Mathematical Modelling & Self-Learning Systems
Machine learning is an important and newly emerging technique in many areas of applied science such as applied mathematics, engineering, computer science and statistics.
In particular, machine and self-learning systems are innovative approaches to mathematical modelling which use differential equations at their foundation. A particular strength of this approach is that it ultimately allows you to design applications that can adapt to a changing environment. This is a new and rapidly developing area at the interface between applied mathematics and machine learning.
The primary aim of our Mathematical Modelling programme at UCC is to provide you with training in the use and development of modern numerical methods and machine-learning software. You will develop and apply new skills to real-world problems using mathematical ideas and techniques together with software tailored for complex networks and self-learning systems. While there is a strong focus on modern applications, our graduates will gain in-demand skills in mathematical modelling, problem-solving, scientific computing, dynamic machine learning, complex networks and communication of mathematical ideas to a non-technical audience.
We also teach general hands-on skills such as mathematical typesetting, mathematical writing, desktop and web-based mathematical software development, and the use of computer languages and packages such as C#, R, Python and TensorFlow – all of which are highly prized by employers in this field.
Why Choose This Course
This MSc programme reflects a philosophy of cutting-edge teaching methods and pragmatism. We believe that our programme opens up multiple new possibilities for our graduates; it will provide you with a skill set that will make you stand out from the crowd in your original field of study. The final project is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your abilities to future employers or to undertake a detailed study in a new area of interest. The course is extremely flexible in helping you realise your ambitions.
We encourage innovative teaching and learning practices at UCC and this is embodied in the online delivery of this programme. Our accessible learning approach reflects our commitment to the Connected Curriculum where we emphasise the connection between students, learning, research and leadership through our vision for a Connected University. Our staff from the School of Mathematical Sciences have made significant contributions to their discipline and will support you in making meaningful connections across the breadth of mathematics, statistics and computer technology.
This is a full-time, blended learning programme running for 12 months from the date of first registration for the programme.
Students take 90 credits as follows:
AM6004: Numerical Methods and Applications (5 credits)
AM6005: Nonlinear Dynamics (5 credits)
AM6007: Scientific Computing with Numerical Examples (10 credits)
AM6015: Computational Techniques with Networks (5 credits)
AM6016: Dynamic Machine Learning with Applications (5 credits)
AM6017: Complex and Neural Networks (5 credits)
AM6020: Open Source Infrastructure for Mathematical Modelling and Big Data Applications (5 credits)
CS6421 Deep Learning (5 credits)
EE6024 Engineering machine Learning Solutions (5 credits)
ST4060: Statistical Methods for Machine Learning I (5 credits)**
ST4061: Statistical Methods for Machine Learning II (5 credits)**
Students who have taken any of the above modules in a previous degree must select alternative modules (subject to availability and timetabling) in consultation with the Programme Coordinator.
AM6018: Dissertation in Mathematical Modelling and Machine Learning (30 credits)
Please see the University Calendar (Mathematical Modelling & Self-Learning Systems) for further course information.
Candidates must have obtained at least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a numerate discipline (i.e., commensurate with science or engineering programmes).
Candidates are expected to have taken courses in mathematics, applied mathematics or statistics at university level, and be familiar with calculus, vectors, matrices and elementary statistics. They are expected to have sufficient background in university-level mathematics as assessed by the course coordinator. In the case of competition for places selection will be made on the basis of primary degree results and/or interview. For online modules, students are advised to have access to a laptop/home computer with internet connection, modern browser, word processing and spreadsheet software.
Candidates from Grandes Écoles Colleges are also eligible to apply if they are studying a cognate discipline in an ENSEA or EFREI Graduate School and are eligible to enter the final year (M2) of their programme.
All candidates must ultimately be approved by the director of the MSc (Mathematical Modelling and Self-Learning Systems) programme.
If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.
For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
How to apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.
2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.
Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
Any supplementary items requested for your course.
Please log into the online application portal for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates below.
The UCC application portal will open on November 1st for admission in September 2022.
Irish, EU, UK, EEA and Swiss Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made at a minimum of four times a year on a rolling basis.
The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.
Deadline for receipt of full applications/ Offers will be made:
For all completed applications received by January 17th, 2022 -
Offers will be made by January 31st, 2022
For all completed applications received by March 7th, 2022 -
Offers will be made by March 21st, 2022
For all completed applications received by May 3rd, 2022 -
Offers will be made by May 17th, 2022
For all completed applications received by July 1st, 2022 -
Offer will be made by July 15th, 2022
After July late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity.
Applicants from outside of EU, UK, EEA, Switzerland: Information may be found on the International Office Website.
NON-EU CLOSING DATE: 15 June
1 year full-time
Start Date 7 September 2020
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Skills and Careers Information
Graduates with quantitative skills and expertise in self-learning algorithms are in high demand in the industry according to the Government Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN). Demand for these skills is projected to rise over the coming years not just in Ireland but in the EU and globally. Graduates from a similar MSc have secured jobs in the following areas: banking, financial trading, consultancy, online gambling firms, software development, logistics, data analysis, and with companies such as AIB, McAfee, Fexco, DeCare Systems, MpStor, the Tyndall Institute, Matchbook.com, First Derivatives, and KPMG.