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Computational and Applied Mathematics, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #194 (WUR) Johannesburg, South Africa
Study the application of mathematics and computational techniques to problems in commerce and industry, engineering, finance and economics, society, the medical sciences, the environment and pure sciences with this Computational and Applied Mathematics offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg .
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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 offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 

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. The School also teaches engineers, architects, building scientists, town planners, commerce students, and medical and health science students.

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Discrete Computational Structures 
  • Introduction to Algorithms and Programming 
  • Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms 
  • Basic Computer Organisation 
  • Physics (Major)
  • Abstract Mathematics 
  • Basic Analysis 
  • Introduction to Mathematical Statistics 
  • Linear Algebra 
  • Multivariable Calculus 
  • Transition to Abstract Mathematics 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

APS 40+

  • English Home Language OR First Additional Language
Level 5
  • Mathematics
Level 6
  • Wait-listing
Applicants with 38-39 points may be wait-listed, subject to place availability.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5096 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5096 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    2548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2548 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

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