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International Master's in Applied Actuarial Science - MSc

Course Description

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 International Master’s programme is fully accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. It is equivalent to a Graduate Diploma (which covers the subjects taught within the Postgraduate Diploma in Actuarial Science), followed by the MSc in Applied Actuarial Science.

International Students

This programme is for international students with a good first degree who would like to gain exemptions from subjects in the Core Technical, Core Applications and Specialist Technical Stages of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ examinations.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/176/international-masters-in-applied-actuarial-science

About the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (SMSAS)

The School has a strong reputation for world-class research and a well-established system of support and training, with a high level of contact between staff and research students. Postgraduate students develop analytical, communication and research skills.

In 2010, the Centre for Actuarial Science, Risk and Investment (CASRI) (http://www.kent.ac.uk/casri/index.html) was set up within SMSAS to reflect the widening scope of the teaching and research of the staff. Areas of research interest include economic capital and risk management for financial services firms, mortality and longevity modelling, longevity indices and markets. Other research topics include genetics and insurance, insurance economics, pensions and corporate reporting.

The Centre includes 13 professionally qualified actuaries with many years’ practical experience in insurance and pensions, and who maintain excellent links with the actuarial profession.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- provide you with eligibility for subject exemptions from the Core Application and Specialist Technical series of examinations of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. This means obtaining a thorough knowledge of core actuarial applications, developing the ability to apply this knowledge in a practical situation and gaining current knowledge and understanding of the practice of major areas in which actuaries are involved

- develop your understanding, knowledge and awareness of current problems, much of which is at the forefront of current professional practice

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


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 (http://www.actuaries.org.uk/becoming-actuary/pages/what-can-actuary-earn) 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

Fully accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. Students who achieve a high enough overall mark can obtain exemptions from the professional examinations included within their studies.

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

Visit the International Master's in Applied Actuarial Science - MSc page on the University of Kent website for more details!

Student Profiles

SMSAS Bursaries for Taught Postgraduate Students - 10 Awards

The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science has established a bursary scheme to support taught postgraduate students who wish to study for one of the following courses:Postgraduate Diploma in Actuarial Science
MSc in Applied Actuarial Science
MSc in Finance, Investment and Risk
MSc in Mathematics and its Applications
MSc in StatisticsThe school will award up to 35 bursaries of between £500 and £1500. All applicants who have accepted a place on one of the above courses will automatically be considered for a bursary. There is no need to make a separate application. Overseas/home/EU fee paying students are all eligible.There is no formal closing date but we recommend you apply for your chosen course before the end of July 2011. The selection process continues until all bursaries are awarded.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Between £500 and £1500 each


Overseas/home/EU fee paying students are all eligible.

Application Procedure

There is no need to make a separate application

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Graduates with a good first degree (upper-second class or better) with a significant mathematical content who are completely new to actuarial science or who have passed up to three Core Technical (CT) subjects of the UK Actuarial Profession or equivalent passes from other recognised actuarial bodies

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