Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Science

Qualification stream: Applied Mathematics and Physics
Qualification code: 98801 - AMP
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 6059
APS/AS: 20
Students who want to register for Computer Science or Information Systems modules should: (a) Have access to an internet cafe, a Unisa Regional Learning Centre or other internet facilities. After registration, access to myUnisa on a regular basis is compulsory and (b) Have passed Computer Application Technology or Information Technology with a rating of 4 (new NSC) or have passed Computer Studies (old Senior Certificate) or hold an Industry Standard qualification such as the ICDL in Computer Literacy.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of the qualification is, in one or more sub-fields within the physical, mathematical, computer, life, earth, and environmental sciences: To produce science graduates who have: a systematic and coherent body of knowledge and an understanding of underlying concepts and principles; the ability to access and evaluate scientific information including knowing how scientific knowledge is created; a high level of cognitive and other generic skills including problem-solving, written and spoken communication and computer literacy; and competence in applying knowledge through basic research methods and practice. To provide every graduate with a sufficient depth of knowledge and skills that give opportunities for continued personal intellectual growth, including postgraduate study, for gainful economic activity in a range of careers, and for rewarding and constructive contributions to society. To provide society with science graduates who demonstrate initiative and responsibility, who are professional and ethical in their roles within the economy and society, and who are able to be intellectual leaders within their society. To produce graduates in all scientific fields, in order to increase, widen and transform the leadership base in South Africa, both for innovation and science-based economic and research development, and for the education of future generations of scientists, technologists, engineers and other professional people.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants (new applicants & Unisa students who applied for admission to a new qualification) may only register if they have received an offer of placement from Unisa and have accepted the offer online. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. 
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2024 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note: Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification during the prescribed application period.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

  • Co-requisite: Module A is a co-requisite for Module B. You want to register for Module B, but have not yet passed Module A. You must then register for both Modules A and B simultaneously. You may NOT cancel your registration for Module A unless Module B is also cancelled.
  • Pre-requisite: If Module A is a pre-requisite for Module B, you must pass Module A before you may register for Module B.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per academic year and / or semester: 60 credits per semester or 120 credits per academic year.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

Curriculum for this qualification

While you are deciding on the modules for which you will be registering, write down the module names and codes so that you have something to refer to when completing your registration.

Please click on the modules below to see further information (eg semester/year module, NQF level)

First level

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
APM1513 - Applied Linear Algebra Co-requisite:COS1511, MAT1503
APM1514 - Mathematical Modelling
COS1511 - Introduction to Programming I
MAT1503 - Linear Algebra I
MAT1512 - Calculus A
MAT1613 - Calculus B Co-requisite:MAT1512
PHY1503 - Physics Practical Work I Co-requisite:PHY1505 & PHY1506
PHY1505 - Mechanics (Physics)
PHY1506 - Electromagnetism and Heat (Fisika)

Second level

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
APM1612 - Mechanics II Pre-requisite:MAT1512 & PHY1505
APM2611 - Differential Equations Pre-requisite:MAT1512
Co-requisite:MAT1503, MAT1613
APM2613 - Numerical Methods I Pre-requisite:COS1511
Co-requisite:MAT1512, MAT1503
APM2614 - Applied Dynamical Systems Pre-requisite:MAT1503
MAT2611 - Linear Algebra 2 Pre-requisite:MAT1503
MAT2615 - Calculus in Higher Dimensions Pre-requisite:MAT1512 or MAT1503
Recommendation:Students should have both MAT1512 and MAT1503 and also be registered for MAT1613 concurrently with MAT2615.
PHY1604 - Modern Physics Co-requisite:PHY1505
PHY2601 - Classical Mechanics Pre-requisite:PHY1505, MAT1503 & MAT1512
PHY2602 - Electricity and Magnetism (Physics) Pre-requisite:PHY1506, MAT1503 & MAT1512
PHY2604 - Physics Practical Work II Pre-requisite:PHY1506, MAT1503 and MAT1512
Co-requisite:PHY2601, PHY2602 & PHY2606
PHY2606 - Waves (Physics) Pre-requisite:PHY1503, PHY1505, PHY1506, MAT1503 & MAT1512

Third level

Module code MAT3706 has changed to APM3706

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
APM3701 - Partial Differential Equations Pre-requisite:APM2611 & MAT2615
APM3706 - Ordinary Differential Equations Pre-requisite:APM2611
APM3711 - Numerical Methods II Pre-requisite:APM2613
APM3712 - Mechanics and Calculus of Variations Pre-requisite:APM2611 & MAT2615
APM3713 - Special Relativity and Riemannian Geometry Pre-requisite:MAT2615
PHY3702 - Quantum Physics Pre-requisite:PHY1604, PHY2601 & PHY2602
PHY3703 - Statistical and Thermal Physics Pre-requisite:PHY2606
PHY3707 - Solid State Physics Pre-requisite:PHY2606
PHY3708 - Atomic and Nuclear Physics Pre-requisite:PHY2606
Group B. Choose 1 from the following
PHY3706 - Physics Practical Work III Pre-requisite:PHY2604
PHY3709 - Computational Modeling