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Wits University Faculty of Science
Astronomy and Astrophysics Astronomy and Astrophysics is an exciting programme aimed at future scientists interested in space science.
Astronomy and Astrophysics Astronomy and Astrophysics is an exciting programme aimed at future scientists interested in space science.

Qualification: BSc

School: Physics

Faculty: Science

Duration: 3 years

Study mode: Full-time

Overview

Astrophysicist interpret astronomical data gathered by astronomers and understand how our universe works. Astronomers view the stars and galaxies not only through optical telescopes but also using radio telescopes and microwaves, together with gamma-rays and X-rays. In fact, right across the electromagnetic spectrum – called “Multi-frequency Astronomy”. 

This BSc degree comprises the regular Physics Major and Maths Major curricula which will form the basics of a strong knowledge base that is necessary to fully tackle the challenges of modern astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology, as well as courses such as Computational and Applied Mathematics, Algebra, Modern Radio and Gamma-Ray Astronomy, Modern Astrophysics and Cosmology. 

South Africa is an exciting base for scientists in the felds of Astronomy and Astrophysics. The South African Government was instrumental in obtaining the award of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) project, having a core of radio telescopes in the Karoo, based on our KAT7 (Karroo Array Telescopes consisting of seven dishes) and the subsequently developed MeerKAT (comprising 64 dishes). The array will stretch throughout the African continent right up to Ghana. In our neighbouring country Namibia, the H.E.S.S. (High Energy Stereoscopic System) with 5 telescopes has been producing maps of the night sky featuring gamma-ray sources by detecting the faint light produced in the Earth’s atmosphere as the gamma-rays pass through. A future development to include over 100 telescopes, the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), may very well also be built in Namibia. These very grand observational projects are supported by our own South African Large Telescope (SALT), an optical telescope sited at Sutherland. We live in very exciting times here at the bottom of Africa and are ready to receive calls from the Universe.

  • Astrophysicist
  • Astronomer
  • Academic research

Science

Programme Minimum Admission Requirements  Selection procedures
APS Subjects & achieved scale
Bachelor of Science in the field of:
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Chemistry with Chemical Engineering
  • Nuclear Sciences and Engineering
43 points and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 6
Physical Science - 6
Applicants between 40 - 42 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places
  • Physical Sciences
40 points and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 6
Physical Science - 5
Applicants between 38 - 39 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.
  • Computer Science
40 points and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 6
Applicants between 38 - 39 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.
  • Biological Sciences
  • Geographical and Archaeological Sciences
40 points and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Applicants between 38 - 39 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.
  • Geological Sciences
40 points and above  English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 6
Physical Science - 5
Applicants between 38 - 39 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.
 
  • Actuarial Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
40 points and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 7
Mathematics - 7
Physical Science - 7
Applicants between 38 - 39 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.
  • Mathematics of Finance
42 points and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 6
Applicants between 40 - 41 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.
Bachelor of Science (General)
BSc (3 years)
40 points and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Applicants between 38 - 39 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.

Your application

  • You may apply for three programmes (degrees).
  • Applications to Wits must enclose a non-refundable application fee of R100 (for international applicants, R700).

Documentation / Checklist

  • Submit your Grade 11 report which must be signed and stamped by your school principal.
  • If you have already matriculated, attach a copy of your matric certificate.

Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.

30 June 2018
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