This programme provides high-level training in probability theory and statistics for random processes with applications in the areas of insurance and finance and their interface. It includes a comprehensive and unified approach to all quantitative aspects of modern actuarial science. Students receive rigorous training in mathematics and scientific computation and are introduced to a range of schemes for risk transfer, sufficiently broad to equip them for highly specialised work in insurance, pensions, investment, and banking and for independent research in these areas.
The programme is mathematically advanced and suitable candidates will normally hold a good BSc degree in actuarial science, statistics, mathematical economics or mathematics. This should include training in analysis and linear algebra, with rigorous proofs, and probability theory at the level of our third year undergraduate course Stochastic Processes.
Your application should be submitted as early as possible and must include:
Please note that the Department of Statistics requires references to be submitted with your application form from at least one person who is familiar with your academic achievements. Normally, this will be a tutor from your current or previous academic institution.
Each MSc student has an academic adviser who is available for guidance and advice on academic or personal concerns. The compulsory courses lay the foundations in advanced stochastic models and methods and give a broad introduction to theories of risk exchange in insurance and finance. Students can choose options in statistics, mathematics and finance.
(* half unit)
Stochastic Processes* provides a broad broad introduction to stochastic processes with an emphasis on financial and actuarial applications.
Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one and a half units from a range of options.
Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.
The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.
The programme offers excellent prospects for employment and further study. Students can gain employment in the finance or insurance industries. They can also go on to do a higher degree. The Department has good relations with the financial services industry, particularly insurance and professional bodies.
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No work experience is required.
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