Actuarial Science

Actuarial Science - BSc (Hons)
with a Year in Industry

If you’d like a high-paying career in finance or insurance… If you’re good at mathematics, enjoy problem-solving and are interested in financial matters… you should consider studying actuarial science.


Actuaries evaluate and manage financial risks, particularly in the financial services industry. Our specialist programmes are taught by professionally qualified actuaries and internationally renowned statisticians to ensure you are fully prepared for your career.

Our Year in Industry programme enables you to gain paid industry experience in addition to being taught by our professionally qualified actuaries and internationally-renowned statisticians to ensure you are fully prepared for your future career.

Why study an Actuarial Science degree at Kent

  • Our degree programmes are fully accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, which means that you can achieve up to six exemptions from the 13 professional examinations required to become a qualified actuary.
  • You can take a year in industry and gain invaluable actuarial work experience.
  • You’ll learn to use industry standard software like PROPHET and R.
  • You’ll benefit from the extensive industrial experience of our professional actuaries.
  • You’ll study in award-winning classrooms and breakout spaces that have been specially designed for mathematical sciences.
  • You'll be able to join brilliant student societies for specialist workshops, revision sessions, socials and networking events.

What you’ll study

You’ll immerse yourself in the mathematics, statistics, finance and economics that you need to qualify as an actuary. You’ll also develop skills that are highly valued by employers, including data science, coding in R and PROPHET, financial modelling and commercial awareness.

Foundation year

If you do not have the qualifications for direct entry to this programme, you may be able to take a four-year degree with a foundation year. For more details see Actuarial Science with a Foundation Year.

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Flexible tariff

Make Kent your firm choice – The Kent Guarantee

We understand that applying for university can be stressful, especially when you are also studying for exams. Choose Kent as your firm choice on UCAS and we will guarantee you a place, even if you narrowly miss your offer (for example, by 1 A Level grade)*.

*exceptions apply. Please note that we are unable to offer The Kent Guarantee to those who have already been given a reduced or contextual offer.

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    AAB including Maths at A but excluding Use of Maths.

    If taking both A level Mathematics and A level Further Mathematics:

    ABB including Maths at A and Further Maths at B but excluding Use of Maths.

  • medal-empty Access to HE Diploma

    The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.

  • medal-empty BTEC Nationals

    The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.

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    30 points overall or 15 points at HL including Mathematics or Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches 6 at HL

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  • medal-empty T level

    The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.