Biology, Mathematics & Education

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) & MSc (NFQ Level 9)

Full Time – Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN200
CAO Points Range 2019: 521
Length of Course: 5 Years (BSc 4 years & MSc 1 year)
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 Biology & Mathematics Education should have a minimum Grade H3 in Leaving Certificate Mathematics, or equivalent.

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Why is this course for me?

If you’re interested in biology and mathematics, and think you might like to teach these subjects at post-primary level, then this course may be for you. It’s designed so that from the start, you study biology and mathematics, along with education, in an integrated manner. In third year, you’ll gain teaching experience by completing placements (which we find for you) in a post-primary school and as a third-level tutor.

The four-year BSc in Biology, Mathematics & Education leads directly to the one-year MSc in Mathematics and Science Education. On completion of both degrees, you are fully qualified to teach post-primary Biology and Mathematics to Higher Level Leaving Certificate Level and Science to Junior Certificate Level.


Key Facts:
The five-year course is fully accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland.

Placements are integrated into this course from first year, with year-long placements at two different post-primary schools during the final two years of the course.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

On completion of the BSc, students have guaranteed entry to the MSc in Mathematics & Science Education, provided they have achieved a GPA of 3.08. This is equivalent to a 2.1 Honours.

Placements are integrated into this course from first year. Care is taken to slowly introduce you to placements to enable you to build confidence before teaching a class of pupils.

During the last two years of the course, students are assigned year-long placements at two different post-primary schools. These placements are designed so that students not only obtain teaching experience, but also gain a whole-of-school experience through participating in parent-teacher meetings, timetabling, etc. The complete five-year course is fully accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland

What Will I Study

This is a sample pathway for Biology, Mathematics & Education.

First Year

  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Education
  • Chemistry & Physics
  • Elective modules

Second Year

  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Education
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Education
  • School Placement – one placement in a post-primary school, and one placement as a third-level tutor.

Fourth Year

  • Education
  • School Placement
  • Mathematics

Fifth Year

  • Education
  • School Placement
  • Research Project

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“I have always had an interest in Mathematics and a curiosity for the world around us. The DN200 Science course, therefore, really appealed to me as it allowed me to explore a diverse range of modules in first and second year before deciding on a degree path. I chose to specialise in Biology, Mathematics & Education as I am passionate about teaching and love the idea of studying science and education in an integrated manner. I also enjoy getting involved around campus and have made some amazing friends through volunteering with the Science Society and the Maths Sparks programme. In fact, the wide range of opportunities, amazing facilities and level of engagement and support from the academic staff make coming to UCD the best decision I ever made.”

Emily Lewanowski-Breen Student

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