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Tuition Fees:$1,680 /year
Part-time Study:4 years
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:PhD in Mathematical Statistics
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Science
Campus:East Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

A PhD in Mathematical Statistics offers candidates who have excelled in their MSc studies, an opportunity for advanced study in Mathematical Statistics. The course prepares candidates who are keen to advance their research in Statistics, and to produce novel statistical research under the guidance of academic staff.

Curriculum

The PhD in Mathematical Statistics requires that a PhD candidate do novel research. The course duration is a minimum of two years for full-time students and four years for part-time students. Students are required to register and submit a research proposal within three months.

Admission Requirements

– A Research Masters degree in a related field.
– A supervisor from the School must be identified and approached prior to application.

Additional Entry Requirements
PhD candidates typically submit a statement of intent. The School PhD committee considers all applications. It considers each applicant’s area of intended study and the availability of supervisors. Minimum academic requirements include an MSc in Mathematical Statistics with at least 70% and a research component contributing at least 40% of the degree (assessed at University of the Witwatersrand equivalence).

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 www.wits.ac.za/askwits.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for a diverse range of careers including:
– Statisticians
– Data Scientists
– Ecologists (environmental monitoring, water quality control, species management)
– Image processing (computer vision, face detection, remote sensing)
– Biostatistician (designing and analysing clinical trials and epidemiological studies)
– Financial analysts (designing investment strategies and managing risks in finance)
– Market researchers (conducting surveys and experiments, etc.)
– Econometricians (investigating the economy at all levels from businesses)
– Epidemiologist (examine patterns in health and sickness)
– Operations research and optimization
– Bio-informatician (study DNA data)
– Programmer (statistical computing is a highly sought-after skill)
– Psychometrician (educational measurement or psychological measurement)
– Statistical physicist (use of statistical mechanics to study thermodynamics)

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Tuition Fees for South African and SADC students: $1,680
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,680

Tuition Fees per year for South African Students = R25,470
Tuition Fees per year for International Students = R25470
(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

 
Dr Charles Chimedza
Programme co-ordinator
 
Mrs Linda McRae-Samuel
Senior Administrative Officer