MASTER OF SCIENCE IN BIOMATHEMATICS

“A whole new world with exciting possibilities of finally making headway in, previously, unsolved medical problems has emerged for me by taking Masters of Science in Biomathematics! The ability to model disease dynamics on infectious and non-communicable disease using already available (public) genetic data is ushering in new insights. New combination of medicine, mathematics and computational prowess could not come at a more opportune time. I am thankful to Strathmore’s Institute of Mathematical Sciences for availing this program here in Kenya.”

Dr. Andrew ColeMedical Doctor

The Master of Science in Biomathematics focuses on methods of applied mathematics and mathematical modelling needed to provide quantitative answers to practical questions in biomedical research. A key characteristic of this program is the careful integration of mathematical methods with the theory and practice of modern computational biology. The objective of the Program is to produce graduates with a rigorous foundation in the mathematical modelling of biological systems, and with practical ability in biomedical modelling.

Careers

MSc Biomathematics opens up a wide range of careers such as: Agricultural and Food Scientist, Biochemists and Biophysicist, Biomedical Engineer, Geoscientist, Hydrologist, Marine Biologist, Natural Sciences Manager, Molecular Biologist among many others.

In Kenya, a graduate of MSc. Biomathematics has opportunities for a placement with companies such as:

  • KEMRI-Welcome group (Kenya Medical Research Institute)
  • KEFRI (Kenya Forestry Research Institute)
  • KALRO (Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organisation)
  • ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute)
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Hydrology companies
  • Kenya Navy as a Marine Biologist and other research institutions.

Program Structure

The course covers 16 course units offered over 4 academic semesters and a subsequent dissertation project. The program relies on MATLAB, R and C++ as the computing languages for modelling. Some of the core modules include the following:

  • Modelling Biological Systems
  • Biomathematics
  • Stochastic Modelling
  • Partial Differential Equation Modelling in Biology
  • Introduction to Computational Structural Biology
  • Biomedical Mathematics
  • Statistical Modelling with Application to Biology
  • Computational Systems Biology

Program Benefits & Outcomes

By the end of the programs, the student should be able to:

  • Express a biological problem in mathematical terms and carry out an appropriate mathematical analysis
  • Solve the resulting mathematical models analytically or numerically and interpret the solution in a manner that can be communicated effectively
  • Conduct high level independent research
  • Use mathematical computer packages such R, MATLAB and Maple for data analysis and/or computation
  • Provide the student with the appropriate training to carry out doctoral studies at any leading institution worldwide

Mode of Study

Evening Program: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Entry Requirements

  1. a) The following are eligible for admission into the MSc. Biomathematics:
  • Holders of First Class or Upper Second in Mathematics or a related discipline; OR
  • Holders of Lower Second Class degrees in Mathematics or a related discipline plus Postgraduate Diplomas in relevant areas; OR
  • Holders of Lower Second Class Degrees in Mathematics or related disciplines plus a minimum of two years of working experience OR
  • Holders of other related qualifications from recognized universities
  1. b) In addition to meeting the above criteria, the applicants will be required to attend and pass an oral interview and a Graduate Entrance Examination (GEE).
  2. c) They will also be required to present two reference letters from academic referees.

How to Apply

In case you are interested kindly subscribe to the program by filling in your contact details and relevant information on our website at http://sims.strathmore.edu/ or email us at sims@strathmore.edu and we will get back to you.

Intake

The annual intake will be in the month of May every year.

Interview Requirements

The Oral Interview and GEE are held on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:00pm. Below are some of the requirement you need to prepare:

  1. Originals and Certifiedcopies of K.S.C.E (or its equivalent), Undergraduate degree certificate and transcript of records (TOR) in English, giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  2. Two (2) completed Reference Formsfrom former undergraduate/graduate professors and/or employer particularly qualified to attest to the applicant’s qualification for graduate study
  3. Dully filled graduate studies application form NB:Reference formsand a Graduate Studies Application form can be downloaded from our website
  4. An updated Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  5. 2 current passport size photos
  6. Provide a copy of National Identity Card (ID)or copy of Passport
  7. Kshs 2, 300Interview fee payable on the interview day.