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I'm still very poor at navigating this site outside of the law forum so I'd be really grateful if someone could help me move it to the relevant board.

Where would be the best place to study actuarial sciences? Forget about city v campus, big v small city, nightlife, transport links, collegiate etc. I see LSE offers it but how do others such as Manchester, Leeds, Queen Mary's Warwick, York and also Cass (City UoL) compare?

I partially understand the exam exemptions for taking certain modules, but if we were going strictly for employment links, quality of teaching, rigorousness of the course and even, dare I say it, uni prestige, what would be the best institutions to do actuarial science at undergrad?
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First check which Universities offer which exemptions here https://www.actuaries.org.uk/studyin...ses-exemptions

It goes without saying, the more exemptions, the better. Beyond that it would be best to visit those Universities individually and meet the lecturers and such.

Prestige-wise I'm not 100% sure, but I'd hazard a guess that QM, Warwick and LSE are good. But I know for certain Cass is extremely high ranked for Actuarial Science, typically in most rankings it scores either 1st or close to 1st in the world. For example here's this post https://www.cass.city.ac.uk/news-and...insurance-2019
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As above, Cass is particularly strong for actuarial science
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First check which Universities offer which exemptions here https://www.actuaries.org.uk/studyin...ses-exemptions

It goes without saying, the more exemptions, the better. Beyond that it would be best to visit those Universities individually and meet the lecturers and such.

Prestige-wise I'm not 100% sure, but I'd hazard a guess that QM, Warwick and LSE are good. But I know for certain Cass is extremely high ranked for Actuarial Science, typically in most rankings it scores either 1st or close to 1st in the world. For example here's this post https://www.cass.city.ac.uk/news-and...insurance-2019
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As above, Cass is particularly strong for actuarial science
Thank you for your responses.

I have one final question - in your opinion is it seen as too early a move towards specialisation if one studies actuarial science at undergrad? I'm asking all this for my sister who recently did IEB (in South Africa), got stellar grades and is considering moving here. She's about 70% sure about becoming an actuary, but in the event that that isn't the career she chooses to pursue, is this a degree that would allow her to go into a number of other fields? Surely not as many a maths degree would?
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(Original post by sly_southafrican)
I'm still very poor at navigating this site outside of the law forum so I'd be really grateful if someone could help me move it to the relevant board.

Where would be the best place to study actuarial sciences? Forget about city v campus, big v small city, nightlife, transport links, collegiate etc. I see LSE offers it but how do others such as Manchester, Leeds, Queen Mary's Warwick, York and also Cass (City UoL) compare?

I partially understand the exam exemptions for taking certain modules, but if we were going strictly for employment links, quality of teaching, rigorousness of the course and even, dare I say it, uni prestige, what would be the best institutions to do actuarial science at undergrad?
Funny u mentioned LSE as they sprung into my mind once i saw actuarial science
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Thank you for your responses.

I have one final question - in your opinion is it seen as too early a move towards specialisation if one studies actuarial science at undergrad? I'm asking all this for my sister who recently did IEB (in South Africa), got stellar grades and is considering moving here. She's about 70% sure about becoming an actuary, but in the event that that isn't the career she chooses to pursue, is this a degree that would allow her to go into a number of other fields? Surely not as many a maths degree would?
I don't think it is seen as too early a move, as if like myself you're sure of your career choice, then an Actuarial Science degree is the quickest and most effective route to becoming an Actuary.

If you get an Actuarial Science degree and choose not to become an Actuary you can still apply to other jobs. For example general jobs in the Maths and Finance industries will consider an Actuarial Science degree, but you will be at a disadvantage compared to students who exclusively studied Maths or Finance when applying for jobs in those fields. So yes it is possible, but I'd expect it to be a bit more competitive for you to apply there.
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Thank you for your responses.

I have one final question - in your opinion is it seen as too early a move towards specialisation if one studies actuarial science at undergrad? I'm asking all this for my sister who recently did IEB (in South Africa), got stellar grades and is considering moving here. She's about 70% sure about becoming an actuary, but in the event that that isn't the career she chooses to pursue, is this a degree that would allow her to go into a number of other fields? Surely not as many a maths degree would?
Most grad jobs don't care what your subject is in - plenty of opportunities in consulting, IB, finance, law, data science, professional services generally that you'd be good for with an AS degree. It does a good job in building your quantitative and tech skills which are very employable.
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I don't think it is seen as too early a move, as if like myself you're sure of your career choice, then an Actuarial Science degree is the quickest and most effective route to becoming an Actuary.

If you get an Actuarial Science degree and choose not to become an Actuary you can still apply to other jobs. For example general jobs in the Maths and Finance industries will consider an Actuarial Science degree, but you will be at a disadvantage compared to students who exclusively studied Maths or Finance when applying for jobs in those fields. So yes it is possible, but I'd expect it to be a bit more competitive for you to apply there.
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Most grad jobs don't care what your subject is in - plenty of opportunities in consulting, IB, finance, law, data science, professional services generally that you'd be good for with an AS degree. It does a good job in building your quantitative and tech skills which are very employable.
Cheers guys
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