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Tuition Fees:$3,148 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics (BSc)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Campus:Hatfield Campus
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

Mathematics, which originated from arithmetic and geometry, is about pattern and structure and is the language of science and technology. Applied mathematics is concerned with the modelling and treatment of real-life problems in a variety of fields, such as engineering, finance, statistics, physics and biology.

The power of mathematics and applied mathematics lies in their abstract, analytical and computational nature. Nowadays, mathematics is essential for all technological, financial and managerial industries that form the backbone of the South African economy.

The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics is not only one of the largest departments on the Hatfield Campus, but also one of the largest mathematics departments in the country, with approximately 19 500 student enrolments for mathematics modules. The Department prides itself on excelling in both teaching and research, as well as in community-based activities.

The diverse and competent staff complement has expertise in various fields. Researchers regularly travel abroad to attend conferences and to pay research visits. The Department has 29 researchers who have received NRF ratings in fields ranging from the more traditional abstract analysis to contemporary epidemiology, where the modelling of biological phenomena leads to exciting options. The Department regularly hosts international visitors.

A degree in mathematics trains students to apply, evaluate and adapt existing problem-solving techniques, or to develop new mathematical models and techniques to solve problems stemming from natural, technological and financial phenomena.

Curriculum

Year 1

Fundamental modules

  • AIM 102
    Academic information management 102
    Credits: 6.00
  • AIM 111
    Academic information management 111
    Credits: 4.00
  • AIM 121
    Academic information management 121
    Credits: 4.00
  • LST 110
    Language and study skills 110
    Credits: 6.00
  • UPO 102
    Academic orientation 102
    Credits: 0.00

Core modules

  • WST 111
    Mathematical statistics 111
    Credits: 16.00
  • WST 121
    Mathematical statistics 121
    Credits: 16.00
  • WTW 114
    Calculus 114
    Credits: 16.00
  • WTW 115
    Discrete structures 115
    Credits: 8.00
  • WTW 123
    Numerical analysis 123
    Credits: 8.00
  • WTW 124
    Mathematics 124
    Credits: 16.00
  • WTW 152
    Mathematical modelling 152
    Credits: 8.00
  • WTW 162
    Dynamical processes 162
    Credits: 8.00

Elective modules

  • EKN 113
    Economics 113
    Credits: 15.00
  • EKN 123
    Economics 123
    Credits: 15.00
  • FBS 110
    Financial management 110
    Credits: 10.00
  • FBS 112
    Financial management 112
    Credits: 10.00
  • FBS 120
    Financial management 120
    Credits: 10.00
  • FBS 122
    Financial management 122
    Credits: 10.00

Year 2

Core modules

  • WTW 211
    Linear algebra 211
    Credits: 12.00
  • WTW 218
    Calculus 218
    Credits: 12.00
  • WTW 220
    Analysis 220
    Credits: 12.00
  • WTW 221
    Linear algebra 221
    Credits: 12.00
  • WTW 248
    Vector analysis 248
    Credits: 12.00
  • WTW 285
    Discrete structures 285
    Credits: 12.00
  • WTW 286
    Differential equations 286
    Credits: 12.00

Elective modules

  • EKN 214
    Economics 214
    Credits: 16.00
  • EKN 224
    Economics 224
    Credits: 16.00
  • EKN 234
    Economics 234
    Credits: 16.00
  • EKN 244
    Economics 244
    Credits: 16.00
  • IAS 211
    Actuarial mathematics 211
    Credits: 12.00
  • IAS 221
    Actuarial mathematics 221
    Credits: 12.00
  • IAS 282
    Financial mathematics 282
    Credits: 12.00
  • INF 214
    Informatics 214
    Credits: 14.00
  • WST 211
    Mathematical statistics 211
    Credits: 24.00
  • WST 221
    Mathematical statistics 221
    Credits: 24.00
  • WTW 264
    Differential equations 264
    Credits: 12.00

Year 3

Core modules

  • WTW 310
    Analysis 310
    Credits: 18.00
  • WTW 382
    Dynamical systems 382
    Credits: 18.00
  • WTW 383
    Numerical analysis 383
    Credits: 18.00
  • WTW 386
    Partial differential equations 386
    Credits: 18.00
  • WTW 387
    Continuum mechanics 387
    Credits: 18.00

