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Computer Science and Applied Maths

Computational and Applied Mathematics

Students majoring in Computational and Applied Maths will study the application of advanced mathematics and computational techniques to problems in commerce and industry, engineering, finance and economics, society, the medical sciences, the environment and pure sciences.

Qualification: BSc

School: Computer Science and Applied Mathematics

Faculty: Science

Duration: 3 years

Study mode: Full-time

Programme overview

Students will study Mathematics, Computer Organisation, Networks and Mathematical Statistics, combined with course choices such as Chemistry, Physics or Economics. 

Advanced Mathematics has become a very powerful and practical tool in many disciplines and professions. The specialised task of finding practical solutions to real life problems by means of mathematical invention is the objective of researchers in the School of Computational and Applied Mathematics.

Students become skilled in the use of mathematics in a ‘pencil and paper’ way, constructing mathematical models, performing calculations, judging the usefulness of the models and deciding on how they might best be applied to industry and commerce. Real life problems can be very complicated and the applied mathematician will often need computer skills for judging his or her model and the accuracy of the mathematics. The computer solutions can themselves be very difficult to compute (some real problems could take the fastest computer years to solve), so applied mathematicians really need advanced computer skills. Many researchers become involved in academic studies of these difficult computer problems.

The School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics is interested in mathematical applications such as valuation of financial products for large banks and corporations; graduates can eventually earn very large salaries. Continuum mechanics describes the distortion of a solid and the flow of liquids. Companies often have optimisation problems, such as the shortest path for copper wire for a telephone service. The School is interested in academic problems in mathematics, such as numerical analysis and differential equations, in astronomy and in physics.

Applied mathematics is important in many disciplines, as may be judged from the fact that the School also teaches engineers, architects, building scientists, town planners, commerce students and medical and health science students.

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Career Opportunities

Requires postgraduate studies that lead to mathematical modelling which is applicable in medicine, economics and in the social sciences, advanced mathematics of finance and can also lead to careers in astronomy and trading.

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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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