Mathematical Biology

Learn how to use maths techniques and computational tools to answer problems that arise in biology.

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Key Facts

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Degree

BSc (Hons) Mathematical Biology

Degree Duration

4 years

Pathways Available

International Year Zero

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree

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Degree Overview

Mathematicians and biologists have a long history of working successfully together. The discipline applies mathematical techniques and computational methods to address problems in biology.

You’ll gain an understanding of the critical role mathematics plays in making sense of the natural world and learn to apply it. For example, equations or formulas can predict or describe natural occurrences such as cell growth in tumours or organism behavioural patterns.

During the first year you’ll spend two thirds of your time studying life science modules to give you the biological background. You’ll also begin to study university-level mathematics.

Our staff get to know each student personally and offer support where necessary. For example, we run the “Maths Base” which is a drop-in facility for students across the University.

We have a strong reputation for research in Life Sciences and for the Mathematical Biology Research Group. You will be taught by leading research active academics.

You will also be able to join DUMaS (Dundee University Maths Society), an active society open to all students studying mathematics or mathematical biology.

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Important

Mutual recognition of professional qualifications following Brexit is a priority for UK professional bodies and universities. If students plan on practising outside the UK you should check with the relevant national authority on the recognition of this qualification.

Why Study this Degree

Exciting new applications of mathematical biology are opening up yet more career options in the biotech industries. Here you could be involved in designing new anti-cancer drugs or new treatment regimes for patients with diabetes.

Even if you do not take your mathematics any further than university, employers know that mathematics graduates are intelligent, logical problem solvers. With this training behind you, the career options become almost limitless.

Your Pathways

The International Year Zero is the first year of the four year undergraduate course. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English Language, before you continue to year one of your chosen University undergraduate degree course.

Following successful completion of the IYZ, you will continue onto Year One of your degree directly with the University of your choice.

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University of Dundee

Ranked in The Guardian's Top 20 UK Universities in 2021, the University of Dundee prides itself on three things: Impactful research, an excellent student experience and a community campus in the city.

Situated beside the majestic River Tay, Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city. It also has the highest student ratios per head of population anywhere in the UK so there is an exciting and diverse range of nightlife, leisure activities and culture.