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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science​​

This Department is one of the oldest of its kind in South Africa. Ten years before it was founded in 1946, Statistics was already presented as a subject, but mainly for students in the commercial sciences. Because of this, the Department was established in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. Since then the number of environments needing tuition in statistics has increased rapidly. Since 1985, actuarial science has also been offered by the Department. Besides its academic responsibilities, the Department also houses the Centre for Statistical Consultation. The Centre provides a statistics support service to all the researchers of the University.


The Department offers tuition in various related areas: actuarial science (up to doctoral level), financial risk management (up to master's level), statistics (up to doctoral level), and mathematical statistics (up to doctoral level). Listed below is a summary of the fields covered.​

Actuarial Science​

The postgraduate programmes cover certain of the later subjects of the Actuarial Society of South Africa, in addition to some elective modules. Successful students are able to obtain exemptions from the examinations of the actuarial profession in respect of the subjects covered in the post graduate qualifications.

In the Honours programme Actuarial Risk Management (A311) and Communications (N211) are covered. The Postgraduate Diploma and Master's programmes cover subjects at the Fellowship Principle level. The Master's programme also requires the submission of a research project/thesis. ​

More detail is available on the department's website.

Financial Risk Management​

​Financial mathematical statistics, advanced financial derivatives, financial risk management, advanced modern portfolio management theory, practical financial modelling (Excel and Visual Basic), credit derivatives, alternative investments, stochastic financial simulation and financial risk management programming (R/S Plus, SAS Risk Dimensions, Mathlab).

Mathematical Statistics and Statistics​

​Advanced statistical inference, Bayesian statistics, biostatistics, bootstrap and related computer-intensive techniques, categorical data analysis, consultation practice, data mining, experimental design, extreme value theory, large sample analysis, multidimensional scaling, multivariate statistical analysis, probability models and stochastic simulation, probability theory, non-parametric techniques, sampling theory, S-PLUS and R programming, statistical learning theory, statistical quality control, survival analysis, time series analysis.



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