Mathematical Medicine and Biology MSc


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MSc Mathematical Medicine and Biology
Full time 12 Months
Entry requirements
2:2 (lower second class honours degree or international equivalent) in mathematics or a closely related subject with substantial mathematical content.
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
University Park Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course is designed to provide the skills suitable for a research career in the exciting and growing field of mathematical medicine and biology.
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You will be trained in advanced mathematical techniques including partial differential equations and stochastic processes. In addition, a broad variety of biological and medical applications, ranging from subcellular processes such as gene regulation to organ-level dynamics will be covered.

The taught training programme will be followed by a substantial individual project leading to a dissertation.

Throughout the course, the exceptional strength of the Centre for Mathematical Medicine and Biology will facilitate your hands-on experience of interdisciplinary biomedical research.

Key facts

  • This course is informed by the work being carried out in the Centre for Mathematical Medicine and Biology.
  • The School of Mathematical Sciences is one of the largest and strongest mathematics departments in the UK, with over 70 full-time academic staff.
  • The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results place the School in the top 10 nationally within Mathematical Sciences for 'research power' and 'research quality'; with 32% of its research recognised as world-leading and a further 56% as internationally excellent. 
  • The research environment was classified as 75% world-leading in vitality and sustainability, with the remaining 25% internationally excellent, reflecting the outstanding setting the School provides for its academic staff as well as its postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers.
  • Ranked 8th in the UK for three subject areas within the School, namely pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and operational research.
  • The School scored 94% for Student Satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey.

Academic English preparation and support

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK. Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent. You could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.


Course details

The MSc in Mathematical Medicine and Biology is designed for students with a degree in mathematics (or a related subject with a substantial mathematical content). In terms of specific maths topics, ideally students would have covered calculus, linear algebra and differential equations.

In addition, some experience of dynamical systems and numerical analysis is needed prior to arrival. Students do not need any background in biology, just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn about it. The required biology will be introduced throughout the course.

The course is offered on a full-time basis over one year and comprises 180 credits, split across 120 credits worth of core modules and a 60-credit research project.

Over the summer period towards the end of the course, you will undertake a maths research project. This research will be of some depth and will form the basis of your dissertation; it will be carried out under the supervision of a member of academic staff. This project will develop your ability to engage in independent learning, and will prepare you for postgraduate research or careers in industry.

Prerequisite information

Specific prerequisites and recommended books, where appropriate, are listed below for all the taught modules on the course. 

Semester 1

Computational and Systems Biology

You should be familiar with the use of differential equations in biology, and techniques such as phase planes and linear stability analysis.

Mathematical Medicine and Biology

You should be familiar with main mathematical concepts and techniques of modelling with differential equations. You should be able to use linearisation and phase plane techniques to analyse systems of ordinary differential equations; and to solve the partial differential equation for heat transfer/diffusion in one space dimension.

Books to meet the prerequisites:

  • S. Strogatz; Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, Addison-Wesley. Q172 STR (chapters 1–7)
  • D. W. Jordan and P. Smith; Nonlinear Ordinary Differential Equations 4th Ed., Oxford. QA372 JOR (chapters 1-2)
  • E. Zauderer; Partial Differential Equations of Applied Mathematics, 3rd Ed., Wiley-Interscience. QA377 ZAU (chapters 1–3)
  • E. Kreyszig; Advanced Engineering Mathematics, 9th Ed., Wiley. TA330 KRE

Semester 2

Topics in Biomedical Mathematics

You should be familiar with the use of differential equations in biology and medicine, and maths techniques such as phase planes, linear stability analysis, and the analysis of travelling waves and pattern formation in partial differential equation models. These are usually met by attending the Mathematical Medicine and Biology module in semester one.

Applied Nonlinear Dynamics

You should be familiar with the dynamical systems analysis of first and second order systems, bifurcation theory, and perturbation theory.

Full year

Practical Biomedical Modelling

You should have a level of knowledge and understanding sufficient to qualify for entry to the MSc Mathematical Medicine and Biology.



Modules are mainly delivered through lectures and example and /or problem classes for smaller groups. You will typically be assessed by an examination at the end of the semester in which a given module is taught. 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



UK/EU Students

Tuition Fees

Current information on the course tuition fees can be found on the University finance pages.

Postgraduate Loans

The government offers loans of up to £10,280 for students studying a taught or research masters course commencing in September 2017.

These loans will be a contribution towards the costs associated with completing a postgraduate masters course and can be used towards tuition fees or living costs as you decide. The loan is non means tested and will be paid directly to you, the student, rather than the University.

If you are a home student or have UK residential status you will be eligible for a government loan and in some cases EU students may also be eligible.

Full information can be found at the postgraduate loans page on the student services website. 

Graduate School

The Graduate School website at The University of Nottingham provides more information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

International Students

Tuition Fees

Current information on the course tuition fees can be found on the University finance pages.

School Scholarships for UoN UK alumni

For 2018-19 entry, 10% Alumni scholarships may be offered to former University of Nottingham graduates who have studied at the UK campus.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.



The MSc Mathematical Medicine and Biology will provide you with skills suitable for a career in the pharmaceutical industry or within the health care industry and also prepares you for a research career in the exciting and growing field of mathematical medicine and biology.

Further career information can be found on the School of Mathematical Sciences website.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 89% of postgraduates from the School of Mathematical Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £25,933, with the highest being £35,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers** and 
can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career. 

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and 
specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills 
workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

** The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research.

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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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