Biology, Mathematics & Education

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) & MSc (NFQ Level 9)

Full Time – Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN200
CAO Points Range 2019: 521
Length of Course: 5 Years (BSc 4 years & MSc 1 year)
Average Intake: 400

Leaving Certificate:

  • O2/H6 in Mathematics
  • O2/H6 in a laboratory science (Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or Geography may be used instead of a laboratory science subject) and
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish and two other recognised subjects

Special Entry Recommendations
We recommend that all students in Biology & Mathematics Education should have a minimum Grade H3 in Leaving Certificate Mathematics, or equivalent.

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Why is this course for me?

If you’re interested in biology and mathematics, and think you might like to teach these subjects at post-primary level, then this course may be for you. It’s designed so that from the start, you study biology and mathematics, along with education, in an integrated manner. In third year, you’ll gain teaching experience by completing placements (which we find for you) in a post-primary school and as a third-level tutor.

The four-year BSc in Biology, Mathematics & Education leads directly to the one-year MSc in Mathematics and Science Education. On completion of both degrees, you are fully qualified to teach post-primary Biology and Mathematics to Higher Level Leaving Certificate Level and Science to Junior Certificate Level.

 

Key Facts:
The five-year course is fully accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland.

Placements are integrated into this course from first year, with year-long placements at two different post-primary schools during the final two years of the course.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

On completion of the BSc, students have guaranteed entry to the MSc in Mathematics & Science Education, provided they have achieved a GPA of 3.08. This is equivalent to a 2.1 Honours.

Placements are integrated into this course from first year. Care is taken to slowly introduce you to placements to enable you to build confidence before teaching a class of pupils.

During the last two years of the course, students are assigned year-long placements at two different post-primary schools. These placements are designed so that students not only obtain teaching experience, but also gain a whole-of-school experience through participating in parent-teacher meetings, timetabling, etc. The complete five-year course is fully accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland

What Will I Study

This is a sample pathway for Biology, Mathematics & Education.

First Year

  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Education
  • Chemistry & Physics
  • Elective modules

Second Year

  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Education
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Education
  • School Placement – one placement in a post-primary school, and one placement as a third-level tutor.

Fourth Year

  • Education
  • School Placement
  • Mathematics

Fifth Year

  • Education
  • School Placement
  • Research Project

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Testimonial

“I have always had an interest in Mathematics and a curiosity for the world around us. The DN200 Science course, therefore, really appealed to me as it allowed me to explore a diverse range of modules in first and second year before deciding on a degree path. I chose to specialise in Biology, Mathematics & Education as I am passionate about teaching and love the idea of studying science and education in an integrated manner. I also enjoy getting involved around campus and have made some amazing friends through volunteering with the Science Society and the Maths Sparks programme. In fact, the wide range of opportunities, amazing facilities and level of engagement and support from the academic staff make coming to UCD the best decision I ever made.”

Emily Lewanowski-Breen Student

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time – Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN200
CAO Points Range 2019: 521
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 402

Leaving Certificate:

  •  O2/H6 in Mathematics
  • O2/H6 in a laboratory science (Applied Mathematics or Geography may be used instead of a laboratory science subject) and
  •  O6/H7 in English, Irish and two other recognised subjects
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Why is this course for me?

In this degree, you’ll explore life at the molecular level. This will enable you to pursue a career in biomedical and biomolecular science. The combination of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology into one degree programme unites the molecular approach of Chemistry with the breadth and diversity of Biology. Both use varied and powerful experimental techniques to examine living organisms, their component parts and molecules that play a role in the function of the cell. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology occupy a central position in modern biological and biomedical research.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology can find employment in:

  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Biotechnology companies
  • Forensic science laboratories
  • Hospital and clinical laboratories

Graduates are eligible to apply for a range of MSc programmes in Ireland and abroad, in areas such as biotechnology, imaging and microscopy and molecular medicine. Graduates can also pursue a PhD in universities in Ireland and abroad in areas such as medical research, drug development and biomedical science.

What Will I Study

 

This is a sample pathway for a degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Topics include structural biology, molecular biology, metabolism and disease, cell signalling and communications, cell biology and biochemistry.

First Year

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Optional Science modules
  • Elective modules

Second Year

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  •  + 2 other Science subjects
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Elective modules

Fourth Year

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (includes a research project in diverse areas, such as protein engineering, neurochemistry, cancer studies, the regulation of gene expression, molecular immunology and endocrinology).

All Science courses are full time, with many student timetables running from 9.00am to 5.00pm or later. Depending on the subject choices, a weekly timetable can include lectures, practicals and tutorials.

Assessment varies with each module but may comprise continuous assessment of practicals, written exams and online learning activities.

