Department of Mathematical Sciences


Welcome to Mathematics @ Stellenbosch

Since 2006, Mathematics together with Applied Mathematics and Computer Science form the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

The Mathematics Division is now housed in the newly renovated Mathematical Sciences and Industrial Psychology building, and has 19 members of academic staff, as well as several graduate students on honours, masters and doctoral level.

The research activities of the Mathematics Division span a range of subject areas, including Combinatorics, Lattice Theory, Algebraic Number Theory, Arithmetic Algebraic Geometry, Algebra, Topology and Category Theory, Functional Analysis, Discrete Mathematics, Wavelets and Subdivision Analysis, Mathematical Finance, Mathematical Biology.

Several seminar groups are active with weekly meetings, as well as regular colloquium talks by visitors to the Department.

There is also strong interaction with the African Institute for the Mathematical Sciences in Muizenberg, which attracts international scientists, and creates the opportunity for joint activities.

Recent news

  • 18 Feb 2015
    South African students in mathematics were inspired by several world-renowned mathematicians during the recent AIMS-Stellenbosch University Number Theory Conference that took place from 19-23 January 2015. AIMS is the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. Read more.
  • 18 Feb 2015
    Thomas Weighill (24), a MSc student in Mathematics has received two of the most prestigous awards a university can bestow on a student. Read more.
  • 16 Jan 2015
    The AIMS-Stellenbosch University Number Theory Conference takes place 19-23 January. The talks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday will take place at AIMS, while those of Tuesday and Thursday will take place in Stellenbosch. We are fortunate to have a number of distinguished delegates from overseas, including Enrico Bombieri (Fields Medal 1974), Nick Katz and Peter Sarnak. The conference website, with a provisional programme, is here:  
  • 10 Oct 2014
    We invite everyone to the first "Red Hot Maths"on the Rooi Plein on Wednesday 15th October from 12:00 - 14:00. It is the brainchild of the Mathematics 144 Student Assistant team. The aim is to promote mathematics and raise funds for a charity of their choice. They have chosen Funda Fundisa. It is a university initiative whereby students go to underprivileged schools to give extra lessons. As part of “Red Hot Maths” participants pay R5 for a mathematics worksheet to complete on the Rooi Plein (don’t worry it won’t be marked!) and for a ticket for the raffle. Participants’ names and photos are recorded and will be captured in a collage we will mount in the Maths Division. The idea is to get as many people as possible thinking and talking about mathematics on the Rooi Plein.  
  • 23 Jan 2014
    Welcome to all first-year students! We wish each of you a happy and rewarding academic journey at Stellenbosch University!