Applied Mathematical Sciences with Biological and Ecological Modelling MSc/Diploma
- Delivery: Full Time, Part Time
- Programme type: Taught Programme
- Study location: Edinburgh
- Entry date: September
MACS postgraduate scholarships
3 scholarships of £3,000 will be awarded to outstanding overseas applicants to any of our Mathematics MSc programmes. 1 scholarship of £1,000 will be awarded to an outstanding Home/EU applicant to any of our Mathematics MSc programmes. Find out more.
The contribution of mathematical and computational modelling to the understanding of biological systems has rapidly grown in recent years. This discipline encompasses a wide range of life science areas, including ecology (e.g. population dynamics), epidemiology (e.g. spread of diseases), medicine (e.g. modelling cancer growth and treatment) and developmental biology.
This programme aims to equip students with the necessary technical skills to develop, analyse and interpret models applied to biological systems. The coursework is supported by an extended and supervised project in life science modelling and we offer an exciting range of projects in subjects such as Population Cycles of Forest Insects, Modelling Invasive Tumour Growth, Wiring of Nervous Systems, Vegetation Patterns in Semi-Arid Environments and other cutting-edge topics.
Also available part-time over 2 to 3 years
Students will take a total of 8 courses, 4 in each of the 1st and 2nd Semesters followed by a 3-month Project in the summer. A typical distribution for this programme is as follows:
- Modelling and Tools;
- Mathematical Ecology;
- Dynamical Systems;
- Mathematical Biology and Medicine.
- Numerical Analysis of ODEs;
- Applied Mathematics;
- Statistical Methods;
- Stochastic Simulation;
- Partial Differential Equations;
- Numerical Analysis;
- Climate Change: Causes and Impacts;
- Biologically Inspired Computation;
- Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation Measures.
Typical project subjects:
- Population Cycles of Forest Insects;
- Modelling Invasive Tumour Growth;
- The replacement of Red Squirrels by Grey Squirrels in the UK;
- Wiring of Nervous System;
- Vegetation Patterning in Semi-arid Environments;
- Daisyworld: A Simple Land Surface Climate Model.
More detailed information is available here
Entry is aimed at graduates with strong mathematical knowledge and skills. A good honours degree in mathematics, statistics or a related subject with a substantial mathematical content is desired. Motivation and a willingness to work hard are also important pre-requisites.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
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* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.
Scholarships & bursaries
- Alumni Scholarship Scheme
- Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursaries
Applicants must be Scottish by birth, have at least one parent born in Scotland or have been continuously resident in Scotland for a period of three years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education.
- Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
International (Commonwealth citizens)
- Department for International Development (DFID) Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme
- East Lothian Educational Trust
Applicants must be a resident of the old county of East Lothian (ie excluding Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.)
- Funds For Women Graduates (FFWG) grants
Women studying or researching for a postgraduate or PhD
- Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities (MACS)
- Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust
Restricted to residents of the UK who are a son, daughter, spouse, widow or widower of a commercial traveller, chemist or grocer.
- Local Education Authority Awards
- MACS Alumni Scholarship (MACS)
- MACS Head of School Scholarship (MACS)
- MACS Postgraduate Scholarships (MACS)
- Money for Books Scholarship
Home students only
- Music Scholarships
- Part-time Fee Grant (SAAS)
See SAAS residence conditions.
- Postgraduate Student Allowance Scheme (SAAS)
EU and UK applicants who meet the SAAS criteria on eligible courses
- Rapid Formations Entrepreneur Scholarship Programme
All students except exchange program students
- Remission of Fees (families of staff)
Spouses/civil partners and children of members of staff, also retired members of staff of the University
- Royal Caledonian Schools Trust
Applicants must be of Scots parentage (conditions apply - see below)
- SFC Key Skills Funded Places (MACS) (MACS)
Applicants resident in Scotland who accept an offer for an eligible course
- Schlumberger Scholarships for Women in Engineering (MACS)
Women working on their bachelor's or master's degrees in engineering and science
- Scotland's Saltire Scholarships
Citizens of Canada, the People's Republic of China, India or USA (2 awards for each country)
- Sports Scholarships
- Staff Scholarships
Employees of Heriot-Watt University
- The Muirhead Trust
Scottish, female applicants for science and engineering courses
- The Sutherland Page Trust
Only students who were born in Scotland, or who have at least one parent born in Scotland, or, who were resident in Scotland for at least three continuous years prior to entry to a Scottish University need apply.
- West Lothian Educational Trust
Individuals must have originated in West Lothian or have lived there for the last 3 years.
- Xero Entrepreneur Scholarship
Students studying for a business-related degree