Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH206

CAO Points : 494

Closing Date : 01 July 2024

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Study the entire physical world from the microscopic to the cosmic - topics such as black holes, the Big Bang, quantum computing, elementary particles and the fundamental forces of nature, superconductivity, neural networks, matter in extreme conditions, and simulation of physical and biological systems.

  • You will develop a deeper understanding of the various areas of modern mathematics, including analysis, algebra, geometry, and topology.
  • This accelerated three-year programme is designed for students with a very strong interest in theoretical physics and mathematics.
  • Students take Theoretical (Mathematical) Physics and Mathematics throughout the three years of the programme.
  • Understand how mathematical science underpins key areas of human endeavour and industry, from engineering to construction to economics, software development to space travel.
  • Learn how to think hard and rigorously about mathematical questions and the fundamental theories of physics.
  • Take a degree where you are prepared for research in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and their applications in science and technology.

Accelerated 3 year degree 

  • Students enter directly into the 2nd year of the standard 4-year Mathematical Physics programme, and take a more challenging Mathematics programme beginning in first year
  • Students concentrate on Theoretical Physics and Mathematics for each of the 3 years of the degree
  • Given the accelerated nature of this programme, a H2 grade in Leaving Certificate Mathematics is required for entry. Students require 50% in Maths (Pure) to proceed to 2nd year. Students continue with Mathematical Studies in 2nd year if they attain less than 50%.
Course Duration: 3 years

  • Theoretical physicists and mathematicians are suitable for a wide range of occupations, not only in high-tech fields, but also in areas where analytical and problem-solving skills are valued.
  • Graduates may consider careers in research and development, computing and software engineering, electronics, telecommunications, semiconductors, banking, finance, management, and teaching, to name a few.
  • Many of our graduates move on to postgraduate study and research at our university or major international universities. Some of our popular options include MSc in Mathematical Science (Taught), MSc in Mathematical Physics (Research), MSc in Mathematics (Research) or (Taught), PhD.

Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information about postgraduate options.

This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language No N/A N/A
Math Yes N/A H2
Science Yes O6 H7

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Mature Applicants 

Mature applicants are assessed separately to school-leavers. Mature applicants are 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time/flexible degrees the mature age is 21. 

Click here to be taken to our mature applicant information page - tab 3 on that page outlines application steps for this degree.

Mature applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any written tests that may be required, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2024 to the Access Office. 

Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2024

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate Applicants

Required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English, Science subject (i.e. Agricultural Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, or Physics with Chemistry) & H2 Mathematics. MH206 Round 1 Points 2023: 494


DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.

HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Contact the Access Office for more information about these access routes



The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students
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