Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics

At UCD, this MSc programme is developed in close connection with the Simulation Science and Computational Physics specialties, offering students both a robust training in computational methods on top of a solid theoretical and mathematical foundation.

The programme is aimed at students with a strong background in Physics, Mathematics or a related Natural Science, who wish to learn state-of-the-art mathematical models and methods, applied to quantitative analysis of a broad range of physical phenomena.

offers broad opportunities for future employment in research, development, predictive modelling and risk assessment and informatics-related industry sectors.

developed in close connection with the Simulation Science and Computational Physics specialties, offering students both a robust training in computational methods on top of the solid theoretical and mathematical foundation.

Subjects taught

Bio-inspired technologies PHYC40940

Stage 1 - Option
Dynamical SystemsACM30190
Electrodynamics & Gauge TheoryACM40010
Advanced Topics in Computational ScienceACM40080
Riemannian Differential GeometryACM40090
Numerical AlgorithmsACM40290
High Performance Computing (ICHEC)ACM40640
Scientific Programming Concepts (ICHEC)ACM40660
Gen Relativity & Black HolesACM40750
Applied Quantum MechanicsPHYC40020
High Energy Particle PhysicsPHYC40080
General Relativity & CosmologyPHYC40120
Quantum Theory of Condensed MatterPHYC40200
Applied OpticsPHYC40210
Theoretical AstrophysicsPHYC40360
Computational Biophysics and Nanoscale SimulationsPHYC40470
Advanced Statistical PhysicsPHYC40650
Quantum Field TheoryPHYC40800
Physics Research Project 30PHYC40840
Physics Research Project 45PHYC40850
Physics Research Project 60PHYC40860
Techniques in BiophysicsPHYC41070
Time SeriesSTAT30010
Monte Carlo InferenceSTAT40400
Applied Statistical ModellingSTAT40510

Entry requirements

This programme is intended for applicants who have a strong background in physics, chemistry, engineering, material sciences or a related discipline with a significant physics content.

An upper second class honours or international equivalent is required. In special circumstances, students with a strong physics background and 2.2 class honours may be accepted.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language profi ciency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics (N Learning)FT (F124)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*
* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised




1 year full-time.


MSc Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics (F124) Full Time
EU: fee per year - €8750
nonEU: fee per year - €25600

***Fees are subject to change.

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE: 2024/2025 September.

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Careers & Employability
The programme prepares you for a career in industry or for further PhD research. Career opportunities are broad, including the financial, predictive modelling and risk assessment, telecommunications, data mining and analysis, IT consulting and green technologies industry sectors, both in Ireland and internationally. It is also a stepping stone to PhD research in the areas of theoretical and computational physics, nanotechnology and nanoscience. Recent and prospective employers include Deloitte & Touche, Murex Inc., Intel, Pfi zer, Merck, Philips, Tullow Oil, the University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London, and National Institutes of Health, USA.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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