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 has a staff complement of 73 academic, 10 support and 6 technical staff; houses approximately 900 undergraduate students; and boasts a postgraduate...
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Women in Analytics Event Promotes Data Science Careers to Female Learners

The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (SMSCS) hosted its second Women in Analytics event to expose young women to the field and contribute to better representation of women in data analytics careers. Dean and Head of the SMSCS, Professor Delia North welcomed more than 80 distinguished guests, speakers,...
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Data Science for Business

UKZN is establishing a Data Science training initiative, which aims to provide much needed knowledge production and support in Data Science for business and industry. The training initiative aims to produce graduates with work experience in high end data analytics, DIRECTLY linked to the workplace, thus promoting the production of...
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UKZN Academics Among the First to Receive New Cybersecurity Professional Designation

Click here for isiZulu version Dr Brett van Niekerk, senior lecturer in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science and Mr Barend Pretorius, PhD candidate, are among the first 15 recipients of a new cybersecurity professional designation, known as the Information Security Management Professional (ISMP). This was introduced by...
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Research into Wireless Communications Earns PhD

Helping further the 4th Industrial Revolution while gathering a myriad accolades along the way, Dr Dauda Olayinka Ayanda is a force to be reckoned with! This PhD graduate, who started his academic career in Nigeria, earned his honours and master’s degrees from the Obafemi Awolowo University in his home country...
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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Philosophy of MSc Graduate

You are what you think – these are words cum laude Masters in Applied Mathematics graduate Christelle Bansilal lives by and they provide her with a reminder to always look on the bright side of everything and try to remain positive at all times. Bansilal, the daughter of UKZN Professor of Mathematics...
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Quiet Determination a Hallmark of Humble Achiever

Don’t allow your struggle with research prevent you from appreciating the gift of education – that’s the advice MSc in Mathematics cum laude graduate Ms Zahra Kader has for student colleagues. Kader registered for her MSc in 2018 under the auspices of UKZN’s Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC), submitting her thesis two years...
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Analysis of Air Pollution and its Link to Birth Outcomes Earns Biostatistician his PhD

Dr Aweke Abebaw Mitku has been awarded a PhD in Statistics from UKZN’s School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. Mitku has always been passionate about Statistical data analysis and programming. He obtained his BSc in Applied Mathematics from Addis Ababa University and his MSc in Statistics from Hawassa University,...
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Maths PhD Candidate Part of Top Women Conference Panel

Click here for isiZulu version Ms Sinenhlanhla Precious Sikhosana participated in a panel at the Standard Bank Top Women Conference where she joined Miss Universe, Ms Zozibini Tunzi; Standard Bank Head of Policy, Advocacy and Sustainability, Ms Wendy Dobson; and United Nations Women South Africa representative, Ms Anne Githuku-Shongwe to discuss how...
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Maths Boffins Battle it out Despite COVID-19 Restrictions

Emeritus Professor at UKZN Poobhalan Pillay did not let COVID-19 restrictions prevent him from coaching KwaZulu-Natal’s up-and-coming mathematics boffins. When lockdown prevented him from holding classes in person for mathematically talented school pupils, he moved the Siyanqoba Mathematics Olympiad training programme online. On 17 October, the young mathematicians met physically...
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UKZN Academics Present at ITWeb Security Summit

IoT Security: Do I need a Firewall for my Lightbulb?, was the title of a presentation delivered by two UKZN academics at the annual ITWeb Security Summit held online this year because of COVID-19. The academics were Mr Barend Pretorius and Dr Brett van Niekerk of the School of Mathematics,...
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ASSAf Membership for Respected UKZN Academics

Click here for the isiZulu version Three UKZN academics are among 31 of the country’s leading scholars and scientists inaugurated as members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) while a colleague is one of 10 admitted to the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS). Professor Petra...
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Professor Nurtures Talent in Statistics

Professor of Applied Statistics in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (SMSCS), Temesgen Zewotir, has established himself as a top researcher and a developer of young talent in the Discipline of Statistics as he pursues research and training in Data Science and Applied Statistics. Originally from Bahir Dar in Ethiopia,...
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College Student Support Services Internship Produces Qualified Psychologists

Click here for isiZulu version The Student Support Services (SSS) Division in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) is celebrating the qualification of 10 of their former interns as psychologists, with a further four due to qualify soon. This is the only College SSS division at UKZN to host an internship programme...
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Dean & Head of School

Prof Delia North


Ms Victress Nkone

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.

This three-year undergraduate degree is achieved either through a general and flexible BSc (Mathematics Stream, or M-stream as it is known) with various possible major subject combinations (Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Pure Mathematics, Statistics); or through a specific focused BSc, which has a more directed outcome in Computer Science and Information Technology.

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