Science Education

Science and Mathematics Education

Course Details

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NFQ Level:
8 - Please see for further information
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4 yr
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If you love science and maths, and would like to share your enthusiasm, interest and knowledge with young people, you’ll thrive on the BSc in Science and Mathematics Education.


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Science and maths teachers work to develop their pupils’ understanding of the world around them and to educate future generations of scientists, engineers and technologists, not to mention citizens who are scientifically, mathematically and technically literate.

You’ll build a strong foundation in key areas of education, mathematics and either physics or chemistry, developing essential mathematical thinking skills, and scientific practices and ways of working throughout the four years. You’ll also study the history, psychology, sociology and philosophy of education, as well as undertaking curriculum studies.

Gaining practical real-world experience
During the course, you’ll spend at least 24 weeks on placement in post-primary schools and you can also complete a 12-week paid internship in industry as part of the STEM Teacher Internship programme. You’ll develop digital literacy and digital skills so you are ready to teach in remote or blended learning environments as well as face-to-face.

Once you’ve completed this Teaching Council-approved course, you’ll be qualified to teach mathematics and either physics or chemistry to Leaving Certificate level. Our graduates are known to be creative, highly skilled and highly motivated, and are much sought after as post-primary teachers. Those who decide teaching is not for them can pursue a career in technical training or scientific communication, for example, given their strong STEM training.

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Careers & Further Options

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DCU Science and Mathematics Education graduates are actively sought after by Principals both in Ireland and internationally. 

The majority of our graduates take up careers in post-primary education, teaching two of chemistry, physics or mathematics, as well as Junior Cycle science and mathematics. 

Other graduates have pursued careers in industry-based training and development.

  • Teaching
  • Technical Training in Science based industries
Technical Training in Science based industries

DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Our Graduates work in environments ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, family businesses and start-ups across every sector.

DCU Careers Service has a number of learning and development initiatives in place for our students, giving them the skills they need for a successful career path.

Go to our Careers site to find out more about career planning, our mentorship programme, skills development and online resources for students when working on CVs and making applications.

Entry Requirements

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In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of O1 or H6 in Mathematics and minimum of O4 or H6 in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science.

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C Mathematics and GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry, Agricultural Science or Environmental Technology.

Please visit our Admissions webpage for details on course requirements or how to apply to DCU.


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Applicants that have completed at least one year of study at NFQ Level 6, 7 or 8 at another institution may apply to continue their studies on a similar programme at DCU. There should be substantial overlap in content between the two programmes to be considered for a transfer. Results and other supporting documentation must be submitted to CAO by the closing date of 1st July. This is a competitive application process for a small quota of advanced entry places. Offers are made on a rolling basis until all places are filled. Early application is advised. Please note: Applicants should also consider applying through the appropriate route for first year entry to the programme they are interested in. This application process is only for advanced entry.

Additional Criteria 

To qualify for advanced entry applicants must have completed a Science and Mathematics Education programme that includes similar education modules in their first year. Sufficient education modules must have been completed to be eligible for entry to 2nd year, thus we advise all applicants to also apply to enter first year of the programme through CAO.

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. Click here for further information on international applications.

Course Structure

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  • Microteaching and Teaching Preparation 
  • Irish Education 
  • Calculus 
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mathematical Thinking
  • Year 1
  • Micro Teaching and Teaching Preparation 


Year 1 Options

  • Introductory Chemistry 
  • Fundamental Concepts for Chemistry Education
  • Chemistry Laboratory 
  • Interdisciplinary Science


  • Light & Optics 
  • Motion & Energy 
  • Electricity & Magnetism 
  • The Universe 
  • Physics Laboratory
  • Microteaching and Teaching Preparation 
  • Development Psychology 
  • Geometry 
  • Probability and Statistics 
  • Calculus of Several Variables 
  • Differential Equations


Year 2 Options

  • Spectroscopy and Physical Chemistry 
  • Organic Chemistry 
  • Inorganic Chemistry 
  • Kinetics and Thermodynamics 
  • Chemistry Laboratory


  • Quantum Physics 
  • Nuclear Physics and Relativity 
  • Solid State Physics 
  • Properties of Matter 
  • Physics Laboratory
  • Teaching and Assessing Junior Cycle Science and Mathematics 
  • ICT Teaching Strategies and Professional Preparation 
  • Philosophical Perspectives on Education 
  • Equality in Education 
  • School Placement
  • Discrete Mathematics 
  • Analysis


Year 3 Options

  • Analytical Techniques & Research Project 
  • Chemistry Topics through Laboratory


  • Electronics for Science Teachers 
  • Physics Laboratory & Research Project
  • Curriculum Development and Evaluation 
  • Teaching in Online Learning Environment
  • Diversity and Inclusion 
  • School Placement 
  • Research Project
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Teaching and Assessing Senior Cycle Mathematics


Year 4 Options

  • Teaching and Assessing Senior Cycle Chemistry


Teaching and Assessing Senior Cycle Physics

For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Student Contribution.
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee.
€16,000 per annum

How To Apply

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Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

To apply for this programme:
Candidates should apply directly here. Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

Please provide 

  • Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
  • If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.


All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 6th of November 2023.

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at

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