Mathematical Science

The course offers students in-depth knowledge of theoretical physics and the application of mathematical methods and demonstrates the crossdisciplinary application of these research areas. The course is delivered in a supportive environment nurturing the development of student research and preparing students for their professional career.

Entry requirements

Normally at least a BSc honours 2.1 in mathematical/theoretical physics, mathematics or a related discipline. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHQ52 MSc: 1 year full-time.
MHQ53 MSc: 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Careers for graduates of the course include: teaching, actuary, banking, software development, computational physics telecommunications, research and development in industry and computer modelling/simulation. Students who perform well may go on to a PhD.

Further enquiries

Programme Director: Professor Brian Dolan
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3762

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include groups, geometry and topology for physics, quantum field theory, differential geometry, general relativity, and advanced special topics in applied mathematics and theoretical physics.


The Department of Mathematical Physics at Maynooth has a long and distinguished tradition in research. The Department offers high quality education in theoretical physics and the associated mathematics from Higher Diploma to Postdoctoral level and hosts an active community of PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

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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