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Mathematical modelling can give deep insight into many complex systems that arise in nature and technology. It is also used to describe and predict new phenomena, test hypotheses and investigate novel avenues for experiments. This subject presents a series of advanced case studies that demonstrate the utility of mathematical modelling and develop the student's ability to tackle real-world problems arising in scientific, medical or industrial contexts. Mathematical approaches will include discrete, computational and asymptotic methods. The use of appropriate approximations and the interpretation of solutions in the context of the original problem will be emphasised.
Intended learning outcomes
After completing this subject, students should gain:
- a deeper appreciation of many complementary techniques and skills needed for modelling physical and biological systems
- the ability to pursue further studies in this and related areas.
In addition to learning specific skills that will assist students in their future careers in science, they will have the opportunity to develop generic skills that will assist them in any future career path. These include:
- problem-solving skills: the ability to engage with unfamiliar problems and identify relevant solution strategies;
- analytical skills: the ability to construct and express logical arguments and to work in abstract or general terms to increase the clarity and efficiency of analysis;
- collaborative skills: the ability to work in a team;
- time-management skills: the ability to meet regular deadlines while balancing competing commitments
Last updated: 3 November 2022