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 Undergraduate Programmes

At the undergraduate level, the department offers two different streams for the Statistical Programmes:

·         A mainstream BSc degree in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences offered over three years;

·  And an extended BSc degree in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences offered over four years. The extended programme gives students the opportunity to participate in foundation courses during the first year, and learn at a slower pace​

Postgraduate Programmes   

There are currently three subprograms within the department, namely pure Statistics, Data Science and Population Studies. The department also offers some of the courses in the BSc Honours in Computational Finance programme.

An Honours degree, in the Statistics and Population Studies department, is completed by coursework. The department currently offers three honours degrees; a BSc Honours in Statistics and a BSc Honours in Statistics with specialisation in Data Science, and a BSc Honours in Population Studies.

For more information on the BSc Honours programmes, click here.

Master’s degree study involves either research only (full thesis), or a combination of research and coursework (structured Master’s degree). For a PhD degree, a student will register for a full-thesis, but could be expected to complete modules if background knowledge is lacking.


The Statistics programme is intended for those students who want to qualify as statisticians and data analysts. The mathematical content of some of the courses (e.g. Probability and Stochastic Processes, Multivariate Analysis, and Matrix Methods) require high level prerequisite knowledge, as students need to be able to understand the theoretical principals of the subject.

Therefore, in addition to Statistics III, Mathematics II is required for admission. A small number of more applied subjects, such as Data Mining and Time Series Analyses, are also available as electives at the honours level.

Population Studies

The Population Studies programme is aimed at students who want to work in fields such as Demography or Population Statistics; a number of our graduates are employed, for example, as population analysts. Undergraduate Statistics is not a prerequisite for admission to postgraduate Population Studies; instead, students with no statistical training are required to enrol in an Introductory Statistics course (STA501) offered by the Department. Students are drawn from a diversity of undergraduate fields, including Statistics, Sociology, Economics, and Public Health. Courses in this subprogram include Official Statistics, Survey Methods and Demographic Analysis.​

Data Science 

Data Science is an interdisciplinary field incorporating Statistics, Computer Science and Mathematics to solve complex problems using advanced analytics. The advanced analytical algorithms are developed and used to answer various questions by using large quantities of both structured and unstructured data.

The Statistics and Population Studies department at UWC in collaboration with the Centre for Business, Mathematics and Informatics at Northwest University (NWU), has launched a Master’s programme in Statistical Science with specialisation in Data Science.

For more details on the programme, click here.​

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