Theoretical Physics & Mathematics

Although the topics are diverse, there are commonalities which mean that the same mathematical and numerical methods can often be used in different fields, and there are many intersections between these topics. This MSc will also introduce descriptions and methods originally developed in theoretical physics and mathematics, which have found application in a wide range of other fields including biological systems, finance and computer science. It introduces students to the forefront of current research through a supervised project and may serve as an entry point to a research degree.

Subjects taught

Full-time students will take 30 ECTS each semester, plus the 30-ECTS research project over the summer. The 60 ECTS of taught modules normally includes at least 40 ECTS at 500- and 600-level. The 500- and 600-level modules each have at least 3 contact hours per week including tutorials/problem classes. Several reading modules and advanced final year undergraduate modules are included to allow flexibility to address the needs of the students, given the likely diversity of their backgrounds.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

2.1 BSc Theoretical Physics and Mathematics, or physics degree with substantial mathematics component, or mathematics degree with substantial physics component.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

National University of Ireland Maynooth?s TOEFL code is 8850

Application dates

Closing Date : 30 June 2024


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Post Course Info

Many graduates of this programme will wish to pursue PhD study in the areas of theoretical physics or mathematics, often with a view to an academic or research career. An MSc in these areas provides a strong and necessary foundation. For application to many PhD programmes, it is an essential qualification.

Outside academia, the expertise gained in a theoretical physics and mathematics MSc is frequently applied in industries such as financial mathematics, data science and high-performance computing. Graduates from theoretical physics and mathematics MSc programmes are highly sought after in the financial and IT sectors. It is important to emphasise that mathematics and physics provide the theoretical foundations on which the software and algorithms used in these industries is based. Graduates with advanced degrees in mathematics and theoretical physics are therefore well-equipped to make fundamental contributions: shaping new theoretical developments at the coalface in these areas.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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