AIMS Structured Master’s Applications August intake

AIMS Structured Master’s Applications August intake

Applications for the programme commencing in August 2025 at AIMS South Africa, AIMS Ghana, AIMS Cameroon, AIMS Rwanda, AIMS Senegal and AIMS Tanzania are now CLOSED.  Applicants are asked to indicate which centre they would like to attend in the application process.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION

The course is open to students of African nationality. A limited number of places (fee paying) are available for students from other parts of the world. Applicants should hold, or anticipate completing by the start date of the AIMS course, a 4-year university degree in mathematics, or any science or engineering subject with a significant mathematics component. An applicant’s record should demonstrate strong aptitude in mathematics. We advise students with insufficient knowledge of English to follow an English course in their home country before coming to AIMS South Africa. Students applying to AIMS Senegal will require knowledge of French and English. The Course section provides further information on the courses and lecturers at AIMS South Africa for the current academic year.

SELECTION PROCESS

One of the goals of AIMS is to recruit a student body representative of Africa’s diversity. Each applicant’s dossier will be evaluated in the light of the prior educational opportunities available to her or him. The application process is highly competitive and potential applicants must be able to demonstrate both a high degree of motivation, and the preparation and ability required to complete the course successfully. Admission decisions will be made separately from bursary decisions, and without regard to whether or not an applicant has applied for financial aid.

Students are strongly advised to apply by 20 March 2025. Applicants who are accepted on to the programme will be notified in early April. Late applications received may be considered in exceptional cases and where places are still vacant. All applicants will know the outcome of their application by May 2025.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

There will be no course fee for African students. Applicants who are selected may apply for bursaries covering tuition and accommodation costs.  AIMS stongly encourages those selected to secure support for their airfare from their families, governments or from charitable institutions.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The application process has been centralised through the AIMS-Next Einstein Initiative’s website, and is accessible here:

Applicants will be required to provide the email addresses of two referees and to send scanned copies of transcripts. Please visit the above page to begin your applicaiton.


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.