Bachelor Degree in Mathematics Common Entry From University of Limerick

Program Overview

In UL the focus is on applied mathematics, not in the sense of the Leaving Certificate Applied Mathematics syllabus, but rather in the sense of mathematics being used to solve problems that arise in science, engineering, industry, finance or society. Applied mathematical modelling is a philosophy of asking, and trying to understand, how things work. A problem or phenomenon of some sort occurs outside mathematics and mathematics is used to explain, to understand and ideally to improve it.



  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee



IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90


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LM124 Mathematics Common Entry is designed to provide you with a gateway to better choice if you’re unsure which area you’d like to study. You can avail of a broad common first year which will introduce you to various topics in Mathematics, Physics and Economics. Having gained a better understanding of each subject area, you then choose your preferred pathway to specialise for the remaining 3 years of your degree programme. At UL, you get to try before you decide.

In the first semester, you will study calculus, linear algebra and computer programming and can choose from a selection of other modules, including physics and economics, before deciding whether to pursue a degree in

  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mathematics and Physics; or
  • Economics and Mathematical Sciences.

A Special Mathematics (Higher Level) Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Your choice of programme needs to be made before the end of the first semester; there is no restriction on this choice, except that to continue with Mathematics and Physics you must take the physics module Mechanics/Heat/Electricity/Magnetism (PH4131) in the first semester, and similarly to continue with Economics and Mathematical Sciences you must take an economics module in the first semester. It is possible for you to select modules which leave all three options open for the second semester.

Minimum grades    

  • Applicants are required to hold the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include:
  • Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Subject requirements    


  • In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade H3 in Mathematics.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

The career opportunities will depend primarily on the BSc course chosen by you. Graduates of UL Mathematics courses have successfully developed careers in the following employment areas:

  • Mathematical Sciences
    Research; teaching; financial services including accounting, lending analysis and investment analysis; data analysis including market research, demographics and medical research; software development; manufacturing including production planning, quality control and research and development of new products.   
  • Mathematics and Physics 
    Physicist, meteorologist; patent agent; planetary scientist; acoustical physicist; teacher.

  • Economics and Mathematical Sciences 
    Economist; statistician; market research analyst; securities trader; investment banking analyst; health policy planner; international trade specialist; demographer; banking; civil service; actuarial services, education including teaching and research.


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