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MSc Predictive Modelling and Scientific Computing

Predictive Modelling and
Scientific Computing

Train in the theory and practical implementation of cutting-edge predictive modelling techniques


Predictive Modelling is a fusion of mathematical modelling, machine learning and scientific computing, providing a powerful new way of thinking about how to model complex systems and improve technology and design.

Enhancements in computer processing power and access to ‘Big Data’ have led to a growth in the number of applications of predictive modelling into areas as diverse as environmental science, energy, healthcare, materials engineering, food science and geology. Our MSc in Predictive Modelling and Scientific Computing educates future specialists in computational science and engineering, equipping them to apply appropriate computational techniques to understand, define and develop solutions to a range of science and engineering problems, including those of national and global importance.

The MSc can be studied part-time over two years to suit those in employment. PG Diploma, Certificate and Award options are also available for those who would like to take a subset of modules.

This course will equip graduates for further study in areas of critical science and technological importance, or for employment in a broad range of data-intensive industries where modelling, design and decision making under uncertainties is important. We have strong links with a range of potential employers.

Watch the video above to find out more about the course from academics and current students.

The MSc degree (totalling 180 credits) comprises:

  • Three taught core modules (15 credits each)
  • Group project (30 credits)
  • Individual research project (60 credits)
  • Three taught optional modules (15 credits each)

Core Modules

Core modules cover uncertainty quantification, predictive modelling and scientific computing:

Predictive Modelling Group Project (ES98BLink opens in a new window) (30 credit)

Predictive modelling group project with training in key professional and research skills and collaborative writing. Groups of students will create a complex piece of predictive modelling research software using methods and design principles introduced in previous modules in the course.

Individual Research Project (ES98CLink opens in a new window) (60 credit)

Each student will conduct significant and novel research as an individual project, and present the background and findings in the form of a dissertation. The research question must address some aspect of modelling, resulting in new knowledge, methodology or understanding, accompanied by uncertainty quantification. Example project titles include:

  • Predictive modelling of composite materials for hydrogen storage
  • Data-driven discovery of differential equations for interfacial flows
  • Multi-physics approaches for rocking wave bioreactors
  • Bouncing drop dynamics across scales
  • Generation of nickel-based superalloy structures with realistic short-range ordering

Optional Modules (choose 3)*

The choice of three optional modules gives students the opportunity to specialise the application focus of the course to align with their interests.

Students are required to take at least one of the following optional modules:

Other optional modules are likely to include:

Students can also take up to 15 credits from modules available across the University with agreement from the Course Coordinator. For example:

*Optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up to date. We recommend that you check this webpage again in future for the most up-to-date information.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our central website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

The MSc Predictive Modelling and Scientific Computing can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years to suit those in employment.

PG Diploma, Certificate and Award options are also available for those who would like to take a subset of modules. More information

Qualification Credits Course Code
PG Diploma 120 H1B5
PG Certificate 60 H1B6
PG Award 30 H1B7


In order to come to Warwick you need to hold an unconditional offer. All applicants must satisfy the general postgraduate admissions requirements and also those of the course which they wish to pursue.

  • A minimum 2:i undergraduate UK Honours degree or equivalent international qualification, in an engineering, physical sciences or mathematical subject
    • You can see how your current degree score or GPA equates to the British system on the International Office's equivalent scores tableLink opens in a new window.
    • We are willing to consider applications from students with lower qualifications on a case-by-case basis, particularly when the applicant can evidence relevant employment, practical experience or strong performance in undergraduate modules related to their proposed postgraduate course of study
    • To ensure you have the essential foundations for the course, and depending on your overall academic profile, we may require you to take a mathematical skills test
  • One academic reference. You should nominate a referee who can provide an informed view of your academic ability and suitability for your chosen programme of study.
  • English Language Qualification: If your first language is not English you will be expected to obtain one of the following recognised English Language qualifications:
    • IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 with no component less than 6.0
    • TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum components; Reading 22, Listening 21, Speaking 23, Writing 21
    • Other tests are accepted, click hereLink opens in a new window for details of Band A scores.

How to apply

Applications for 2024 entry are now open. More information about the application process is available on the University websiteLink opens in a new window.

Application Form Course Details:
Department: School of Engineering
Type of course: Postgraduate Taught

Course Codes:
MSc: H1B1
PGDip: H1B5
PGCert: H1B6

Application assessment fee

Before you can submit your application to us, you will be required to pay an application assessment fee of £75 at the end of the form. We aim to provide applicants with a decision as soon as possible after their application. We, therefore, begin processing applications immediately upon receipt of the application assessment fee. For this reason, the application assessment fee is non-refundable. Other cancellation rights that applicants have are not affected.

There are two main costs for students undertaking postgraduate study - academic fees and living expenses.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later.

For details of the fees and how to pay, please review the Warwick Student Finance pagesLink opens in a new window.

Living expenses

As well as tuition fees, students should budget for accommodation, food, books and other general expenditure such as clothes or leisure. Living costs will depend upon your lifestyle and spending patterns.

International students must be able to prove they have the necessary funds to cover these expenses. For more information on all costs see living expensesLink opens in a new window.


The School of Engineering offer scholarshipsLink opens in a new window throughout the year, check the page regularly for the latest funding opportunities.


Core material will be delivered by staff from the School of Engineering and Warwick Mathematics InstituteLink opens in a new window with optional modules from WMG, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics, Computer Science and research centres (Warwick Centre for Predictive Modelling, HetSys Centre for Doctoral Training, MathsSys Centre for Doctoral Training).

MSc students will have the chance to participate in individual and group research projects and learn alongside world-class researchers from a number of Faculty of Science, Engineering & Medicine departments.

Research groups

Research groups which may be of particular interest to Predictive Modelling and Scientific Computing students include:

Warwick Centre for Predictive Modelling

The Warwick Centre for Predictive Modelling (WCPM)Link opens in a new window is an interdisciplinary research centre focussed on providing a framework for the application of predictive modelling and uncertainty quantification (UQ) tools in science and engineering research. These mathematical tools provide a powerful new way of thinking about how to model complex systems and how to translate research outcomes into improved technology and design.

Modelling of Heterogeneous Systems (HetSys)

HetSysLink opens in a new window is built around a closely knit, highly collaborative team of academics from five science departments at Warwick with a strong track record in leading large projects in the heterogeneous materials research field.

Mathematics for Real-World Systems (MathSys)

The Mathematics of Systems (MathSys)Link opens in a new window CDT is an EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training. MathSys recruits and trains enthusiastic students in the advanced quantitative skills and applied mathematical modelling that are critical to addressing contemporary challenges arising from biomedicine and health sectors, modern industry, and the digital economy.

Postal address:

Postgraduate Office
School of Engineering
Library Road
University of Warwick

  The MSc in Predictive Modelling and Scientific Computing will be a valuable addition to the roster of degrees offered at Warwick.

Overall, I think it is a well thought out and worthwhile MSc to pursue, which looks like it will strike a good balance between the foundations and applications of Predictive Modelling."

Current 4th year Engineering student

Find out more

Watch a presentation from our recent Virtual Open Day to learn more about the course.

Essential Information

Predictive Modelling and Scientific Computing (MSc/PGDip/PGCert/PGA)

Full time: 1 year (MSc, PGDip, PGCert)

Part time: 2 years (MSc, PGDip, PGCert), 1 year (PGA)

Application deadline
2 August 2024

Course Start Date
30 September 2024

Location of study
School of Engineering, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, United Kingdom

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.