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What is the 'Master of Financial and Actuarial Engineering' all about?. The Master of Financial and Actuarial Engineering programme provides students with up-to-date, sound and advanced financial, actuarial and statistical skills. Read more

What is the 'Master of Financial and Actuarial Engineering' all about?

The Master of Financial and Actuarial Engineering programme provides students with up-to-date, sound and advanced financial, actuarial and statistical skills. It is an intensive, advanced, one-year programme for university graduates interested in a career in risk management, financial and/or actuarial engineering within financial institutions. The discipline focuses on the application of quantitative methods to problems involving risk or uncertainty. You will gain an understanding of current and future problems and solutions in insurance and banking and be equipped with fundamental and conceptual knowledge of the mathematical and economic aspects of financial theory and insurance techniques.

The programme provides advanced insights into the actuarial aspects of life insurance, general insurance and risk theory as well as financial mathematics and the inter-relationship and integration of actuarial sciences and finance. The programme draws on over sixty years of experience and international recognition. The research team for risk theory, finance and statistics has a strong research profile and is ranked among the world top in terms of actuarial research productivity. The programme is jointly offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Science at KU Leuven, in collaboration with Université Catholique de Louvain.

Objectives

The main goal of the programme is to provide the students with an sound knowledge of finance and actuarial science. They develop the capabilities to understand current and future problems and solutions in the actuarial and financial context. They will be equipped with fundamental and conceptual knowledge of the mathematical and economic aspects of financial theory and insurance techniques. Graduates holding both the degree of Master of Financial and Actuarial Engineering and 'Master in de verzekeringen' (Dutch-language initial master at KU Leuven) are eligible for membership in the professional body of actuaries in Belgium (IA|BE), and the international actuarial professional body (IAA).

At the end of the programme students will:

  • be equipped with fundamental and conceptual knowledge of the mathematical and economic aspects of financial theory and insurance techniques;
  • have advanced insights in the actuarial aspects of life insurance, general insurance, risk theory as well as in the interrelationship and integration of actuarial sciences and financial mathematics;
  • have a strong background in quantitative methods and financial models and will be able to select and apply those methods to problems that involve risk or uncertainty;
  • dispose of enhanced analytical, critical, conceptual, problem solving and decision making capabilities and skills;
  • have the ability to integrate actuarial, statistical and financial modelling techniques in order to arrive at effective solutions to problems occurring in insurance and financial practice;
  • be able to conduct research, not only in an academic context, but also in view of a professional career;
  • be able to stay up-to-date with the advances in actuarial sciences by following up and familiarizing with new insights, developments, results and methods;
  • be able to communicate and report adequately on financial and actuarial topics.

Career perspectives

The programme addresses the rapidly-changing needs resulting from the accelerating globalisation of the banking and insurance sector. As such, it provides a sound basis for a career in various areas of risk management, financial and actuarial engineering and insurance. Most graduates find employment in insurance companies, whose financial stability depends on actuarial calculations (e.g. premiums, provisions, capital requirements, reinsurance policy).

As an expert in the field of risk and uncertainty, you can also play an important role in banking and finance. The increasing convergence between the insurance and financial markets as well as the use of mathematically based instruments, such as options and futures, offers excellent career prospects. Graduates are well placed to find employment in banks, pension funds, reinsurance companies, consulting and audit companies.

Some graduates go to work in government, for instance in social security or economic affairs departments. Graduates holding both the degree of Master of Financial and Actuarial Engineering and 'Master in de verzekeringen' (Dutch-language initial Master's programme at KU Leuven) are eligible for membership in the professional body of actuaries in Belgium (IA|BE).



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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. Read more
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.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/1/actuarial-science

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

MA319 - Probability and Statistics for Actuarial Science (15 credits)
MA501 - Statistics for Insurance (15 credits)
MA529 - Probability and Statistics for Actuarial Science 2 (15 credits)
MA639 - Time Series Modelling and Simulation (15 credits)
MA816 - Contingencies 1 (15 credits)
MA817 - Contingencies 2 (15 credits)
MA819 - Business Economics (15 credits)
MA820 - Financial Mathematics (15 credits)
MA825 - Survival Models (15 credits)
MA826 - Finance & Financial Reporting (15 credits)
MA835 - Portfolio Theory and Asset Pricing Models (15 credits)
MA836 - Stochastic Processes (15 credits)
MA837 - Mathematics of Financial Derivatives (15 credits)
MA840 - Financial Modelling (15 credits)

Assessment

Assessment is usually by a mixture of coursework and examination; exact weightings vary from module to module.

- Accreditation
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.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- give you the depth of technical appreciation and skills appropriate to a Master’s level programme in actuarial science

- provide successful students with eligibility for subject exemptions from the Core Technical series of examinations of the actuarial profession. This means obtaining a thorough knowledge and understanding of various core actuarial techniques and gaining current knowledge and understanding of the practice of some of the major areas in which actuaries are involved

- ensure you are competent in the use of information technology, and are familiar with computers, together with the relevant software

- introduce you to an appreciation of recent actuarial developments, and of the links between subject theories and their practical application in industry

- prepare you for employment within the actuarial profession and other financial fields

- provide suitable preparation for students who wish to proceed to the MSc in Applied Actuarial Science.

