There really are infinite possibilities for postgraduate study and research in the field of mathematics. Graduates with mathematics and related degrees can pursue further study within the broader Engineering, IT and Science fields. Given the specialised nature of mathematics at this level, many postgraduate opportunities in maths are through research.
The Trinity College Dublin School of Mathematics offers students the possibility of postgraduate research across a range of subjects in Pure Mathematics, Theoretical Physics, High-Performance Computing, and interdisciplinary subjects such as Bioinformatics and Neuroscience. The School is small and the setting is informal, which encourages close contact with staff, postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars and fellow postgraduate students. Close links with TCD’s Hamilton Mathematics Institute, School of Theoretical Physics and Institute for Advanced Studies can also be useful for research students.
Postgraduate students in the School may read for a PhD or MSc degree by research. They may also pursue a one-year, full-time MSc course in High-Performance Computing. There are no formal entry requirements for those pursuing a degree by research. Prospective students are expected to have achieved at least a 2.1 undergraduate degree and to have the necessary background to pursue advanced study in their chosen field of research. Following evidence of initial work on a thesis topic, the MSc candidate may apply to transfer to the PhD register after the first year.
Research Topics available at TCD include Pure Mathematics (especially partial differential equations, and also operator algebras, operator theory and complex analysis), Theoretical Physics (String Theory, Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics, Quantum Field Theory), Bio-Mathematics and Research in High-Performance Computing.
For those with a real interest and ability in mathematics, postgraduate research at TCD is a real option to consider.
Alternatively there are a number of mathematics and related postgraduate options available at third level institutions throughout Ireland. UCD, UCC, NUI Maynooth, Galway, DCU, Waterford IT, Queens, DIT and UL all offer programmes specialising in areas within the field. For more details, consult the courses listed over the following pages.
Those with postgraduate qualifications in mathematics are very sought after in a number of industries. Maths graduates may find themselves working in manufacturing, insurance, science, financial services, statistics, market research, IT, military, civil service and many other areas.