The Department of Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2016, making it one of the oldest statistics departments in South Africa. It is situated on the Bloemfontein Campus.

Our graduates find employment in financial institutions, clinical research organisations, and other institutions that work intensely with numerical data. They usually take up high level behind-the-scenes positions such as actuary, analyst, data scientist, researcher, statistical programmer, or any other role in a company where a deep understanding of modelling and uncertainty is required.

Undergraduate Programmes
  • Mathematical Statistics, with majors in Climate Science, Econometrics, Investment Science, or Psychometrics [requires AP30 currently, mathematics 70%, language 60%]
  • Actuarial Science [requires AP34, mathematics 70%, language 60%]
  • Applied Statistics, with majors in Economics, Accounting, or Psychology [requires AP30 currently, mathematics 60%, language 60%]
Postgraduate Programmes
  • Actuarial Science [requires 4 ASSA exemptions or passes]
  • Applied Statistics [requires 65% average in second and third year main statistics modules and full first year mathematics at highest level]
  • Mathematical Statistics [requires 60% average in third year mathematical statistics]
  • Risk Analysis [requires 65% average in second and third year main statistics modules and full first year mathematics (highest level); or passes in all third year mathematical statistics modules] 
Study with us

If you would like to study with us and don't have a UFS student number yet then please follow this link to apply online:
The full rule book is available here while the Faculty Booklet is available here.
We do not apply selection at this stage, so please apply by the general university application deadline.


See our FAQ page which has the answers to the most common queries.


The department may be approached with regard to statistical consultation on an ad hoc basis, with priority given to UFS personnel and students.

Contact Details

Programme Director (Academic Enquiries)
Dr Michael von Maltitz
T: +27 51 401 2609

General Enquiries
Elize Mathee
T: +27 51 401 2299

Head of Department
Frans Koning
T: +27 51 401 3417

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Faculty Manager: Velaphi Makgwahla
T: + 27 51 401 3199

Marketing Manager: Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531

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