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, 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 careers.

Computational and Mathematical Biology is an international MSc with a strong emphasis placed on students' future professional careers. 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.


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 68 countries.

Countries in the Campus France network:

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


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 4, 2023)

More informations concerning this plateform here 


Campus France

  • From October 1, 2022 until December 15, 2022
  • Expected decision : May 15, 2023



CENTURI Scholarships

Students can apply to a CMB scholarship :

  • Until May 15 for both students using Etudes en France procedure and Trouver mon Master procedure

CMB Scholarships are granted on academic results to students who are not already enlisted to Aix-Marseille Academy.

Eligibility conditions:

  • students at the Master level (from 2023)
  • not have been enrolled in a higher education institution in France
  • not be French

Students will be selected on the basis of academic excellence.

Two scholarships will be awarded to CMB Master students for the University year 2023-2024. Aix-Marseille University will finance you up to €10,000 for one academic year and reserve a room for you in a CROUS university residence (provided you complete the necessary procedures within the allotted time). For the 2023/2024 academic year, the application for the TIGER master's excellence scholarship is made automatically when you apply (via the Etudes en France or eCandidat platforms


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

  • 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 2022 by CMB M2 students

Internship at IBDM, Marseille, France

Internship title: From molecular diffusion to organ formation: Tracking endocytosis across scales in the developing embryo

Internship objectives:

  • Understanding the image formation process in fluorescence microscopy.
  • Modeling biodynamics under constrains of computational scalability.
  • Bayesian filtering for biodynamics.
  • Interdisciplinary communication



Internship at I2M, Marseille, France

Internship titleUnsupervised motion estimation for the explorationbof molecular processes in 3D light-sheet microscopy

Internship objectives:

  • Understanding the image formation process in fluorescence microscopy.
  • Modeling biodynamics under constrains of computational scalability.
  • Bayesian filtering for biodynamics.
  • Interdisciplinary communication.
  • Formulating biological hypothesis and quantitatively interrogate them