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The Dublin City University BSc in Actuarial Mathematics provides students with a foundation in mathematics, computing and statistics for a career as an actuary or more generally in the finance industry.

The course is fully accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, UK and students may obtain exemptions from the Core Principles examinations (CS1, CS2, CM1, CM2, CB1 and CB2). These are the initial examinations required in order to qualify as an actuary in Ireland and the UK. Students who successfully achieve all six exemptions can significantly reduce the time taken to qualify as an actuary.

Students may also progress to the BSc in Actuarial Mathematics following successful completion of our two year Common Entry to Actuarial and Financial Mathematics course.

About the Course

This is a challenging and rewarding course both in terms of breadth of application and intellectual depth. A love of mathematics, problem-solving and an interest in the applications of mathematics are course prerequisites, and our dedicated teaching and learning staff will ensure you receive all the support you need to excel.

In the first two years students of the BSc in Actuarial Science study alongside their peers on the Common Entry to Actuarial and Financial Mathematics and the BSc in Financial Mathematics courses. Students cover the fundamental mathematical principles that underpin the financial models studied in later years. Students also study practical and finance-related subjects such as computer programming, economics and accounting. In years three and four students apply sophisticated mathematical techniques to real-world problems in insurance, finance
and banking.

In year three, students spend eight months on a paid work placement (INTRA) in the actuarial or financial industry. The placements are, typically, with major insurance companies, actuarial consultancies or in investment banks and trading houses. This is an unrivalled opportunity for students to gain practical skills and experience in a commercial environment and also helps students make an informed career choice on graduation.

About Us

A number of staff teaching on the course are qualified actuaries, the others are leading mathematicians, financial mathematicians and statisticians, recognised nationally and internationally for their research.

DCU ranks 19th in the World for graduate employability and our reputation among employers, together with strong industry links ensures our graduates are well placed to pursue careers in the actuarial profession. Graduates often undertake further studies and research in actuarial science, mathematics, financial mathematics, economics and finance. The course also opens up opportunities to work in finance, investment and trading, teaching or other careers where mathematics is fundamental.

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