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Biology and Mathematics BSc (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • A sound understanding of both mathematical and biological principles and their application to issues in the modern world
  • Innovative approaches to learning and teaching that engage with real-world topics assessed through a range of approaches
  • Outstanding access to resources including mathematical software and modern biological equipment and laboratories
  • Regular opportunities within the course to apply your knowledge through short mathematical projects
  • Friendly and supportive learning approach that helps you develop your mathematical and biological skills
  • Teaching by experienced, research-informed mathematicians and biological scientists
  • Optional 3rd year modules to allow you to specialise in an area of mathematics related to current issues in the biological sciences

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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Mathematics and Biology.


Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points including A2 Biology and A2 Mathematics


116 UCAS Tariff points including A1 Biology and A2 Mathematics

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Course fees

The standard annual fee for full-time UK/EU students enrolling in 2017 is £9,250 per year. Part-time fees are generally charged on a pro rata basis.

For more details, please visit our course fees page

Study options

The course is available full and part-time.

Get in touch

Amy Cherry

Dr Mark Johnston

01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Cell Biology
Mathematical Foundations
Introduction to Applied Mathematical Modelling
Introduction to Probability and Statistics


Module options:

Comparative Animal Physiology
Introduction to Ecology
Animal Diversity

Year 2

Core modules:

Molecular and Cellular Biology
Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra


Module options:

Mathematical Modelling
Statistical Modelling
Statistical Estimation and Inference
Real Analysis
Human Genetics
Ecology of Fresh Water
Invertebrate Biology
Animal Senses and Survival
Infectious agents and allergens
Plant Biology
Work Experience

Year 3

Core modules:


Module options:

Mathematics Project
Abstract Algebra
Complex Variables
Differential Equations
Advanced Statistical Modelling in Sport
Statistics in Medicine and Health
Multivariate Statistics
Applied Bayesian Statistics
Research methods sand Research Project
Genomics and Bioinformatics
Plant Development and Physiology
Mammalian Reproduction
Animal Movement
Work experience

You will learn how to

This course will equip you with both the analytical problem solving skills of the mathematician and a deep understanding of Biology and its increasing importance in modern society.

You will benefit from the formal and rigorous approach of mathematics and from the clear presentation of core biological principles and the ways that these underpin the explosion of new initiatives, largely associated with genomics, which have swept through biology.

This will allow a deeper understanding of the rapidly advancing fields of Bioinformatics processes and Systems Biology (typically involving very large data sets) as well as underpinning learning in areas such as quantitative and population genetics, protein structure analysis, enzyme kinetics, biomechanics, measurements of genetic diversity, appropriate statistical packages for the assessment of probability in different biological analyses, and the power of mathematical modelling and meta-analyses.

Teaching approach

The first year mathematics module start with ‘transition’ material aimed at providing a solid base for your three year study of mathematics.

Similarly, the Year 1 biology modules cover core aspects of the subject. In both subjects there is a gradual move through the three years from fundamental processes to the application of knowledge and understanding to address issues of real importance in modern society.


The recent breakthroughs in our understanding of central biological processes, have led many to regard biology as the key science of the 21st century with increasing impacts across society.

The combination of mathematics with biology will equip graduates with strong skills in problem solving and data analysis that will serve them very well in their future careers both directly within their chosen subject areas and in the broader range of career opportunities within the private and public sectors.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Biology and Mathematics - CG11

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