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  • Career Prospects

LM124 - Mathematics (Common Entry)

Course Details

Course Code: LM124

Level: NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
Length: 4 Years
CAO Minimum Points Entry 2017: 454
Course Leader: Dr. Alan Hegarty
Phone: 00 353 61 202291

Tel: 00 353 61 202015

About You

You like mathematics and are good at it. You are interested in a career that involves Mathematics, but may also be interested in Physics or Economics.

Why study Mathematics at UL?

In UL the focus is on applied mathematics, not in the sense of the Leaving Certificate Applied Mathematics syllabus, but rather in the sense of mathematics being used to solve problems that arise in science, engineering, industry, finance or society. Applied mathematical modelling is a philosophy of asking, and trying to understand, how things work. A problem or phenomenon of some sort occurs outside mathematics and mathematics is used to explain, to understand and ideally to improve it.

After your entry onto LM124 Mathematics Common Entry, three different degree course options will be open to you as follows;

Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics

Bachelor of Science in Economics & Mathematical Sciences

Course Structure

In the first semester, you will study calculus, linear algebra and computer programming and can choose from a selection of other modules, including physics and economics, before deciding whether to pursue a degree in

  • Mathematical Sciences, which itself allows specialisation in mathematics, statistics or computing; or
  • Mathematics and Physics; or • Economics and Mathematical Sciences.

The choice of programme needs to be made before the end of the first semester; there is no restriction on this choice, except that to continue with Mathematics and Physics you must take a physics module in the first semester, and similarly to continue with Economics and Mathematical Sciences you must take an economics module in the first semester. It is possible to select modules which leave all three options open for the second semester.

Entry Requirements

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.

Career Prospects

The career opportunities will depend primarily on the BSc course chosen by you. Graduates of UL Mathematics courses have successfully developed careers in the following employment areas:

Mathematical Sciences:

Research; teaching; financial services including accounting, lending analysis and investment analysis; data analysis including market research, demographics and medical research; software development; manufacturing including production planning, quality control and research and development of new products.

Mathematics and Physics: Physicist, meteorologist; patent agent; planetary scientist; acoustical physicist; teacher.

Economics and Mathematical Sciences: Economist; statistician; market research analyst; securities trader; investment banking analyst; health policy planner; international trade specialist; demographer; banking; civil service; actuarial services, education including teaching and research.

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