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


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. Course work is supported by an extended and supervised project in life science modelling.

 *Accept your offer before 31st March 2015 and receive our Early Bird Scholarship (10%
tuition fee reduction) No need to apply - the scholarship will be awarded automatically provided you enrol in September 2015. Usual t&c's apply*

Programme duration


One year




9 months

Also available part-time over 2 to 3 years

Programme content

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: 

Core courses:

  • Modelling and Tools;
  • Mathematical Ecology;
  • Dynamical Systems;
  • Mathematical Biology and Medicine. 

Optional Courses: 

  • Optimization;
  • Numerical Analysis of ODEs;
  • Applied Mathematics;
  • Statistical Methods;
  • Stochastic Simulation;
  • Partial Differential Equations;
  • Numerical Analysis;
  • Geometry;
  • 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.

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Entry requirements

Preferably, but not exclusively a First or Second Class Honours degree in a suitable numerate science or engineering subject.

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)

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2015 entry (by residency status)
Scotland / Non-UK EU£4980£2690
England/Northern Ireland/Wales£5880£3180

* 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