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The focus of this course is using mathematics to solve biological and biomedical problems. Graduates from this course are well placed to make significant contributions to the rapidly expanding healthcare sector and major societal challenges including global sustainability.

The topics taught are directly linked to the research that we do, so you will be learning at the cutting edge of mathematical biology.

We are a relatively small division and operate with an excellent staff/student ratio. One advantage of this is that we can get to know each student personally, and so can offer a friendly and supportive learning experience. Staff are ready and willing to help at all levels, and in addition, our Student-Staff Committee meets regularly to discuss matters of importance to our students.

In this course we use a wide selection of mathematical software packages such as MATLAB, Maple and COMSOL.

We have a weekly seminar programme in the mathematics division, which features a variety of mathematical biology topics.

Our current research

The University of Dundee has a long history of research in mathematical biology. Current mathematical biology research in Dundee involves the application of modern applied mathematics and computational modelling to a range of biological topics including cancer growth and treatment, ecology, plant dynamics and microbial biofilms. The mathematical biology group has close links with colleagues in Life Sciences and Medicine which ensure that research projects are driven by cutting-edge science.

Who should study this course?

This course suits graduates with a degree in mathematics or in a subject with strong mathematical components such as physics, who wish to develop their mathematical skills whilst focussing on solving biological and biomedical problems.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching & Assessment

 How you will be taught

You will learn by traditional methods such as lectures, tutorials, and workshops as well as via computer assisted learning. We teach the use of professional mathematical software packages in order to allow you to explore mathematics far beyond the limits of traditional teaching.

Individual reading and study takes a particularly important role in the Summer project. For the project, you will be guided to prepare your research project plan and to develop skills and competence in research including project management, critical thinking and problem solving, project reporting and presentation.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is via a mix of open book continual assessment and closed book examinations, with a substantial project completed over the Summer.

What you will study

This one year course involves taking four taught modules in semester 1 (September-December), followed by a further 4 taught modules in semester 2 (January-May), and undertaking a project over the Summer (May-August).


A typical selection of taught modules would be:

Finally, all students will undertake a Personal Research Project under the supervision of a member of staff in the Mathematical Biology Research Group.


The Biomedical Sciences are now recognising the need for quantitative, predictive approaches to their traditional qualitative subject areas. Healthcare and Biotechnology are still fast-growing industries in UK, Europe and Worldwide. New start-up companies and large-scale government investment are also opening up employment prospects in emerging economies such as Singapore, China and India.

Students graduating from this programme would be very well placed to take advantage of these global opportunities.

Your Application

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

Visit the MSc Mathematical Biology page on the University of Dundee website for more details!





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