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Mathematical Physics

The programme MSc in Mathematical Physics is one of two taught postgraduate programmes delivered by the School of Mathematical Sciences. It offers a well-structured programme that develops a deep level of knowledge of topics in mathematical physics underpinned by a solid mathematical foundation. It is suitable for applicants with a strong mathematical background who wish to develop their knowledge and appreciation of advanced mathematical topics as a preparation for research or to enter highly technical, research-focussed roles in business or industry. Graduates will acquire the analytical skills to perform advanced professional and technical roles.

The programme can be undertaken either full time over 3 semesters (approximately 18 months) or part time over 6 semesters (3 years) and is structured to suit both full-time students and those that are combining study with a career or family life. The programme encourages students to engage in autonomous, self-directed learning whilst providing a supportive environment where lecturers and stage coordinators facilitate and mentor learning.

The programme is aligned with the research strengths of the School and is informed by knowledge at the forefront of the discipline. The programme incorporates recent developments in research and facilitates the investigation of research topics of current interest. In addition, there is an emphasis on developing students' ability to analyse and solve problems in a rigorous mathematical framework. Successful applicants will require a primary degree at second-class or higher classification with a very strong mathematical content.

Prospective applicants may, in addition, wish to consider and apply for MSc Applied Mathematics in the School of Mathematical Sciences.

The option of studying elements of the programme via distance learning or undertaking individual modules as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules may be available. Interested applicants should contact the programme coordinator (chris.hills@dit.ie) for details.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to enrol should normally possess a minimum of the equivalent of an honours degree (level 8 on the NFQ) in mathematics, or mathematical sciences or an honours degree with a substantial mathematical component where mathematics was studied for at least three years, at Grade 2.2 or higher.

The relevance and mathematical content of an applicant’s primary degree and other experience will be assessed by the admissions team for the programme whose decision is final. Attainment of the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee entry to the programme and all candidates will be assessed against the entry criteria, in the context of the available places on the programme, for their prior learning and on their ability to succeed.

Duration

Full Time – 3 semesters (1 1/2 years)
Part Time – 6 semesters (3 years)

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates of this programme are extremely well equipped to undertake postgraduate degrees by research and the programme provides a direct pathway to research in the School of Mathematical Sciences.

Graduates also possess advanced knowledge and skills in a highly technical subject and are well placed to enter professional roles and modern careers in and senior analytical and research roles. The programme produces effective and enterprising graduates who are not only expert in their discipline but also possess the ambition for constant enquiry and development. These attributes make them extremely flexible and highly sought after by employers in sectors from finance to ICT and to the public sector. Graduates are also well placed to pursue careers in education.

Further enquiries

Chris Hills
School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Sciences and Health
DIT Kevin Street, Dublin 8
T: 01 402 4611
F: 01 402 4994
E: chris.hills@dit.ie

Subjects taught

The programme MSc Mathematical Physics comprises nine taught modules (each of one semester duration accumulated over two semesters full time or four semesters part time) followed by a dissertation (studied over one semester full time or four semesters part time). The programme comprises a student work load of 90 ECTS credits and the dissertation contributes 30 ECTS credits. All modules are core and learning is supported by the use of software, group learning, supported practical sessions, seminars and the student library and study facilities.

Exit awards of Postgraduate Diploma (60 ECTS credits) and Postgraduate Certificate (30 ECTS credits) are available.

The following topics are covered in the taught modules:
•Astrophysical Plasmas
•General Relativity & Cosmology
•Quantum Field Theory
•Classical Mechanics & Thermodynamics
•Special Relativity & Tensor Calculus
•Numerical Methods for Differential Equations
•Biomathematics
•Mathematical Laboratory
•Research Skills

The dissertation module is research focused and develops a deep understanding of a specialised topic. In many case the dissertation can provide the basis for further research as part of a postgraduate research degree. The Research Skills module provides an excellent preparation for the dissertation module and students are supported in this module by an assigned academic supervisor and their peers.

Comment

Award
Graduates of the programme are eligible for the award of MSc Mathematical Physics. The award is made with classification.

Students who complete 60 ECTS of the programme (excluding the dissertation) are eligible to be considered for a Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematical Physics with classification.

Students who complete 30 ECTS of the programme (excluding the dissertation) are eligible to be considered for a Postgraduate Certificate in Mathematical Physics with classification.

Individual modules can be studied as individually-certified Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Timetable / Hours
Each module is delivered over one semester. Part-time students undertake lectures and tutorials two or three evenings per week (from approximately 6.30pm). The Mathematical Laboratory and Research Skills modules combine initial face-to-face delivery on the third evening with online learning. Laboratory sessions to support modules and students’ learning are also available on the third evening. Full-time students combine studying a number of daytime modules each semester with the same evening commitment as part-time students.

Location: Lectures, tutorials, practical sessions and examination will take place in the College of Sciences and Health, DIT Kevin Street, Dublin 8.

Assessment method

Assessment
The taught modules are assessed by a combination of written examinations and continuous assessment undertaken during the semester. Some modules may also involve practical tasks. The assessment of the dissertation module is based upon the written work, communication of the research and a viva voce examination.

Examinations for Semester I modules take place in January and examinations for Semester II modules take place immediately following the end of teaching in May. Reassessment takes place in August. Students are required to attend the Institute and be available for examinations.

Application date

Closing Date: 16th July 2017

Please note that, due to the high demand for programmes, early applications are encouraged and will be assessed promptly when they are received. If you have not received your final degree results, your application can still be assessed and, if successful, a conditional offer made.

Programme Code: DT9205 (FT) / DT9206 (PT)

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017

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