Department of Mathematical Sciences


Masters & Doctoral

The MSc in Mathematics degree usually takes two years to complete following an Honours degree, or similar qualification. It is a research degree examined principally by a dissertation. An individual programme is designed for each MSc student in consultation with their research supervisor. The programme will involve selected courses and reading in the first year of study, followed by a period when the thesis is prepared.

The PhD is a research degree, undertaken by candidates who hold an MSc or similar qualification. The PhD is awarded on the basis of original research presented in a thesis with the view to publication in international journals. Such research students are guided by a research supervisor and are usually actively involved in the research and teaching activities of the department.

Admission requirements

For a Masters in Mathematics a suitable Honours degree is required and the applicant needs to identify and approach a supervisor.

Research areas

Graduates work with academics in a research speciality. The various research groups offer several activities which give colour and life to mathematics at Stellenbosch. These include:

  • Weekly research seminars, presented by members of research groups.
  • Special lecture series, presented by internationally acclaimed experts.
  • Colloquia, for broadening mathematical knowledge.
  • National and international conferences, for example, a biannual International Conference on Arithmetic Geometry and Related Areas.
  • Regular specialized thematic workshops

For more information on the research groups, pleaseĀ  click here.