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International Study Opportunities

Students in their third year have spent time in:

  • Ruprechts-Karls-Universität, Germany
  • University of Edinburgh, UK
  • University of California, San Diego, USA
  • University of Chicago, USA

Students in their fourth year have spent time in the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Testimonial

“Biochemistry is at the core of all the biological sciences and provides an excellent foundation for a career in the field of biomolecular and biomedical sciences. During the course of the degree, I have delved into key components of Biochemistry such as metabolism, molecular basis of diseases, proteins and enzymes whilst also being able to maintain my love of Spanish and music through electives. After I finish my degree, I intend on completing a PhD and pursuing a career in research, with the aim of improving our understanding of diseases at the molecular level. During my time in UCD I have been a peer mentor, a member of the UCD Symphony orchestra and various other clubs and societies. The highlight so far has been the semester I spent studying abroad in McGill University, Montreal.”

Alison Howett Student

Computer Science with Data Science

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time – Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN201
CAO Points Range 2019: 488
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 105

Leaving Certificate:

  • O2/H6 in Mathematics
  •  O6/H7 in English, Irish and three other recognised subjects
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Why is this course for me?

If you have an interest in technology and trends, this degree could be for you. At its core, data science is about extracting insights from data that can transform the way a company operates. For example, understanding data can match millions of businesses with new customers around the world in the areas of advertising and e-commerce. Mining large-scale data sets based on our health can inform pharmaceutical companies when choosing new medicines to develop and capturing data streams from wearable devices can improve our understanding of our habits and routines. Agri-food, energy, transport, government and education are all examples of industries on the verge of being transformed by the power of data-driven methods.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates with training in Computer Science with Data Science work in fields such as:

  • Banking and financial services
  • Consultancy (e.g. Accenture, Deloitte)
  • Internet companies such as Google, PayPal and Facebook
  • Established ICT companies such as IBM, Microsoft and Intel
  • ICT Startups

Graduates can also pursue a range of MSc or PhD programmes such as the MSc Computer Science (Negotiated Learning) or the MSc Digital Forensics and Cybercrime Investigation.

What Will I Study

This degree follows the same first two years as the BSc in Computer Science, which will give you an excellent foundation in Computer Science and Mathematics. The in-depth focus on Data Science begins in Third Year, when you will study Statistics, Data Management and Data Analytics. The aim is to provide the technical depth and the practical experience that you will need to stand out in an increasingly demanding market place. Modules will include hands-on experience with contemporary data science tools such as Hadoop, NoSQL, Python, SciPy, SciKit.Learn, Matplotlib, Numpy and Panda.

This is a sample pathway for a degree in Computer Science with Data Science. Sample topics include Machine Learning, Probability Theory, Introduction to AI, Networks & Internet Systems, Data Science in Python, Data Mining, Information Visualisation, and Programming for Big Data.

First Year

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Elective Module

Second Year

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Elective Modules

Third Year

  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Elective Modules
  • 5 month Internship or Research Project

Fourth Year

  • Computer Science
  • Data Science (Includes a research project)

The Computer Science course is full time and includes a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical assignments. Assessment varies with each module but may comprise continuous assessment of practicals, written exams and online learning activities.

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International Study Opportunities

Universities that students have visited to date include the University of Auckland, New Zealand, the University of California, Irvine, USA, and Fudan University, Shanghai, China.

Testimonial

“A degree in Computer Science is as close to a universal degree as you’ll get. You can choose to apply your technical expertise in virtually any industry: science, fashion, sport, social media, finance, nutrition, health, business, etc. The recent introduction of Computer Science with Data Science only strengthens the range of career opportunities for students. I completed two software engineering internships with Intel during the summers of first and second year, as well as a five-month data science Internship worth 15 credits in third year. Learning to apply your skills and having the chance to work in teams with highly talented engineers is an incredibly challenging yet rewarding experience. When I graduate, I aspire to work in a data analysis or technical product management role.”

Lily Burke Student

Computer Science

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time – Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN201
CAO Points Range 2019: 488
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 105

Leaving Certificate:

  • O2/H6 in Mathematics
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish and three other recognised subjects

 

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Why is this course for me?

Do you ever wonder how Google, Skype, Internet banking or computer games work? Would you like to develop the next generation of cutting-edge computing technologies? If you’re a logical thinker who likes problem solving and you enjoy subjects like mathematics, a degree in Computer Science could be for you.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

A UCD Computer Science degree equips you with the necessary skills to work as a computer programmer, software engineer or architect, database designer, web developer, network engineer, systems administrator or manager, and IT consultant. Some graduates also go on to start their own companies. With a BSc in Computer Science, you’re also eligible to pursue graduate study in computer science and in related areas, such as business, mathematics and engineering. Graduates also pursue research in computer science through PhD programmes in UCD or other institutions.

