Mathematical Biology and Physiology


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This module will cover a range of topics in mathematical modelling of biological systems, from cell/organism scale to population scale. The provisional schedule is as follows.

  • Mathematics of bacterial resistance [weeks 1-2; Dr Michael Grinfeld]
  • Homogenisation methods in mathematical biology [weeks 3-4; Dr Raimondo Penta]
  • Simple models of population dynamics and applications [weeks 6-7; Dr Andrew Hoyle]
  • Age-structured population models [weeks 8-9; Dr Douglas Speirs]
  • Mathematical modelling of cancer [week 10; Dr Nikolaos Sfakianakis]

Note that there will be no lecture in week 5.


The module will be assessed by two assignments. The first will cover material from weeks 1-4; it will be released by the end of week 5 with a deadline of 28 February 2020. The second will cover material from weeks 6-10; it will be released by the end of week 10 with a deadline of 10 April 2020.