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Mathematics of Systems - MSc leading to PhD (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)

Would you like to learn how to use novel mathematics to tackle real-world problems? This course bridges three key areas: Complexity Science; Systems Biology and Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research. The taught element will equip you with the necessary skills required for the PhD, where you can work on specialist mathematical solutions to global challenges.

You’ll have the opportunity to identify real-world systems and explore how they can benefit from mathematical techniques. You’ll combine cutting-edge mathematical skills with the ability to understand and model real-world systems. You’ll also learn how to analyse complex data sets, work well in multidisciplinary teams and become an effective communicator.

Core Modules:

  • Data Analysis
  • Mathematics of Systems - MSc Project
  • Mathematics of Real World Systems - MSc Research Study Groups
  • Networks and Random Processes
  • Numerical Methods
  • Applied Dynamical Systems

Optional Modules:

Previously, a selection of the following optional modules have been offered:

  • Analytical Fluid Mechanics
  • Graph Theory
  • Math modelling in Biology and Medicine
  • Large Deviation Theory
  • Advanced Real Analysis
  • Analytic Number Theory

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.


A 1+3 year MSc and PhD.

The full-time MSc year is dedicated to developing a broad portfolio of mathematical techniques and partaking in small research problems with a strong emphasis on applied questions and practical approaches.

The PhD years train you into an independent researcher developing and using new mathematics to solve real-world systems challenges under the guidance of two supervisors and in the context of real-world systems problems coming from our external partners or others, in health, industry and finance.

Contact Hours:

Contact hours will vary between 12 and 14 each week.

Class Sizes:

The class sizes vary between 20 and 70.


You will undertake projects and work on research problems that will have a strong emphasis on applied questions and practical approaches, and will be linked to real-world problems and experiences from our external collaborative partners. Upon successfully completing the MSc year (or equivalent training), you will progress to a three-year PhD to work on a project.

Our graduates have progressed into roles such as:

  • Mathematician
  • Scientist
  • Medical Researcher
  • Epidemiologist
  • Climatologist
  • Government Administration

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Essential information

Course Code



Full-time: 4 years

(September 2019 - September 2023)

Entry Requirements

2:i Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language Requirements

Band A

IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0.

Department of Study

Warwick Mathematics Institute

Location of Study

University of Warwick

Course Fees

See Student Finance


For more information please visit the department website.

Additional Course Costs

There are no additional course costs for this course.

Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.


How to Apply

Department website

Get a PG Prospectus


This information is applicable for 2019 entry.