Computational and Applied Mathematics

The BSc Honours in Computational and Applied Mathematics is a 1 year full-time degree designed to transform you into a well-rounded applied and computational mathematician capable of handling any mathematical challenge.


The  Computational and Applied Mathematics honours course is designed to transform you into a well-rounded applied and computational mathematician capable of handling any mathematical challenge. A variety of compulsory courses such as Mathematical Modelling, Global Optimisation, Partial Differential Equations, Computational Differential Equations and Symmetries will enable you to achieve this goal. Elective topics are available to suit your individual ambitions. In this degree, you will learn valuable problem solving skills.


There are six compulsory courses, a compulsory research project and research methods course, and you must also register for at least two elective courses. You must achieve a total of at least 132 points in order to graduate.

Compulsory or Core Courses
  • APPM4054A: Mathematical Modelling
  • APPM4055A: Partial Differential Equations
  • APPM4056A: Symmetry Methods for Differential Equations
  • APPM4057A: Computational Differential Equations
  • APPM4059A: Continuum Mechanics
  • APPM4065A: Global Optimization
  • APPM4076A: Research Project
  • COMS4057A: Introduction to Research Methods

Elective Courses

  • APPM4058A: Digital Image Processing
  • APPM4061A: Studies in Applied Mathematics
  • APPM4064A: Optimal Control Theory
  • APPM4069A: South African Financial Instruments and Markets
  • APPM4073A: Interest Rate Remodelling
  • COMS4050A: Discrete Optimization

Entry Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent.
  • A pass in the relevant major course at this University or any other university whose programme has been approved by Senate.
  • At least 60% average in the final undergraduate course.

Please note that this is a highly competitive programme and a 60% average does not guarantee admission. 

University Application 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.
  • 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.

International students, please check this section.

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University Fees and Funding

Click here to see the current average tuition fees. The Fees site also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal.

For information about postgraduate funding opportunities, including the postgraduate merit award, click here. Please also check your School website for bursary opportunities. NRF bursaries: The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers a wide range of opportunities in terms of bursaries and fellowships to students pursuing postgraduate studies. External bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.