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Actuarial Science

There have always been plenty of excellent reasons to study actuarial science at Heriot-Watt. After all, we pioneered degrees in the field. Today, we enjoy a worldwide reputation for the quality of our teaching and research. We offer a range of accredited courses from BSc to MSc/Diploma.

The reasons for starting your professional journey with us are much more than academic. We’re certain your experience at Heriot-Watt, both at study and at play, will be unforgettable.

The Sunday Times newspaper agrees. That’s why they named us International university of the year’. Based in beautiful west Edinburgh parkland, we’re within easy reach of the bustling city centre. Which means you’ll have world-renowned attractions and simulating culture on your doorstep. What’s more, you’ll be close to the heart of Scotland’s largest financial hub, where companies such as RBS, Lloyds Banking, Standard Life, Aegon, Mercer and Scottish Widows have a presence. We have graduates in all of them. Perfect.

Heriot-Watt is recognised as a ‘Center of Actuarial Excellence by the Society of Actuaries and is the only Center of Actuarial Excellence in Europe.

Our Actuarial programmes are accredited by the institute and faculty of actuaries and many carry exemptions from professional examinations. Our Actuarial Science programmes (both BSc & MSc) are fully accredited for IFoA subjects CS1 and 2, CM1 and 2 and CB1 and 2.

Our Programmes

  • BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science
  • BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science and Diploma in Industrial Training
  • BSc (Hons) Statistical Data Science
  • MSc/Diploma Actuarial Science
  • MSc/Diploma Actuarial Management
  • MSc/Diploma Financial Mathematics
  • MSc Actuarial Management and Data Science
  • MSc/Diploma Actuarial Science and Management
  • MSc Applied Data Science

Our programmes are designed to get you ready for life in the financial world.

For the academic year 2020/21, Heriot-Watt University is introducing a new model of learning called ‘Responsive Blended Learning’ (RBL): RBL combines active, supported online learning with contextually appropriate face-to-face learning opportunities, responding dynamically to the changing external context. This approach enables students to proceed with their studies alongside their peers, whatever pandemic-related restrictions are lifted or imposed in specific contexts.

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