University of York

University of York

Advanced Mathematical Biology

This is an intensive taught programme that will prepare students either for a career in industry in the quantitative life sciences or for further academic research in mathematical biology; providing insight into processes over a wide range of scales, from highly symmetric capsids to the interactions of entire communities in oceans. This programme aspires to fill the language gap between technical mathematical concepts and real-world applications in the biological and life sciences. Students will gain a comprehensive grounding in cutting-edge theory coupled to training in the subtleties of application. Advanced statistical methods, systems biology and biological fluid dynamics will be covered, and there will be emphasis on applications to policy and industry throughout.

Entry requirements

Candidates are expected to have a good Honours undergraduate degree in either a mathematics based subject and a lively interest in applying mathematical techniques to biology or a biological-based subject with a significant quantitative bias. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

Modules include: Bayesian statistics; biological fluid dynamics; ecological modelling; mathematical systems biology; mathematical virology; bioinformatics; conservation ecology and biodiversity; modelling with MATLAB; issues in modern biology; PDEs; stochastic processes; group project.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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Postgraduate Administrator
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