Research areas

- Genetics and insurance risks

Advances in human genetics, and medical sciences in general, have led to many gene discoveries; a number of single-gene disorders have been successfully identified and studied in detail. Researchers are now increasingly focusing on common multifactorial genetic disorders such as cancer, heart attack and stroke, caused by interaction of genes and environmental factors. It is important for the insurance industry to understand the full implications of these latest developments. First, can an insurer justify charging different premium rates to different risk groups? Second, if insurers are not allowed to discriminate between individuals based on their genes, by regulation or by law, is there a risk of adverse selection?

- Economic capital and financial risk management

Financial services firms are in the business of accepting risks on behalf of their customers. Customers do not always have the time or expertise to handle financial risks on their own, so they pass these on to financial services firms. However, even the most reputable firms can sometimes get it wrong, so it is fundamentally important for all stakeholders that financial services firms hold an appropriate amount of capital calculated on a robust scientific basis, to back the risks they are running. Economic capital can provide answers by specifying a unifying approach to calculating risk-based capital for any firm in the financial services sector.

From a public policy perspective, regulators and governments face the dilemma of whether to regulate against genetic underwriting or to allow market economies to take their own course. On one hand, there is a moral obligation not to discriminate against individuals for their genetic make-up. On the other hand, risk of adverse selection against insurance firms cannot be ruled out altogether. Maintaining an appropriate balance between the two is key.

Careers

- The UK Actuarial Profession

The UK Actuarial Profession is small, but influential and well rewarded. There are more than 6,500 actuaries currently employed in the UK, the majority of whom work in insurance companies and consultancy practices.

Survey results published by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries suggest that the average basic salary for a student actuary is £36,842 with pay and bonuses increasingly sharply as you become more experienced. The average basic salary of a Chief Actuary is £209,292.

As an actuary, your work is extremely varied and can include: advising companies on the amount of funds to set aside for employee pension payments; designing new insurance policies and setting premium rates; pricing financial derivatives and working in fund management and quantitative investment research; advising life insurance companies on he distribution of surplus funds; and estimating the effects of possible major disasters, such as earthquakes or hurricanes, and setting premium rates for insurance against such disasters. For more information about the actuarial profession, see http://www.actuaries.org.uk

- Employability support

Helping our students to develop strong employability skills is a key objective within the School and the University. We provide a wide range of services and support to equip you with transferable vocational skills that enable you to secure appropriate professional positions within industry. Within the School we run specialist seminars and provide advice on creating a strong CV, making job applications and successfully attending interviews and assessment centres.

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in the actuarial, finance, insurance and risk sectors.

Professional recognition

Offers exemptions from subjects CT1 to CT8 of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries professional examinations, with the option to take further subjects for exemption purposes.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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This course is designed for graduates of quantitative disciplines who want to kick-start a career in actuary. It provides a solid foundation in statistics, financial mathematics, economics and business finance. Read more
This course is designed for graduates of quantitative disciplines who want to kick-start a career in actuary. It provides a solid foundation in statistics, financial mathematics, economics and business finance. Upon completion of the course, your knowledge and skills could be applied to a range of industries in the financial services such as insurance, pensions, healthcare, banking, investment and risk assessment.

You will be equipped with mathematical and statistical knowledge and problem-solving skills to help businesses and institutions evaluate the long-term financial implications of the decisions they make. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a minor dissertation involving the study of a number of problems specific to the insurance and financial sector.

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries has approved programme-level exemption status for the MSc programme in Actuarial Science at UCC in respect of their first 8 Core Technical subjects. Students may be recommended for exemption from the Institute’s own professional examinations in up to 7 of these Core Technical subjects by performing sufficiently well in the corresponding examinations of the MSc programme. UCC is one of the very few universities in Ireland which can offer students the potential to receive this level of exemptions from the professional actuarial examinations.

Visit the website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/ckr46/

Course detail

This is exciting course allows you to kick-start your career in actuary. It has similar core technical coverage to UCC’s very successful undergraduate course, which, over the last number of years, has achieved close to 100% employment. Graduates of this course are expected to also have no difficulty in gaining employment.

Format

The teaching methods used will be a combination of lectures, tutorials, computer practicals and directed study. You can expect to have approximately 22 hours per week of lectures, tutorials and directed study in semesters 1 and 2 and about 10 hours per week of directed study in semester 3.

Part 1

- Core modules (50 credits) -

PA6007 Market Analysis Methods for Actuarial Science (10 credits)
ST6001 Theory of Annuities - Certain for Actuarial Science (10 credits)
ST6002 Applied Financial Reporting Methods for Actuarial Science (10 credits)
ST6003 Probability & Mathematical Statistics for Actuarial Science (10 credits)
ST6004 Mortality Studies and Life Table Analysis for Actuarial Science (10 credits)

- Elective Modules (10 credits) -

ST6006 Insurance Risk Modelling for Actuarial Science (10 credits)
or
ST6010 Current Topics in Statistical Applications to Actuarial Science (10 credits).

