he 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.
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:
Modelling and Tools; Mathematical Ecology; Dynamical Systems; Mathematical Biology and Medicine.
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.