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Mathematics

DT8248

 Programme Description

Advanced mathematical skills and the ability to apply mathematics to problems are extremely important modern graduate attributes.  This single-stage, add-on programme studies a range of modern topics in pure and applied mathematics at honours-degree level. The programme is suitable for anyone with an interest in mathematics or who wishes to develop their mathematical understanding from general or pass degree to honours-degree level.  Students study two modules each year and the programme requires the successful completion of four modules.  The modules are delivered in the evenings, making the programme attractive to those in full-time employment. The programme is ideal for career development and upskilling and graduates will have enhanced employment opportunities in industry, commerce and the public services.  Graduates are also eligible to proceed to postgraduate study or to research.

(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 maev.maguire@dit.ie)

Content

Year 1:

  • Mathematical Methods 2
  • Topics in Analysis

Year 2 consists of optional topics from an approved list

Students may enter Year 1 or Year 2 which are offered on alternate years, depending upon which is being offered in the current academic year.  

Entry Requirements

  • a BSc (Ordinary) in Mathematics

or

  • a qualification of NFQ level 7 where Mathematics was taken as a major subject for three years,

or

  • the Licentiateship of the IMA

or

  • any other such qualification that the Institute may deem equivalent

Applications

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

Continuous assessment counts for 25% of the final mark.  Examinations are held at the end of Semester 2.

Progression

Students who have reached the appropriate honours standard may apply to a range of masters degrees at DIT and apply to the full or part-time masters programmes, MSc Applied Mathematics and MSc Mathematical Physics, in the School of Mathematical Sciences.

Learning Outcome

On successfully completing the BSc (Honours), the learner will:

  • have acquired a substantial range and depth of understanding of advanced concepts of Mathematical Methods and Topics in Analysis,
  • have a detailed knowledge of several specialized areas in Mathematics,
  • employ advanced mathematical skills to model and solve a range of mathematical problems.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of an honours degree in mathematics are extremely flexible and highly sought after by employers.  There is a very wide range of careers available for highly-skilled numerate graduates with mathematical, analytical and problem-solving skills. These are key skills and therefore graduates are able to enter whichever sectors of employment that are currently growing. Enhanced mathematical skills are important for professional development in many sectors, for example the ICT and the financial services sectors, and an honours degree can enable accelerated career progression.  

Graduates of this programme will be in a good position to advance their current careers or embark on high achieving careers in industry, commerce, the teaching and other professions, and the public sector.  Graduates are also eligible to proceed to graduate study and research in mathematical sciences and there are many opportunities in the School of Mathematical Sciences.

What our students say

“I completed programme DT248 Stage 3 in 2008 and am currently finishing Stage 4 with the view to commencing the M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics programme. I've found my time studying in DIT both personally rewarding and highly useful in my day-to-day teaching. Lecturers are very approachable and supportive of students in meeting the challenges of the set coursework. The schedule of twice-weekly evening lectures and end-of-summer exams is ideally suited to working teachers who would otherwise find it difficult to balance further study with their working commitments. Furthermore, DIT's Kevin Street campus is widely accessible, even in evening traffic, for anyone living or working in the greater Dublin area. And while the general broadening of one's mathematical knowledge and skills is of benefit to one's teaching, I have found some specific aspects of the course content taught at DIT to be motivators of syllabi changes and extra-curricular activities in my own school; we ran a TY module on using iterative methods in solving systems of linear equations a number of years ago and a winning entry from our school in the 2008 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (on the factors that affect the chances of a racehorse's future success) relied heavily on statistical material covered in the DT248 course. Any teacher interested in further study of Maths will not be disappointed after studying at DIT."

Jim 
Maths teacher