*Were a student to enter the programme with sufficient background knowledge, as determined by the programme co-ordinator, in one of the above core modules, then that student would take both electives specified.

Part II

- Core module (20 credits) -

ST6009 Application of Core Technical Research Methodologies in Actuarial Science (20 credits)

- Elective modules (10 credits) -

ST6005 Life Contingencies for Actuarial Science (10 credits)
or
ST6008 Applied Financial Modelling and Risk Stochastics for Actuarial Science (10 credits)

Part-time students take modules ST6001, ST6003 and PA6007 in Year 1 and the remaining modules, including electives where appropriate, in Year 2.

Assessment

All taught modules in this course are assessed via a combination of end-of-module examination and submission of a portfolio of research and directed study.

For actuarial exemption purposes, the appointed actuarial independent examiner will base their recommendations for an exemption in the corresponding CT subject, on a student's performance in the final examination

For the research module (ST6009), you will study a number of problems, specific to the insurance and financial sector, and use the methodologies developed in the earlier modules to analyse such problems and produce oral and written reports on your work.

Careers

An actuarial qualification gives an excellent grounding in subjects like economics, finance, mathematics, and statistics, as well as the more actuarial subjects. This makes actuarial graduates suitable for a range of careers, not just actuarial work.

How to apply: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/how/

Funding and Scholarships

Information regarding funding and available scholarships can be found here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/cblgradschool/current/fundingandfinance/fundingscholarships/

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Actuaries provide assessments of financial security systems, with a focus on their complexity, their mathematics, and their mechanisms. Read more
Actuaries provide assessments of financial security systems, with a focus on their complexity, their mathematics, and their mechanisms. Actuaries quantify the probability and manage the risk of future events in areas such as insurance, healthcare, pensions, investment, and banking and also in non-financial areas. This course is taught by the Department of Mathematical Sciences and is intended for students with a first degree in mathematics, statistics, economics or finance who would like to acquire knowledge in actuarial science.

Our MSc Actuarial Science course is based on the syllabus of the majority of the Core Technical subjects of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, so you’ll cover Core Technical subjects as part of your course (CT2 or CT3, depending on the optional module selected, CT4, CT5, CT6, and CT8). This focus on up-to-date research findings in actuarial methodologies and actuarial applications means that you gain a solid training in actuarial modelling and actuarial analysis.

It is also possible to specialise on a topic of choice, with options including:
-Actuarial and Financial Modelling
-General Insurance
-Life Insurance

You will also have the chance to study a problem in depth through a Master's thesis project on a subject chosen by you or your supervisor.

As part of our Department of Mathematical Sciences you’re a member of an inclusive and approachable research community with an international reputation in many areas including semi-group theory, optimisation, probability, applied statistics, bioinformatics and mathematical biology.

Our expert staff

As well as being world-class academics, many of our academics have won research awards and grants from some of the largest actuarial society’s worldwide, national or regional awards for lecturing, and many of them are qualified and accredited teachers.

Teaching on our course are expert academics and practising actuaries. The key departmental contacts for our MSc Actuarial Science are Keith Bannister, Dr Haslifah Hashim, and Dr Spyridon Vrontos.
-Keith Bannister is a qualified actuary, and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and Faculty of Actuaries; he lectures part-time in Actuarial Science.
-Dr Hashim specialises in life and general insurance, pensions, financial mathematics, enterprise risk management, forensic economics, and Islamic finance and takaful.
-Dr Vrontos specialises in actuarial mathematics and modelling, asset-liability management and performance measurement for pension funds, hedge funds and mutual funds, risk management and solvency, and risk theory.

Specialist facilities

-Unique to Essex is our renowned Maths Support Centre, which offers help to students, staff and local businesses on a range of mathematical problems. Throughout term-time, we can chat through mathematical problems either on a one-to-one or small group basis
-We have our own computer labs for the exclusive use of students in the Department of Mathematical Sciences – in addition to your core maths modules, you gain computing knowledge of software including Matlab and Maple
-We host regular events and seminars throughout the year

Your future

As a new course, we expect our graduates of MSc Actuarial Science to become actuaries in a range of industries. It is predicted by the US Department of Labor that the employment of actuaries is expected to grow faster than any other occupation, making it a great prospect for a graduate job.

Aside from a rewarding career as an actuary (actuaries are in the top ten jobs for 2016, careercast.com), clear thinkers are required in every profession, so the successful mathematician has an extensive choice of potential careers. The Council for Mathematical Sciences offers further information on careers in mathematics.

We also work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

We also offer supervision for PhD, MPhil and MSc by Dissertation. We have an international reputation in many areas such as semi-group theory, optimisation, probability; applied statistics, bioinformatics and mathematical biology, and our department is strongly committed to research and to the promotion of graduate activities.

Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

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Entry to the actuarial profession is by a demanding series of examinations, but the rewards after qualifying are great. The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in the UK has four levels of examinations to qualify. Read more

Overview

Entry to the actuarial profession is by a demanding series of examinations, but the rewards after qualifying are great. The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in the UK has four levels of examinations to qualify. The first level, the Core Technical (CT) subjects, are taught in our BSc or MSc in Actuarial Science and lead to exemptions from CT1 to CT8.

