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Actuarial Science (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2020

About this course

Prepare for a career as an expert actuary with a master’s degree in actuarial science at the University of Southampton.

Our programme gives you an early advantage in your career with a professional qualification recognised by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

By the end of your studies, you’ll be able to assess and manage risk using advanced actuarial methods. You can apply what you’ve learned to work as an actuarial analyst, or to many other careers that need quantitative skills.

You’ll learn how to become an actuary – a specialist who identifies, analyses and manages risks with long-term financial consequences. This expertise is vital in many businesses across the financial services industry. 

This degree covers a broad collection of topics including: 

  • actuarial maths 
  • statistics and probability 
  • economics 
  • accounting and finance 
  • survival models and analysis

The course is flexible and will cater to students both with and without actuarial education. When you start, we’ll advise you on module choices to meet your specific needs.

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years
  • a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) - you'll usually study for around 30 weeks and will not need to write a dissertation

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

Course lead

Your course leader specialises in critical illness and life insurance research, and is a member of the modelling team at the ESRC Centre for Population Change.

Visit Dr Erengul Dodd's staff profile to learn more about her work.


This course is accredited by:

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Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.