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:

  • Modelling and Tools;
  • Mathematical Ecology;
  • Climate Change: Causes and Impacts;
  • Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation Measures;
  • Dynamical Systems (recommended);
  • Stochastic Simulation (recommended)

Optional Courses:

  • Optimization;
  • Mathematical Biology and Medicine;
  • Numerical Analysis of ODEs;
  • Applied Mathematics;
  • Statistical Methods;
  • Applied Linear Algebra;
  • Partial Differential Equations;
  • Numerical Analysis;
  • Geometry;
  • Bayesian Inference.

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.