Vision and Mission

Mathematics is the language of science and technology.  Mathematics, which originated from arithmetic and geometry, is about pattern and structure. Applied Mathematics is concerned more with the modelling and treatment of real-life problems in a variety of fields, such as engineering, statistics, finance, physics and biology. The power of mathematics and applied mathematics lies in their abstract, analytical and computational nature.

Mathematically minded students enjoy the stimulating academic atmosphere of the Department and can compete for prestigious awards such as the Dewald Hatting prize for the best third-year student.
A degree in Mathematics trains the student to apply, evaluate and adapt existing problem-solving techniques, or to develop new mathematical models and new techniques to solve problems stemming from natural, technological and financial phenomena.


The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics strives to be internationally recognised for academic excellence through the depth of its research and teaching, and to be locally relevant through its role in the development of the community it serves.


The Department is an academic unit of the University of Pretoria, entrusted with the development of mathematical skills, knowledge and insights. Its mission is to:

  • be actively, visibly and notably involved in research at the forefront of the mathematical fields in which it has strength and expertise
  • offer postgraduate training, up to doctoral and postdoctoral level, in its chosen fields of research expertise
  • at undergraduate and honours level, engage in mathematical training in support of its own and other academic programmes of the University.
Through its activities, the Department intends to:
  • contribute to the deep understanding of complex mathematical structures and their applications
  • deliver graduates with considerable mathematical skills and the desire to be involved in problem solving
  • intellectually and materially enhance the community and South African society by its relevant research outputs and involvement in projects that depend on its mathematical expertise.

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