Mathematics and Actuarial Science

BSc, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you want to develop your mathematical ability whilst focused on financial, actuarial and business applications.

Course Description

Mathematics is one of the most fascinating and intellectually challenging subjects you can study. The Department of Mathematics at the University of Leicester is home to an enthusiastic group of mathematicians, both staff and students.

Actuarial science is the study of risk and uncertainty, usually of a financial and long-term nature. Professionals who work in this industry are called actuaries, and it’s a career that’s regularly voted as a top three choice in job rankings. The strong intellectual challenges combined with the expected financial rewards make this a highly sought-after profession.

Completing this degree can lead to you obtaining exemptions from the first tier of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' exams, alongside a wide range of related skills which will enable you to add value in many areas for your future employers. ('CT...' after a module name indicates that it relates to an IFoA Core Technical subject.)

Key Facts
Typical offer
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Start date
September 2017

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Why Leicester?

The Department of Mathematics regularly hosts national and international mathematics conferences, which attract leading speakers from across the globe.

We have a thriving, student-led Maths Society (SUMS) which organises a range of social activities and guest lectures throughout the year.

Our degrees are designed to deliver a combination of a thorough mathematical education and a wide range of transferable skills and knowledge essential in the modern workplace.

Our actuarial staff team comprise both academic researchers in actuarial science, whose research greatly enriches the syllabus offered, and recent practitioners from industry who can show how the subjects are related to current actuarial practice.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1


  • Calculus and Analysis 1
  • Calculus and Analysis 2
  • Introductory Statistics (CT3)
  • Linear Algebra 1
  • Linear Algebra 2
  • Macroeconomics (CT7)
  • Microeconomics (CT7)
  • Probability (CT3)

At the end of Year 1 it may be possible to transfer to the BSc in Mathematics (or the four-year MMath).

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2


  • Applied Econometrics (CT7)
  • Applied Statistics (CT6)
  • Cash Flow Analysis and Interest (CT1)
  • Finance and Finance Reporting (CT2)
  • Introduction to Computing (This counts towards your exemption calculation but is not directly related to any CT subject.)
  • Linear Statistical Models (CT3)
  • Mortality Modelling (CT4)
  • Principles of Financial Modelling (CT4)

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year in Industry (optional)

Year in Industry (optional)

If you want to, you can take a year out between Years 2 and 3 to work in an industrial placement (provided you meet set criteria). Or you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

NB. A year spent on an industrial placement still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

You will undertake a programme of training and practical experience that is agreed between the sponsoring company and the University. A member of staff will be individually assigned to you as your industrial placement tutor, who will be in regular contact with you throughout your placement and will visit the sponsoring company.

A year in industry is a great opportunity which can give you first-hand experience of working in a mathematics-related career while also enhancing your employability skills and allowing you to network with people in industry.


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3

Year 3


  • Actuarial Mathematics Project
  • Actuarial Products and Liabilities
  • Actuarial Statistics
  • Financial Engineering
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Professional Skills

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information


The BSc in Mathematics and Actuarial Science is aimed at students who are specifically interested in becoming an Actuary. 

Passing the relevant modules at sufficient level can lead to application for exemptions from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' exams CT1 to CT8 at the end of your studies.

Major/Minor Degrees

Major/Minor options allow you to create your own degree. You can concentrate on one subject as your Major (75% of your course) while broadening your knowledge with a Minor subject (25% of your course).

Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

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Teaching and Assessment

As well as lectures, your course will involve regular group meetings, run by both staff and other students, where students’ work is discussed. You will gain experience in presenting mathematical arguments to fellow students, which will enhance and develop your presentation and communication skills.

Development of ICT and programming skills is an integral part of all our mathematics degrees. Through a combination of computer labs and dedicated modules, you will learn to use the computational functions in Excel, program in Matlab and VBA and use LaTeX for scientific writing. However, no previous knowledge of computing is needed for any of our degrees.

A typical week for a first or second year student might consist of nine or ten hours of lectures, about four hours of small group working and about three hours of problem classes or computer classes. You will also spend several hours a week on private study: review of lecture material, problem solving, additional reading and preparing for tutorials.

Entry Requirements

  • A/AS-levels: AAB including Grade A at Maths. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: ABB + EPQ at grade B. A-level subjects to include Maths at grade A. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with some credits at distinction including Maths.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 32 points including 6 in HL Maths.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM plus Grade A at Maths A-Level. Please contact department regarding eligibility.

Other national and international qualifications considered.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC
provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester. 

Selection Process

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2017

    An inflationary increase (2.8% based on RPIX*) in tuition fees and student support loans has been announced by the Government for 2017. This is still subject to formal parliamentary approval however, if approved, fees for 2017/18 entry could rise to £9,250 in 2017/18. 

    After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations.

    (*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.) 

  • Starting in 2017

    • To be confirmed
    • If you take a Year in Industry, your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee.

Career Opportunities

Our drop-in sessions are tailored to develop employability skills.

Training in computing and programming is available for all students, helping you develop work-place skills.

Our highly active actuarial society (LASS) provides opportunities to meet and question actuarial employers from life insurance, general insurance, pensions, investments and wider fields, as well as those with a research background.


Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Mathematics and Actuarial Science BSc 3 years full-time GN1H Apply Now
Mathematics and Actuarial Science with Year in Industry BSc 4 years, full-time GN1H Apply Now
Mathematics and Actuarial Science
3 years full-time
Mathematics and Actuarial Science with Year in Industry
4 years, full-time

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