Background

The Department started operating in 1991. The Department of Applied Mathematics currently has a staff complement of 1 Associate Professor, 11 Lecturers, 2 Research fellows, 2 Teaching Assistants, 1 Senior Technician and 1 Secretary. The Department of Applied Mathematics offers the degrees of BSc Honours in Applied Mathematics, MSc in Applied Mathematical Modelling, MPhil and PhD by research.


The core philosophy of the department is to apply mathematics to interesting and challenging problems relating to the world around us. Applied mathematics is a branch of mathematics that deals with mathematical methods that find use in physical sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, health sciences, computer science, engineering, business,  agriculture, economics, finance, research and development, forecasting, production planning and industry. Thus, applied mathematics is a combination of mathematical science and specialized knowledge. The term "applied mathematics" also describes the professional specialty in which mathematicians work on practical problems by formulating and studying mathematical models. Applied mathematics is the application of mathematics to real-world problems with the dual goal of explaining observed phenomena and predicting new, as yet unobserved, phenomena.

A mathematics degree helps you develop skills in:

  • Designing and conducting observational and experimental studies;
  • Developing mathematical or statistical models;
  • Analysing and interpreting data, finding patterns and drawing conclusions to support and improve business decisions;
  • Information technology;
  • Approaching problems in an analytical and rigorous way, formulating theories and applying them to solve problems in business, engineering, the sciences, and other fields;
  • Dealing with abstract concepts;
  • Presenting mathematical arguments and conclusions with accuracy and clarity;
  • Advanced numeracy and analysing large quantities of data;
  • Logical thinking.

You also develop key general skills that include:

  • Communication skills;
  • Time management;
  • Organisational skills and working methodically and accurately;
  • Teamwork and the ability to work independently.