UCC Postgraduate courses

Actuarial Science

Course Fact File
Duration1 Year Full-time
Teaching ModeFull-time
NFQ LevelLevel 9
Start DateNot on offer for 2024-25

Course Outline

Our MSc Actuarial Science course is designed for graduates of quantitative disciplines who want to kick-start a career in Actuarial Science. It provides a solid foundation in statistics, financial mathematics, economics and business finance. Upon completion of the course, your knowledge and skills could be applied to a range of industries in financial services such as insurance, pensions, healthcare, banking, investment and risk assessment.

This course will equip you with the mathematical and statistical knowledge, and problem-solving skills, necessary to help businesses and institutions with their financial risk portfolio. 

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) have approved programme-level exemption status for this MSc Actuarial Science programme. This exemption refers to the first 6 Core Principles of the new 2019 IFoA curriculum (equivalent to 8 Core Technical subjects in the pre-2019 curriculum).

Students may be recommended for exemption from the Institute’s own professional examinations in up to 5 of these Core Principle subjects (equivalent to 7 exams in the pre-2019 curriculum) by performing sufficiently well in the corresponding examinations of the MSc programme. The IFoA exemptions covered are CM1, CM2, CB1, CB2, CS1 & CS2. UCC is one of the very few universities in Ireland which can offer students the potential to receive this level of exemption from the professional actuarial examinations.



Core modules (45 credits)

  • ST6001 Theory of Annuities-Certain for Actuarial Science (10 credits)
  • ST6005 Life Contingencies for Actuarial Science (10 credits)
  • ST6015 Computer Analytical Techniques for Actuarial Applications (5 credits)
  • ST6017 Application of Stochastic Methods in Actuarial Science (5 credits)
  • ST6020 Actuarial Business & Financial Reporting Methods (5 credits)
  • ST6022 Survival Methods for Actuarial Science (5 credits)
  • ST6032 Stochastic Modelling Techniques (5 credits)

Elective modules (15 credits)

List A (CS1 modules): 

  • ST6003 Probability and Mathematical Statistics for Actuarial Science (10 credits) and
  • ST6018 Regression and Generalised Linear Model Techniques for Actuarial Science (5 credits) or

List B (CM2 modules): 

  • ST6016 Applied Financial Risk Modelling and Analytics for Actuarial Science (5 credits) and
  • ST6019 Application of Computational Methods in Actuarial Science and Risk Modelling (5 credits) and
  • ST6023 Modelling & Risk Analysis for Actuarial Science (5 credits)

NOTE: The choice of electives must be agreed upon in advance with the programme coordinator.


Core modules (30 credits)

  • PA6007 Market Analysis Methods for Actuarial Science (10 credits) and
  • ST6009 Application of Core Technical Research Methodologies in Actuarial Science (20 credits)

Academic Programme Catalogue

See the Academic Programme Catalogue where you can search for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year to year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of Modules.

Course Practicalities

The teaching methods include a combination of lectures, tutorials, computer practical work, and directed study. You can expect approximately 26 hours per week of lectures, tutorials, and directed study in Semesters 1 and 2 and approximately 10 hours per week of directed study in Semester 3.


All taught modules in this course are assessed via a combination of end-of-module examination and submission of a portfolio of research and directed study.

For actuarial exemption purposes, the appointed actuarial independent examiner will base their recommendations for an exemption in the corresponding Core Principle subject, on a student's performance in the final examination

For the research module (ST6009), you will study a number of problems, specific to the insurance and financial sector, and use the methodologies developed in the earlier modules to analyse such problems and produce oral and written reports on your work.

Who teaches this course?

Our teaching staff includes academics from the School of Mathematical Sciences, qualified actuaries, leading mathematicians, financial mathematicians, and statisticians who are nationally and internationally recognised for their research. This expertise ensures that what we teach you is current and applicable to the real workplace and current economy.

Why Choose This Course

This is an exciting new course allowing you to kick-start your career in Actuarial Science. It has similar core principle coverage to UCC’s very successful undergraduate course, Financial Mathematics and Actuarial Science, which, over the last number of years, has achieved close to 100% employment. Graduates of this MSc course have a similar success rate.

Connected Curriculum

Our learning approach reflects our commitment to the Connected Curriculum where we emphasise the connection between students, learning, research and leadership through our vision for a Connected University. Our staff are at the forefront of this integrative approach to learning and will support you in making meaningful connections within and between topics such as mathematics, finance, statistics, technology, and business.

Available Scholarships

We support our postgraduate community by offering scholarships and bursaries to prospective and current students. Please see the SEFS Scholarships and Funding PG page for more information.

Placement or Study Abroad Information


Skills and Careers Information

An actuarial qualification is very highly regarded. Graduates continue to find employment in traditional areas such as insurance, pensions, underwriting, banking and financial consultancy. However new and non-traditional sectors of employment also attract our graduates and include investments, healthcare, risk management, financial planning, regulation, and hedge funds.


  • Minimum Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ Level 8) degree in engineering, finance, physical or mathematical sciences, or equivalent, or a degree with a strong numerate content (as determined by the course committee).
  • You will have demonstrated by your performance in relevant modules that you have the numeracy skills required for this MSc degree course to the satisfaction of the course committee.
  • Graduates with a BSc in Financial Mathematics and Actuarial Science (FMAS graduates) and BSc Risk and Actuarial Studies (RAS graduates) are not eligible to apply for this course.
  • All candidates must ultimately be approved by the programme coordinator.
  • In the case of competition for places, a selection will be made on the basis of your primary degree results and interview performance (if required).

For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

  • In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
English Language Requirements

Applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Fees and Costs

Postgraduate EU and International Fees 2024/2025

See our Postgraduate EU and Non-EU (International) Fee Schedule for the latest information.


If your course requires a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second-semester fee payment in January.

Fee payment 

Fees are payable in two equal instalments. First payment is at registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay? 

See different options on our How Do I Pay My Fees? page.

Any questions? See the 'Contact Us' section on the Fees Office page.

How To Apply

1. Check dates

Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

2. Gather documents

Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply online

Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

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