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Actuarial and Financial Sciences

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An actuary is an expert in financial, demographic and insurance risk assessment, with a solid technical background in mathematics, statistics, economics and law. The master's degree in Financial and Actuarial Sciences provides the multidisciplinary training required to work as an actuary in compliance with international standards. The programme covers the Core Syllabus requirements for actuarial training established by the International Actuarial Association and the Actuarial Association of Europe
The master's degree is structured along the same lines as the most renowned university programmes in actuarial training in Europe and meets the professional requirements of the insurance and finance sectors (insurance, social welfare systems, financial tools and markets, and the assessment and management of associated risks). Therefore it also meets the training demands set out in the EU Solvency II Directive.

The course consists of 90 core credits plus 30 credits of face-to-face bridging courses. The bridging courses are subjects from the specialization in Finance and Insurance of the UB bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Management.

Learning objectives

The master's degree in Financial and Actuarial Sciences is firmly focused on the job market. As such, its main objective is to offer future actuaries high-quality, multidisciplinary training that will equip them for successful national and international careers.

The solid technical training provided, particularly in the specialization in Advanced Financial and Actuarial Models, will also enable graduates to access doctoral studies.

The programme seeks to facilitate student exchange and professional mobility across borders, thanks to compliance with the Core Syllabus requirements.

Students may choose from two specializations. The first, Applied Financial and Actuarial Models, taught in Spanish, aims to broaden their knowledge of the application and interpretation professional financial and insurance methods and techniques. The second, Advanced Financial and Actuarial Models, taught in English, introduces students to research and builds independent problem-solving and decision-making skills in the areas of finance and insurance. It is suitable preparation for further study at doctoral level.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
Language(s) of instruction:

  1. First year: Spanish
  2. Second year:
    • Spanish (Applied specialization )
    • English (Advanced specialization )

Number of places available:
Approximate price:
 46,50 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2019-2020
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Economics and Business
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