Training opportunities

AIMS Master’s Degree Application – August intake

The AIMS Master’s Degree in Mathematical Sciences is unique and innovative, emphasizing problem-solving and computational skills and provides exposure to cutting edge fields in mathematical science.

Key features:

  • Courses taught by outstanding African and international lecturers and supported by a team of resident tutors
  • Students and lecturers sharing space with a 24-hour learning environment
  • A climate of highly interactive teaching where students are encouraged to learn together through questioning and discovery
  • Emphasis on computational methods and computing with 24/7 access to computer labs and the internet
  • A pan-African student body including a minimum of 30% women
  • AIMS graduates progressing to top advanced degree programs and careers in Africa and all over the world.

Requirements:

  • 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, leadership and community service
  • Women applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Selection process

Each applicant’s dossier will be evaluated in light of prior educational opportunities available to them. Potential applicants must demonstrate both a high degree of motivation and the ability to complete the course successfully. Applications open on 1 December, and Master’s Degree applicants are strongly advised to apply before 23 March for courses beginning in August. Accepted applicants will be notified by May. Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Master’s Degrees are awarded in partnership with leading local academic institutions affiliated with AIMS centres.

Financial assistance

There are no course fees for successful Master’s Degree applicants. Full bursaries covering tuition, accommodation, meals and travel costs are also awarded to successful applicants.

AIMS Master’s Degree Application – January intake

The AIMS Master’s Degree in Mathematical Sciences is unique and innovative, emphasizing problem-solving and computational skills and provides exposure to cutting edge fields in mathematical science.

The January intake is open to students following the South African academic calendar (January to December). Preference will be given to South African nationals.

Key features:

  • Courses taught by outstanding African and international lecturers and supported by a team of resident tutors
  • Students and lecturers sharing space with a 24-hour learning environment
  • A climate of highly interactive teaching where students are encouraged to learn together through questioning and discovery.
  • Emphasis on computational methods and computing with 24/7 access to computer labs and the internet
  • A pan-African student body including a minimum of 30% women
  • AIMS graduates progressing to top advanced degree programs and careers in Africa and all over the world.

Requirements:

  • 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, leadership and community service
  • Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Selection process

Each applicant’s dossier will be evaluated in light of prior educational opportunities available to them. Potential applicants must demonstrate both a high degree of motivation and the ability to complete the course successfully. Applications open on 1 December, and Master’s Degree applicants are strongly advised to apply before 23 March for courses beginning in August. Accepted applicants will be notified by May. Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Master’s Degrees are awarded in partnership with leading local academic institutions affiliated with AIMS centres.

Financial assistance

There are no course fees for successful Master’s Degree applicants. Full bursaries covering tuition, accommodation, meals and travel costs are also awarded to successful applicants.

BSc (Honours) in Mathematics with a focus in Biomathematics

The BSc Honours in Mathematics with a focus in Biomathematics is an annual course run in conjunction with Stellenbosch University. The course commences in January each year. It aims to meet the growing demand from molecular biology, systems biology, bioinformatics, ecology, and biomedical science for students and researchers with solid mathematical skills. The course aims to train mathematicians to formulate and analyse precise models for experimental data arising from real-life research problems within the fields of biology and medicine — from predicting the influence of HIV, Aids, malaria, and tuberculosis to the effects of climate change on South Africa.

The course requires a strong foundation in mathematics and an introduction to mathematical modelling using differential equations, and includes modules on: computational and discrete methods in Mathematical Biology, non-linear dynamical systems in mathematical biology, advanced topics in mathematical biology, topics in biological and biomedical sciences, as well as a project. Projcet topics include the application of mathematical, computational and/or statistical methods to analyse and solve problems in biological sciences, environmental sciences, and medical sciences.

The modules will be presented by local and international researchers in modelling of biological and biomedical systems, population dynamics, mathematical biology, bio-informatics. The projects will be supervised by a researcher in mathematical sciences and a researcher in biological or biomedical sciences.

Students spend the first half of the year at AIMS and the second half of the year at Stellenbosch University.

Overview of 2017 Biomaths courses (towards Honours) offered at AIMS

Applications process

The Honours in Mathematical Biology course is jointly run by the Stelllenbosch University’s Department of Mathematical Sciences and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).  The application procedure and form is available via Stellenbosch University’s Science Faculty webpage  under Information for Students, Postgraduate Programmes, and the Department of Mathematical Sciences website, under Honours courses.

Requirements

South African students with a good BSc majoring in Mathematics, and (at least) some courses in a biological/biomedical field, or an equivalent qualification, can apply.

For more information please send an email to biomath-info@aims.ac.za

AIMS ESMT Industry Immersion Programme

AIMS in partnership with the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin and with funding support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ) through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), launched the AIMS ESMT Industry Immersion Program (AIMS ESMT IIP) at AIMS South Africa in July 2017.

Highlights of the Program include:

  • The chance for 30 qualified and industry inclined AIMS students graduating  from the  2016/17 academic year and AIMS Alumni  to participate in a 20 week residential and fully-funded Industry Immersion Program starting mid-2017, with the following aims:
  1. To give AIMS alumni the opportunity to contribute to the economic transformation of Africa by immersing them in a practical, skills-based employability program
  2. To develop their basic managerial and organizational skills
  3. To foster behavioral competences in participants that are demanded by employers
  4. To transfer teaching and training competences from one of Europe’s leading business schools to one of Africa’s rising scientific institutions
  • To develop business linkages between African graduates and German business operating in Africa through internship and post-graduate employment
  • The program has been conceived as a mixture of academic and practical learning and skill development which will allow participants to transition from a scientific environment to an applied industry setting.

The backbone of the program is the 12 week internship module with participating industry partners, beginning 7 weeks after program start, during which participants will experience a business environment first hand and apply their academic learnings. Companies will also undertake a team-based consulting project with a group of interns.

For more information please visit https://www.nexteinstein.org/aims-esmt-industry-immersion-program/

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED