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Wits University Faculty of Science

Programme 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 Kilometre Array (SKA) project, having a core of radio telescopes in the Karoo, based on our KAT7 (Karoo 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. These very grand observational projects are supported by our own South African Large Telescope (SALT), an optical telescope sited at Sutherland. 

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Career Opportunities

  • Astrophysicist
  • Astronomer
  • Academic research
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Entry Requirements

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.
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Application Process

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.

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Closing Dates

30 June 2018
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30 September 2018
All other University programmes
Residence applications 

Online applications
  • Complete an online application to study at Wits
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Course Costs

The average course costs for local students range from R34 000 to R62 000, depending on the course and the number of years of study.
Tuition fees are payable for each course for which a student is registered. 

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