Complex Systems Modelling - From Biomedical and Natural to Economic and Social Sciences

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

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

  • 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.

Who should take this course

This research-led course is suitable for graduates who wish to work in research and development in an academic or industrial environment.

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



Course content

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)
  • MSc Complex Systems Modelling Project (60 credits)

Optional Modules:

Optional skills refresher 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)

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

  • Algorithms for Computational Molecular Biology (15 credit)
  • Algorithms Design & Analysis (15 credits)
  • Bio- & Nanomaterials in the Virtual Lab (15 credits)
  • Nonlinear Analysis (15 credits)
  • Mathematical Methods for Theoretical Physics (15 credits)
  • Pattern Recognition (15 credits)
  • Advanced Topics in Nonequilibrium Systems (15 credits)
  • Modelling Quantum Many-body Systems (15 credits)
  • Rare Events & Large Deviations (15 credits)
  • Probability Theory (15 credits)
  • Risk-Neutral Valuation (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)
  • Recent Topics in Financial Mathematics (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)
  • Recent Topics in Financial Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Incomplete Markets (15 credits)
  • C++ for Financial Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Exotic Derivatives (15 credits)
  • Machine Learning (15 credits)
  • Econophysics (15 credits)

Students taking the part time course should aim to take four modules in each year. The project is taken in the second year.

King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.


  • Full time overseas fees:

About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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