MSc in Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics
Full time - DT234 Part time - DT238
School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Sciences and Health
DIT Kevin Street, Dublin 8
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Full Time - 1.5 Year
Part Time - 3 Years
Open for Applications
Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response. If you do not yet have your final degree results this will not hinder your application as we are happy to issue conditional offer letters in such circumstances.
This programme is designed for graduates in Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, or related disciplines, who wish to extend their expertise and develop a deeper understanding of Mathematics and its applications. Graduates of this programme will be highly-qualified, technical professionals with advanced analytical and problem-solving skills. The programme also provides an effective interface between taught primary degrees and postgraduate degrees by research.
The option of studying elements of the programme via distance learning or undertaking individual modules as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules may be available. Interested applicants should contact the programme coordinator for details.
The MSc programme consists of four taught modules (each 15 ECTS) and a research dissertation (30ECTS). The full-time programme DT234 is typically undertaken over one and a half years and the part-time programme DT238 over two or three years. Awards of Postgraduate Diploma (60 ECTS) and Postgraduate Certificate (30 ECTS) and individual modules are also available.
In each academic year a selection of specialist MSc modules are offered. All modules are optional and, in order to offer the widest variety of modules, run on a two-year alternating cycle. They are taken from the list of modules given below:
- Fluid Mechanics
- Classical Particle Dynamics
- Operations Research
- Numerical Analysis
- Introduction to Biomathematics
- Quantum Field Theory
- Functional Analysis and Spectral Theory
- General Relativity and Cosmology
- Topology and Geometry for Theoretical Physics
- Statistical Models and Methods
The dissertation component of the MSc programme involves the student in research supervised by a member of the academic staff of the School of Mathematical Sciences. Its duration is usually six months for a full-time student and one year for a part-time student. This element develops the students’ research skills and knowledge in a highly specialised topic of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.
The taught modules may be assessed by a combination of written examinations and term-time assignments during the teaching of the module. The final mark awarded to the dissertation is based upon the written work and a viva voce examination.
College of Sciences and Health, DIT Kevin Street, Dublin 8
Timetable / Hours
Each taught module is lectured one evening per week over two semesters. Full-time students usually complete four modules in their first year followed by the dissertation during the first semester of the second year. Part-time students usually undertake two modules per year for the first two years, followed by the dissertation during their third year of study. Flexibility in this schedule is possible on the part-time programme.
Students wishing to enrol should normally possess an honours degree in Mathematics, Mathematical Physics or related discipline at grade 2.2 or higher or an equivalent qualification.
Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.
Graduates of the programme are eligible for a classified award of MSc in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. Students who complete the taught components of the programme but who do not wish to proceed to the MSc by taking the dissertation element are eligible to be considered for a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics. Students who successfully complete two taught modules are eligible to be considered for a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics. Individual modules can be taken as part of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Graduates of this programme have enhanced technical and scientific capabilities, analytical and problem solving skills, and are well equipped for high-level careers in industry, commerce and the public sector. They are also well qualified to proceed to postgraduate degrees by research. The School offers many opportunities for further research and the attainment of research degrees, and the research interests of the full-time staff span Pure and Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Commercial Mathematics and Operational Research.
Frequently Asked Questions
EU Fees for 2012/2013*
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