Entry Points (2017)

Course Overview

The BA in Mathematics and Education is a four-year, fulltime honours degree programme which incorporates a teacher training qualification and opportunities for practical teaching experience throughout the four years of its duration. Graduates of the programme will be qualified mathematicians and will be recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland as qualified postprimary teachers of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. The programme is jointly run by the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics and the School of Education of NUI Galway. It has been created as a response to the growing need for excellent Mathematics teachers in Irish post-primary schools as well as a general need for qualified mathematicians.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Grades in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes. A H5 or O1 Grade in Mathematics is also a requirement.

Additional Requirements

For Leaving Certificate: A HC3 or OA2 in Mathematics is also a requirement.
For A-Levels: Grade C in A-Level Mathematics or Grade A at O-Level
Students must satisfy Garda/Police vetting requirements

4 years

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades (2017)

AAA or equivalent combination

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

Year 1

  • History and Structure of Irish Education
  • Principles of Second-Level Mathematics
  • Introduction to Educational Sciences
  • Practical Teaching Programme
  • Algebra and Analysis I and II
  • Skills of Applied Mathematics

Year 2

  • Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • Mathematics Methodology and Skills of Teaching
  • Practical Teaching Programme
  • Applied Mathematics: Mechanics I
  • Analysis I
  • Probability
  • Linear Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Statistics

Year 3

  • Curriculum and Assessment
  • Practical Teaching Programme
  • Professional Studies: Integrated Project
  • Psychology, Sociology and Catering for Diversity
  • Research Literacies for Professional Development & Lifelong Learning
  • Applied Mathematics: Mathematical Modelling I
  • Group Theory
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics: Mechanics II
  • Complex Analysis
  • One Mathematics Elective


Year 4

  • Practical Teaching Programme
  • Final-Year Symposium
  • Final Year Project in Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics: Non-linear Systems
  • Further Options: Three Mathematics Electives
  • Electives: Topology; Advanced Statistical Methods for Business; Functional Analysis; Field Theory; Cryptography; Groups II; History of Mathematics; Numerical Analysis II; Mathematical Modeling II


Modules for 2017-18

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics.
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Further Education

Higher degrees at either the masters or doctorate level in maths or education.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates will have excellent opportunities to become Mathematics and Applied Mathematics teachers. But prospects are not limited to teaching. Mathematics graduates are in short supply and are regarded as being integral to Ireland’s economic recovery and development in future years. They have a wide range of career options, including IT, finance, actuarial work and academia. In addition, graduates will also have a wide range of educational careers open to them in the further and higher education sectors.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

The BA (Mathematics and Education) has links with teacher training institutions throughout Europe, and there may be opportunities for students of the programme to spend time studying abroad. For example, as part of their studies, students have in the past participated in a two-week Erasmus Intensive Programme at the University College of Teacher Education/Viktor Frankl Hochschule, in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,822 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Non EU

€12,750 p.a. 2017/18
EU Fees 2017/18:
- 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.

Find out More

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E collegearts@nuigalway.ie
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What Our Students Say


Nichola Leonard |   Year Two, BA (Mathematics and Education)

At first I was a little apprehensive about taking this course especially when I learned that we would have to study applied maths, but surprisingly I actually enjoyed this element of the course along with the maths and education. The lecturers are very approachable and I would encourage anyone who is doing this course to ask questions if they are having difficulties. They will help you also to avail of the new support sums centre.