Overview

Intake: September only
Duration: 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time
Fees: £18,000 (full-time); £9,000 per year (part-time)
Financial support: Please see our Scholarships page
Application deadline: None - rolling admissions

The UK Institute and Faculty of Actuaries accredits the MSc in Actuarial Management course. Indeed, Cass Business School was the first institution in the UK to have both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes fully accredited by the UK Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Consequently, the course allows you to study the key areas of actuarial practice whilst also offering the opportunity to gain exemptions from the examinations of the UK Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

In particular, students are able to gain exemptions in Actuarial Risk Management (Subject CA1), Communications (Subject CA3) and most of the Specialist Technical (or ST) subjects*

In addition, students who have outstanding Core Technical (or CT) subjects are able to gain exemptions in many of these also (covers Subjects CT2, CT4, CT5, CT6 and CT8 only).

The MSc in Actuarial Management also provides a good foundation for students preparing for examinations of the professional bodies in other countries (including the United States, Canada and Australia).

The Masters Actuarial Management course is delivered through:

  • face-to-face lectures from qualified actuaries (and other experts in the field)
  • dedicated online support
  • ready access to faculty members
  • advice on exam techniques

Prizes available

NMG Consulting has agreed to sponsor the following prizes for MSc Actuarial Management in the academic year 2014-15:

1) £1,000 will be awarded to the student with the highest module mark in SMM028 - Subject CA1: Actuarial Risk Management (Part I); and

2) £1,000 will be awarded to the student with the highest module mark in SMM029 - Subject CA1: Actuarial Risk Management (Part II).

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Full-time and part-time

The full-time version of the MSc in Actuarial Management, which is completed over one academic year, requires students to attend lectures which amount to two days per week.

Alternatively, the part-time version of the course, which is completed over two academic years, has been designed to fit with the study leave packages commonly offered by actuarial employers. As a result, part-time students are required to attend lectures which amount to one day per week during term time over the two years.

Faculty members include a significant number of qualified actuaries and other experts in range of wider fields, who use their commercial experience and current research interests to inform their teaching.

Individual Appointments

If you would like to arrange an individual appointment to discuss this programme please email: eva.matiaskova.1@city.ac.uk

*At present, we offer exemptions in ST1, ST2, ST4, ST5, ST6, ST7 and ST8. If you have any further queries in the regard, please contact the Admissions Office.

Course content

All our courses are regularly reviewed to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice. Therefore, from time to time, there may be some changes to module titles or to the detailed content of individual modules

The MSc in Actuarial Management programme starts with a compulsory induction focused on:

  • a refresher course of advanced financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases.
  • An introduction to the Cass Careers offering with a focus on key skills and attributes that employers are looking for.  The annual MSc Careers Fair at this time also provides the opportunity to meet over 60 companies who are recruiting across many sectors including finance, energy, insurance, real estate, shipping, strategic management and internal auditing.

Term 1 and 2

Actuarial Risk Management (CA1) Part I, Term One

This module provides students with an understanding of the principles of investment and investment risk, and the application of these principles in the management of investment policy and in the financial management of institutional investors. Students will also develop an understanding of the environment in which financial companies operate and the impact that government policy, regulation and risk transfer facilities have on the operation of these companies

Actuarial Risk Management (CA1) Part II, Term Two

This module provides students with an understanding of the role of the actuary in meeting the needs of clients and other stakeholders. Students will also develop an understanding of the statutory duties that may be required by the actuary and a knowledge and understanding of the components of the actuarial control cycle and its application in a range of practical situations.

Strategic Management & Marketing, Term One

The module aims to develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with working in contemporary organizations.  It explores the business concepts and the issues firms face in gaining competitive advantage. On completion, you should be capable of analysing business environments, corporate strategies, and marketing plans. 

In addition to the modules above, students must choose a minimum of three modules from the following electives*:

Health and Care (ST1), Term Two

The module provides students with an understanding of the principles of health insurance and health risk. Students will also learn to apply these principles in the management of a health insurance portfolio and in other aspects of financial management of health risks.

Life Insurance (ST2), Term One

This module provides students with an understanding of the mathematical techniques required by life insurance companies. Students will also learn to apply the principles of actuarial planning and control needed for the successful operation of a life insurance company.

Pensions and Other Benefits (ST4), Term One

This module provides students with an introduction to the practical application of actuarial theory in the context of the operation of defined benefit and defined contribution pensions arrangements, emphasising the role of the actuary. Students will also develop an understanding of the principles underlying the actuarial control cycle in relation to pensions arrangements.

Finance and Investment A (ST5), Term Two

This module provides students with an understanding of how to apply the modern techniques of actuarial planning and control to the appraisal of investments, and to the selection and management of investments in relation to the needs of investors.

Finance and Investment B (ST6), Term One

The module provides students with a full understanding of the main derivative instruments traded in financial markets, including complex instruments such as exotic options. Students will also learn how to develop a theoretical framework for the valuation of contingent claims.

