Entry requirements

A UK upper second class degree or above, or the equivalent from an overseas institution, in a highly quantitative programme such as mathematics or statistics is required to enter this course.

Months of entry


Course content

If you have strong technical ability and an interest in solving business problems, becoming an actuary is one of the most rewarding career choices you can make. The MSc in Actuarial Science will propel you into the profession. It offers you a firm grounding in the fundamentals of actuarial science in insurance, finance and investment. You’ll undertake a detailed study of the mathematical and statistical techniques for measuring the probability and risk of future events and their financial impact on a business and/or their clients.


As the needs of the actuarial profession and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries evolve, the skill set of actuaries is used in wider applications in both traditional and non-traditional fields, and the intake of overseas members increases, we launch a new curriculum to reflect these challenges and ensure that it is fit for purpose for actuaries in an ever-changing global business environment.

On this postgraduate course, you will study statistics, probability, stochastic processes, survival models, economics, finance and investment, insurance, pensions and financial contracts valuation, with computer-based applications. This broad and varied syllabus is equivalent to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ Core Modelling, Core Statistics and Core Business professional examinations (Subjects CM1, CM2, CS1, CS2, CB1, CB2), and enables you to gain exemptions from them.

The master's in actuarial science is delivered via face-to-face lectures from qualified actuaries, academics and other subject-specialists, complemented by dedicated online support and computer-based applications, easy access to faculty members, and advice on study and exam techniques. Lecturers use their commercial experience and research expertise to deliver a challenging, relevant and intellectually stimulating course.

Successful candidates on the MSc in Actuarial Science programme may also proceed to the MSc in Actuarial Management.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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