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The programme is designed for those with an interest in the mathematical sciences or who require a better understanding of mathematics for their jobs and wish to improve their mathematical skills for their future career. It is a single-stage, add-on programme and provides a solid background in the fundamentals of mathematics.  The programme is two years in duration and requires the successful completion of four modules, two of which are taken each year. The modules are delivered in the evenings, making the programme attractive to those in full-time employment. The programme is suitable for individuals who have already studied some mathematics at third level within another discipline. Graduates of the programme are eligible to enter the part-time ordinary degree programme in Mathematics (DT7248) or transfer to the full-time honours degree programmes in the School.

(In addition, the School of Mathematical Sciences offers the opportunity to study any of the modules from this programme – and other programmes in the School – as individual Continuing Professional Development certificates.  For more information please contact


Year 1 consists of two modules:

  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Algebra 1

Year 2 consists of two modules:

  • Calculus /Analysis 2
  • Numerical Methods 1

Students may enter either Year 1 or Year 2 which are offered on alternate years. (The order in which the two years are completed is not relevant.)  The Year 1 programme is scheduled to run in 2015/2016. 

Entry Requirements

  • Completion of a suitable number of third-level mathematical modules


  • A level 6 or level 7 qualification in a mathematically related discipline.


  • any other such qualification that the Institute may deem equivalent.


Early application is encouraged.  As the number of places is limited, candidates may be short-listed on the basis of information supplied on the application form. Late applications may be considered should vacancies remain. Candidates will be notified of the outcome or of any short-listing procedures.

Examinations / Assessments

Continuous assessment counts for 30% of final mark. Examinations are held at the end of Semester 2.


Students who have successfully completed the programme are eligible to enter the part-time Ordinary Degree programme in Mathematics or stage 3 of the full-time Honours Degree programme in Mathematical Sciences or Industrial Mathematics.

Learning Outcome

On successfully completing the Higher Certificate, the learner will:

  • have an appreciation of the fundamental concepts of Mathematics,
  • be able to solve a wide range of basic problems in Calculus, Algebra and Numerical Methods
  • be able to use software packages to assist in the modelling and solution of mathematical problems

Career Opportunities

Mathematical, analytical and problem-solving skills are required in the modern workplace and career opportunities abound for numerate graduates. A mathematical qualification is the key to a wide range of employment opportunities and this flexibility allows graduates to enter whichever sector is thriving and advance their careers quickly. A mathematics qualification is ideal for upskilling and recent graduates have found employment in the ICT sector and the financial services. Graduates of this programme will develop analytical and problem solving skills and be in a good position to embark on high achieving careers in industry, commerce, the teaching and other professions, and the public sector. The School of Mathematical Sciences offers a ladder of qualifications, both part time and full time, and graduates can take steps towards an honours degree, postgraduate study and degrees by research.