WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$4,412 /year
Part-time Study:2 years
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Master of Science in Computational and Applied Mathematics
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Science
Campus:East Campus
Course Type:Masters of Science by coursework and research
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

The MSc by Coursework and Research Report in Computational and Applied Mathematics offers a curriculum tailored towards maximising candidates’ employability and success in future research. Many industrial sectors and occupations are heavily reliant on the ability to interpret problems and creatively meaningful solutions and analysis thereof. Industrial settings include but are not limited to, banking, quantitative finance, algorithmic trading, operations research, supply chain and mining.

The research report component of the programme requires you to conduct research under the guidance of a supervisor.  The topic that you will focus on will be formulated by you and your supervisor, focussing on cutting edge problems in the field of computational and applied mathematics.


Research report and 6 courses
– Research Report: Computational and Applied Mathematics

A minimum of one elective course from the list below:
– Advanced Mathematical Modelling
– Advanced Symmetry Methods for Differential Equations
– Advanced Computational Differential Equations
– Advanced Methods of Partial Differential Equations
– Advanced Global Optimisation

Any five of the elective courses from the list below or the list above:
– Advanced Optimal Control Theory
– Advanced Principles of Continuum Mechanics
– Studies in Applied Mathematics
– Studies in Applied Mechanics
– Studies in Computational Mathematics
– Advanced Digital Image Processing

Note: Not all courses will be offered in every year.

Admission Requirements

Masters by coursework or research report:
– A Bachelor of Science with Honours from Wits or another university
– A graduate of this or another university who holds a degree in another faculty whose curriculum has ordinarily extended over not less than four academic years of full-time study.

Additional Entry Requirements
An applicant may not be permitted to register for the programme if s/he has completed a BSc Honours in the field of Computational and Applied Mathematics at this University. Applicants from other institutions with a BSc Honours in the field of Computational and Applied Mathematics will be considered for this programme provided they have obtained a minimum mark of 65 percent.

A candidate will only be accepted into the programme if a staff member has agreed to supervise their research. The onus is on the applicant to contact staff members working in fields of interest. Applicants are encouraged to contact the coordinator for assistance with this process.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African and SADC students: $13
Application Fees for International Students: $13

– Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment.
Apply onlineUpload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
– Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept an offer (once certified hardcopies have been received by SEnC), apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
– Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.
– All students for this programme, pay an application fee of R200

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

For more information, contact the Student Call Centre +27 (0)11 717 1888, or log a query at

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this course include:
– Global markets,
– technical consulting,
– foreign trading,
– quantitative finance,
– algorithmic trading,
– operations research,
– supply chain,
– academia and
– mining.

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Tuition Fees for South African and SADC students: $4,412
Tuition Fees for International Students: $4,412

Tuition Fees per year for South African Students = R66,900
Tuition Fees per year for International Students = R66900
(The tuition fees for International students includes an additional International Registration fee R6,650 to the normal fees.)

**Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay also annual local tuition fees and related costs (The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe)

International Students should take note:
– 75% of the annual tuition fee is payable on or before registration, as well as 75% of the on-campus accommodation fee.
– This payment includes the annual tuition fees and other related costs.
– The balance of the fees is payable by 31 March for undergraduate students, and for postgraduate students 30 days after registration. This excludes students with Refugee status.
– Fees clearance is to be obtained from the Fees Office.
– If you are sponsored, your sponsorship letter has to be vetted by the Financial Aid and Scholarships
Office (FASO).
– All international students (those who are not South African citizens or who do not have permanent residence status in South Africa) are required by the Department of Home Affairs to provide proof of available funds for the tuition fee for the academic year prior to receiving his/her study visa.

Relevant Contact

Matthew Woolway
Programme co-ordinator