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Computer Science and Applied Mathematics

The School of Computer Science & Applied Mathematics (CSAM) at Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand researches and teaches the application of advanced mathematics and computational techniques to problems in commerce and industry, engineering, finance and economics, society and the medical sciences, the environment and pure sciences – including Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Astronomy. In 2009, CAM was ranked first in original published research by the Faculty of Science and had five of its top 10 researchers.

CSAM is one of the largest schools in the Faculty of Science in terms of the number of students it teaches. Academic staff members offer a wide variety of courses which train science students to solve practical problems. These include BSc Honours, BSc Honours in the field of Advanced Mathematics of Finance and MSc by Research and PhD. Study through to BSc Hons is encouraged.

About the School

The School currently has 23 full time members of staff and has permission to appoint the new Chair and fill two posts at Lecturer/Senior Lecturer level. The School has benefited from an Honours Programme in Advanced Mathematics of Finance and in addition employs a part time lecturer who is a finance professional. The staff complement is currently made up of 2 Professors (one the Dean s Chair), 2 Readers, 2 Associate Professors, 8 Senior Lecturers, 3 Lecturers, 1 Junior Lecturer, 4 Senior Tutors and 1 Tutor. In addition, a Research Professor is jointly in this School and in the School of Mathematics

Honours Degrees are offered in Computational and Applied Mathematics (students are free to select from a wide range of topics), Industrial Mathematics (students have a restricted, industry-orientated choice of topics and must complete a Major Project within industry) and Advanced Mathematics of Finance (students study the mathematics and data-science of modern quantitative finance). The undergraduate curriculum is based on mathematical modelling, mechanics, numerical methods and optimisation streams. The School performs considerable service teaching in the fields of engineering, architecture, town planning, building science, commerce and the health sciences.

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