Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Science

Qualification stream: Applied Mathematics and Physics Stream
Qualification code: 98801 - AMP
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 35954
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. Students who do not satisfy this requirement are strongly recommended to register for EUP1501 before they register for COS1511.
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 may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. 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. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2021 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.

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

  • For the 2021 academic year, you must register for your semester 1 and 2 modules by 12 March 2021. There will be no semester 2 registration period. No exceptions or registration extensions will be permitted.
  • The maximum number of credits that will be allowed is 120 credits.

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.

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Curriculum for this qualification

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

First level

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
APM1612 - Mechanics II Pre-requisite:MAT1512 (or XAT1512) & PHY1505 (or XHY1505)
APM2611 - Differential Equations Pre-requisite:MAT1503 (or XAT1503) & MAT1613
APM2614 - Applied Dynamical Systems Pre-requisite:APM1513 (or XPM1513) & MAT1503 (or XAT1503) , MAT1512 (or XAT1512) & MAT1613
COS2633 - Numerical Methods I Pre-requisite:COS1511 (or XOS1511), MAT1512 (or XAT1512) & MAT1503 (or XAT1503)
MAT1613 - Calculus B Pre-requisite:MAT1512 (or XAT1512)
MAT2611 - Linear Algebra 2 Pre-requisite:MAT1503 (or XAT1503)
MAT2615 - Calculus in Higher Dimensions Pre-requisite:MAT1512 (or XAT1512) or MAT1503 (or XAT1503)
PHY1604 - Modern Physics Co-requisite:PHY1505
PHY2601 - Classical Mechanics Pre-requisite:PHY1505 (or XHY1505), MAT1503 (or XAT1503) & MAT1512 (or XAT1512)
PHY2602 - Electricity and Magnetism (Physics) Pre-requisite:PHY1506 (or XHY1506), MAT1503 (or XAT1503) & MAT1512 (or XAT1512)
PHY2604 - Physics Practical Work II Pre-requisite:PHY1506 (or XHY1506), MAT1503 (or XAT1503) & MAT1512 (or XAT1512)
Co-requisite:PHY2601, PHY2602 & PHY2606
PHY2606 - Waves (Physics) Pre-requisite:PHY1503 (or XHY1503), PHY1505 (or XHY1505), PHY1506 (or XHY1506), MAT1503 (or XAT1503)& MAT1512 (or XAT1512)

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
APM3701 - Partial Differential Equations Pre-requisite:APM2611 & MAT2615
APM3711 - Numerical Methods II Pre-requisite:COS2633
APM3712 - Mechanics and Calculus of Variations Pre-requisite:APM2611 & MAT2615
APM3713 - Special Relativity and Riemannian Geometry Pre-requisite:MAT2615
MAT3706 - Ordinary Differential Equations Pre-requisite:APM2611
PHY3702 - Quantum Physics Pre-requisite:APM2611, MAT2611, PHY1604 (or XHY1604), 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 Co-requisite:APM2611