Why is this course for me?

The MSc Actuarial Science is designed for students from quantitative disciplines who wish to train as actuaries. The MSc can fast-track your career as an actuary by supporting you through the initial examinations of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries (UK).

What will I study?

You will develop an understanding of the theory and principles underlying actu­arial science. The programme provides a solid foundation in mathematics, statistics, economics and finance for future actuarial studies. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a dissertation in a topical area of actuarial science under the supervision of a member of the School of Mathematical Sciences. The dissertation will allow you to develop an understanding of how the theory and principles covered in the CT subjects are applied in practice.

The MSc Actuarial Science is fully accredited and offers potential exemptions from the Core Technical subjects 1 to 8 (CT1-8) of the exami­nations of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries. If you have prior actuarial exemptions you may choose to study all or part of the syllabus for examination Core Applications 1 (CA1) of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries.

Why study at University College Dublin?

  • In the top 1% of the world’s universities.
  • Ireland’s largest provider of graduate education.
  • A diverse university, both in academic disciplines and culture.
  • Emphasis on research and innovation.
  • Purpose-built, modern parkland campus, close to Dublin city centre.
  • Extensive range of campus accommodation options.
  • UCD was the first university in Ireland to offer an actuarial programme.

What are the career opportunities?

As a graduate of the MSc Actuarial Science you can look forward to a career ranging from the traditional areas of insurance and pension consultancy to the rapidly expanding areas of investment and risk management.

Prospective Employers: Accenture, AIG, AllState, Bank of Ireland, Barclays, Canada Life, Centre, Deloitte, EY, Hibernian, ING, Kiln, KPMG, SIG, Swiss Re, Towers-Watson, Zurich.

How do I apply?

Entry Qualifications: Applicants will normally be expected to have a very good founda­tion in mathematics and/or statistics and should have the equivalent of an Irish 2:1 honours degree in a quantitative area such as mathematics, statistics, computer science, engineering or economics and/or finance.

Funding Opportunities: A number of schol­arships covering part of the MSc programme fee are available each year. Furthermore, there are opportunities for some MSc students to attain paid placements with actuarial firms in Semester Three as a means of completing their research thesis.

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