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Mathematics and Physics

The Department of Mathematics and Physics is the home at CPUT of two of the disciplines within STEM: mathematical sciences (including mathematics and statistics) and physics. This means that the Department makes an important contribution both to the institutional vision and mission of CPUT and the economic development strategy of South Africa. We are a large department with more than 40 full-time and part-time staff.

The Department offers a Diploma in Mathematical Sciences (NQF level 6) and an Advanced Diploma in Mathematical Sciences (NQF level 7). The Diploma is a three-year programme (with an Extended qualification offered over four years). The Advanced Diploma can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years. These qualifications focus mainly on mathematics, statistics, programming, and elective subjects where quantitative methods can be applied to solve problems in business or science. Our graduates are equipped with a sound theoretical background, analytical problem-solving skills, and experience in applying these in real world-of-work contexts through the programme's Work Integrated Learning component. Career paths that our graduates follow include Data Scientist, Data Analyst, and Mathematics Teacher. The Department plans to introduce postgraduate qualifications in the near future, as well as an undergraduate Physics qualification.

Besides our in-house Mathematical Sciences qualifications, the Department of Mathematics and Physics is responsible for teaching mathematics, statistics, physics, and other subjects to students in over 40 qualifications across 15 other academic departments at CPUT. Between the subjects we teach in our own department and service to other departments, our department directly interacts with over 3000 distinct students per academic year. We strive to offer an excellent learning and teaching experience to each and every one of them.

Contact us

Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Mathematics and Physics Department
PO Box 1906

Tel:  +27 21 959 6094
Fax:  +27 21 959 6165