- Develop skills in fundamental aspects of mathematical biology
- Learn about mechanistic mathematical modelling and dynamical systems theory applied to biology, ecology, neuroscience, synthetic biology and medicine complemented by advanced data science methods
- You’ll keep abreast of current research happening in this fast-moving field from a range of internal and guest speakers our regular seminar series
- Become proficient in requisite computational tools and techniques with practical sessions including key industry-standard programming languages such as MATLAB and Python.
- Undertake an independent research project where you’ll explore your interests in greater depth, with the support of an academic, where you can focus on or contribute to current research.
- Interact with world-leading research groups at the Living Systems Institute and gain first-hand experience of interdisciplinary study, including performing biological experiments and analysing biological datasets
Top 10 in the Russell Group for Teaching Quality and Student Experience
Wide range of exciting and high-impact research projects
Research expertise in climate modelling and statistics; control and dynamics; systems biology; astrophysical fluid flows and number theory
Normally a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a mathematics, science or engineering subject, with significant mathematics content.
Requirements for international students
If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
Entry requirements for international students
English language requirements
Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
- Computer-in-the-loop control of cellular population dynamics (Kyle Wedgwood)
- Pattern formation via long-range cell-to-cell contact: revisiting Turing's morphogenesis hypothesis (Kyle Wedgwood)
- Network modelling approaches to generating seizure onset patterns (Jen Creaser)
- Mathematical modelling and analysis of brain dynamics in mood disorders (Jen Creaser)
- Mathematical modelling and analysis of antibiotics uptake in gram negative bacteria and implications for antimicrobial resistance (Krasi Tsaneva-Atanasova)
- Mathematical modelling for precision medicine (Krasi Tsaneva-Atanasova)
- Machine learning and optimisation for combined antibiotic treatments (Ozgur Akman)
- Data science approaches to optimising synthetic minimal media (Ozgur Akman)
- The nonlinear neural dynamics of synchronising to complex rhythms (James Rankin)
- The impact of hearing loss on language networks (James Rankin)
- A mathematical and computational framework for neurobiological modelling: Behaviour-driven optimisation of neural connectivity (Roman Borisyuk)
- What does that neuron do? A study of the neural circuits that produce swimming in the tadpole (Roman Borisyuk)
- Dynamics of locomotion and phagocytosis in shape-changing cells: theory and experiments (Kirsty Wan)
- A novel opto-hydrodynamical platform for studying microorganism movement in three-dimensions (Kirsty Wan)
- Modelling convergent cell signalling pathways mediating the neurophysiological stress response (Jamie Walker)
- Modelling the relationship between ion channel expression and electrical activity in stress-sensitive cells (Jamie Walker)
- Linking models of large-scale brain networks with data to understand neurological disorders (Marc Goodfellow)
- Personalised brain models for the management of epilepsy (Marc Goodfellow)
MSc in Mathematical Modelling in Biology and Medicine
MSc in Mathematical Modelling in Biology and Medicine
Mathematical Biology was my favourite subject as an undergraduate, so when Covid cut my travels short, my initial plans to start working changed direction and I realised that I wanted to continue my studies. Exeter’s programme seemed exciting and innovative and I thought it would be the best fit for me. Despite the challenges provided by Covid, there were still plenty of opportunities to meet my course mates - both in person and online, and I have made great friends who share my passion and interest in this subject.
The course was seriously hard work, but thanks to that I ended up gaining so much. Before I started, I really struggled with programming and would always try to avoid it, but by the end, I felt confident in Python and MATLAB, even choosing to go on to do a technical consultancy grad scheme. As part of the MSc we were given lots of opportunities to engage with senior members of the maths department, participating in their reading groups and becoming comfortable in the world of academia/research. Our lecturers and supervisors gave us unending support throughout the course, while also allowing us to work and think more independently. I have felt myself grow both as a mathematician and as a person during my MSc.
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Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.
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Teaching and research
Mathematical Biology is an important field of research that is crucial for developing our understanding of living systems. In turn, the complexity of living systems can inspire the development of new mathematical approaches.
The University of Exeter encourages inter-disciplinary working, and we have a growing team of researchers tackling some of the most important current problems in the field. In particular, we collaborate with experts in biology and medicine in order to use mathematics to build a better understanding of disease, thereby improving diagnosis and treatment.
We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.
Modules are either assessed by coursework only, or a mixture of coursework and an exam. The project entails a short initial report or project proposal of around 1,000 words, a public presentation and a dissertation of 10,000 to 20,000 words. This is assessed by your supervisor and a second marker.
Our MSc Mathematical Modelling in Biology and Medicine provides students with a broad range of technical and analytical skills relevant to industrial sectors including the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare providers, software engineering and data analytics.
The skills you will acquire in mathematical modelling can be applied in a range of academic or industrial research fields, including epidemiology (spread of disease), neuroscience, translational medicine and synthetic biology (re-designing natural systems).
A Masters course can also lead to further academic study such as a PhD.
Dedicated careers support
You will receive support from our dedicated Career Zone team, who provide excellent career guidance at all stages of career planning. The Career Zone provides one-on-one support and is home to a wealth of business and industry contacts. Additionally, they host useful training events, workshops and lectures which are designed to further support you in developing your enterprise acumen. Please visit the Career Zone for additional information on their services.