Research course

Mathematical Biology

University of Essex · Department of Mathematical Sciences
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

Good honours or Masters degree, or equivalent, in relevant subject area.

PhD, MPhil, MSc by dissertation.

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

Our PhD Mathematical Biology uses novel mathematical and computational techniques to solve problems in the biological, ecological and environmental sciences. At Essex, we currently supervise projects in the areas of animal movement and behaviour, population dynamics, plankton ecology, fisheries and natural resource management, and bioinformatics techniques.

Holders of a such a PhD are ideally placed to continue a scientific research career as there is currently a shortage of mathematical expertise in biological, ecological and environmental research.

We also offer an MPhil in this subject and part-time research study is also available.

Our Department of Mathematical Sciences has an international reputation in many areas like such as semi-group theory, optimisation, probability, applied statistics, bioinformatics and mathematical biology.

Our staff are strongly committed to research and teaching. They have published several well-regarded text books and are world leaders in their individual specialisms, with their papers appearing in learned journals like Communications in Algebra, Studia Logica, International Journal of Algebra and Computation, SIAM Journal in Optimization, IEEE Evolutionary Computation, Computers and Operations Research, Ecology, Journal of Mathematical Biology, and Journal of Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology.

Department specialisms

Opportunities are available within the areas of: applied mathematics; pure mathematics; statistics; operational research.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, see:

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872704