Taught course

Applied Mathematical Sciences with Biological and Ecological Modelling

Heriot-Watt University · School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry is aimed at graduates with strong mathematical knowledge and skills. A good honours degree in mathematics, statistics or a related subject with a substantial mathematical content is desired. Motivation and a willingness to work hard are also important pre-requisites.

Months of entry


Course content

Mathematical skills have consistently figured among the key criteria fro securing the best jobs available in terms of enviroment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress. The median annual income for mathematicians in 2011 is about £60,000. A postgraduate degree in mathematics from Heriot-Watt University will place you in an excellent position to pursue a wide range of exciting careers.

The 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.

In Applied Mathematical Sciences with Biological and Ecological Modelling the programme aims to equip students with the necessary technical skills to develop, analyse and interpret models applied to biological systems. The coursework is supported by an extended and supervised project in life science modelling and we offer an exciting range of projects in subjects such as Population Cycles of Forest Insects, Modelling Invasive Tumour Growth, Wiring of Nervous Systems, Vegetation Patterns in Semi-Arid Environments and other cutting-edge topics.

Information for international students

The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS overall 6.5 (with no score lower than 5.5 in any individual category). or equivalent. We also offer a range of pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme.

Fees and funding

For details of all scholarship opportunities and current fees please visit our website or contact us by email.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months


full time
9 months
part time
27 months

Course contact details

June Maxwell
+44 (0)131 451 4152
+44 (0)131 451 3327