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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Biological Sciences


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Please see the University website for details

  • Last Updated

    03 April 2019


At the University of Nottingham we are transforming lives and shaping the future with our teaching and research. As a mathematics masters student, you will be taught by the brightest minds who are working towards solutions to today’s global problems. Be inspired and join our world.

This course will give you skills in advanced mathematics, biology and medicine. All teaching is carried out by the School of Mathematical Sciences but we encourage students to collaborate with colleagues in the School of Life Sciences, the School of Medicine and Centre for Plant Integrative Biology. You don’t need to have any background in biology, just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn about it. The required biology will be introduced throughout the course.

The emphasis of the course is on how we can use mathematics in a biological or medical application. We will teach you the techniques needed such as advanced nonlinear and stochastic dynamics, model building, interpreting model output in light of biological data and practical approaches to simulating biological and medical processes.  

Research in the School of Mathematical Sciences

This course is closely linked to the Centre for Mathematical Medicine and Biology. Your dissertation project may be based within the centre. The research the centre undertakes is diverse, covering:

  • systems medicine and biology
  • epidemic modelling
  • antimicrobial resistance 
  • neuroscience 

There are 12 schools and departments working with the centre including biosciences, computer science, engineering, health sciences, life sciences, medicine, pharmacy, physics and psychology. The centre has strong international links in Europe, North America, Australasia and Asia. 

The centre runs a weekly seminar series, bringing you experts from different institutions to broaden your understanding of the research in this field. Visit the centre’s Facebook page to see what seminars have been on recently.

Your research project

You will be able to work with your supervisor to shape your project to match your interests. We welcome proactive students who bring their own project ideas but we also offer named projects for you to choose from.

Past projects have included:

  • Patterns of cortical activity in discrete neural models
  • Coupled oscillator models of swarming: networks that combine phase and spatial dynamics 
  • Mathematical model for phage-mediated spread of antimicrobial resistance 
  • Toy models of mRNA production and degradation 
  • Modelling pressure build up and damage during subcutaneous injection processes 
  • Surfing the calcium wave 

Course details

The MSc Mathematical Medicine and Biology course is designed for students with a degree in mathematics (or a related subject with a substantial mathematical content). In terms of specific maths topics, ideally you would have covered calculus, linear algebra and differential equations. In addition, some experience of dynamical systems is needed prior to arrival.

If you are curious about this field of mathematics and want to explore it further then this is the course for you. We will help you ask the right questions and encourage you to use your curiosity to drive the field forward into new discoveries.

Teaching and assessment 

The course is offered on a full-time basis over one year and comprises 180 credits, split across 120 credits worth of core modules and a 60-credit research project.

Teaching methods will be lectures mixed with workshops and practical approaches. Assessment will vary on the module being studied but typically you will have written exams, presentations, coursework and the dissertation . Alongside academic knowledge, we will prepare you with transferable skills in communication, presentation and independent learning.

Over the summer period towards the end of the course, you will undertake a maths research project. This research will be of some depth and will form the basis of your dissertation. You will be supported by a member of academic staff who will supervise your project.

This project will develop your ability to engage in independent discovery, and will prepare you for postgraduate research or careers in industry.

Key facts

  • Study a course informed by research carried out in the Centre for Mathematical Medicine and Biology
  • Be taught by experts in the field, unlocking your potential with research-led modules
  • Develop your academic skills in a school that was ranked top 10 in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 for research power and research quality

Visit the Mathematical Medicine and Biology MSc page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!




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