Leading on from this, our established and successful MSc in Actuarial Management (See http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-actuarial-management/ ) covers the more advanced actuarial subjects and offers exemptions from the syllabuses of the Core Application subjects CA1 and CA3 and Specialist Technical subjects ST2, ST4, ST5, ST6 and ST9.

Students will typically study CA1, CA3 and up to three ST subjects (two ST subjects are needed to satisfy the profession's requirements).

Taking our MSc in Actuarial Management is a great way to speed your progress to this most prestigious of careers - it's designed to take you almost all of the way to qualification. A student who graduates with a full set of exemptions from Heriot-Watt (CT, CA and ST subjects) will only have three more examinations to pass, as well as gaining the necessary work experience, to qualify as a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Programme duration

The PG Diploma comprises the taught coursework component leading to exemptions from CA1 and the ST professional subjects and takes 9 months to complete. Successful students can then progress to the project work in the summer. This takes the form of industry-relevant case studies, assessed by written reports, which leads to the award of an MSc and exemption from the Subject CA3. In exceptional cases a student may be allowed to write a research dissertation.

The programme is also available to be studied on a part-time basis, over a maximum of 4 years.

Teaching Excellence and Student Satisfaction

30% of our teaching staff are qualified actuaries, the others are leading Mathematicians, Financial Mathematicians and Statisticians, who are nationally and internationally recognised for their research. This expertise ensures that what we teach you is current, applicable to the real workplace and current economy. Our National Student Survey results are consistently high for overall student satisfaction.

Results from the National Student Survey for 2011 reveal that 88% of our Mathematics and Statistics (including Actuarial Science) graduates are employed with a graduate position and/or undertaking further study. Our graduates go on to work for companies such as Swiss Re, Standard Life, Towers Watson, Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays Capital, Scottish Widows, Ernst & Young and many more. Graduates are employed locally in Edinburgh, London and throughout the world.

Student Actuarial Society

Heriot-Watt has a very active Students' Actuarial Society (See http://hwsas.com/ ) which won several awards at a recent Heriot-Watt 'Oscars' ceremony. This body is completely managed, enthusiastically and professionally, by our students.

Professional recognition

The programme is fully accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Programme content

In the taught element of the programme each student takes eight semester-long courses. These are linked in pairs, one per semester. One pair of courses – covering Actuarial Risk Management – is compulsory and corresponds to subject CA1. It applies the principles of actuarial mathematics to a wide range of financial and insurance settings. Students choose a minimum of two pairs of courses from a list including Life Office Management (subject ST2), Pensions (subject ST4), Investment and Finance (subject ST5), Derivatives (subject ST6) and Enterprise Risk Management (subject ST9).

The choice of courses may depend on the coverage of actuarial subjects in the student’s first degree. Depending on individual circumstances, other optional courses may be made available, for example courses from the MSc in Actuarial Science or in other disciplines. However, students choosing to take three pairs of courses, potentially leading to exemptions from three ST subjects, will have an exceptionally broad range of employment opportunities.

Students may graduate with the Postgraduate Diploma at the end of the 2nd semester, after completing the taught coursework component leading to exemptions form CA1 and the ST professional subjects. Successful students can then progress to the project work in the summer. This takes the form of industry-relevant case studies, assessed by written reports, which leads to the award of an MSc and exemption from the Subject CA3. In exceptional cases a student may be allowed to write a research dissertation.The dissertation is an extended research project, with regular supervision, undertaken in the summer. The diploma takes 9 months and the MSc takes 1 year full time and part time options are available.

For more detailed course descriptions, please visit the current student website http://www.ma.hw.ac.uk/ams/teach/courses1314/index.php

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses (See http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm ) to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

Find information on Fees and Scholarships here http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-actuarial-management/

Find videos of students and graduates from the department here http://www.youtube.com/user/HWActuarial?blend=3&ob=5#p/a

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In this course you will acquire advance expertise in statistics, econometrics, finance, economics and mathematics. It is designed for recent actuarial graduates and professionals in the early stages of their business careers, who want to pursue actuarial and risk management roles. Read more
In this course you will acquire advance expertise in statistics, econometrics, finance, economics and mathematics.

It is designed for recent actuarial graduates and professionals in the early stages of their business careers, who want to pursue actuarial and risk management roles. The course covers specific areas of actuarial practice, and includes exemptions for Parts I and II of subjects of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

As part of the degree, you can choose a wide range of elective units, across the fields of econometrics, actuarial practice, economics, business modelling and finance, which will give you the flexibility to tailor the course to your personal interests and career goals.

As well as developing essential mathematical skills, the course also focuses on developing your wider business awareness skills including, communication, critical thinking, actuarial judgement and professionalism.

The course gives you access to some of Australia's renowned actuarial educators and practising actuaries with extensive industry experience, to ensure your studies focus on current concepts and issues that are relevant to business today.

Find out more: Visit the Faculty of Business and Economics postgraduate website (http://www.buseco.monash.edu.au/postgraduate/).

