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Financial Mathematics and Economics
The degree should appeal to people who enjoy mathematics and are interested in studying economics and other subjects in the financial area. (Please note that you do not have to study economics for the Leaving Certificate to be admitted to this course.) This degree has an advantage over other programmes, including specialised actuarial programmes, as it is broad and suits students not yet ready to specialise. The course is administered jointly by the College of Science and the College of Business, Public Policy and Law. The entry requirements of either college may be applied, according to whichever is more advantageous to the applicant.
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Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
A HC3 in Mathematics is required.
For A-levels, a minimum of Grade C in A-Level Mathematics is required
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A Level Grades (2015)
AAB & b (AS) or equivalent combination
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Mode of study
- Computer Science
- Mathematics of Finance
- Statistics and Probability
- Mathematical Methods I
- Financial Management
- Analysis I
- Intermediate Macroeconomics
- Mathematical Methods II
- Intermediate Microeconomics
- Introduction to Financial Economics
- Discrete Mathematics
- Modelling, Analysis and Simulation
- Statistical Inference
- Analysis II
- Applied Statistics
- Groups I
- Topics in Microeconomic Theory
- Annuities and Life Insurance
- Money and Banking
- Metric Spaces
- Economics of Financial Markets
- Topics in Macroeconomic Theory
- Actuarial Mathematics I
- Business Finance
- Mathematical Modelling
- Financial Theory
- Actuarial Mathematics II: Life Contingencies
- Numerical Analysis
- Measure Theory
- Final-year Project (over 2 semesters)
- Non-Linear Systems
- Derivatives and Risk Management
- Neural Networks
- Stochastic Processes
- International Monetary Economics
- Differential Equations with Financial Derivatives
Further EducationHonours graduates can pursue higher degrees in a range of related disciplines, including mathematics, actuarial science, financial economics, financial mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and economics. Graduates have been accepted on to leading postgraduate programmes both in Ireland and in prestigious universities overseas, including the University of Cambridge, Warwick University and the University of California, Berkeley, USA. Graduates can choose to become trainee actuaries and finish the professional exams while working or complete a Masters or Higher Diploma programme in Actuarial Science before starting as a trainee actuary. To become a qualified actuary, you must satisfy the professional education and work experience requirements of the Faculty of Actuaries (FFA) and Institute of Actuaries (FIA), based in the UK. The Society of Actuaries in Ireland is responsible for the professional conduct of actuaries in Ireland but is not an examining body.
Why Choose This Course?
Financial services – opportunities for graduates exist right across the financial services sector, in investment, corporate and private banking, in currency trading, in credit risk and in management of hedge funds. Some of the world’s leading financial firms have hired our graduates, including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse.
Actuarial profession – graduates can embark on a career as an actuary, working primarily in pensions, life insurance and investments. About a quarter of our graduates in recent years have gone on to complete postgraduate actuarial studies and some graduates have gone directly to positions as trainee actuaries.
Other areas – opportunities for our graduates exist in government departments and other public sector bodies, where they play key roles on issues affecting the national economy. In recent years, graduates have been hired by the Department of Finance, the Central Bank of Ireland, the Bank of England and the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA). Moreover, because of their strong numeracy skills, graduates have also secured employment in a wide variety of different areas, for example, as economists, in accountancy, tax and law, in management consultancy and even as a sports odds compiler.
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Fees: Student Contribution
Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy: €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.
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Mark Berry | BSc (Financial Mathematics and Economics)
...In school I always favoured the numerical subjects and had an interest in finance, so this course was great as it offered a mix of mathematical and financial subjects. The broad, multidisciplinary nature of the course supplied me with ideal numerical and analytical skills to pursue a wide range of job opportunities...