MSc Mathematical Modelling (Biology and Medicine)
|Duration||Full time 1 year|
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.
Throughout this course you will develop skills in fundamental aspects of mathematical biology. The core taught courses (Mathematical Biology and Ecology; Mathematical Modelling in Biology and Medicine; Advanced Topics in Mathematical Biology; Computational Nonlinear Dynamics) incorporate mathematical modelling and dynamical systems theory applied to biology, ecology, neuroscience, synthetic biology and medicine, as well as tools for advanced data analysis.
You will keep abreast of current research being undertaken in this fast-moving field via an active seminar program given by internal and visiting speakers. In addition you will become proficient in requisite computational tools and techniques via practical sessions including key industry-standard programming languages such as Matlab and Python. Your degree will culminate in an independent research project through which you can explore your interests in greater depth. You project will be personally supervised by an academic from within the group and will focus on important, current research questions.
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.
Learning and teaching
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.
This degree can lead to research roles in many sectors including working for charities, hospitals and healthcare providers. The skills you will acquire in mathematical modelling can be equally well applied to other fields of study such as understanding climate change or conservation and ecology.
For many students a masters course can also lead to further academic study such as a PhD.
All students, current and alumni, receive support from our dedicated Career Zone team who provide excellent career guidance at all stages of the career planning cycle. The Career Zone provides one-on-one support and is the home of 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.
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.
English language requirements
Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.
Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.
Other accepted tests
Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.
Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees per year 2019/20
- UK/EU: £10,000 full-time
- International: £20,500 full-time
Tuition fees per year 2020/21
- UK/EU: £10,950 full-time
- International: £22,950 full-time
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.
UK government postgraduate loan scheme
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Global Excellence Scholarship
We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2019.
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