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/actuarial-studies-4439?domestic=true

Career opportunities

The Master of Actuarial Studies gives you the skills to work across the spectrum of industry sectors, in both Australia and overseas, in risk management and actuarial roles. Graduates have pursued careers as actuaries, forecasters, risk managers, analysts, and advisers in large financial institutions, insurance and risk firms and consultancies across the world.

Professional recognition (Australian)

For further details visit http://www.buseco.monash.edu.au/professional-recognition/.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/business-and-economics

About us

The Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics (EBS) is recognised worldwide as being at the forefront of its discipline areas.

Our outstanding international reputation is supported by our rankings or ratings of:

- No 1 in the Asia-Pacific region for econometrics (RePEC)
- Top 10% institutions in the fields of econometrics and time series by IDEAS
- Highest possible rating (well above world standard) in econometrics for Excellence in Research (ERA) conducted by the Australian Research Council

We are also designated by Monash University as an area of outstanding strength in research. The impact of research has led to the election of seven of our professors into the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and the appointment of many of our academic staff to editorial positions for highly ranked journals in econometrics and statistics.

Research capabilities

We boast the largest concentration of econometricians and statisticians in a single department in Australia. This means we have significant levels of expertise in most areas of econometrics and business statistics, including actuarial studies and big data analytics.

Teaching excellence

We pride ourselves on our contemporary and engaging teaching activities. Our academic staff provide quantitative training in all relevant courses offered by Monash Business School.

Engagement and Collaboration

Through our Econometrics and Business Statistics Consulting Service, our academic staff help businesses and government bodies in their planning and decision making.

The Department also maintains strong professional links with the Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability. Through this Centre, our academic staff are engaged in high-impact research focusing on development programs in Indonesia and East Timor.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/actuarial-studies-4439?domestic=true#making-the-application

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This programme is designed to kick-start your career as an actuary, preparing you to take a leading role in managing risk in financial institutions worldwide. Read more
This programme is designed to kick-start your career as an actuary, preparing you to take a leading role in managing risk in financial institutions worldwide. Ranked top job in 2013 (as reported by Wall Street Journal), actuaries are in high demand in light of the need for sound decision making in the ever-changing financial markets. The rewards in terms of job satisfaction and earning potential make this an excellent career choice.

Established in 1972, we were the first UK university to introduce a dedicated programme in Actuarial Science, and have since evolved to become highly renowned as a world-leading centre in actuarial and financial teaching and research.
Exemptions

The programme is fully accredited by the UK Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, offering a valuable opportunity to gain exemptions from the Core Technical (CT1-CT8) examinations. There are 12 courses available which correspond in total to CT1-CT8 of the actuarial professional syllabus. To meet university award requirements you must pass at least 8 of the 12 listed below. To achieve exemption from all of CT1-CT8 you must pass all 12 courses.

Financial Mathematics - CT1
Finance and Financial Reporting - CT2
Economics - CT7
Statistical Methods - CT3
Life Insurance Maths 1 & 2 - CT5
Stochastic Modelling/Survival Models - CT4
Risk Theory/Time Series Analysis - CT6
Financial Economics 1 & 2 - CT8

Our expert staff, many of whom are qualified actuaries, will guide and support you throughout your studies. You will benefit from their extensive business knowledge and research expertise, whilst gaining hands-on experience of solving real-life financial problems through interactive lectures, tutorial sessions and practical coursework. The MSc summer project gives you the opportunity to explore in greater depth the hot topics currently facing business, such as Solvency II and pensions autoenrolment. Our close links to industry through the Scottish Financial Risk Academy also creates the potential for undertaking a summer placement within Edinburgh's thriving financial sector.

We have an excellent record of preparing students for successful careers - recent statistics show that around 90% of our postgraduate students were either in full-time employment or further study within 6 months of graduation. Our students consistently rate us highly - the Sunday Times University Guide 2013 named us "UK University of the Year for Student Experience" as well as "Scottish University of the Year" for the second year running.

We are very proud of our award-winning Students' Actuarial Society which is entirely managed, enthusiastically and professionally, by our students. As well as arranging a series of topical presentations by industry professionals, and popular social events, the Society's highly anticipated Annual Actuarial Conference attracts speakers and attendees from around the world.

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The MSc Actuarial Science is a one year full-time programme from September to the following August. Semesters 1 and 2, from September to May, cover the Core Technical subjects 1 to 8 (CT 1-8) and subject Core Applications 1 (CA1) of the examinations of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK). Read more
The MSc Actuarial Science is a one year full-time programme from September to the following August. Semesters 1 and 2, from September to May, cover the Core Technical subjects 1 to 8 (CT 1-8) and subject Core Applications 1 (CA1) of the examinations of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK). Depending on your background and subject to the approval of the programme director, you may select between five and eight subjects to study. The Core Technical subjects are as follows:


Financial Mathematics (CT1)
Finance & Financial Reporting (CT2)
Probability and Mathematical Statistics (CT3)
Models (CT4)
Contingencies (CT5)
Statistical Methods (CT6)
Business Economics (CT7)
Financial Economics (CT8)


In semester 3 you will undertake independent research in an area of actuarial science under the supervision of a member of the School of Mathematical Sciences with the aim of submitting a thesis on your research findings at the end of the semester. Depending on your subject choices in semesters 1 and 2 you may also undertake advanced modules in finance at the UCD Smurfit School of Business – the modules offered will vary from year to year but possible topics may include regulation, corporate governance, ethics in finance, asset valuation, and financial management.

