Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH206

CAO Points : 488

Closing Date : 01 July 2018

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The Big Bang, particle physics, black holes, fractals, chaos, quantum computing, field theory, vector calculus, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, quantum physics and the great ideas that shape our understanding of our universe and the way we think, are just some of the topics you’ll come to grips with as a student of Mathematical Physics.

Mathematical physics, or theoretical physics, is one of the most exciting and dynamic areas of study. Theoretical physicists study the entire physical world from the microscopic astrophysical world. The scope of its subject area ranges over such topics as, semiconductors, lasers, fractals, chaos, black holes, the Big Bang, the fundamental forces of nature, neural networks and the simulation of physical and biological systems.  

This accelerated three year programme is designed for students with a very strong interest in theoretical physics and who are strong in mathematics. Students take Theoretical (Mathematical) Physics and Mathematics throughout the three years of the programme.
  • Accelerated 3 year degree 
  • Students enter directly into the 2nd year of the standard 4 year in Mathematical Physics and Mathematics programme 
  • 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
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. Entry into research is also an option, and multi-disciplinary fields may appeal such as nanotechnology, biophysics, finance, or medical physics. 
  • Some graduates move into postgraduate study in the University and at major international universities, including Cambridge, Oxford and the University of California.
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

A mature student is 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. Admission is based on your application. Test and/or interview.
H2 in Leaving Certificate Mathematics OR EQUIVALENT required. 3 year accelerated degree.
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2018. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO after May 1st 2018.
Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2018 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 2018

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English, H2 Mathematics & O6/H7 in a Science subject (i.e. Agricultural Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Physics with Chemistry).
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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.


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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