Mathematical Studies

The aim of this course is to enable graduates having some mathematical background attain the level required to teach the subject in schools. On completion, students should attain a level of mastery comparable to that of joint-honours graduates in mathematical studies.

Students considering taking this course with a view to teaching Mathematics are strongly advised to talk to the Teaching Council in advance.

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement for entry to the Higher Diploma in Mathematical Studies is a primary degree with at least 30 ECTS in Mathematics and Statistics or related fields with at least 15 ECTS in the areas of Calculus, Linear Algebra, or Probability and Statistics. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:
•IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
•TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
•TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
•PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include graph theory, numerical analysis, mathematical biology, elementary number theory, introduction to statistics, linear algebra, calculus and complex analysis.


MHR56: 1 year Full-time

This is a one-year full-time course, though it may also be taken part-time over two or more years.

Course Duration: 1 year Full-time


In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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The Course is aimed at potential Mathematics teachers.

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    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

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