This programme runs for one year or 3 semesters.

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Summary. This programme provides an intensive, professional-level, specialist education in actuarial science. Read more

Summary

This programme provides an intensive, professional-level, specialist education in actuarial science. Students performing well in the instructional component (PG Dip) can gain exemptions from Subjects CT1-CT8 of the professional examinations of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, which are internationally recognised. Following the instructional component, students can progress to the MSc by successfully completing a three-month supervised project and dissertation/ report component.

Modules

Modules: Probability and Mathematical Statistics; Financial Mathematics; Actuarial Mathematics I; Survival Models; Economics; Stochastic Processes; Mathematical Finance; Actuarial Mathematics II; Statistical Methods in Insurance; Accounting and Finance for Actuarial Science Plus Project and dissertation/report (MSc only)

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This exciting new 2-year MSc programme is designed to kick-start your career as an actuary, preparing you to take a leading role in managing risk in financial institutions worldwide. Read more
This exciting new 2-year MSc programme is designed to kick-start your career as an actuary, preparing you to take a leading role in managing risk in financial institutions worldwide.

Entry to the actuarial profession is by a demanding series of examinations, but the rewards after qualifying are great. The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in the UK have four levels of examinations to qualify: The first level, the Core Technical (CT) subjects are taught in Stage 1 and lead to exemptions from CT1 to CT8. Students will typically study CT1, CT5 and can choose from some or all of the remaining CT subjects.

Stage 2 covers the more advanced actuarial subjects and offers exemptions from the syllabuses of the Core Application subjects CA1 and CA3 and Specialist Technical subjects ST2, ST4, ST5, ST6 and ST9. Students will typically study CA1, CA3 and up to three ST subjects (two ST subjects are needed to satisfy the profession's requirements).

Students who successfully meet the progression requirements will then go on to undertake a summer project after Stage 2.

Taking our MSc in Actuarial Science and Management is a great way to speed your progress to this most prestigious of careers - it's designed to take you almost all of the way to qualification. A student who graduates with a full set of exemptions from Heriot-Watt (CT, CA and ST subjects) will only have to pass three more examinations, and gain the necessary work experience, to qualify as a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

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You can study this Mathematical Sciences MSc programme full-time or part-time. It offers students the opportunity to specialise in a broad range of areas across pure and applied mathematics, statistics and probability, and theoretical physics. Read more
You can study this Mathematical Sciences MSc programme full-time or part-time. It offers students the opportunity to specialise in a broad range of areas across pure and applied mathematics, statistics and probability, and theoretical physics.

The topics we cover include:

- advanced probability theory
- algebra
- asymptotic methods
- geometry
- mathematical biology
- partial differential equations
- quantum field theory
- singularity theory
- stochastic analysis
- standard model/string theory.

By completing the first semester you qualify for the PG certificate. By completing the second, you qualify for the PG Diploma. Then, by completing your dissertation, you qualify for the MSc.

Key Facts

REF 2014
92% of our research impact judged at outstanding and very considerable, 28% improvement in overall research at 4* and 3*.

Facilities
A dedicated student resource suite is available in the Department, with computer and reading rooms and a social area.

Why Department of Mathematical Sciences?

Range and depth of study options

We offer a very wide range of modules, from advanced algebra and geometry, to partial differential equations, probability theory, stochastic analysis, and mathematical physics. With these you can tailor your programme to specialise in one of these areas, or gain a broad understanding of several. This allows you to build up the required background for the project and dissertation modules, which offer the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a topic of your choice, supervised by a leading expert in the field.

Exceptional employability

At Liverpool, we listen to employers’ needs. Alongside key problem solving skills, employers require strong communication skills. These are integral to this programme. Graduates go on to research degrees, or become business and finance professionals, or to work in management training, information technology, further education or training (including teacher training) and scientific research and development.

Teaching quality

We are proud of our record on teaching quality, with five members of the Department having received the prestigious Sir Alastair Pilkington Award for Teaching. We care about each student and you will find the staff friendly and approachable.

Accessibility

We take students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and we work hard to give everyone the opportunity to shine.

Supportive atmosphere

We provide high quality supervision and teaching, computer labs, and and you will benefit from the friendly and supportive atmosphere in the Department, as evidenced by student feedback available on our university website. A common room and kitchen for the exclusive use of the Department’s students, and a lively maths society help to foster a friendly and supportive environment.

Career prospects

The excellent University Careers Service is open to all postgraduates. Graduates of the MSc and PhD programmes move on to many different careers. Recent graduates have moved into fast track teacher programmes, jobs in finance (actuarial, banking, insurance), software development, drugs testing and defence work, as well as University postdoctoral or lecturing posts. The MSc programme is of course a natural route into doctoral study in Mathematics and related fields, both at Liverpool and elsewhere. Some of our PhD students move on to postdoctoral positions and to academic teaching jobs and jobs in research institutes, both in the UK and elsewhere.

