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Complex Systems Modelling - from Biomedical & Natural to Economic & Social Sciences MSc

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Complex Systems Modelling MSc – from Biomedical & Natural to Economic & Social Sciences course will teach you to apply mathematical techniques in the rapidly developing and exciting interdisciplinary field of complex systems and examine how they apply to a variety of areas including biomedicine, nature, economics and social sciences. This research-led course is suitable for graduates who wish to work in research and development in an academic or industrial environment.


Key benefits

  • Top 10 in the UK for Mathematics (QS World Rankings by subject 2020).
  • Located in the heart of London, giving unparalleled access to research facilities.
  • You will be studying innovative modules covering modern theories of complex systems modelling.
  • Research-led study course taught by staff who are recognised leaders in their field.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 10-15 FT, 5-10 PT.

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Department Department of Mathematics

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Description

Teaching

We use lectures and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work, e.g. 150 hours work for a 15-credit module. These hours cover every aspect of the module: lectures, tutorials, independent study, coursework and preparation for examinations.

During your work on the MSc Project you will have regular meetings with your project supervisor, but you are expected to spend the majority of your time in self-study to complete the project.

Assessment

The primary method of assessment for this degree is written examination. You may also be assessed by essays, practical examination, oral presentation, reports, class tests and projects. The nature of assessment varies by module.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Theory of Complex Networks (15 credits)
  • Research Methods & Advanced Topics in Complex Systems (15 credits)
  • Equilibrium Analysis of Complex Systems (15 credits)
  • Individual Research Project (60 credits)

Other supporting module:

  • Foundations for Complex Systems Modelling & Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Non- Equilibrium Systems (0 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take at least two of the following modules:

  • Dynamical Analysis of Complex Systems (15 credits)
  • Mathematical Biology (15 credits)
  • Elements of Statistical Learning (15 credits)
  • Mathematical Aspects of Statistical Mechanics (15 credits)

And at most 45 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Bio- & Nanomaterials in the Virtual Lab (15 credits)
  • Modelling Quantum Many-body Systems (15 credits)
  • Mathematical Methods for Theoretical Physics (15 credits)
  • Probability Theory (15 credits)
  • Risk-Neutral Valuation: Pricing and Hedging Derivatives (15 credits)
  • Financial Markets (15 credits)
  • Stochastic Analysis (15 credits)
  • Statistics in Finance (15 credits)
  • Numerical & Computational Methods in Finance (15 credits)
  • Interest Rates & Credit Risk (15 credits)
  • Financial Markets (15 credits)
  • Incomplete Markets (15 credits)
  • C++ for Financial Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Exotic Derivatives (15 credits)
  • Machine Learning (15 credits)
  • Econophysics (15 credits)
  • Optimisation in Finance and Data Analysis (15 credits)
  • Pattern Recognition, Neural Networks and Deep Learning (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest that you keep an eye on our website for updates.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Complex System Modelling Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements   2:1

Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours degree in a suitable quantitative discipline, such as mathematics, physics, computer science, or engineering. A sound background in basic mathematics, in particular a familiarity with standard concepts of calculus, linear algebra, differential equations and elementary probability theory, will be assumed. In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

A 2:2 honours degree (or international equivalent) may be acceptable depending on the candidate's academic background.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Your application will be assessed by the programme director. We do not interview applicants; you are welcome to call the department to arrange a visit.

We aim to process all completed applications with four-six weeks. During February, March, and April, applicants may take longer to process due to the volume we receive at this time.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement  Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £10,500 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £23,460 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £5,250 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,730 per year (2021/22)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Graduates from this course go on to work in areas including:

  • Management consultancy
  • Biotechnology
  • Machine learning and data science
  • Financial and re-insurance sectors
  • Smart cities and Urban policy
  • Energy and environment
  • Science of materials and engineering
  • Software development
  • Internet of Things
  • Cybersecurity and Defence
  • Entertainment and Serious Gaming
  • Research

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