Articles - Postgraduate Diploma / MSc Actuarial Science

 University of Leicester

 Postgraduate Diploma / MSc Actuarial Science

 Our programmes in Actuarial Science can be studied full-time for one year on campus, or two-three years by distance learning.

 The programmes are an excellent start for trainee graduate actuaries, recent graduates looking to enter the industry and those looking for a career change. The delivery of quality education provides a fast track route to getting ahead in this rewarding career. The two modes of study for this course ensure that everyone can have the opportunity to attain an award, regardless of circumstance or location.

 By providing you with the flexibility to fit studying around your current employment and lifestyle, our distance learning course can help manage that crossover between full-time university education and workplace professional training. On campus we cater for those who wish to experience campus life full-time.

 Upon completion of the course your skills could be applied to the worlds of insurance; pensions; healthcare; banking; business management and risk assessment. You will be equipped with the mathematical knowledge and actuarial skills to help businesses and institutions evaluate the long-term financial implications of the decisions they make. The programmes have been developed to address employers’ needs, so that all our students develop the necessary academic and transferable skills.

 Accreditation by the Institute and Faculty Actuaries
 The programmes at Leicester are accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries; successful completion of either programme could lead to being awarded some, or all, of the CT1-8 professional examinations.

 Course Modules
 Both programmes cover the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries CT1-8 syllabus which includes topics in statistics, economics, financial risk, financial reporting, and contingencies.
 Start dates
 Campus based: October each year.
 Distance learning: May and October each year.

 Entry requirements
 Applicants should have a 2.1 classification or equivalent in a relevant first degree.

 Teaching and assessment methods
 The distance learning course is delivered online and supported through directed reading. Blackboard – the University’s virtual learning environment – provides access to many resources to support and enhance your studies. You will benefit from visualisations of key concepts, access to electronic forums, podcasts, an online tutor and recorded tutorials. Assessment will be via examinations. Progression throughout the course will be reviewed via regular compulsory homework.

 On campus you will attend lectures, seminars and computer classes as well as interact with online learning resources. A mixture of coursework assignments, oral presentations and written examinations will form your assessment.

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