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Actuarial Science (MSc Actuarial Science and Mathematical Finance)

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The Actuarial Science track in the MSc Actuarial Science and Mathematical Finance provides you with an excellent grounding for your career as an actuary or risk manager. What makes this 1-year programme unique is that it incorporates all the latest international developments. Think of big data science and behavioural insurance and finance. Also, you will gain insight in up-to-date techniques and practices to kick-start your career. The Actuarial Science track is one of 2 tracks you can choose within this Master’s programme.

Help organisations predict the financial impact of future developments

How much should we set aside for our retirement years? How should insurance companies determine the premiums of earthquake insurances? And how should complex financial products such as a credit default swap be priced? These are typical questions you will investigate during your year with us.

Why choose the Actuarial Science track?

  1. Beside the 6 general courses of the MSc Actuarial Science and Mathematical Finance in your curriculum, you can tailor the programme to your interests and ambitions, with our electives.
  2. You will be lectured by professors and professionals working in the industry. You will learn all about today's techniques, practices and insights.
  3. After graduation, you have an excellent job prospect at e.g. insurance companies, large investment banks or ministries.

About your lecturers

You will receive lectures and seminars by leading scholars in the field and by professionals who work in the industry, such as the director of the Dutch Central Bank. They will teach you the most advanced techniques, practices and insights of today.


Apart from the 6 general courses of the full programme, we offer you a selection of electives to choose from:

  • Actuarial Science of Pensions and Ageing
  • Advanced Mathematics and Economics of Risk
  • Banking Risk Management
  • Experimental Economics
  • Financial Institutions and Banking
  • Machine Learning for Econometrics
  • Quantitative Models in Online Marketing
  • Retirement Savings and Investment Decisions
  • Banking Risk Management
  • Experimental Economics
  • Financial Institutions and Banking
Real-life case: how to insure against climate change
Climate change is affecting the world in many different ways, which makes it a significant challenge to the insurance industry. The Actuarial Science track will provide you with the mathematical and statistical tools to tackle questions such as: How can we quantify the risk of damage from natural disasters? How should we adjust our estimates and predictions to take into account more frequent and more severe disasters? How should we price insurance products? And how many reserves should be put aside to cover possible future claims? These questions are also relevant for governments and regulatory bodies, as reliable and affordable insurance is essential for a well-functioning economy.
Business case Actuarial Science and Mathematical Finance

Contemporary issues

Examples of real-life business cases and company projects you will discuss:

  • Privacy. What data are insurance companies allowed to collect in order to apply price differentiation?
  • Capital buffers. How should capital buffers of insurance companies be determined such that the probability of another financial crisis is minimised?
  • Discounting. What discount rate should pension funds and insurance companies use to discount long-term liabilities?
Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 66411