Welcome Message

Welcome to the website of the Department of Mathematics at Rhodes University. This website has been designed to provide you with information on the courses offered in the department and to acquaint you with the various activities in which the department is involved. We hope and trust that you will find this website useful and informative.

Our department consists of 9 fulltime academic staff members and one support staff member. These caring, committed and dedicated staff members are a key asset to the department. They take a personal interest in the development and success of every student. The greatest advantage of a small department in a small university is that staff members are able to give individual attention to students. In our department every student is a person with a name and a face; not just a number!

The department is committed to the highest standards of excellence in teaching, scholarship and community outreach. We offer excellent undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. The postgraduate courses reflect the available expertise and research activities undertaken in the department.

Discrete Mathematics

Research activities:

  • (Extremal) Graph Theory
  • Combinatorics
  • Mathematical Chemistry

See the webpage for more details.

Functional Analysis

The current focus of research is probabilistic limit spaces which has connections to classical functional analysis. Any potential postgraduate students should feel free to make contact if they share any interest in the research areas listed below or are involved in complimentary topics. For further information, you can make email contact:

Also see our webpage for details.

General Relativity & Cosmology

The group's research focusses on theoretical and numerical aspects of  General Relativity and Cosmology. Some more details are available on our webpage.

Geometry, Groups, & Control

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Rhodes Artificial Intelligence Research Group (RAIRG)

The academics in the group have expertise in applied mathematics, computer science, Bayesian techniques, artificial intelligence (deep learning, machine learning), big data, signal processing, statistics, and modern astronomical data processing/analysis. Interdisciplinary research thrusts are a major ambition of the group. 

See the webpage for more details.

Rhodes Topology (General, Point-Free and Categorical) Group (RTG)

Research activities:

  • General Topology
  • Point-Free Topology: Locale and Frame Theory
  • Categorical Topology

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