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MISSION. Read more
MISSION
The Master in Finance, Insurance and Risk Management aims at preparing students for high level careers in investment, private and commercial banking, securities design and trading, risk and asset management, risk management, asset allocation and actuarial sciences with the strong quantitative background in view of the challenges posed by solvency II.
Students are most welcome to join research departments of government agencies and central banks too, in insurance and consulting companies as well as in regulatory agencies. It is a truly international program entirely taught in English. Students receive a II level Master from the University of Torino as well as a Collegio diploma.

PLACEMENT
The placement record for previous graduates is excellent and includes a large variety of firms, banks, and organizations in the financial industry such as:
ADB SpA - AIB Bank - Allianz Bank - Banca IMI - Banca d’Italia - Bancoposta Fondi sgr - BIM - BIP - BNP
Paribas - Banca Aletti - Banco Ambrosiano Veneto - Banca Antonveneta - Banca Centrale Europea -
Banca Leonardo - Banca Profilo - Banca di Roma - Banca Sella - Banca 121 - Capitalia - Citigroup - Cofiri
Commerzbank AG - Compagnia di San Paolo - Crédit Agricole - Deutsche Bank - Enel - ERSEL - Eurizon
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development - Ferrero Spa Finance - Fiat Finance - Fideuram -
Finanziaria Internazionale Securitization Group - Fitch Ratings - Fondiaria SAI - Intesa Sanpaolo - JP Morgan
Luxembourg - KPMG - Mediolanum - Macedonia Ministry of Finance - Money Farm - Monte dei Paschi di Siena
Nextra Sgr - Pioneer Investments PricewaterhouseCoopers - Prometeia - Royal Bank of Scotland - State Street
Bank - Symphonia sgr - TLX SpA - UBI - UBM - UniCredit - VesselsValue.com

FEES AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Annual tuition fees for the Master program are € 15,000. They are comprehensive of course materials, use of the Collegio and University facilities, access to on-campus seminars, access to the Library and online databases of the Collegio and University. Tuition waivers are awarded to applicants according to the admission ranking.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
First deadline: March 15, 2016
Regular applications: June 30, 2016

COURSE PROGRAM
http://www.carloalberto.org/education/master-in-finance-insurance-and-risk-management/courses/

STRENGTHS OF THE PROGRAM
1. A truly international Master’s program taught entirely in English, in a premier research institution.
2. The award of a second level Master degree from the University of Torino.
3. A highly experienced faculty from Italian and foreign universities, alongside the experience of leading finance and banking professionals.
4. Daily contact with the scholars and researchers of the Collegio Carlo Alberto and access to the many scientific activities and events hosted at the Collegio.
5. The availability of a fully equipped computer lab. In addition to the electronic resources offered by the University of Torino and the Collegio Carlo Alberto, students have access to primary proprietary softwares in Finance.
6. On-campus career days, interviews and presentations, internships in major financial companies at the end of the program.
7. The reputation and the extensive network of our Alumni.

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If you are interested in mathematics and finance and you want to learn how to use mathematics and statistics to solve real financial and actuarial problems, the Master's program in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science is the program for you. Read more
If you are interested in mathematics and finance and you want to learn how to use mathematics and statistics to solve real financial and actuarial problems, the Master's program in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science is the program for you.

The Master's program in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science takes the critical field of risk management as its central theme, examined through the lens of quantitative models. Taught by the leading international academics of Tilburg University, content reflects the forefront of world developments in which:
•Investors weigh risks against returns;
•insurers limit their risks by calculating the appropriate premiums;
•option traders balance their books by calculating the sensitivities of their positions with respect to the relevant risk factors.

Delve into these challenging worlds of continuous time finance, empirical applications, and the actuarial sciences of risk theory and asset liability management - giving you a tool-kit of highly practical skills you can apply throughout your entire financial career.

The Master's program in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science offers you:
•The best preparation for a career in the arena
With a Tilburg University Master's degree recognized for its combined academic rigour and industry relevance.

•Great career prospects
The Master’s program in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science is one of the programs with the best career prospects. Graduates find work easily, often before graduation, and they earn above average. They work as, for instance, risk management consultants, actuaries or investment analysts. More about the excellent career prospects.

•Customized learning
With a wide range of optional electives available including the possibility to follow courses from the Master's program in Finance or to customize your degree with a specialization in Pensions, Aging and Retirement.

•The possibility to become a fully qualified actuary
After graduation you are eligible to apply for the part-time Executive Master in Actuarial Science offered by TIAS Business School and the Dutch Actuarial Institute.

•Teaching by leading international academics
Giving you a tool-kit of highly practical skills you can apply throughout your entire financial career.

Ranking
#1 in the Netherlands and #10 in Europe in Economics & Econometrics - QS World University Rankings

Future jobs

Your Master's degree in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science from Tilburg University will open up extensive career opportunities for you in the private sector, as well as in the public and non-profit sectors.

