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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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DT220
Industrial Mathematics

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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Industrial mathematics is an interesting and relevant branch of mathematics that studies the skills most desirable in the workplace. This programme is designed to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge required to apply mathematical modelling and an analytical approach to real-world problems in industry.

Years 1 and 2 give a broad basis of subjects in applied and pure mathematics, statistics, and operational research. Introducing mathematical modelling and relevant topics in computing are also important features of years 1 and 2. Years 3 and 4 consist of advanced modules in mathematical modelling, financial mathematics, operations research and mathematical statistics. Many of these modules integrate industry relevant software.

Throughout the programme, there is an emphasis on laboratory-based work and problem-based learning via mathematical modelling, computer programming, computer applications, case studies and problem-solving, and the development of professional skills (e.g. communication skills, effective team-work strategies and project management).

The programme includes a six-month work placement during year 3 enabling students to experience a working environment and gain experience of using their analytical, problem solving and computer skills.

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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Old Code New Code Award Title
  5M0529  Software Development
  5M0536  Computer Systems and Networks
  5M17814  Computer Systems & Networks
  5M17817  Software Development
CENGT  5M2061  Engineering Technology
  5M2564  Computer Network & Maintenance
CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques
CCONT  5M5010  Construction Technology
CCNMX    Computer and Network Maintenance
CCTXX    Control Technology
CELTX    Electronic Technology
CITXX    Information Technology

Essential Module Requirements:
5 Distinctions which must include one from the following:

C20139 - Mathematics

5N1833 - Mathematics

C20174 - Mathematics for Engineering

C20175 - Mathematics for Computing

5N0556
5S17694
5N0554
5N17782
5N18396

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This programme has been specifically designed to address the need for highly-skilled, numerate, flexible graduates that are able to formulate and apply cutting-edge modelling and statistical analysis, and apply problem-solving techniques to real-world problems.

Mathematics graduates have a wide range of interesting careers available to them: e.g. in financial services, industrial R & D, medical statistics, teaching, software development, systems analysis, telecommunications, meteorology, civil service, environmental control & defence, economic & social research and a wide range of applied technologies.

Graduates will have developed a capacity for independent study and be in a good position to progress to postgraduate study and research



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