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MSc Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing

Course Description

The primary aim of this course is to educate you to MSc level in the theoretical and practical aspects of mathematical problem solving, mathematical model development, creating software solutions and communication of results.

This course provides training in the use and development of reliable numerical methods and corresponding software. It aims to train graduates with a mathematical background to develop and apply their skills to the solution of real problems. It covers the underlying mathematical ideas and techniques and the use and design of mathematical software. Several application areas are examined in detail. It develops skills in mathematical problem-solving, scientific computing, and technical communication.

Training is also provided in general computing skills, mathematical typsetting, mathematical writing, desktop and web-based mathematical software development, and the use of computer languages and packages including Mathematica, parallel computing, C#, 3D graphics and animation, and visualisation.

The MSC is now available fully online and can be taken over 12 months full time or 24 months part time.

Visit the website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/ckr36/

Course Details

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

- use the description of a real world problem to develop a reasonable mathematical model in consultation with the scientific literature and possibly experts in the area
- carry out appropriate mathematical analysis
- select or develop an appropriate numerical method and write a computer programme which gives access to a sensible solution to the problem
- present and interpret these results for a potential client or a non-technical audience


Module descriptions - http://www.ucc.ie/calendar/postgraduate/Masters/science/page05.html#mathematical

AM6001 Introduction to Mathematica (5 credits)
AM6002 Numerical Analysis with Mathematica (5 credits)
AM6003 Cellular Automata (5 credits)
AM6004 Applied Nonlinear Analysis (Computational Aspects) (5 credits)
AM6005 Modelling of Systems with Strong Nonlinearities (5 credits)
AM6006 Mathematical Modelling of Biological Systems with Differential Equations (5 credits)
AM6007 Object Oriented Programming with Numerical Examples (10 credits)
AM6008 Developing Windowed Applications and Web-based Development for Scientific Applications (5 credits)
AM6009 3D Computer Graphics and Animation for Scientific Visualisation (5 credits)
AM6010 Topics in Applied Mathematical Modelling (5 credits)
AM6011 Advanced Mathematical Models and Parallel Computing with Mathematica (5 credits)
AM6012 Minor Dissertation (30 credits)


The course places great emphasis on hands-on practical skills. There is a computer laboratory allocated solely for the use of MSc students. PCs are preloaded with all the required software and tools. Online students are expected to have a suitable PC or laptop available; all required software is provided for installation to faciliate course work. Online teaching hours, involving lecturers, tutorials and practical demonstrations, usually take place in the morninbg. The rest of the time, you are expected to do exercises, assignments and generally put in the time required to acquire key skills.


Continuous assessment is the primary method of examining. In each module, typically 40% of the marks are available for take-home assignments and the remaining 60% of marks are examined by a practical computer-based examination. Final projects are read and examined by at least two members of staff.

For more information, please see the Book of Modules 2015/2016 - http://www.ucc.ie/calendar/postgraduate/Masters/science/page05.html#mathematical


Quantitative graduates with software skills are in high demand in industry according to the Governments Expert Group on Future Skills Needs. Demand for these skills is project to rise over the coming years not just in Ireland but in the EU and globally. Graduates have recently secured jobs in the following areas: banking, financial trading, consultancy, online gambling firms, software development, logistics, data analysis and with companies such as AIB, McAfee, Fexco, DeCare Systems, MpStor, the Tyndall Institute, Matchbook.com, First Derivatives and KPMG.

How to apply: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/how/

Funding and Scholarships

Information regarding funding and available scholarships can be found here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/cblgradschool/current/fundingandfinance/fundingscholarships/

Visit the MSc Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing page on the University College Cork website for more details!

Student Profiles

UCC Postgraduate Bursaries for Taught Programmes - 20+ Awards

UCC are offering bursaries to students who have lost funding because of the changes to the Student Grant Scheme in the 2012 Budget. There has been a substantial increase in the number of postgraduate students in Ireland in recent years but it is feared that the change in the Student Grant Scheme as part of Budget 2012 may affect the numbers adversely.UCC have decided not to limit the number of bursaries as supplying suitably qualified graduates is one of its actions to support the government’s 2012 Action Plan for Jobs. “There is great merit in offering these Bursaries”, says Dr Michael Murphy, President of UCC. “We know that the removal of the Government grant will have caused some problems for students and we hope that this measure alleviates the financial difficulties. This support for our postgraduate students complements the support that UCC offers disadvantaged students through it Access programme and Talented Student Programme at UCC. We think it is very important to support our students at this time as well-qualified postgraduate students will be an important part of Ireland’s economic recovery”. In 2011, 3,691 postgraduate students registered to study across UCCs four Colleges (College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, College of Business and Law, College of Medicine and Health and the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science) undertaking studies ranging from Higher Diplomas to doctoral research degrees. With over 200 taught and research programmes, UCC is one of the most popular universities for postgraduate study in Ireland. UCC’s excellent reputation and support for all students, especially disadvantages students, is one of the major reasons for its designation as the ‘Sunday Times Irish University of the Year 2011-12’ and ‘Ireland’s first Five Star University’ (QS Stars 2011). Other national programmes that provide financial support for suitably qualified students to undertake postgraduate studies include the Graduate Skills Conversion Programme (GSCP), a joint initiative with the Department of Education and Science and the Higher Education Authority. The aim of this programme is to provide graduates with the opportunity to acquire qualifications for employment in the ICT area. These postgraduate courses are provided at reduced fees (€2,750) and aim to enhance Ireland’s competency in this economically important area. ICT is just one of the many options available to students; the full range of UCC post graduate programmes is available on http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/what/colleges/

Value of Scholarship(s)



The bursaries are specifically designed to ensure that students who were previously in receipt of a local authority grant and as a result of the changes in the scheme are no longer eligible are not disadvantaged.To be eligible, the student must have qualified for Local Authority, VEC or Department of Education grants in the final year of their bachelor’s degrees. The bursaries are not limited to UCC graduates; the scheme is open to students from any Irish HE institution who graduated since 2009 and who will commence a full time taught Post graduate programme in UCC in September 2012.

Application Procedure

Full details of the bursary scheme are on the University website http://www.ucc.ie/en/financeoffice/fees/

Further Information



Graduate Skills Conversion Programme - 20+ Awards

The Graduate Skills Conversion Programme (GSCP) is a joint initiative with the Department of Education and Science and the Higher Education Authority.The aim of the programme is to provide graduates with the opportunity to acquire qualifications for employment in the ICT area. A greatly reduced fee applies to all courses under this programme. For 2012-13 the fee is €2,750 if studying the programme full time. If you are studying the programme part time a fee of €1,700 is payable in the first year and a similar fee is payable in the second year.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Reduced fees: €2, 750 approx


Prospective postgraduate students living or working in an EU country for three of last five years. Non-EU applicants don't qualify. Each course has different academic eligibility criteria; click here to find course information: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/what/PostgraduateFunding/FundedProgrammes

Application Procedure

As places are limited on these courses students are advised http://www.pac.ie/ apply online as soon as possible to secure a place. In the case of the Graduate Skills programmes, funding will be based on all PAC EU taught applications.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You must have obtained at least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a numerate discipline (i.e., science or engineering). English language proficiency View Website

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