Taught course

Mathematical Physics

Dublin Institute of Technology · School of Mathematics

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Our graduates 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.

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.

Information for international students

International Student Office, Dublin Institute of Technology, International Office, DIT, 41 Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1. Find out more at the International Office: telephone: +353 1 402 4253/ 7844, email: pg.international@dit.ie.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
18 months

Course contact details

Chris Hills
01 402 4611