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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.
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- MSc: 12 months
- Diploma: 9 months
Also available part-time over 2 to 3 years.
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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:
- Climate Change; Causes and Impact
- Mathematical Ecology
- Modelling and Tools
- Data Assimilation with Applications to Climate Change
- Statistical Methods
- Stochastic Simulation
- Applied Linear Algebra
- Mathematical Biology and Medicine
- Partial Differential Equations
- Numerical Analysis (PDEs)
- 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.
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)
- Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.
- Fee per course (module). Refer to the Course Content to see how many courses comprise the full programme.
- Overseas includes applications from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in the UK. Read more about the application process for EU nationals.
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.
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Additional scholarship information
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship
This MSc programme is one of two within the school that has been awarded the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship for 2018. Find out more information on how to apply for this prestigious award.