School of Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science


Mathematics is the language all scientists use for communication. It is an essential tool for modelling and solving concrete problems in the worlds of science, engineering, information technology, finance and medicine. For this programme you need to be able to: quickly understand new abstract concepts, formulate scientific arguments and solve problems.


Statistics deals with creating, developing and applying scientific methods on collection, presentation, analysis and interpretation of data. Statisticians provide crucial guidance in determining what information is reliable and which predictions can be trusted. Statisticians are able to predict future outcomes of events, with varying levels of uncertainty, by fitting mathematical models to large data sets.

Computer Science

Technological advances dominate our world – which are driven by computer technology. As a result, it is one of the fastest-growing areas of employment. Computer Science covers both the theoretical and applied areas of the discipline and produces graduates who are able to introduce and develop new computational solutions and technologies.

Data Science

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 Data Science programme at UKZN is the first and the only programme in South Africa, which offers a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma, Honours and BSc degree in Data Science. The degrees are designed to produce well-rounded professionals, through partnerships with industry through internships and solving of real problems emanating from business and industry.