What Will I Study

Topics include advanced software engineering, mobile application development, networks and Internet systems. Students learn programming languages such as Java and Ruby; software development tools and methodologies such as Git and Scrum; web technologies such as JavaScript; and Big Data programming techniques. Students will use both Windows and Linux/Unix operating systems.

First Year

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Elective module

Second Year

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Elective modules

 

 

Third Year

  • Computer Science
  • Industry internship or software engineering project
  • Elective modules

Fourth Year

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science project

The Computer Science course is full time and includes a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical assignments.

Assessment for each module will vary and may comprise a written exam, individual homework assignments, group projects and continuous assessment.

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International Study Opportunities

Universities that students have visited to date include the University of Auckland, New Zealand, the University of California, Irvine, USA, and Fudan University, Shanghai, China.

Testimonial

“It took me a while to realise I wanted to study Computer Science. In school I was very interested in Maths and problem solving and for a while, a Maths degree topped my CAO. After I found out more about Computer Science, I realised that it could provide me with an outlet for my love of problem solving with a practical element too. I picked UCD because I liked that their degree had more software elements than others, whilst still remaining balanced. I completed a Summer Internship after third year with Deloitte in their Technology Consulting department. For my Fourth Year project, I chose to develop a web application called Helping Hand. It connects people with others in their locality to get help with small favours such as asking for a drop of milk. When I graduate, I plan to return to Deloitte in a full-time position.”

Clíodhna Connolly, Student

Actuarial & Financial Studies

Course Information

BAFS (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time – Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN230
CAO Points Range 2019: 577
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 47

Leaving Certificate:

  •  H2 in Mathematics
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish and three other recognised subjects
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Why is this course for me?

If you enjoy studying Higher Level Mathematics for the Leaving Certificate or at A-Level and you have strong analytical and problem-solving skills, the UCD BAFS (Hons) degree could be for you. An actuary is a professional who uses numbers to make
judgements about the future, compared to an accountant who is a professional who typically uses numbers to make judgements
about the past. This course will prepare you for a professional career in the actuarial or financial professions, but it has also been designed to be broader and more diverse than most traditional courses in actuarial science.

A good actuary requires a multi-disciplined education in fields such as mathematics, economics, finance, statistics, risk management, psychology and professionalism and ethics. It takes a combination of strong analytical skills, business knowledge and understanding of human behaviour to design and manage programmes that control risk and guarantee sufficient funds for the insurance and pension sectors. Actuaries have traditionally worked mostly in the life assurance and pensions industries but are increasingly moving into wider fields, where they can employ their multi-disciplined approach.

The course also opens up options to work in finance, investment and trading.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Most BAFS graduates take positions as actuarial trainees in the following:

  • Life insurance
  • Pensions
  • Health insurance
  • General insurance
  • Investment

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, which accredits this course, is currently in the process of updating its syllabus. Once these details are finalised they will be available on our web page at https://www.myucd.ie/courses/science/actuarial-financialstudies/

Some graduates also work in banking or finance as business or financial analysts. As a graduate of the BAFS degree, you’re also eligible to pursue graduate study in statistics, computer science, economics, mathematics, management science, finance and other specialist business subjects.

What Will I Study

This is a sample pathway for a degree in Actuarial & Financial Studies. The course is broad and highly multi-disciplined.

First Year

  • Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Statistics
  • Accounting
  • Computer Science
  • Elective module

Second Year

  • Finance
  • Statistics
  • Actuarial Mathematics
  • Economic History
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Investment & Trading
  • Actuarial Statistics
  • Information Management
  • Workplace Skills
  • Six-month professional placement in an insurance and financial institution in Ireland, the UK or the USA

Fourth Year

  • Financial & Actuarial Maths
  • Actuarial Statistics
  • Actuarial Risk Management
  • Ethics & Professionalism
  • Elective module

Assessment for each module will vary and may comprise a written exam, multiple- choice questionnaires and continuous assessment activities.

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Testimonial

“Mathematics was always my passion. I enjoyed Accounting in school and especially Financial Mathematics. This led me to Actuarial & Financial Studies. The class size is around 50 people, which helps students get more attention from the lecturers in class. The Mathematics is of course challenging but when you truly understand a concept and can solve problems, it is a very rewarding experience. The material in lectures and tutorials really help us understand the work of actuaries. Lecturers use real-life examples and current events. I am currently in third year, where we have our 6-month internship. I’m working in a re-insurance company learning about actuarial modelling and coding. It is enjoyable and helpful so far and I look forward to learning more throughout the internship.”

Vivian Ho Student