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Computer Science and Applied Mathematics
Actuarial Science Study the application of analytical, statistical and mathematical skills to financial and business problems.
Actuarial Science Study the application of analytical, statistical and mathematical skills to financial and business problems.

Qualification: BSc

Faculty: Science

Duration: 3 years

School: Statistics and Actuarial Science

Study mode: Full-time


Bachelor of Science (BSc) in the field of Actuarial Science: Programme code SBA03

A Wits Actuarial Science degree gives you a solid foundation for the internationally recognised actuarial examination. Over 480 graduates have qualified as actuaries since the programme began in 1983.

An actuary is a professional who applies analytical, statistical and mathematical skills to financial and business problems. This is especially valuable when facing problems involving uncertain future events or financial risks in insurance, retirement, investments and risk management environments.

The School of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences offers the largest number of accredited courses of any single university in Africa.

  • Asset Management
  • Banking
  • Consulting
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • General Insurance
  • General Management
  • Health Care
  • Life Insurance
  • Research and Planning
  • Retirement Funding

Actuarial Science I


Mathematical Statistics I


Mathematics I (Major):

  • Algebra I
  • Calculus I


  • Economic Theory IA Microeconomics
  • Economic Theory IB Macroeconomics


  • Business Accounting I

Actuarial Science II


Mathematical Statistics II


Mathematics II:

  • Abstract Mathematics 
  • Differential Equations
  • Basic Analysis
  • Linear Algebra
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Advanced Analysis

Actuarial Science III:

  • Computers and Communications for Actuaries
  • Life Contingencies
  • Actuarial Economics
  • Actuarial Reserving Techniques


Mathematical Statistics III:

  • Multivariate Data Analytics
  • Risk Theory
  • Statistical Elements of Machine Learning
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Survival Analysis
  • Time Series

APS 42+

English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 7

Mathematics Level 7

Physical Science Level 7


Applicants with 40-41 points and Mathematics Level 7 may be wait-listed, subject to place availability.

National Benchmark Test

All Faculty of Science applicants must write the National Benchmark Tests (NBT).

Application Closing Date: 30 September 2023 | Residence Applications: 30 September 2023

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Wits Plus applicants, applications can only be done online. We will be in contact with you should we require additional documentation.

Compliance with the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place at the University. The University has a specific number of places for first year undergraduates, approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

Click here to see the current average tuition fees for the first year of study. The Fees website 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. 

The Financial aid office provides information on student funding and scholarships. University-funded Scholarships include Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships, University Entrance Scholarships, Equality Scholarships, Sports Scholarships and National Olympiad winner awards. For information about NSFAS funding, please visit the NSFAS websiteExternal bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.

Wits Plus applicants: terms of payment are in accordance with University regulations, and students are not eligible for University bursaries/NSFAS or residential accommodation.