Computational and Mathematical Biology


Computational and Mathematical Biology

The CENTURI Master of Computational and Mathematical Biology (CMB) aims to teach the analysis and the modelling of complex biological systems. Computational and Mathematical Biology accepts bachelor students with a background in Mathematics or Biology or Computer science. Students with a BSc in Biology are requested to have already minored in either Mathematics or Computer science.

This Master is structured around 3 different 2-year degrees: Statistics, Mathematical modeling and Bioinformatics. These 3 majors lead students to address the new challenges of complex biological systems.

While specialising on a major in their own field, students share courses and interdisciplinary projects. Independently from their major, every student will follow courses in Computer Science, Mathematics and Biology.

Part of the formation consists in gathering students from the different CMB majors to conduct interdisciplinary projects that will prepare them to research internships and professional career.

Computational and Mathematical Biology is an international MSc with a strong emphasis placed on students' future professional career. As such, lectures are taught in English which is the language most commonly used in research.

What for ?

The CENTURI Master of Computational and Mathematical Biology leads to an Aix-Marseille University degree and prepares students for scientific research. With this Master’s degree, graduates will be qualified for international research institutes as a PhD student or a Research engineer in data analysis, biological systems modelling, analysis of interaction networks, etc.

Graduates also have the opportunity to join private companies’ R&D departments in health care, pharmacology, biosystems and more generally to work on big data issues.

Ask any questions you need during the CMB Open Days!

If you have any inquiry, we invite you to go to the Master’s Slack channel during the Online Open Days. The heads of the Master’s program will answer all of your questions.

Link here

Online Open Day schedule

  • Thursday, December 9 I 9h30-12h00 (Paris Time)
  • Thursday, January 6 I 15h-16h30 (Paris Time)
  • Thursday, February 10 I 15h-16h30 (Paris Time)


Aix-Marseille University is committed to ensure the safety of its students and teachers. Therefore, courses and seminars may be organized online if the health situation requires it.

Mathematics Major

Students of both majors will be taught mathematical tools for modelling (discrete and continuous dynamical systems) and statistical tools for interpreting biological data. Other courses in computing and biology will also be taught in these majors.

Statistics and Data Science major

Students will more particularly deepen their knowledge in statistics and big data in view of exploration, analysis, interpretation and prediction of biological data. Students will share some courses with MSc “Applied Mathematics and Statistics - Data Science”.

Math modelling major

Students will more particularly deepen their knowledge in theoretical and numerical analysis of deterministic (P.D.E.) or stochastic problems, in view of modelling, analysis and prediction of biological systems. Students will share some courses with MSc “Mathematics and Applications - CEPS”.

Computational Biology Major

This major is dedicated to the analysis of interaction networks involved in different types of biological processes (embryonic developmental, nervous system, immune response) in order to understand the relationship between network structure and the behaviour of complex biological systems.

Applications and scholarships

How can I join CMB ?

European students can join the Master by sending an application through eCandidat.

Students who live outside of the EU (list below) can apply by sending an application through the platform called "Etudes en France". This platform is working in association with the Campus France network which includes 42 countries.

Countries in the Campus France network:

Azerbaijan, Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Gabon, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, India, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United States, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam.

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If you are a citizen of a country not included in the previous list, you have to apply through the ecandidat platform of Aix-Marseille University.

If you encounter any probleme, please contact us at info@centuri-livingsystems.org.


The Master Computational and Mathematical Biology is affiliated to 3 Masters of Science degrees (Aix-Marseille Université):

  • Math modelling major: MSc Mathematics and applications
  • Statistics and Data Science major: MSc Applied Mathematics, statistics
  • Bioinformatics major: MSc Bioinformatics

Please note that you have to pick the Computational and Mathematical Biology track when you select your MSc.

When ? 


Études en France: Open

Link to Études en France


eCandidat: closed (open from April 1, 2022 until June 18, 2022)

More informations concerning this plateform here 


Campus France

  • From October 1, 2021 until January 1, 2022
  • Expected decision : May 15, 2022



CENTURI Scholarships

The Master of Science Computational and Mathematical Biology offers 10 scholarships based on academic results. These scholarships are granted to students who are not already enlisted to Aix-Marseille Academy. Of the 10 scholarships, 5 are awarded to First-year students and 5 to Second-year students.

Students in first or second year can apply to this scholarship.


Scholarship: 1000€ / month (6 months)


  • Deadline for the CENTURI scholarship for Campus France candidates: April 15
  • Candidates will be informed if they have been selected end of April


  • Deadline for the CENTURI scholarship for ecandidat candidates: Mid of June
  • Candidates will be informed if they have been selected end of June


Under specific conditions, CENTURI is also offering scholarships to help Second-year students to perform their 6-month internships abroad.


CMB Master students are expected to carry out two internships during their Master’s:

  • One internship lasting at least six weeks, during the first year of the Master
  • Another internship lasting 4 to 6 months during the second year of the Master

Here are some examples of internships carried out in 2021 by CMB M2 students

Internship at University of Vienna, Austria

Internship title: Study of mathematical models of species evolution, and computer implementation of these models, both deterministic and individual-based


Internship at INMED, Marseille, in France

Internship objectives:

  • Study of mathematical models of species evolution, and computer implementation of these models, both deterministic and individual-based
  • Observation of GABAergic neurons using two-photon microscopy
  • Analysis of digital images and recordings obtained with the microscope
  • Characterization of the neuronal activity collected thanks to an algorithm, based on deep-learning, developed by the team
  • Retrograde tracing experiment to study the maturation of circuits (includes experimental activities)


Internship at Theoretical and Experimental Ecology Station, Moulis, in  France

Internship title: Functional response and macroecological scale laws

Internship objectives:

  • To identify combinations of three ingredients: functional response, functional form of internal loss, and correlated variation
  • To propose additional empirical tests that would allow to further narrow the range of possible models
  • To understand how the most likely phenomenological models could be explained from ecological mechanisms.