Mathematical Physics / Fisic Mhatamaiticiúil

Sept 2020 – Grangegorman Campus

Students wishing to enrol should normally possess a minimum of the equivalent of an honours degree (level 8 on the NFQ) in mathematics, or mathematical sciences or an honours degree with a substantial mathematical component where mathematics was studied for at least three years, at Grade 2.2 or higher.

The relevance and mathematical content of an applicant?s primary degree and other experience will be assessed by the admissions team for the programme whose decision is final. Attainment of the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee entry to the programme and all candidates will be assessed against the entry criteria, in the context of the available places on the programme, for their prior learning and on their ability to succeed.

The programme MSc in Mathematical Physics is one of two taught postgraduate programmes delivered by the School of Mathematical Sciences. It offers a well-structured programme that develops a deep level of knowledge of topics in mathematical physics underpinned by a solid mathematical foundation. It is suitable for applicants with a strong mathematical background who wish to develop their knowledge and appreciation of advanced mathematical topics as a preparation for research or to enter highly technical, research-focussed roles in business or industry. Graduates will acquire the analytical skills to perform advanced professional and technical roles.

The programme can be undertaken either full time over 3 semesters (approximately 18 months) or part time over 6 semesters (3 years) and is structured to suit both full-time students and those that are combining study with a career or family life. The programme encourages students to engage in autonomous, self-directed learning whilst providing a supportive environment where lecturers and stage coordinators facilitate and mentor learning.

The programme is aligned with the research strengths of the School and is informed by knowledge at the forefront of the discipline. The programme incorporates recent developments in research and facilitates the investigation of research topics of current interest. In addition, there is an emphasis on developing students' ability to analyse and solve problems in a rigorous mathematical framework. Successful applicants will require a primary degree at second-class or higher classification with a very strong mathematical content.

Prospective applicants may, in addition, wish to consider and apply for MSc Applied Mathematics in the School of Mathematical Sciences.

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.

Graduates of this programme are extremely well equipped to undertake postgraduate degrees by research and the programme provides a direct pathway to research in the School of Mathematical Sciences.

Graduates also possess advanced knowledge and skills in a highly technical subject and are well placed to enter professional roles and modern careers in and senior analytical and research roles. The programme produces effective and enterprising graduates who are not only expert in their discipline but also possess the ambition for constant enquiry and development. These attributes make them extremely flexible and highly sought after by employers in sectors from finance to ICT and to the public sector. Graduates are also well placed to pursue careers in education.

The programme MSc Mathematical Physics comprises nine taught modules (each of one semester duration accumulated over two semesters full time or four semesters part time) followed by a dissertation (studied over one semester full time or four semesters part time). The programme comprises a student work load of 90 ECTS credits and the dissertation contributes 30 ECTS credits. All modules are core and learning is supported by the use of software, group learning, supported practical sessions, seminars and the student library and study facilities.

Exit awards of Postgraduate Diploma (60 ECTS credits) and Postgraduate Certificate (30 ECTS credits) are available.

The following topics are covered in the taught modules:

  • Astrophysical Plasmas
  • General Relativity & Cosmology
  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Classical Mechanics & Thermodynamics
  • Special Relativity & Tensor Calculus
  • Numerical Methods for Differential Equations
  • Biomathematics
  • Mathematical Laboratory
  • Research Skills

The dissertation module is research focused and develops a deep understanding of a specialised topic. In many case the dissertation can provide the basis for further research as part of a postgraduate research degree. The Research Skills module provides an excellent preparation for the dissertation module and students are supported in this module by an assigned academic supervisor and their peers.

Each module is delivered over one semester.  Part-time students undertake lectures and tutorials two or three evenings per week (from approximately 6.30pm).  The Mathematical Laboratory and Research Skills modules combine initial face-to-face delivery on the third evening with online learning.  Laboratory sessions to support modules and students’ learning are also available on the third evening.  Full-time students combine studying a number of daytime modules each semester with the same evening commitment as part-time students.


Applications open in November 2020.

English is not my first language. What level of English proficiency do I require?

The programme requires and IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent. A high level of written English is required. A one-year pre-masters programme is being developed for international students who wish to prepare for the programme including improving their English proficiency. For more information contact the programme coordinator (

Is my current degree sufficiently mathematical?

The answer is that it depends upon your degree. Each application to the programme is individually assessed and the transcripts provided by applicants are used to determine whether applicants have sufficient mathematical background and knowledge to enter the programme. Please contact the programme coordinator ( if you wish to discuss your particular circumstances.

When does the programme take place?

The programme is delivered within the normal academic calendar of the Institute. The academic calendar comprises two semesters of thirteen weeks of teaching and assessment which run from September to December and January to May with breaks for Christmas and Easter. Examinations take place at the end of Semester I, prior to the start of the next semester, and at the end of Semester II. Reassessments take place in August. There are two opportunities to graduate: October and February.

I would like to study the MSc but do not meet the entry requirements. What can I do?

If you do not meet the entry requirements there may be modules, or a programme of prior study, that would make you eligible for the programme. The School of Mathematical Sciences offers a large number of Continuing Professional Development opportunities. Please contact the programme coordinator ( for more information. Depending upon your current qualification you may be eligible for the programme MSc Applied Mathematics in the School.

TU Code



NFQ Level 9




3 years

Course Type


Mode of Study

Part Time

Method of Delivery


Commencement Date

September 2021


City Centre: Grangegorman



Contact Us

Chris Hills - Programme Co-ordinator