General Insurance - Reserving and Capital Modelling (ST7), Term One

This module provides students with an understanding of the key mathematical techniques required in the reserving and capital modelling of a general insurance company. Students will also learn to apply the principles of actuarial planning and control needed for the successful operation of a general insurance company.

Finance and Financial Reporting (CT2), Term One

This module provides students with an understanding of the key principles of finance, including the structure of joint-stock companies, capital markets and financial statements.

Modelling (CT4), Term Two

This module provides students with an understanding of stochastic processes and their application to models used for financial work.

Contingencies (CT5), Term Two

This module provides students with an understanding of the mathematical techniques of pricing and evaluating insurance and pensions products.

Statistical Method (CT6), Term Two

This module provides students with an understanding of the fundamental statistical techniques used in the analysis of short-term insurance contracts.

Financial Economics (CT8), Term Two

This module provides students with an understanding of modern financial theory and its main applications.

General Insurance - Pricing (ST8), Term Two

This module provides students with the ability to apply, in simple pricing and reinsurance analysis situations, the mathematical and economic techniques and the principles of actuarial planning and control needed for the operation on sound financial lines of a general insurance company.

Model Documentation, Analysis and Reporting (CA2 - non-exemption module)

This module provides students with understanding of how to model data, document the work, analyse the methods used and outputs generated, and how to communicate the approach, results and conclusions.

*Note that students are required to complete at least two ST modules from this list of electives.

Also, note that all CT modules are subject to availability. These modules are hosted by the MSc in Actuarial Science and students on this programme will be given preference where space is limited.

Term 3

On successful completion of Terms 1 and 2, students can either exit with an Postgraduate Diploma in Actuarial Management or continue in Term 3 to complete the MSc in Actuarial Management.

Please note, if you are a Tier 4 student visa holder and wish to transfer from MSc to Postgraduate Diploma, the change of programme will be reported to the UK Border Agency. Consequently, your Tier 4 student visa will be curtailed (i.e. shortened) and you will have to leave the UK within 60 days of completing your PgDip course (i.e. within 60 days after completion of the Term II exams).

If you plan to attend your graduation in January, you will need to apply for a General Visitor visa in your country before you can return to the UK. More information. For advice please contact the International Student Advice Team

Five electives from the list below*

OR

One elective and a Business Research Project

Electives

You may choose from a wide variety of electives. Some of the electives offered in the past years included:

  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Introduction to Copula Modelling
  • Introduction to Model Office Building in Life Insurance
  • Longevity Risk Pensions Products
  • Modelling and Data Analysis
  • Social Insurance in Emerging Markets
  • Stochastic Asset Models
  • Topics in Quantitative Risk Management
  • Hedge Funds
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Credit Risk Management
  • Ethics Society and the Financial Sector
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Energy Markets (Taught in a block format in Dubai)
  • Project Finance & Infrastructure (Taught in a block format in Madrid)
  • Alternative Risk Transfer and Risk Securitisation
  • Claims Management
  • Liability Insurance
  • Marine, Aviation and Transport Insurance
  • Operational Risk Management
  • Reinsurance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Technical Analysis and Trading Systems
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Introduction to C
  • Matlab

These electives are taught during Term Three and are assessed by means of a coursework exercise (on an individual or group basis) or an invigilated class test.

Research Methods module (Term 1)

This module is compulsory for all students electing to complete the MSc in Actuarial Management and provides students with an understanding of how to undertake independent research either in the context of a single organisation or by using third-party sources. Students also develop the necessary tools and skills to initiate, research and write up a business project and the module includes dedicated training in research methodology, availability of data sources, project writing, time-management and presentation skills. These skills will be invaluable to students in their future career whether or not they choose to complete the MSc by means of the Business Research Project.

* If you are a Tier 4 student visa holder and wish to follow the five electives route in the third term your formal course end-date will be moved forward to 31 July 2015. City University has a legal obligation to report the change in your circumstances to UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration). Consequently, your Tier 4 student visa will be curtailed (shortened) to 60 days after the new course end date (to the end of September). The University cannot continue to sponsor your Tier 4 visa after the completion of the electives as continued engagement with the course is no longer required.

If you choose to undertake the Business Research Project as part of your Masters course then your visa will run for the full the length of programme.

If you want any advice about the implications of taking the elective modules on your Tier 4 visa, please contact the
University's International Student Advice team.

Teaching staff

The teaching staff on the MSc in Actuarial Management have many years of practical experience working in the financial services sector and are also active researchers in their fields

This knowledge and experience inform the highly interactive lectures that make up the MSc in Actuarial Management.

Course Director

Dr Douglas Wright

Other Module Leaders include:

Teaching staff on Cass Talks

Some of the lecturing staff on the MSc in Actuarial Management have taken part in recent editions of Cass Talks.

Prof. Philip Booth explains how LIBOR rates have been manipulated by Barclays.

Prof. Philip Booth discusses, the financial risks within the British and European Economy.

