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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: PhD

School: Computer Science and Applied Mathematics

Faculty: Science

Duration: 2 - 4 years

Study mode: Full-time; Part-time

Overview

The PhD in Computational and Applied Mathematics offers an open ended research platform through which you may work with leading researchers in a number of computational and applied fields. 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.

In the course of a PhD, you will become adept at independently conducting high-calibre original research. With the guidance of a leading researcher in your chosen field, you will be expected to produce original research contributions that further the science. By the end of your PhD, your publication record, knowledge and abilities will have progressed to the point where you are an acknowledged expert in your field and ready to pursue Post-Doctoral research.

When you pursue a PhD, the research that you conduct will be formulated by you and your chosen supervisor. The wide variety of research interests in the school allow you to work on problems that you find interesting and which the broader community considers important.

Why study at Wits?

The computational and applied mathematics department 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.

Thesis.

  • A Research Masters degree in a related field.
  • A supervisor from the School must be identified and approached prior to application.
Additional Entry Requirements

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.

  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). 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 an offer (once certified hardcopies have been received by SEnC), 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.

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.
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