The MSc by dissertation in Mathematics is a 1 year full-time or 2 year part-time degree.


The School of Mathematics has active research programmes in algebra, linear and multilinear algebra, mathematical logic, functional analysis, number theory, combinatorics, graph theory, topological groups, differential operators and partial differential equations (including symmetries and conservation laws).

The (National) Centre for Excellence which attracts a large number of experts from across the world has a number of activities such as seminars, workshops and video conferencing that students can participate in with ease.

Career Opportunities

Most of our graduates work in academia, education, the financial sector, in mathematical finance and in the building of mathematical / statistical models of market and consumer behaviour. 

Entry Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Science Honours in a related field with a minimum weighted average of 65%.
  • A supervisor from the School must be identified and approached prior to application.

Please ensure that you have a supervisor willing to supervise your MSc dissertation.

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.