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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Finance

    Mathematics

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    Scottish and EU students: £16,120
    English, Northern Irish and Welsh students: £16,120
    Overseas students: £16,120

  • Last Updated

    17 November 2017

Course content

Course Overview

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 auto enrolment. 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 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.

If you wish to discuss the MSc Actuarial Science in more detail; course choices, internships, future career possibilities etc. please don't hesitate to contact the Actuarial department on


Visit the Actuarial Science page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

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