MATH406-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Mathematical Models in Biology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


Mathematical Models in Biology

Mathematical Biology started when Malthus noticed that populations often grow exponentially. Since then the field has broadened to many fields including population dynamics, fluids, epidemiology and network theory.

In this research focused course we will use recent research papers to get a good understanding of the range of topics that fall under this broad heading. We will study research that uses a wide range of mathematical and statistical techniques including dynamical systems, PDEs, Matrix methods, spectral analysis and stochastic processes.

We will learn how to quickly get to grips with unfamiliar topics and pull out the key findings from research papers.

Learning Outcomes

  • Confidently read research papers in unfamiliar areas.
  • Be familiar with a range of standard modelling techniques.
  • Be aware of the wide range of topics studied in mathematical biology.
  • Develop written and oral communication skills that allow non-mathematicians to understand your findings.


Subject to approval of the Head of School.

Timetable 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 14:00 Psychology - Sociology 210
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Karl Popper 508
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Alex James

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,017.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Mathematics and Statistics .

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  • MATH406-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022