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Computer Science and Applied Mathematics
Mathematics of Finance Unsure of whether to choose a career in finance or computers? The Mathematics of Finance programme combines the best of both worlds with topics in economics and corporate finance, together with computer science and applied mathematics.
Mathematics of Finance Unsure of whether to choose a career in finance or computers? The Mathematics of Finance programme combines the best of both worlds with topics in economics and corporate finance, together with computer science and applied mathematics.

Qualification: BSc

School: Computer Science and Applied Mathematics

Faculty: Science

Duration: 3 years

Study mode: Full-time

Overview

This programme consists of one major in a computational or mathematical field, like Applied Mathematics, Mathematics or Computer Science, and one major in a financial or economic field, like Economics or Corporate Finance and Investments.

Students also complete a single year in Business Accounting. You can take postgraduate studies in any related field, which broadens your career options. As a graduate of this programme, you will be financially, mathematically, and computationally literate. You will typically work as a quantitative analyst, risk or portfolio manager, financial engineer, or back-end programmer in environments requiring computational skills and an understanding of financial environments. These include banks, investment houses, and other corporate entities.

Depending on courses taken:

  • Economist
  • Financial Mathematician
  • Financial Systems Developer
  • Investment Strategist
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Quantitative Trader
  • Risk and Investment Consultant
First-year
  • Economic Theory IA (Microeconomics)
  • Economic Theory IB (Macroeconomics)

AND

Computer Science I:

  • Basic Computer Organisation I
  • Discrete Computational Structures I
  • Introduction to Algorithms and Programming I
  • Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms I

AND

Computational and Applied Mathematics I

AND

Mathematics I (Major):

  • Algebra I
  • Calculus I
Second-year

Mathematics II :

  • Abstract Mathematics II
  • Basic Analysis II
  • Linear Algebra II
  • Multivariable Calculus II
  • Transition to Abstract Mathematics II
  • Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II

AND

Economics IIA and IIB

OR

  • Investments II
  • Corporate Finance II

AND

Computer Science II:

  • Analysis of Algorithms II
  • Computer Networks II
  • Database Fundamentals II
  • Operating Systems II

OR

  • Computational and Applied Mathematics II
Third-year
  • Economics III
  • Investment and Corporate Finance III

AND

  • Computational and Applied Mathematics III

OR

Computer Science III:

  • Analysis of Advanced Algorithms III
  • Formal Languages and Automata III
  • Machine Learning III
  • Software Design III

OR

Software Engineering III

OR

Mathematics III:

  • Number Theory III

OR

  • Topology III
  • Group Theory III
  • Intermediate Analysis III
  • Coding and Cryptography III

OR

  • Real Analysis III
  • Leontief Systems III

OR

  • Differential Geometry III
  • Complex Analysis II

APS 42+

English Home Language OR First Additional Language

Level 5

Mathematics

Level 6

Wait-listing

Applicants with 40-41 points may be wait-listed subject to place availability.

  • The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
  • Please click here for an overview of the application process.
  • Check the admission requirements for your degree. Check if any additional selection requirements apply. 
  • Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.
  • Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.
  • If you are an international applicant and/or have a foreign qualification, please click here.

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