A good first degree (usually in mathematics, statistics or economics, although other subjects with a high mathematical content are acceptable). Please also see our general entry requirements.
Months of entry
Actuaries evaluate and manage financial risk. They make financial sense of the future for their clients by applying advanced mathematical and statistical techniques to solve complex financial problems.
Qualifying as an actuary is a passport to a wide variety of careers in insurance companies, investments, pensions, health care and banking – not just in the UK, but throughout the world. Kent is one of a very few universities in the UK to teach the subject.
Our Postgraduate Diploma (PDip) in Actuarial Science, MSc in Applied Actuarial Science and International Master’s are all fully accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries; they also provide a fast-track route to qualifying as an actuary, because students who achieve a high enough overall mark in these programmes can obtain exemptions from the professional examinations included within their studies.
This PDip in Actuarial Science programme gives you the opportunity to gain exemptions from eight of the Core Technical subjects (CT1 to CT8) of the professional examinations and provides you with a firm foundation for the later subjects. If you perform well enough on this course to obtain the full set of exemptions available, you could reduce your time to qualify as an actuary by three years or more.
The PDip is a nine-month, full-time intensive programme that is suited to students who have a degree in mathematics, statistics or economics.
Leading to the award of Diploma, it covers the syllabus of the Core Technical Stage of the professional examinations of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, and offers the opportunity to gain exemption from eight subjects (subjects CT1 to CT8 inclusive). Find out more about accreditation for this programme and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries examinations.
Although you only need to take 120 credits (equivalent to a minimum of four subjects leading to the professional examinations) for the Diploma, you can take further subjects for exemption purposes. If you take fewer than 120 credits, you may be eligible for a Postgraduate Certificate in Actuarial Science.
Assessment is usually by a mixture of coursework and examination; exact weightings vary from module to module.
Students who are considered to have performed sufficiently well in the programme (both in examinations and coursework), as determined by an examiner appointed by the UK Actuarial Profession, will be exempt from all the CT subjects studied within the programme. If a student fails to achieve a suitable overall standard, they might still be awarded individual module exemptions as recommended by the Profession’s examiner. Please note that individual exemptions are granted based on the final written examinations only.
Information for international students
For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages
Fees and funding
Please see our funding webpages for the most current information and application processes.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time9 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science
- +44 (0)1227 827181