Supervision of research towards the Masters degree will be provided in the areas of research represented in the Department (see 'Research in Mathematics & Applied Mathematics') and further details may be obtained from the Head of Department (see address at the beginning of the section "Postgraduate courses"). General rules for this degree may be found in the front of the Department Handbook.
MASTERS IN APPLIED MATHEMATICS
180 HEQF credits at level 9
The course will consist of the investigation of one or two topics chosen for intensive study by the candidate and approved by the Head of Department. Examination will be by dissertation. An oral examination may be required. The Department has research programmes in four particular areas of Applied Mathematics, namely (i) general relativity and astrophysics, (ii) mathematical modelling of biological, ecological and environmental systems, (iii) continuum mechanics, applied analysis and finite elements, and (iv) nonlinear evolution equations and non-integrable systems. See also 'Research in Mathematics & Applied Mathematics'. Candidates will be particularly encouraged to take part in one of these programmes. General rules for this degree may be found in the front of the Department Handbook.
MAM5002W and MAM5003W
MASTERS IN MATHEMATICS OF FINANCE
Coursework:90 HEQF credits at level 9 Dissertation:90 HEQF credits at level 9
M5002W is no longer offered. MAM5003W is the dissertation component of the MSc in Mathematics of Finance and will be offered in 2012 to those who have already completed MAM5002W.
NOTE: The MSc degree in Mathematics of Finance has been replaced by CM027, the MPhil in Mathematical Finance; refer to the Commerce Faculty Handbook.
DISSERTATION COMPONENT OF THE MASTERS IN ASTROPHYSICS & SPACE SCIENCE
Entrance requirements: This programme is open to Honours graduates in Astronomy and Space Science (AST4007W), Physics (PHY4000W, PHY4001W, PHY4002W) or equivalent, and Engineering. Entrance is subject to a minimum pass mark of 60% in the Honours degree.
Course Outline: A selection of advanced topics presented by distinguished South African researchers from research institutions participating in NASSP. The courses vary from year to year but usually include cataclysmic variables, extragalactic astronomy, space technology, hot topics in cosmology, advanced general relativity, high energy astrophysics, observational cosmology, geomagnetism and aeronomy, plasma physics and magnetohydrodynamics.
Assessment: On average, examinations of individual modules count 60% of the final result, and marked practical work counts 40%.