Mathematical biology

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October January to April
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

The Mathematical Biology Group is a cross-disciplinary group between the School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences and the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English

Potential research projects

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for one of the research projects listed on the School of Mathematics and Statistics PhD recruitment page or the School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences PhD recruitment page. The themes listed below indicate general topics where research projects may be available. 

  • Statistical genetics and AI 
  • Biophysics – Cardiovascular systems and diseases, Models of living tissues 
  • Modelling the spread of infectious diseases 
  • Modelling relationships between biological variables 
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Probabilistic modelling in foraging
  • Fluid dynamics in human physiology

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £15,698 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £7,849 per year

Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership or the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership; University studentships fund some; others are self-funded. 

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.


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