Mathematical Ecology and Epidemiology module (MA52002)

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About the module

In this module we will undertake analysis and computational simulation of mathematical models of ecological and epidemiological systems including predator-prey systems, host-parasitoid systems, plant-herbivore systems, spread and transmission of disease (e.g. AIDS, SARS, measles, rabies). In addition to the mathematical formulation and analysis of such systems which will take place during the formal lectures, through tutorial work students will undertake computational analyses using tools such as MATLAB and COMSOL introduced in MA51004. This module is mandatory for students on the MSci in Mathematical Biology degree and may optionally be taken in combination with other modules by students on the MMath in Mathematics or MSci in Mathematics and Physics. If you have questions about this module or the possible combinations, please contact your Advisor of Studies.


Students taking this module must usually have achieved a pass mark in the module MA31002, or equivalent.

Indicative Content

  • Non-spatial models

    Difference equation models. Ordinary differential equation models. Delay difference/differential equation models.

  • Spatial models

    Integro-difference equation models. Partial differential equation models. Integro-differential equation models.

Delivery and Assessment

The module is delivered in the form of lectures and tutorials/computer labs and assessed via exam (100%).

Credit Rating

This module is a Scottish Higher Education Level 5 or SCQF level 11 module and is rated as 15 SCOTCAT credits or 7.5 ECTS credits.