Mathematical Physiology module (MA52003)

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About the module

This module, aimed at Level 5 students, studies mathematical models of cellular physiology in metabolism, genetic networks, and electrophysiology. This module is mandatory for Level 5 students taking the MSci in Mathematical Biology and may optionally be taken in combination with other modules at this level by Level 5 students on the MMath in Mathematics or MSci in Mathematics and Physics degrees. 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 MA32009, or MA41002, or equivalent.

Indicative Content

  • Biochemical Reactions

    Enzyme kinetics. Glycolysis

  • Genetic Networks

    Central Dogma of biology, review of bifurcation theory. Feedback loops and Oscillation. Circadian rhythms. Cell cycle model.

  • Electrophysiology

    The Hodgkin-Huxley model. The FitzHugh-Nagumo equations. Small network dynamics of coupled neurons.

Delivery and Assessment

The module is delivered in the form of lectures and workshops/presentation classes and assessed via exam (70%) and coursework (30%).

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.