Taught course

Mathematical Modelling

University of Birmingham · School of Mathematics

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Entry requirements

The programme is for strong (1st, 2.1 or equivalent) BSc or MSci graduates from programmes in mathematics, or programmes with advanced mathematical components, including physics and some engineering subjects, who wish to study interdisciplinary research at the interfaces of mathematics and computation.

Months of entry


Course content

There is a fundamental need in both academic research and industry for a new generation of scientists trained to work at the interdisciplinary frontiers of mathematics and computation. These scientists require the ability to assimilate and understand information from other disciplines, communicate with and enthuse other researchers, as well as having the advanced mathematical and computational skills needed.

This course consists of 180 credits.


  • Mathematical biology
  • Computational methods and frontiers
  • Research skills in mathematical modelling.
  • Research frontiers in applied mathematics

Optional modules will be from the following courses:

  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Computational tools for modelling and analysis
  • Bioscience for graduates from other scientific disciplines
  • Essentials, Ideas and Techniques of Biology
  • Viscous flow with applications
  • Continuum mechanics
  • Perturbation theory and chaos
  • Numerical methods in linear algebra
  • Introduction to evolutionary computation
  • Intelligent data analysis
  • Game Theory
  • Mathematical Finance
  • Further Mathematical Finance
  • Waves
  • PDEs and Reaction Diffusion Systems in Chemistry and Biology
  • Computation Geometry

These courses are assessed by a mixture of written examinations (usually 75-80%, taking place in May/June) and coursework, typically involving homework, computer or wet laboratory practicals or in-class assessment.

The summer research skills project involves working closely with supervisors from both Mathematics/Computer Science and Biology/Medical Science on a modelling project. You will produce a substantial dissertation, and will present your work in an oral presentation. Additional assessment will require participation in problem-solving workshops and peer group learning in order to prepare you for work as a research scientist.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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