Heriot-Watt University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Actuarial Science

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Course summary

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Heriot-Watt is a world-leading centre of teaching and research in actuarial mathematics, financial mathematics, risk management, probability and statistics. As the first department to offer a BSc in Actuarial Science in the UK, we have over 40 years of experience in delivering excellence and our actuarial programmes are fully accredited by the UK actuarial profession (IFoA). We are also recognised as a Center of Actuarial Excellence by the North American Society of Actuaries (SOA), the world’s largest actuarial professional organization. We are the only Center of Actuarial Excellence in Europe. Our Actuarial Science degree is ideal if you’re interested in maths and looking for a course that offers a rewarding career – both intellectually and financially. Good performance means exemptions from professional examinations (CT1-CT8), giving prospective actuaries a head-start to their career. At the same time our programme opens doors to the wide range of careers available to maths graduates. Actuarial Science students at Heriot-Watt can take advantage of our international campuses by taking part in an Inter-Campus Transfer. This gives you the opportunity to study at our Malaysia campus for a semester or a year, while still benefitting from the same accreditation by the IFoA as in Edinburgh, with the chance to gain the same professional exemptions. Our programmes also offer the chance of a year-long industrial placement or a year studying abroad in Canada or Australia. Once an Actuarial Science student at Heriot-Watt, you could also apply to join the PwC Actuarial Flying Start Programme which includes two six-month, paid, work placements with PwC. It's the perfect way to gain valuable industry experience during your time at university. If successful, you'll join PwC's actuarial team in London and work directly with their clients - helping them plan for uncertainty as well as identifying, quantifying and managing their risks. They are known for the outstanding training they provide to graduates and if you do well, you could also get a job offer for when you graduate. Our Students’ Actuarial Society (SAS) is entirely managed, enthusiastically and professionally, by our Actuarial Science students. With over 250 members, it is one of the largest societies dedicated to actuarial studies in the UK. Regular conferences, professional development and networking events with leading actuaries keep members up-to-date with the profession and in a prime position to begin their careers.

Course details

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeGG13
Institution code H24
Campus nameEdinburgh Campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAB including Mathematics at A for entry to Year 1. For entry to Year 2: AAA including Mathematics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD Relevant BTEC qualifications are accepted; please contact the Admissions Officer for further details.
Scottish Higher AAAB including Mathematics at A.
Scottish Advanced Higher AAB including Mathematics at A plus excellent Highers for entry to Year 2.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points with Higher Level Mathematics at 6 for entry to Year 1. For entry to Year 2: A total of 30 points with Higher Level Mathematics at 7.
Scottish HNC Pass HNC in relevant subject (including sufficient Mathematics at SCQF Level 6) with B in graded unit for entry to Year 1.
Scottish HND Pass HND in relevant subject (including sufficient Mathematics at SCQF Level 6) with BB in graded units for entry to Year 1.

We operate contextual admissions defined by our Fair Access Policy which may mean entry requirements are flexible. We accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK, Europe and International countries. Please contact the Admissions Officer for the programme for further information on the entry requirements for these.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level ABC with A in Maths.
Scottish Higher ABBC with A in Maths.

As part of the Fair Access Process, the minimum entry requirements enable students who are within one or more of the categories below to be guaranteed an offer: Living in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20) Care Experienced, as identified on the UCAS Application form by ticking the relevant box.

English language requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not been educated previously in the English language must provide evidence of their English language ability to ensure they can cope with the demands of a Heriot-Watt programme taught and assessed in English. Further information about the English Language tests that we currently accept as proof of English Language ability including our own English Language programmes, can be viewed on our website.

HWU English Language Requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £15080 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
International £15080 Year 1

Additional fee information

202122 tuition fees are subject to confirmation.
Actuarial Science at Heriot-Watt University - UCAS