School of Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science

Welcome to the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science

The school is one of five Schools in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science. It is located predominantly on the Pietermaritzburg, Westville and Howard College campuses. It houses approximately 900 undergraduate students; and boasts a postgraduate complement in excess of 210, engaged in Honours, Masters, PhD and Postdoctoral research.
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Risk Determinants of Lung Function in Young Children Explored by Data Scientist

On top of earning his Master of Science in Data Science degree, Mr Phelelani Siboniso “PS” Ndlovu is the joint winner of the FNB Data Science Master's Award for the best Master's in Data Science student for 2023 at UKZN. Ndlovu’s dissertation, supervised by Dr Danielle Roberts, focused on predictive...
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Computer Scientist Follows the Sun!

Mr Mangaliso Mngomezulu secured an MSc Computer Science degree summa cum laude for research he did on predicting radiation outbursts (solar flares) that occur in the Sun. The complexity of this problem is that factors affecting the occurrence of solar flares are not yet fully understood, which results in poor predictions of...
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Passionate Advocate for Women in STEM Bags PhD… and Twin Boys!

Despite becoming a mother to twin boys at a crucial stage in her academic journey, Pietermaritzburg lecturer Dr Jesca Batidzirai graduated with a PhD in Statistics! A passionate advocate for women in Science, Batidzirai explained the context of her research: ‘Timing of marriage and marriage dissolution are key determinants of...
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Dean & Head of School

Prof Serestina Viriri

Ms Victress Nkone
031 260 7233

The  School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science is one of five Schools in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science. The School’s competent cohort of lecturers ensure that students emerge highly employable, with a rich university experience and a comprehensive, first-class Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree to their name.

The School offers is comprised of three disciplines, which provide students with access to numerous career opportunities.

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