Elective modules

  • EKN 310
    Economics 310
    Credits: 20.00
  • EKN 314
    Economics 314
    Credits: 20.00
  • EKN 320
    Economics 320
    Credits: 20.00
  • EKN 325
    Economics 325
    Credits: 20.00
  • IAS 361
    Insurance and actuarial applications 361
    Credits: 18.00
  • IAS 382
    Actuarial modelling 382
    Credits: 20.00
  • WST 311
    Multivariate analysis 311
    Credits: 18.00
  • WST 312
    Stochastic processes 312
    Credits: 18.00
  • WST 321
    Time-series analysis 321
    Credits: 18.00
  • WST 322
    Actuarial statistics 322
    Credits: 18.00
  • WTW 320
    Complex analysis 320
    Credits: 18.00
  • WTW 354
    Financial engineering 354
    Credits: 18.00
  • WTW 364
    Financial engineering 364
    Credits: 18.00
  • WTW 381
    Algebra 381
    Credits: 18.00
  • WTW 389
    Geometry 389
    Credits: 18.00

Admission Requirements

APS

36+

English Home Language

NSC/IEB – 7

AS/A Level – C

HIGCSE – 3

Mathematics

NSC/IEB – 7

AS/A Level – A

HIGCSE – 1

Cambridge A-Level candidates who obtained at least a D in the required subjects will be considered for admission.

International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates who achieved at least a 4 in the required subjects will be considered for admission.

The following persons will be considered for admission: a candidate who is in possession of a certificate that is deemed by the University to be equivalent to the required Grade 12 certificate with university endorsement; a candidate who is a graduate from another tertiary institution or has been granted the status of a graduate of such an institution; and a candidate who is a graduate of another faculty at the University of Pretoria.

Life Orientation is excluded in the calculation of the Admission Point Score (APS).

Grade 11 results are used for the provisional admission of prospective students. Final admission is based on the Grade 12 results.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

UP applications open on 1 March of the year preceding the year of study.

Each prospective student must complete only one online application. On the online application, the University of Pretoria offers a first and second choice in terms of what you wish to study. All applicants should fill in both a first and second choice on the online application.

Once your online application has been processed, you will receive a student number(EMPLID).

Receiving a student number (EMPLID) does NOT imply that you have been accepted by the University of Pretoria yet. Admission is a separate process that your application undergoes after being evaluated by the relevant faculty.

It is in your best interest to complete your own online application. The University of Pretoria does not make use of representatives, agents or agencies during the application process. If you choose to make use of representatives, agents or agencies, you do so at your own risk. It is of utmost importance that you provide your personal email and postal addresses to enable the University of Pretoria to communicate with you directly.

International students need to comply with immigration requirements. For assistance and enquiries, email isd@up.ac.za.

The registration guidelines show you step by step on how to register successfully. In case of difficulties, contact the online registration help desk from 6 January 2020 on telephone +27 (0) 12 420 5347 or email at registration@up.ac.za.

Various holds may prevent you from registering successfully. Please check for holds on the UP Student Centre.

Application Deadline for South Africans – 30th September

Application Deadline for non-South Africans – 31st August

Career Opportunities

Graduates in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics are employed by research institutions, educational bodies (universities and schools), the public sector (government and medical institutions) and the private sector (engineering companies, financial institutions and the computer industry). The training of these graduates in abstract, analytical and computational thinking provides them with the background required to easily adjust to changing circumstances in the professional environment and to construct mathematical models of natural, technological and financial phenomena. Mathematicians and applied mathematicians apply, evaluate and adapt existing problem-solving techniques or develop new techniques to solve those problems.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,148
Tuition Fees for International Students: $6,296

An international levy (R3295) is payable annually by all non-South African citizens as well as students who are citizens of SADC countries on these visas. This amount is payable in addition to the initial fee payable at registration.

Asylum seekers, refugees, diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa are exempted from paying the international levy.

International registration and tuition fees:

Non-South African citizens (excluding students who are citizens of SADC countries) will be charged double the tuition fee of South African students, AND the International levy will be charged. (Except for research master’s or doctoral degrees, where only the local tuition fee will be required.)

Students who are citizens of SADC countries will pay the same tuition fee as charged for South African citizens BUT also have to pay the international levy.

Asylum seekers, refugees and diplomats stationed in South Africa, as well as permanent residents of South Africa only, are exempted from paying double tuition fees and are exempted from the international levy.

International students will be required:

to pay an initial fee before registration (R5000)

to pay 50% of their full student account by 30 April, and the remainder by 31 July

Relevant Contact

 
Jacob Mphse
Undergraduate Student Administration
 
Johannah Mashaba
Undergraduate applications and enquiries