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.
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.
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
- 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 and 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
The Master’s program offered in Strathmore University has been tailor-made to emphasize on the dynamic and increasingly complex nature of data and statistical analysis techniques. It is structured to achieve a world class curriculum that is readily benchmarked against leading programs around the world.
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Students are assured completion of their studies within a period of 2 years.
Mode of Study
Evening Program: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
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
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).
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 https://sims.strathmore.edu/ or email us at email@example.com and we will get back to you.
The next intake is in January 2022.
The Oral Interview and GEE are held on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:00pm. Below are some of the requirement you need to prepare:
- Originals and Certified copies 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
- Two (2) completed Reference Forms from former undergraduate/graduate professors and/or employer particularly qualified to attest to the applicant’s qualification for graduate study
- Dully filled graduate studies application form NB: Reference forms and a Graduate Studies Application form can be downloaded from our website
- An updated Curriculum Vitae/Resume
- 2 current passport size photos
- Provide a copy of National Identity Card (ID)or copy of Passport
- Kshs 2, 500 Interview fee payable on the interview day.