Applied & Computational Mathematics

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time – Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN200
CAO Points Range 2019: 521
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 400

Leaving Certificate:

  • O2/H6 in Mathematics
  • O2/H6 in a laboratory science (Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or Geography may be used instead of a laboratory science subject) and
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish and two other recognised subjects

Special Entry Recommendations: We recommend that all students in Applied & Computational Mathematics should have a minimum grade H3 in Leaving Certificate Higher Level Mathematics or equivalent.

Click below for equivalent entry requirements information for:

Why is this course for me?

If you enjoy studying Mathematics for the Leaving Certificate, the UCD degree in Applied & Computational Mathematics will train you in the essential mathematical and computational skills in modelling, analysis and simulation needed to solve problems arising throughout the physical and life sciences, engineering, business and finance sectors.

Today’s challenges faced by science and engineering are so complex that they can be analysed and solved only through mathematical and computational modelling. Mathematical models create representations of complex real-world phenomena in a precise, quantitative way. Fundamental insights can then be obtained by analysing these models through a combination of mathematical analysis and computational simulation. Outside the traditional spheres of science and engineering, mathematical modelling and simulation techniques are increasingly used in the social sciences, communication, business and finance sectors.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates with training in Applied & Computational Mathematics work in fields as diverse as:

  • Analytics and Forecasting
  • Energy Systems
  • Electronics
  • Biomedical applications and bio-information
  • Finance
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Environmental agencies and companies
  • Computing in business, technology, research and academia

What Will I Study

This is a sample pathway for a degree in Applied & Computational Mathematics. Sample topics include dynamical systems and chaos, financial mathematics, fluid dynamics, relativity and quantum mechanics.

First Year

  • Applied & Computational Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Optional Science modules
  • Elective module

Second Year

  • Applied and Computational Mathematics (includes Mathematics/Statistics modules)
  • + 1 Other Science Subject
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Applied & Computational Mathematics
  • Elective modules

Fourth Year

  • Applied & Computational Mathematics

All Science courses are full time, with many student timetables running from 9.00am to 5.00pm or later. Depending on the subject choices, a weekly timetable can include lectures, practicals and tutorials.

Assessment varies with each module but may comprise continuous assessment, written exams and practical computer programming tasks.

For detailed information on subject content click here

International Study Opportunities

Students may apply to study abroad for a semester in third year in partner institutions internationally.


“The flexibility that DN200 Science offers meant I could explore Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Physics without committing until I was sure. In second year, I decided that I enjoyed Applied and Computational Mathematics most and it was the best choice for me. I have learned about advanced areas of mathematics and programming and how you can apply them to solve or model real-life problems. I am an active member of the UCD Physics Society, including spending a year as Auditor. The events run by societies are a great way to get involved and get to know other people. After I graduate, I hope to continue studying Applied Mathematics at graduate level.”

Aidan Tully Student

Leave a Reply

Please disable your adblock and script blockers to view this page