Actuaries evaluate and manage financial risk. They make financial sense of the future for their clients by applying advanced mathematical and statistical techniques to solve complex financial problems. Overview Qualifying as an actuary is a passport to a wide variety of careers in insurance companies, investments, pensions, health care and banking – not just in the UK, but throughout the world. Kent is one of a very few universities in the UK to teach the subject. Industrial placements may be undertaken in the UK or overseas. The University does not guarantee every student will find a placement. Those who do not secure a placement will be transferred to the MSc programme without a placement. Our International Master’s programme is fully accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. It is equivalent to the MSc in Actuarial Science followed by the one-year MSc in Applied Actuarial Science.
The course is based on a ‘core modules plus options’ structure and exemptions can be gained from professional examinations. Progression to Stage 2 is conditional upon satisfactory performance in Stage 1. MSc degree classification is based solely on the marks achieved in the second year of study. The International Master’s programme covers subjects in the Core Principle, Core Practices and Specialist Principle Stages of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ examinations. The first year of this programme covers core principle subjects and the second year covers a number of the CP and SP subjects. Progression to Stage 2 is conditional upon satisfactory performance in Stage 1. MSc degree classification is based solely on the marks achieved in the second year of study. Find out more about accreditation for this programme and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries examinations. Your placement Placements last for 12 months, commencing in June/July of the Summer term. Upon completion of your placement, you will return to Kent to take your exams. Placements may be undertaken in the UK or overseas. The University does not guarantee every student will find a placement. Those who do not secure a placement will be transferred to the MSc programme without a placement. The placement consists of two modules: Industrial Placement Experience and Industrial Placement Report. The Experience module is assessed as pass/fail only and the Report module is graded on a categorical scale.
Assessment is a combination of coursework and written examinations.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
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Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, students who require a student visa to study cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision. The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level. For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.
All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.
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