School of Mathematical Sciences

Common Entry into Actuarial and Financial Mathematics

Common Entry into Actuarial and Financial Mathematics
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If you have an interest in and aptitude for high-level maths but want time to decide your exact academic concentration, Common Entry offers entry into two full BSc degree courses:

- Actuarial Mathematics, and

- Financial Mathematics.

The advantage of Common Entry is that after two years of study, you’ll know which of the two degree options you prefer.

Access to Financial Mathematics is exclusively through Common Entry. The BSc in Actuarial Mathematics also has direct entry through application to DC126. If you wish to maximise your chances of enrolling in an actuarial or financial course, apply for Common Entry and the BSc in Actuarial Mathematics in order of your priorities.

The Common Entry structure allows you to make an informed decision about which stream to specialise in after first studying fundamental courses such as analysis, algebra and probability, together with computing and statistics.

At the end of Year Two, students on this Common Entry programme enter one of two courses—there are a limited number of places in the third year of the BSc in Actuarial Mathematics, with entry based on a student’s performance in Years One and Two.

Complete two years of a BSc while deciding between an academic concentration in either Actuarial Mathematics or Financial Mathematics
View the current course structure

For more information on every aspect of studying at DCU visit our CAO Hub where you can listen to taster lectures, hear from our student ambassadors and find answers to frequently asked questions.

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.

Exceptional Facilities

DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.

A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment

Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.

For further information on the various professional opportunities review the entry for the BSc in Actuarial Mathematics or the BSc in Financial Mathematics.


Leaving Cert

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

Minimum of H3 in Mathematics

GCE A Level

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

GCE A Level B Mathematics

FET Level 5

No Entry Path

EU Transfer Applications

Applications are welcomed from students who wish to transfer from another level 8 course, providing that they have achieved the requisite points and fulfil the requirements of the course. Due to the special nature of the Actuarial Mathematics course, candidates will usually only be considered for entry into first year. Please apply directly to DCU using the R10 form. Closing date for applications 1st July.

Transfer students may be exempt from certain modules.

International Applications

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. For further information on international applications click here.


Full time

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,250 per annum
Non EU Fee
€15,000 per annum

Next Steps

Mature Applicants

Apply through the CAO by 1st February.

Applicants presenting EU school Leaving Examinations

EU School Leavers/FETAC Level 5 Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May 

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to the 1st July. All non-EU candidates are advised to apply early as places are limited.

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at  Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form R10 by clicking here