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Mathematical Sciences

G1N3 BSc Mathematics with Actuarial Science (3 years)

Mathematicians develop important analytical skills and problem-solving strategies to assess a broad range of issues in commerce, science and the arts.

Mathematical models and simulations, and the interpretation of their results, are being called on increasingly in global decisions, as business, politics and management all become more quantitative in their methods. The application of mathematics is also in demand in the social sciences, particularly economics, where mathematical tools are used to formulate models of the complex interactions in an economic system – in situations as significant as the effect on UK inflation of joining the European single currency.

This degree programme will give you good statistical training. In addition, you will get a solid foundation in mathematics. The degree is ideal if you're thinking about a degree in statistics or finance, but do not wish to just study actuarial science on its own.

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Introducing your degree

This programme provides a comprehensive and coherent programme of education in mathematics, statistics, and actuarial science, where you can choose between many final year options in line with interests and future career aims.

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Actuaries are the world’s financial architects and engineers. They design, build and maintain financial institutions which can survive fluctuating inflation, rapidly changing interest rates and the problems presented by changing patterns of living and dying, eg both the young dying prematurely from AIDS and pensioners living longer than ever before.

The expertise of an Actuary is vital to the management of pension funds, life assurance societies, merchant banks, general insurance companies, our National Insurance Scheme and to investment by all financial institutions. Actuaries are problem solvers, tackling the uncertainties of future events using their skills in mathematics, probability and statistics. This degree programme will provide you with the technical skills in mathematics and actuarial science required to prepare you for a career as an actuary.

Transfer to this programme at the end of the first semester is possible from a number of other programmes in the School.

 

To Apply

All applications for full-time study should be made through UCAS - www.ucas.com.

If you have a question or would like further information, contact our admissions team:

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 4746
Email: ugapply.fshs@southampton.ac.uk

Accreditation

"The school is currently in discussion with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries to secure the equivalent accreditation and exemptions under their new Curriculum 2019 education strategy.”

Key Facts

In the 2018 National Student Survey, of our BSc Mathematics with Actuarial Science students:

  • 95% were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course
  • 95% agreed that staff are good at explaining things
  • 95% agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating

Typical entry requirements

For 2020 entry

View 2019 entry requirements

QualificationGrade
GCSE Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)
GCE A-Level AAA or AABB including Mathematics (minimum grade A)
GCE A-Level with Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A-level offer: AAB or ABBB including Mathematics (minimum grade A) and grade A in the EPQ
GCE A-Level with Contextual offer We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows: AAB including Mathematics (minimum grade A)
Further A-level information Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. If an additional Mathematics qualification (STEP grade 2/MAT/TMUA) is taken alongside three A-levels then the offer will be AAB including Mathematics (minimum grade A). We accept any of the three STEP papers. For more details about the STEP and TMUA papers see the Admissions Testing Service Website.
Welsh Baccalaureate offer AAA from 3 A levels including Mathematics (minimum grade A)
or
AA from 2 A levels including Mathematics (minimum grade A) and A from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
International Baccalaureate Diploma
offer
Pass, with 36 points overall with 18 points at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics. Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.
International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
offer

Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Access to HE Diploma offer 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, all of which must be at Distinction. Mathematics must be studied to level 3, A-level standard
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017) H1 H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 including Mathematics at H2
Scottish Qualification offers Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Cambridge Pre-U offer D3 D3 D3 in three Principal subjects including Mathematics at D3. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer
Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed) D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA from two A levels including Mathematics (minimum grade A). DD in the BTEC Diploma plus A in A-level Mathematics. DDD in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus A in A-level Mathematics.
Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed)   D in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus AA from two A levels including Mathematics (minimum grade A). DD in the BTEC National Diploma plus A in A-level Mathematics. DDD in the BTEC National Extended Diploma plus A in A-level Mathematics.
European Baccalaureate offer 82-84% overall including grade 8.5/10 in Mathematics
International qualifications Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country. This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.
English language requirements All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements.
Band B IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all components  

For 2019 entry

QualificationGrade
GCSE  
GCE A-level Our standard offer is AAA including A in Mathematics OR;
AAB including grade A in Mathematics + additional qualification: STEP/MAT/TMUA/EPQ (grade A)/full fourth A-level (grade B). We accept any of the three STEP papers. For more details about the STEP and TMUA papers see the Admissions Testing Service Website.
International Baccalaureate requirements  36 points, 18 at higher level, including 6 in higher level mathematics
Cambridge Pre-U

Our normal requirements are for D3D3M1 in the three principle subjects including D3 in Mathematics.

In addition we welcome applications from candidates offering other suitable qualifications with an appropriate mathematical content.

English Language Requirement

All applicants must have GCSE Grade C or above in English language. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5.

Use of Contextual Data

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students identified in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

Selection process:
Intake:
40

Applicants are selected on the quality of their application. Applicants with a strong academic background and a clear commitment to Mathematics will be considered for an offer based on the quality of their UCAS application.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

This degree provides a strong education in mathematics, statistics and actuarial science.

This page gives a brief outline of the structure of the programme. For more details and regulations pertaining to this degree programme see the programme specification link on the Programme Details Tab.

Year 1

Optional modules

Select 2 modules (30 credits) from semester one and two.

