Mathematical Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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Students take modules in Mathematical Physics and Mathematics. At least 4 of the modules (at least 45 ECTS) must be taken at the Masters level (level 6 in Mathematical Physics and level 5 in Mathematics). The remaining credits may be made up at levels 4, 5 or 6.


Career options:

The course provides a solid foundation in Theoretical Physics/Applied Mathematics/Pure Mathematics for students who wish to pursue careers in science, engineering, commerce and technology. Graduates gain employment in a wide range of occupations including research, teaching, actuary, banking, software development, computational physics and computer modelling/simulation. Students who perform well may go on to the PhD programme.


National University of Ireland

Programme Structure

  • Quantum Field Theory 1
  • Differential Geometry
  • Special Topics In Theoretical Physics 1
  • Special Topics In Theoretical Physics 2
  • Special Topics In Theoretical Physics 3
  • Special Topics In Applied Mathematics
  • Minor Thesis
  • International Groups And Their Representations
  • Quantum Field Theory 2
  • General Relativity

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Candidates for MSc in Mathematical Science will normally be expected to have at least a Second Class Honours Grade 1 in Mathematical/Theoretical Physics, Mathematics or a related discipline.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 13500 International
  • EUR 6200 EU/EEA



1. John & Pat Hume Research Scholarships - Call for applications 2013 now closed.

The John and Pat Hume Research Scholarships application process has now closed. If you have any questions regarding an application that you have submitted, please contact or contact the Graduate Studies Office on 01 708 6018 for assistance.

Please visit the John Hume webpage to view the Terms and Conditions and Application Form 2013 for reference purposes only.

2. Taught Masters Bursaries

For September 2013, 60 Taught Masters Bursaries consisting of €2,000 are open to all students who have completed the final year of their BSc or BA Honours Degree since 2007, (including those graduating this summer) and who have been in receipt of County or City Council Higher Education Grant funding. The Bursaries will be awarded to highly qualified students accepted onto a Taught Masters programme at NUI Maynooth commencing in September 2013. Please read the Terms and Conditions document below carefully before completing the application form. Closing date for applications is July 5th 2013

Taught Masters Bursary Terms and Conditions 2013

Taught Masters Bursary Application Form 2013

Please contact for further information.

3. Taught Masters Alumni Scholarships

New for 2013, the Alumni Office has announced Alumni Scholarships for Postgraduate study in the University this year. The scholarships will provide 3 graduates of NUI Maynooth (including the graduating class of 2013) with a €5,000 scholarship towards fees for a Taught Masters programme at NUI Maynooth in September 2013. Please read the Terms and Conditions document below carefully before completing the application form. Closing date for applications is July 12th 2013

Alumni Scholarship Terms and Conditions 2013

Alumni Scholarship Application Form 2013

Please contact for further information.

3. Postgraduate Travel Fund and Collins Kitchin Fund

The Postgraduate Travel Fund and Collins Kitchin Fund are designed to support research students in presenting at conferences as part of their research programme. Please contact for further information.

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