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Actuarial and Financial Science

Actuarial and Financial Science

Masters by Coursework


Master of Science (Actuarial and Financial Science)
1 year, 6 months full-time
Curtin Perth


Help organisations plan for the future and protect themselves from financial loss.

Actuarial and Financial Science


Learn to apply your studies to real industry challenges and situations.

Professional recognition

Professionally accredited by the Actuaries Institute.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

Actuaries and financial mathematicians apply mathematical models and numerical tools to practical applications, such as financial markets.

They gather statistical data on the financial decisions people make. This provides a critical insight for business and government, helping them to make more informed decisions - especially in uncertain economic climates.

In this course, you will learn how to help organisations plan for the future and protect themselves from losses. 

The core units cover the principles of finance, investment science, risk analysis and credibility theory. Optional units include practical mathematical financial modelling, applied statistics and numerical methods.

On completion of this course, your skills may be applied to insurance, pensions, healthcare, banking, business management and risk assessment. You may also play a role in determining company policy and explaining complex technical matters to company executives, government officials, shareholders, policyholders or the general public. 

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • The demand for actuarial graduates in Perth is currently very strong
  • Graduates are actively assisted in gaining employment through our work experience program
  • Our master-level program can be used by graduates from other disciplines as a pathway to becoming an accredited actuary.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Mathematical Society.

This course is accredited by the Actuaries Institute, making Curtin the only Western Australian university to have an accredited program. Graduates are also eligible for membership of the Australian Mathematical Society.

Career information

Graduates generally find employment with insurance companies, investment and superannuation funds, banks, stockbrokers and government agencies.

What you'll learn

  • use their exposure to a process of independently identifying a research problem and individually investigating and adapting as necessary a set of techniques to solve the problem
  • widen and deepen their high level of thinking skills by posing challenging problems that are relevant, motivational creative and reflective in the pursuit of well-structured syndicated programs
  • analyse, identify and use the relevant material in an Actuarial Control Cycle Format from a wide array of available data sources synthesise and process this data to ensure that the information is monitored in the light of a possibly changing problem, new information and or a change in technique

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English Academic:
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE):

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Essential course prerequisites

You must have an honours degree or a four-year bachelor degree in mathematics, statistics, science, engineering or finance. Your basic mathematics and statistics competency must be equivalent to Curtin’s advanced calculus, linear algebra and statistical methods units.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

CRL search

Fees & charges

International student indicative fees

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,500*
Total indicative course fee $47,400*
Indicative year 1 fee $31,500*

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,800*
Total indicative course fee $48,300*
Indicative year 1 fee $32,100*

Fees are indicative only.

*Based on a first-year full-time study load of 0 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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  • Last updated on: October 26, 2020