Climate change is recognised as having potentially huge impacts on the environment and on human society. This programme aims to provide an understanding of climate change causes, impacts, mitigation and adaptation measures from a life science perspective in conjunction with developing a wide variety of mathematical modelling skills that can be used to investigate the impacts of climate change.
The programme closely follows the structure of our Applied Mathematical Sciences MSc. Two of the mandatory courses will specifically focus on understanding the issues related to climate change and are taught by the School of Life Sciences.
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; Climate Change: Causes and Impacts; Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation Measures; Dynamical Systems (recommended); Stochastic Simulation (recommended)
Optimization; Mathematical Biology and Medicine; Numerical Analysis of ODEs; Applied Mathematics; Statistical Methods; Applied Linear Algebra; Partial Differential Equations; Numerical Analysis; Geometry; Bayesian Inference.
Typical project subjects
Population Cycles of Forest Insects; Climate Change Impact; The replacement of Red Squirrels by Grey Squirrels in the UK; Vegetation Patterns in Semi-arid Environments; Daisyworld: A Simple Land Surface Climate Model.
The final part of the MSc is an extended project in mathematical modelling the impacts of climate change on environmental systems, giving the opportunity to investigate a topic in some depth guided by leading research academics.
School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences Early BIrd Scholarship
No. of awards TBC
The School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences are offering a 10% scholarship to all applicants who accept their offer (conditional or unconditiona), before 31st March 2014. The award will be given as a tuition fee discount and applied directly to your tuition fee account after enrolment.
Value of Scholarship(s)
10% discount on the tuition fee cost of your programme
Early Bird scholarships will be awarded to all self-funding applicants who accept their place on a taught MSc programme in the Department of Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics or the Department of Mathematics before 31st March 2014.
Please return your Reply to Offer form before 31st March 2014 to indicate your acceptance of our offer and you will automatically qualify for the scholarship.
MACS Postgraduate Scholarships
No. of awards TBC
Colin Maclaurin Scholarship – some scholarships of £3,500 will be awarded to outstanding applicants to our MSc in Actuarial Science and MSc in Actuarial Management. Jacob Bernoulli Scholarship – 4 scholarships of either a 10% or 15% discount on the tuition fee cost will be awarded to outstanding applicants to our MSc in Quantitative Financial Risk Management. Thomas Gresham Scholarship – significant scholarships will be awarded to outstanding applicants to our MSc in Quantitative Financial Engineering. There is no need to apply – these will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit. Mathematics Scholarship – 3 scholarships of £3,000 will be awarded to outstanding overseas applicants to any of our Mathematics MSc programmes. 1 scholarship of £1,000 will be awarded to an outstanding Home/EU applicant to any of our Mathematics MSc programmes.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Home, EU and Overseas applicants are all eligible to apply for any of the following scholarships. These will be awarded based on outstanding academic merit and financial circumstance.
Please apply using our online scholarship application form and include information about your academic achievements, motivation for study and financial circumstance. Applications must be submitted before 31st March 2014 and supported by an academic reference - this should be sent directly from the referee by email to [email protected]