MSc - Actuarial Science with an Industrial Placement

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Organisation
University of Kent
Start - End
5 Sep
Study Options
Full Time
Fee
GBP 13900 - 13900
Fee International
GBP 21200 - 21200

Actuaries evaluate and manage financial risk. The Actuarial Science MSc prepares graduates from a mathematical background for a career as an actuary. No prior knowledge of actuarial science is required.

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.

The MSc is available as a full-time (one-year) programme and is suitable for those who have completed a first degree, postgraduate diploma or our MSc in Actuarial Science, or those who have studied the majority of the earlier subjects in the Core Principles Stage. Students who achieve a high enough overall mark in our programmes can obtain exemptions from the professional examinations included within their studies.

As one of the few universities to offer actuarial science in the UK, Kent’s programme is recognised for its strong mix of theoretical and practical expertise. The teaching staff include many actuaries drawn from professional practice, along with specialised researchers.

Accreditation - Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

In 2019 the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) introduced a new actuarial qualification structure. We are delighted to say that we successfully achieved re-accreditation for all of our Actuarial Science programmes and have been offering exemptions under the IFoA's new qualification structure since September 2019.

About the Centre for Actuarial Science, Risk and Investment

In 2010, the Centre for Actuarial Science, Risk and Investment (CASRI) was set up within the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science to reflect the widening scope of the teaching and research of the staff. Within CASRI, research in actuarial science can be broadly classified into the following three themes: economic capital and financial risk management, longevity risk modelling, and public policy aspects of insurance risk classification. This achieves a balance between theoretical and applied investigations, as well as addressing social policy implications. The group has a deep and long-standing association with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, as well as with other educational institutions worldwide.

Course structure

Duration: 2 years full-time

The course is based on a ‘core modules plus options’ structure and exemptions can be gained from professional examinations.

You must take 360 credits in order to pass the MSc with Industrial Placement.

Your placement

Placements last for 12 months, commencing in June/July of the Summer Term. Upon completion of your placement, you will return to Kent to take your exams. Placements may be undertaken in the UK or overseas.

The University does not guarantee every student will find a placement. Those who do not secure a placement will be transferred to the MSc programme without a placement.

The placement consists of two modules: Industrial Placement Experience and Industrial Placement Report. The Experience module is assessed as pass/fail only and the Report module is graded on a categorical scale.

Teaching and 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 examiners appointed by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, will receive exemptions.

If you fail to achieve a suitable overall standard, you might still be awarded individual subject exemptions.

Continuation to Industrial Placement

The taught component, project and work placement constitute a single stage. However, commencement of the placement is conditional on satisfactory progress in the taught component, as determined at the interim examination board in June. A student with resits amounting to more than 30 credits following the August exam will normally be required to retrieve the credit before beginning a placement.

To be eligible for the award of an MSc with an Industrial Placement, students must meet the requirements for the award of the MSc without a placement and pass both of the placement modules.

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 Principles 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 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.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • statistical, economic or specific actuarial mathematical techniques at an advanced level and their applications to insurance, covering areas such as financial mathematics, financial accounting, survival models, economics, financial economics, time series and stochastic processes
  • the actuarial and financial theory and the complex techniques applicable to solve problems in some of the major areas of current professional actuarial practice.

Intellectual skills

You will develop intellectual skills in:

  • the ability to demonstrate a high level of understanding of the main body of knowledge for the programme
  • the ability to demonstrate skill in calculation and manipulation of the material written within the programme
  • the ability to apply a range of concepts and principles in various contexts
  • the ability for logical argument using specialised knowledge
  • the ability to demonstrate advanced skills in solving problems in complex situations by various appropriate methods.

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