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Computer Science and Applied Maths
Computer Science The BSc Honours in Computer science pioneers improving human life through science and technologies. It consists of carefully designed and advanced level modules that are aligned with the ever evolving field of Computer Science. This is a 1 year full-time or 2-year part-time degree.
Computer Science The BSc Honours in Computer science pioneers improving human life through science and technologies. It consists of carefully designed and advanced level modules that are aligned with the ever evolving field of Computer Science. This is a 1 year full-time or 2-year part-time degree.

Qualification: BScHons

Faculty: Science

Duration: 1 - 2 years

School: Computer Science and Applied Mathematics

Study mode: Full-time; Part-time

Overview

The Bachelor of Science with Honours in Computer Science (BScHons) is a 1 year full-time or 2-year part-time programme that taught by a team of diverse and dedicated academics.

Why study Computer Science?

Computer scientists are well placed to make important contributions in solving problems in a wide range of sectors, such as finance, mining, industry, healthcare, education and academia.

Why study Computer Science at Wits?

The Computer Science Honours programme at Wits is a comprehensive programme that aims at producing highly competitive graduates across South Africa and beyond. The programme consists of carefully designed and advanced level modules that are aligned with the ever evolving field of Computer Science. It covers modules that balance both theory and practical aspects of Computer Science.

We are proud that our Computer Science Honours graduates are among the most sought after graduates by the top employers in the country, and they are well prepared to pursue their MSc studies.

Applicants

Students need to know how to program. You should be proficient in at least one procedural or object oriented programming language. Being able to use R or Matlab may be beneficial but unless you have used the control flow constructs of these languages this will not be sufficient.

The programme does not include an internship. However, it does include a research project that should have real world application and will be guided by a supervisor.

There is currently no bridging programme available.

The part time Honours Programme is a two-year programme with all courses completed in two years. All classes are offered during the day (morning or afternoon) and during the week. Classes for a course take place in 14 separate contact sessions per a course over the entire semester.

If any bursaries become available for this programme, they will be advertised on the school website.

Career opportunities after completing a Computer Science Honours degree include software engineer, software developer, data scientist, business analyst, consultant, and pursuing a higher academic degree.

The programme comprises two compulsory courses and seven elective courses.

Compulsory courses:

  • COMS4059A: Research Project: Computer Science
  • COMS4057A: Introduction to Research Methods

Elective courses:

  • COMS4030A: Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning
  • COMS4032A: Applications of Algorithms
  • COMS4033A: Artificial Intelligence
  • COMS4036A: Computer Vision
  • COMS4037A: Database
  • COMS4038A: Distributed Computing
  • COMS4040A: High Performance Computing and Scientific Data Management
  • COMS4041A: Human Computer Interaction
  • COMS4045A: Robotics
  • COMS4048A: Data Analysis and Exploration
  • COMS4060A: Introduction to Data Visualisation and Exploration
  • COMS4050A: Discrete Optimization
  • COMS4052A: Affective Computing
  • COMS4055A: Mathematical Foundations of Data Science
  • COMS4054A: Natural Language Processing
  • COMS4053A: Regulated Rewriting in Formal Language Theory
  • APPM4058A: Digital Image Processing
Available courses for 2022, click to access.

An undergraduate BSc degree with a major in computer science or equivalent (NQF7) is required and at least a second year in a mathematics equivalent.

Admission into the Computer Science Honours programme is highly selective. To be accepted, students must have performed well in their undergraduate degrees (based on aggregate performance which must be at least 65%). We require a good mathematical background and the completion of a range of core courses in Computer Science. You should be proficient in at least one procedural or object oriented programming language.

Final selection will be made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

Programme CodeProgramme TitlePlan DescriptionSA Cutoff DateInternational Cutoff Date
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Interdisciplinary Global Change Studies 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Resource Conservation Biology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Chemistry 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Chemistry 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Chemistry 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Computational and Applied Mathematics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Mathematical Sciences 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Artificial Intelligence 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Computer Science 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Data Science 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) eScience 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Robotics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Computational and Applied Mathematics 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Computer Science 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Big Data Analytics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Computational and Applied Mathematics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Computer Science 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Mathematical Sciences 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Computational and Applied Mathematics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Computer Science 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Archaeological Heritage Management 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Archaeology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Geography 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Archaeology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Economic Geology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Hydrogeology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Geology, Palaentology and Geophysics 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Geochemistry 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Geology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Geophysics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Palaeontology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Palaeontology and Geology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Geology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Geophysics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Palaeontology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Mathematics 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Mathematics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Mathematics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Molecular and Cell Biology 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Applied Bioinformatics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Biochemistry and Cell Biology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Genetics and Developmental Biology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Microbiology and Biotechnology 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Molecular and Cell Biology 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Medical Physics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Radiation Protection 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Physics 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Physics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Physics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SCA00 Master of Science (Coursework and Research Report) Mathematical Statistics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Statistics and Actuarial Science 31/12/2022 31/12/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Actuarial Science 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SHA00 Bachelor of Science Honours Mathematical Statistics 30/11/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Actuarial Science 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
SRA00 Master of Science (Dissertation) Statistics 31/12/2022 30/11/2022
  • 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.

For more information, contact the Student Call Centre +27 (0)11 717 1888, or log a query at www.wits.ac.za/askwits.

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.