School of Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science


Statistics deals with creating, developing and applying scientific methods on collection, presentation, analysis and interpretation of data. Statisticians determine what information is reliable and which predictions can be trusted. 



This three-year undergraduate course leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc) in the M stream, which encompasses programmes/ majors within the disciplines of Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics  and Statistics. Possible major subject combinations include any two of the following:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science 
  • Data Science (combination of Computer Science & Statistics)
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Entry requirements:

    NSC degree pass with Maths Level 5 (60%), English and Life Orientation Level 4 (50%) and either Agricultural Science or Life Sciences or Physical Science Level 4 (50%)

  • Application Performance Score (APS) range:

    30 - 48


CASSE is an Alternative Access and Academic Support Programme that caters for prospective students whose academic potential was not realised due to a disadvantaged educational background.

  • Entry requirements:

    NSC degree pass with Maths, English, Life Orientation, Agricultural Science, Physical Science and Life Sciences Level 3 (40%)

  • Application Performance Score (APS) range:

    26 - 48

How to Apply

All first-time South African applicants to UKZN for entry into degree/ diploma study (Grade 12s and undergraduate transfer students from other institutions) must apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO).

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

A one year specialist programme leading to an Honours degree. Applicants must have a relevant 3-year or equivalent qualification to be considered for Honours. Spaces are very limited and a careful selection process is followed.

Master of Science

A Master of Science programme is offered, whereby students engage in research under the supervision of an academic staff member. Entrance is decided by the track record of the student and the availability of a suitable supervisor. This degree takes a minimum of one year. 

Doctor of Philosophy

A Doctor of Philosophy programme is offered where students engage in new and original research supervised by academic members of staff. This is typically two to four years of study and normally follows on from a Master of Science Degree.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted to our College office. Visit the College website to see the steps to follow, download the application pack/ forms and access the link to apply online


Research Areas

We are a research-led institution, producing knowledge for the rapidly-changing and information-rich world.

Student dissertations

UKZN Research Space was developed to increase the visibility, availability and impact of tour students’ research output.

Teachers 4 Data Analytics

Teachers4DataAnalytics was conceptualized by Prof Delia North (Statistician, UKZN), as a key project to create awareness amongst high school learners of the job opportunities that exist for those that study Data Analytics (Data Science, Statistics) at tertiary level. The project aims to advocate for teachers to appreciate the value of sound statistical reasoning, through fun activities and inspirational talks.

Contact us

Howard College

Pietermaritzburg campus

Westville campus