Applied Mathematical Sciences with Climate Change Impacts Modelling MSc/Diploma

  • Delivery: Full Time, Part Time
  • Programme type: Taught Programme
  • Study location: Edinburgh
  • Entry date: September


Climate change is recognised as having potentially huge impacts on the environment and on human society. This programme aims to provide an understanding of climate change causes, impacts, mitigation and adaptation measures from a life science perspective in conjunction with developing a wide variety of mathematical modelling skills that can be used to investigate the impacts of climate change. 

The programme closely follows the structure of our Applied Mathematical Sciences MSc. Two of the mandatory courses will specifically focus on understanding the issues related to climate change and are taught by the School of Life Sciences.

 *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;
  • Climate Change: Causes and Impacts;
  • Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation Measures;
  • Dynamical Systems (recommended);
  • Stochastic Simulation (recommended)

Optional Courses: 

  • Optimization;
  • Mathematical Biology and Medicine;
  • Numerical Analysis of ODEs;
  • Applied Mathematics;
  • Statistical Methods;
  • Applied Linear Algebra;
  • Partial Differential Equations;
  • Numerical Analysis;
  • Geometry;
  • Bayesian Inference. 

Typical project subjects:

  • Population Cycles of Forest Insects;
  • Climate Change Impact;
  • The replacement of Red Squirrels by Grey Squirrels in the UK;
  • Vegetation Patterns in Semi-arid Environments;
  • Daisyworld: A Simple Land Surface Climate Model.

The final part of the MSc is an extended project in mathematical modelling the impacts of climate change on environmental systems, giving the opportunity to investigate a topic in some depth guided by leading research academics.

More detailed information is available at:

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