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Actuarial Science

The programme provides a solid foundation in mathematics, statistics, economics and finance for future actuarial studies. Designed specifically for those seeking to enter the actuarial profession Students who perform well in the programme may obtain subject-by-subject exemptions from the Core Technical examinations of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries (UK)

Who should Apply?

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
The Graduate Diploma Actuarial Science is designed for students from quantitative disciplines who ultimately wish to train as an actuary upon completion of the programme. The Graduate Diploma can help fast-track your career as an actuary by supporting you through the initial examinations of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK).

Entry requirements

This programme is intended for applicants with degree in a quantitative area such as mathematics, statistics, computer science, engineering or economics and/or finance. An upper second class honours or international equivalent is required. Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.


1 year full-time (9 Months)

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Where can I go?
As a graduate of the Graduate Diploma Actuarial Science you can look forward to a career ranging from the traditional areas of insurance and pension consultancy to the rapidly expanding areas of investment and risk management. Successful graduates can expect early responsibility in their chosen career and the opportunity to work in a variety of challenging roles. Throughout your actuarial career you can rely on the support and guidance of the Actuarial Profession and upon qualification you can expect a rewarding career that will continue to offer opportunities for further development. The Actuarial Profession is a global profession with actuaries in demand in Europe, America, Asia and Australia.

Further enquiries

Contact Name:
Kate O Hanlon
Contact Number:+353 (0)1 716 2452

Subjects taught

Students must complete a minimum of 60 ECTS credits of work over two semesters. Students select between 5 and 7 subjects from the list. Most subjects are made up of two or more modules and students must take all modules comprising their selected subjects. Depending on their subject choices students may have to take more than five subjects to ensure the minimum 60 ECTS credits requirement is met. Each Subject of the Graduate Diploma Actuarial Science corresponds to the equivalently named Core Technical or Core Applications Subject of the examinations of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK).

Financial Economics I FIN30150

Financial Economics II FIN30160

Fundamentals of Actuarial and Financial Mathematics I MATH20130

Fundamentals of Actuarial and Financial Mathematics II MATH20210

Actuarial Statistics I STAT40020

Actuarial Mathematics 1 STAT40060

Actuarial Mathematics 2 STAT40100

Survival Models STAT40250

Actuarial Risk Management I STAT40550

Actuarial Risk Management II STAT40560

Actuarial Risk Management III STAT40570

Actuarial Risk Management IV STAT40580

Actuarial Reporting I STAT40600

Actuarial Reporting II STAT40610

Stat. Methods for Actuaries STAT40640

Probability & Statistics for Actuar STAT40660

Stochastic Models STAT40680


The Graduate Diploma Actuarial Science offers potential exemptions from the Core Technical subjects 1 to 8 (CT1-8) of the examinations of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries (UK). If you have prior actuarial exemptions you may choose to study all or part of the syllabus for examination Core Applications 1 (CA1) of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK).** The programme is therefore suitable for students with no prior exemptions and for students who wish to add to any exemptions they already have.

** No exemptions are offered from the examinations of the Institute and Faulty of Actuaries in respect of CA1.

Application date

App Date: Rolling

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2017/2018 September

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