Graduates of our program currently pursue successful careers at:
•Banks
•Insurance companies
•Pension funds
•Consulting agencies
•Trading firms
•Corporate treasuries and risk control departments
•Regulatory institutions and government bodies.

The Master’s program in Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science is one of the programs with the best career prospects. Graduates find work easily, often before graduation, and they earn above average.

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Statistics is one of the most important fields of study in the world. The techniques we use to model and manipulate data guide the political, financial and social decisions that shape our modern society. Read more
Statistics is one of the most important fields of study in the world. The techniques we use to model and manipulate data guide the political, financial and social decisions that shape our modern society. If you are a logical person and enjoy solving problems, statistics at Essex is for you.

Our Department of Mathematical Sciences embraces pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics, and operational research, and our course offers you the opportunity to study statistics alongside other mathematical subjects.

Providing a balance of solid statistical theory and practical application, this course builds your knowledge in all areas of statistics, data analysis and probability. You also have the opportunity to specialise, taking optional modules in topics including:
-Survey methodology
-Operations research
-Applied mathematics
-Computer science

Our interdisciplinary research recognises that mathematics, including what can be very abstract mathematics, is an essential part of research in many other disciplines.

Our department has an international reputation in many areas including semi-group theory, optimisation, probability, applied statistics, bioinformatics and mathematical biology.

Our expert staff

Our Department of Mathematical Sciences is a small but influential department, so our students and staff know each other personally. You never need an appointment to see your tutors and supervisors, just knock on our office doors – we are one of the few places to have an open-door policy, and no issue is too big or small.

Our staff have published several well-regarded text books and are world leaders in their individual specialisms, with their papers appearing in learned journals like Communications in Algebra, Studia Logica, International Journal of Algebra and Computation, SIAM Journal in Optimization, IEEE Evolutionary Computation, Computers and Operations Research, Ecology, Journal of Mathematical Biology, and Journal of Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology.

Specialist facilities

-Unique to Essex is our renowned Maths Support Centre, which offers help to students, staff and local businesses on a range of mathematical problems. Throughout term-time, we can chat through mathematical problems either on a one-to-one or small group basis
-We have our own computer labs for the exclusive use of students in the Department of Mathematical Sciences – in addition to your core maths modules, you gain computing knowledge of software including Matlab and Maple
-We host regular events and seminars throughout the year
-Our students run a lively Mathematics Society, an active and social group where you can explore your interest in your subject with other students

Your future

Working in industries such as health, business, social care and finance, graduates are consistently in demand, working on projects such as efficacy of social policy, comparable data of cardiac rehabilitation and manipulation of raw data for academic research.

Our Masters graduates have progressed into careers in banking and finance, actuarial sciences, biological sciences, market research and statistics, management and consultancy etc.

We also offer supervision for PhD, MPhil and MSc by Dissertation. We have an international reputation in many areas such as semi-group theory, optimisation, probability, applied statistics, bioinformatics and mathematical biology, and our staff are strongly committed to research and to the promotion of graduate activities.

We additionally work with our Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

-Modelling Experimental Data
-Statistical Methods
-Stochastic Processes
-Applied Statistics
-Bayesian Computational Statistics
-Research Methods
-Dissertation
-Nonlinear Programming (optional)
-Financial Modelling (optional)
-Research Methods in Finance: Empirical Methods in Finance (optional)
-Machine Learning and Data Mining (optional)
-Cloud Technologies and Systems (optional)
-Time Series Econometrics (optional)
-Panel Data Methods (optional)
-Topics in Contemporary Social Theory (optional)
-Introduction to Survey Design and Management (optional)
-Applied Sampling (optional)

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This exciting course-based graduate program, offered by the Faculty of Science, gives students an opportunity to enhance their understanding and skills in the discipline of actuarial sciences. Read more
This exciting course-based graduate program, offered by the Faculty of Science, gives students an opportunity to enhance their understanding and skills in the discipline of actuarial sciences. Over 16 consecutive months, students complete Master's level course work in industry relevant areas, such as derivatives markets, life contingencies, micro- and macro-economics.

Career Opportunities

As a professional graduate program, alumni of the M.Act.Sc program are well prepared for careers in insurance, financial analysis, pensions, and healthcare industries. Graduates can also participate in the regular offerings of the Society of Actuaries (SOA) exams offered on-site.

Curriculum covers actuarial mathematics as required for the following Society of Actuaries (SOA) professional exams:
-P (Probability)
-FM (financial mathematics)
-MLC (actuarial Models: Life Contingencies)
-MFE (actuarial Models:Financial Economics)
-C (Construction and evaluation of actuarial models)*
-SOA VEE (validation by educational experience)

*Partial preparation for the SOA "C" exam

Key Learning outcomes

-Describe and apply advanced concepts related of probability, theory of interest, financial derivatives, finance, economics, regression and time series, risk and loss functions
-Critically evaluate current research in actuarial science, develop and support a sustained argument based on evidence, and apply appropriate research methods to problems
-Interpret verbal descriptions and transform them into mathematical insurance models, analyse the models, interpret the models and output and express the solutions in a coherent organized manner
-Recognize and discuss appropriate best actuarial models and create models to solve complex problems

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