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MSc in Applied Mathematical Sciences with Biological and Ecological Modelling

This is a postgraduate programme aimed at people wishing to further develop their applied mathematics skills while acquiring a specialist training in the growing field of modelling in the life sciences. We are currently recruiting for entry in September 2008. The programme can be taken full time over 12 months or part-time over a longer period.


  • We can offer reduced fees through a School Scholarship, but we cannot pay living expenses.
    (Form here. Deadline End May.) This will be competitive so we would be looking for excellent qualifications. Other funding is also available for Scottish and EU students eg through SAAS.

    Click here for details of studentships and fees.


    The Programme

    The application of mathematical and computer models to problems in the life sciences has rapidly expanded in recent years. This discipline incorporates a wide variety of modelling techniques, employed to understand specific problems in fields as diverse as ecology, evolution, medicine, and developmental biology.

    We offer weekly technical English language support if your first language is not English.


    Models have been applied to problems ranging from the competition between red and grey squirrels, the formation of scar tissue to understanding pigmentation patterns.

    The programme closely follows the structure of our Applied Mathematical Sciences MSc. During the first two semesters, students will take a combination of mandatory and optional courses. Two of the mandatory courses will specifically focus on modelling in the life sciences, Mathematical ecology and Mathematical biology and medicine. The other courses will provide complementary skills in applied mathematics, statistics and scientific computing.

    The course schedule, complete with information on all of the mandatory and optional courses, can be found here.

    The final part of the MSc is an extended project in mathematical modelling of the life sciences, giving the opportunity to investigate a topic in some depth guided by leading research academics from our 5-rated mathematics and statistics groups.

    The following list is intended to provide a flavour of the types of projects that may be available (click on the project titles for more details).




    For more details of any aspect of the MSc/Diploma Programme, please contact us.