The course

Delivery
Full-time, Part-time, Per course
Course type
Taught
Location
Edinburgh
Entry date
September

Contact

Overview

Climate change is recognised as having potentially huge impacts on the environment and on human society. This programme is designed to give students an understanding of climate change causes, impacts, mitigation and adaptation measures from a life science perspective. Students will also develop a wide variety of mathematical modelling skills that can be used to investigate the impacts of climate change.

The programme closely follows the structure of our Applied Mathematical Sciences MSc. Two of the mandatory courses will specifically focus on the issues related to climate change and are taught by expert staff from the University's School of Life Sciences.

Learn more about the MSc Applied Mathematical Sciences directly from Associate Professor Robert Weston in this video

Programme duration

Award Duration
MSc One year
Diploma 9 months

Also available part-time over 2 to 3 years.

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Course content

   Detailed course guide

Students will take a total of 8 courses, 4 in each of the 1st and 2nd Semesters followed by a 3-month Project in the summer. A typical distribution for this programme is as follows:

Core courses:

  • Climate Change, Sustainability and Adaptation
  • Mathematical Ecology
  • Modelling and Tools
  • Data Assimilation with Applications to Climate Change
  • Masters Project and Dissertation

Optional Courses:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Optimisation
  • Modelling and Simulation in the Life Sciences
  • Master of Science in Applied Mathematical Sciences with Climate Change Modelling
  • Numerical ODEs
  • Statistical Methods
  • Applied Linear Algebra
  • Mathematical Biology and Medicine
  • Dynamical Systems
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Numerical Analysis (PDEs)
  • Stochastic Simulation
  • Special Topics 2
  • Bayesian Inference & Computational Methods

Typical project subjects:

  • Population Cycles of Forest Insects;
  • Climate Change Impact;
  • The replacement of Red Squirrels by Grey Squirrels in the UK;
  • Vegetation Patterns in Semi-arid Environments;
  • Daisyworld: A Simple Land Surface Climate Model.

The final part of the MSc is an extended project in mathematical modelling the impacts of climate change on environmental systems, giving the opportunity to investigate a topic in some depth guided by leading research academics.

Detailed course descriptions are available on our student pages.

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.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Full-time Part-time Per course
Scotland / Non-UK EU £5200 £2600 £650
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £5200 £2600 £650
Overseas £14080 £7040 £1760

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

** Fee per course

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.