It is normally expected that students select ECON1002 & (ECON1003 or ECON1001) as these correspond to professional actuarial exemptions. If you do not want to qualify for this you may choose not to take these modules.

Students may select ECON1001 or ECON1003 (Not both). If you have NOT passed Economics at A Level, or an equivalent level, select ECON 1001 only, if you HAVE passed Economics at A Level select ECON 1003 only.

Programme regulations require you take minimum of 5 'named modules' during your degree. These are;
Part 1: ECON1002 & (ECON1001 or ECON1003)
Part 2: MATH2012, MANG2014
Part 3: MATH3085, MATH3063, MATH3022, MATH3066, STAT3010.

You must take a min of 16 MATH modules (240 Credits) from a mix of core/compulsory/optional modules during your degree. MATH modules included in the 'named modules' list may contribute to this.

There is flexibility for students to take alternative modules but any request must be discussed with & approved by the Programme Director.

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MATH1048Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH1059Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Compulsory

MATH1024Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH1047

MATH1053 TT Personal Tutor meeting 0 credits

Optional
ECON1001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ECON1003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH1001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 2

In addition to the compulsory modules listed below, students are required to take 3 modules from the list of optional modules from a wide ranging list either in Mathematics, Economics, the Business School or even modules unrelated to your degree programme.

Optional modules

Select 3 modules (45 credits)
Select 45 credits from the list of optional modules over semester one and two.

Note: Programme regulations require you to undertake a minimum of 5 'named degree modules' during your degree. 'Named degree modules' are;

Part 1: ECON1002 & (ECON1001 or ECON1003)
Part 2: MATH2012, MANG2014
Part 3: MATH3085, MATH3063, MATH3022, MATH3066, STAT3010.

Please bear this in mind when making your selections below.

You are also required to undertake a min of 16 MATH modules (240 Credits) from a combination of core/compulsory/optional modules during your degree. MATH modules included in the `named degree modules' list may contribute to the required modules.

Note: Please do NOT select modules you have taken previously. Please also ensure that you select an even split of credits overall by semester, including your compulsory modules.

Compulsory
MATH2011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH2039Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH2040Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
ECON2003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3087Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 3

As well as the compulsory module listed below, students are required to take FIVE of the following modules over the second two years of study. Part 2: Stochastic Processes or Accounting and Finance for Non-Specialists . Part 3: Survival Models ,Actuarial Mathematics I , Mathematical Finance , Actuarial Mathematics II or Statistical Methods in Insurance.

Optional modules

Select 7 modules

Select 105 credits from a combination of the modules listed in PT3 R1 G1, PT3 R1 G2 and PT3 R1 G3.

Note: Programme regulations require you to undertake a minimum of 5 'named degree modules' during your degree. 'Named degree modules' are;

Part 1: ECON1002 & (ECON1001 or ECON1003)
Part 2: MATH2012, MANG2014
Part 3: MATH3085, MATH3063, MATH3022, MATH3066, STAT3010.

Please bear this in mind when making your selections below.

You are also required to undertake a min of 16 MATH modules (240 Credits) from a combination of core/compulsory/optional modules during your degree. MATH modules included in the `named degree modules' list may contribute to the required modules.

Note: Please do NOT select modules you have taken previously. Please also ensure that you select an even split of credits overall by semester, including your compulsory modules.

Optional

Select 1 module (15 credits) You must select 1 module (15 Credits) from the list below in semester one and two. If you took MATH3087 and do not wish to take one of the other modules listed below, please contact your student office. You may not select MATH3087 if you have previously taken it in part 2

MATH3032Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3087Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Select up to 7 modules Select 3 modules (45 credits) up to a maximum of 7 modules (105 credits) from the following from semester one and two.

MATH3014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3032Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3033Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3044Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3063Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3072Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3078Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3083Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3085Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3087Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH3090Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Select up to 1 module from semester one or two. Select 0 modules up to a maximum of 1 module (15 credits) from the following:- Note: you are permitted to only 'backtrack' once to take a Part 2 module Please note you cannot take MATH2049 Geometry and Topology if you have previously taken MATH2046  

ECON2003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Select up to 4 modules Select 0 modules up to a maximum of 4 modules (60 credits) from semester one and two.

ECON3015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

 

 

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Mathematics with Actuarial ScienceBSc2018Full-time£9,250£16,536
Mathematics with Actuarial ScienceBSc2019Full-time£9,250£17,065
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
TypeDescription
EquipmentApproved Calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT - Software Licences: The software required for the programme is available on all public workstations on campus, and accessible from your own computer via VPN.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/services/copying_for_students_and_visitors/faq.php#594. For students undertaking modules with a high mathematical content, some assessed work will be submitted in handwritten hard copy format. Students are advised that they will need to bear the costs of the required stationery.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

The Department uses a wide variety of modern learning and teaching methods involving small group tutorial work and computer based learning that builds on what you learn in lectures. Assessment is varied enabling you to demonstrate your strengths and show what you have learnt. Students are provided with a copy of the computer algebra package MAPLE that they can use on their own personal computers to assist their studies.

The University provides a wide range of modern services for learning and support, including a well-stocked modern library, a large number of computer workstations giving ready access to the internet, a Careers Service, a Job Shop and a Students Advice and Information Centre.

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Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study30%32%26%
Independent study70%68%74%
Placement study0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment72%79%67%
Practical exam assessment0%0%0%
Coursework assessment28%21%33%

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