Mathematics classes, and likewise, studying Mathematics has enabled me to go deeper into some of the topics covered in more advanced Physics classes.

I completed my co-op placement with Analog Devices Inc, one of the leading manufacturers of the solid state devices that form the integrated circuits vital to all of modern technology. During my placement, I worked closely with the process development team, gaining many hours of laboratory experience, and so directly applying the analytical skills that I had developed at UL. I was highly involved in the development of new products; my knowledge of semiconductor device physics that I had learned on my course was invaluable to me in this regard. Co-op taught me a lot about the skills necessary to excel in the workplace; my communication and teamwork skills, for example, benefited greatly from the experience.

Studying here at UL has helped me to develop the skills necessary for a wide variety of jobs in industry and also for academic research. UL has prepared me very well for my entry into the PhD program in Applied Mathematics at Cornell University in the US this August.