MSc Research Project

Students choosing to complete the MSc in Actuarial Management have the option of studying five specialised electives in term three to give them an understanding of a breadth of subject matter both in actuarial science and in wider fields such as finance, investment, insurance and IT. However, if students would prefer to study one particular area of interest in depth they have the option of taking one term three elective and completing a Business Research Project, which in some cases may be completed in partnership with a sponsoring organisation.

Students who wish to be considered for an exemption from Subject CA3: Communications of the UK Institute and Faculty of Actuaries must complete the MSc in Actuarial Management and must do so by means of the Business Research Project (rather than completing five term three electives).

The Business Research Project will be of approximately 10,000 words. This offers an opportunity to specialise in a contemporary finance topic related to students' future careers. The project should be based on independent research either in the context of a single organisation or using third-party sources.

Students are encouraged from the start of the course to think about a possible topic for their project. A member of the academic staff will be allocated as a supervisor, and students may be able to choose with whom they would like to work (although your first choice supervisor may not always be available). The project must be completed by the end of August. Company sponsored projects are encouraged and a number of such projects may be available from time to time, but should not be relied upon and you should expect to develop the idea from your own interests and resources.

Some students use this opportunity to complete a project in conjunction with an organisation they might want to work for. This gets their foot in the door and can lead to permanent employment after completing the programme, whilst earning course credit. Student research projects are processed and managed jointly by the MSc Course Office team and the student's Course Director.

Some recent projects:

  • Advanced Risk Intermediation and Capital Management - A Reinsurance Revolution?
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Activities in the Chinese Insurance Market
  • The Prediction Error and a Predictive Distribution of Stochastic Claims Reserving in Excel VBA
  • The Likely Consequences of the Pension Protection Fund
  • Understanding Asset Share
  • Insurers' Risk Management and Solvency
  • Predicting the Loss Development Pattern For Catastrophic Events
  • A Pricing Comparison Between CAT Bonds and Catastrophe Reinsurance

Entry requirements

Documents required for decision-making

  • Transcript/interim transcript
  • Current module list if still studying
  • CV
  • Personal statement (500-600 words)
  • Confirmation of professional qualification examinations/exemptions/passes

Documents which may follow at a later date

  • IELTS result, if report available
  • Two references

We cannot comment on individual eligibility before you apply and we can only process your application once it is fully complete, with all requested information received.    

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Degree Level

  • A UK 2.1 or above and/or a Masters Degree/Postgraduate Diploma (from a UK university or equivalent) in a related subject and already covered the fundamentals of actuarial science at university degree or professional level
  • Applicants are required to have passed and/or as a result of previous studies, be exempted from a minimum of FIVE of the Core Technical (CT) examinations of the UK Actuarial Profession (with the exception of CT9). These would be expected to include Subject CT1 (Financial Mathematics), Subject CT3 (Probability & Mathematical Statistics) and Subject CT7 (Economics), which represents the fundamentals of actuarial science*.

*Exceptions to these requirements can be made by the admissions office on a case-by-case basis.

Students who are new to the field of actuarial science should apply for the MSc in Actuarial Science (covering all eight of the Core Technical examinations of the UK Institute and Faculty of Actuaries).

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References

Applicants will need to submit two references, one of which MUST be an academic reference.

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English Requirements

  • If you have been studying in the UK for the last three years it is unlikely that you will have to take the test
  • If you have studied a 2+2 degree with just two years in the UK you will be required to provide IELTS results and possibly to resit the tests to meet our requirements.

IELTS

The required IELTS level is an average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing.

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Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require aCAS as of April 2014.

Work Experience

No work experience is required for this programme, but please provide details of any relevant experience that might enhance your profile.

Interviews

As part of the application procedure, we may ask you to attend an interview with the Course Director.

Tuition fees and term dates

Tuition fees 2015/16

Application fee: Nil

Tuition fees: £18,000 (full time), £9,000 (part time) Currency Converter

Deposit: £2,000 (paid within 1 month of receiving offer)

First instalment: Half fees less deposit (paid at registration)
Second instalment: Half fees (paid in January following start of programme)

Term dates 2015/6

In-Person Registration (all students must attend): 14 - 18 September 2015

Induction: 14 - 25 September 2015

Term I
28 September 2015 - 4 December 2015
Term I exams
11 January 2016 - 22 January 2016

Term II
25 January 2016 - 8 April 2016
Term II exams
25 April 2016 - 6 May 2016

Term III
16 May 2016 - 24 June 2016
Term III exams
27 June 2016 - 8 July 2016

Submission deadline for Business Research Project 
1 September 2016

Official Course End Date
30 September 2016

Career opportunities

There is a continuous demand for capable postgraduate level students in the actuarial profession, whose members are among the highest paid in the UK. There are around 9,000 qualified actuaries in the UK, working in fields such as; Insurance companies (life/non life departments), consulting firms, government departments, banks and investment firms, teaching and research.

MSc in Actuarial Management employability

Our Graduate Destination Survey (pdf) of 2011/12's MSc in Actuarial Management cohort shows that 63% of graduates are now in work*

*Based on 2013 survey respondents

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