Taught course

Mathematical Biology

University of St Andrews · School of Mathematics and Statistics

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Entry requirements

A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in Mathematics, Statistics or a closely related subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Mathematical Biology consists of two semesters of taught courses run by the School of Mathematics and Statistics, followed by a dissertation undertaken over the summer months. There is a growing worldwide demand for students with these skills in Mathematical Biology academic research, as well as in the life sciences industrial sector, including biotechnology, biomedical, healthcare and pharmaceutical companies.


  • You will take a course of study tailored to your interests.
  • You will be prepared to pursue a PhD and academic career in Mathematical Biology.
  • You will be exposed to modern and relevant ideas in Mathematical Biology.
  • You will acquire the qualifications and skills for a career in the biomedical sector.

Teaching format

Most modules for the MSc in Mathematical Biology are semester-long lecture courses with end-of-semester exams, and some modules have a large element of continuous assessment. Class sizes range from 10 to 60 students, depending on the module.

The School of Mathematics and Statistics is well equipped with computing facilities (including a large parallel computing cluster) and an on-site library.


The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see our website; some elements may be subject to change for 2021 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

There are many options for funding available for postgraduate students.

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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