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Computer Science and Applied Maths
Computational and Applied Mathematics Computational and Applied Mathematics is the practice of employing mathematical techniques and approaches to the solution of real-world problems throughout STEM fields. The focus of the programme is to equip candidates with a set of tools for the interpretation, distillation and solution approach of a given problem. The tools covered in this programme focus on computational methods, mathematical modelling, optimisation and differential equations.
Computational and Applied Mathematics Computational and Applied Mathematics is the practice of employing mathematical techniques and approaches to the solution of real-world problems throughout STEM fields. The focus of the programme is to equip candidates with a set of tools for the interpretation, distillation and solution approach of a given problem. The tools covered in this programme focus on computational methods, mathematical modelling, optimisation and differential equations.

Qualification: MSc

School: Computer Science and Applied Mathematics

Faculty: Science

Duration: 1 - 2 years

Study mode: Full-time; Part-time

Overview

The MSc by Coursework and Research Report in Computational and Applied Mathematics offers a curriculum tailored towards maximising candidates' employability and success in future research. Many industrial sectors and occupations are heavily reliant on the ability to interpret problems and creatively meaningful solutions and analysis thereof. Industrial settings include but are not limited to, banking, quantitative finance, algorithmic trading, operations research, supply chain and mining.

The research report component of the programme requires you to conduct research under the guidance of a supervisor.  The topic that you will focus on will be formulated by you and your supervisor, focussing on cutting edge problems in the field of computational and applied mathematics.

Why study Computational and Applied Mathematics at Wits?

The School employs world leading researchers in the fields of continuum mechanics, partial differential equations, symmetry analysis, optimisation, financial modelling,  numerical methods and analysis and mathematical modelling. It is with this strength that we are able to offer a world-class education and skill-set, adequately preparing candidates for future endeavours.

Global markets, technical consulting, foreign trading, quantitative finance, algorithmic trading, operations research, supply chain, academia and mining.

Research report and 6 courses

  • APPM7044A Research Report: Computational and Applied Mathematics

A minimum of one elective course from the list below:

  • APPM7034A Advanced Mathematical Modelling
  • APPM7036A Advanced Symmetry Methods for Differential Equations
  • APPM7037A Advanced Computational Differential Equations
  • APPM7035A Advanced Methods of Partial Differential Equations
  • APPM7038A Advanced Global Optimisation

Any five of the elective courses from the list below or the list above:

  • APPM7039A Advanced Optimal Control Theory
  • APPM7040A Advanced Principles of Continuum Mechanics
  • APPM7042A Studies in Applied Mathematics
  • APPM7041A Studies in Applied Mechanics
  • APPM7043A Studies in Computational Mathematics
  • COMS7238A Advanced Digital Image Processing

Note: Not all courses will be offered in every year.

Masters by coursework or research report:

  • A Bachelor of Science with Honours from Wits or another university
  • A graduate of this or another university who holds a degree in another faculty whose curriculum has ordinarily extended over not less than four academic years of full-time study.
Additional Entry Requirements

An applicant may not be permitted to register for the programme if s/he has completed a BSc Honours in the field of Computational and Applied Mathematics at this University. Applicants from other institutions with a BSc Honours in the field of Computational and Applied Mathematics will be considered for this programme provided they have obtained a minimum mark of 65 percent.

A candidate will only be accepted into the programme if a staff member has agreed to supervise their research. The onus is on the applicant to contact staff members working in fields of interest. Applicants are encouraged to contact the coordinator for assistance with this process.

  • Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.
  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre. Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept or decline an offer, apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

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