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Computer Science and Applied Mathematics
Mathematics of Finance Unsure of whether to choose a career in finance or computers? The Mathematics of Finance programme combines the best of both worlds with topics in economics and corporate finance, together with computer science and applied mathematics.
Mathematics of Finance Unsure of whether to choose a career in finance or computers? The Mathematics of Finance programme combines the best of both worlds with topics in economics and corporate finance, together with computer science and applied mathematics.

Qualification: BSc

Faculty: Science

Duration: 3 years

School: Computer Science and Applied Mathematics

Study mode: Full-time


This programme consists of one major in a computational or mathematical field, like Applied Mathematics, Mathematics or Computer Science and one major in a financial or economic field, like Economics or Corporate Finance and Investments.

You can take postgraduate studies in any related field, which broadens your career options.

As a graduate of this programme, you will be financially, mathematically and computationally literate. You will typically work as a quantitative analyst, risk or portfolio manager, financial engineer, or back-end programmer in environments requiring computational skills and an understanding of financial environments. These include banks, investment houses and other corporate entities.

Depending on courses taken:

  • Economist
  • Financial Mathematician
  • Financial Systems Developer
  • Investment Strategist
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Quantitative Trader
  • Risk and Investment Consultant
  • Economic Theory IA (Microeconomics)
  • Economic Theory IB (Macroeconomics)


Computer Science I:

  • Basic Computer Organisation I
  • Discrete Computational Structures I
  • Introduction to Algorithms and Programming I
  • Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms I


Computational and Applied Mathematics I


Mathematics I (Major):

  • Algebra I
  • Calculus I

Mathematics II :

  • Abstract Mathematics II
  • Basic Analysis II
  • Linear Algebra II
  • Multivariable Calculus II
  • Transition to Abstract Mathematics II
  • Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II


Economics IIA and IIB


  • Investments II
  • Corporate Finance II


Computer Science II:

  • Analysis of Algorithms II
  • Computer Networks II
  • Database Fundamentals II
  • Mobile Computing


  • Computational and Applied Mathematics II

Economics III


Investment and Corporate Finance III


  • Computational and Applied Mathematics III


Computer Science III:

  • Analysis of Advanced Algorithms III
  • Formal Languages and Automata III
  • Machine Learning III
  • Software Design III


Software Engineering III


Mathematics III:

  • Group Theory
  • Intermediate Analysis
  • Complex Analysis
  • Number Theory


  • Topology
  • Coding and Cryptography


  • Real Analysis Differential Geometry


  • Leontief Systems

APS 42+

English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5

Mathematics Level 6


Applicants with 40-41 points may be wait-listed subject to place availability.

National Benchmark Test

All Faculty of Science applicants must write the National Benchmark Tests (NBT) before being considered for admission.

There are two tests: The Academic and Quantitative Literacy Test and the Mathematics Test. Your test results are used in addition to your Grade 12 results to identify students who may need additional support during the course of their studies.

Rules for the NBT

You must register on the NBT website, or via mobile phone, to write the tests. Registration closes about three weeks before each test date. You can register for the NBT before you submit your application to Wits. DO NOT wait for an official notification from Wits to register for and write the tests, because you may miss the end of September deadline.

The test fee can be paid once you have registered to write the test. The tests must be written by 31 October 2021. You are encouraged to write the tests as early as possible. For a comprehensive list of test dates, registration dates and available venues, please refer to the NBT website. Both tests must be written in one session. ONLY the first attempt results will be considered so we advise against writing the tests more than once in a year.

Application Closing Date: 30 September 2021

Residence Applications: 30 September 2021

  • The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
  • Please click here for an overview of the application process.
  • Check the admission requirements for your degree. Check if any additional selection requirements apply. 
  • Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.
  • Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • If you are an international applicant and/or have a foreign qualification, please click here.

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 Office 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 about 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.