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Actuarial Science, BSc

The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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BScFull-time4 yearsfind outHKD 42100 per yearHKD 171000 per year

About Actuarial Science, BSc - at The University of Hong Kong

Programme Aims and Features

The 6729 BSc(ActuarSc) programme is the only one of its kind in Hong Kong. It provides formal academic training to students who wish to join the actuarial profession. It is specifically designed to prepare students to sit the early actuarial examinations of the professional bodies for actuaries, allowing them to readily join the actuarial profession with internationally recognised qualifications on graduation.

Although actuarial science is a separate discipline with its own areas of knowledge, modern actuarial training requires multidisciplinary knowledge in probability, statistics, economics, investment, finance, law, taxation and accounting. The HKU Actuarial Science curriculum reflects this requirement, incorporating various interdisciplinary courses into its basic but comprehensive actuarial training.

The 6729 BSc(ActuarSc) programme aims to equip students with a solid background in actuarial science, enabling them to develop the confidence and analytical skills needed to define and tackle problems in actuarial science and related fields. Students should also be able to evaluate and measure various kinds of risk using effective quantitative methods, and become proficient in formulating and communicating practical business strategies with professionalism and accuracy.

BSc(ActuarSc) students may optionally take a major or a minor in a Science or non-Science discipline, provided that they fully satisfy the course requirements.

Professional Recognition

The BSc(ActuarSc) programme is designed to provide specialist training in actuarial science and prepare students for professional examinations of the (North American) Society of Actuaries, Casualty Actuarial Society and the (UK) Institute and Faculty of Actuaries to Associateship level.

It has obtained accreditation from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), the UK's only chartered professional body dedicated to educating, developing and regulating actuaries based both in the UK and internationally. Students who graduate with a BSc(ActuarSc) degree from HKU with the required marks in specified courses will be exempted from taking various IFoA subjects (e.g. CT1-CT8) as they begin their journey towards qualifying as an actuary. The programme has also obtained Validation by Education Experience (VEE) approval from the Casualty Actuarial Society, the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries in North America.

For details, please visit the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science’s website (

Notes about fees for this course

You (or your parents) only need to pay a fraction of the cost of education in Hong Kong, even though our educational standards are at an international level. We value what you bring to HKU, in terms of your background and culture, and our fees are set at a level that students everywhere can afford, as long as your academic results are good enough!

Entry requirements

If you take the International Baccalaureate Diploma, GCE A-level/International A-Level, SAT/AP or All India Senior School Certificate Examination and Indian School Certificate, please take note of the standards as below:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma - 37, candidates should have completed the full IB Diploma, including CAS, TOK, and the Extended Essay.
  • GCE A-Level/International A-Level - 2A*'s and 1A, candidates should present at minimum of 3 A-level subjects, excluding English and Chinese language.
  • SAT Reasoning Test/ACT plus Writing and SAT Subject Test/Advanced Placement Test - Redesigned SAT: 1350, SAT Subject Tests: 600 in each of the 3 subjects, AP Exams: Level 3 in each of the 3 subjects
  • All India Senior School Certificate Examination and Indian School Certificate - 93%, Candidates should present a minimum of 5 subjects in the Grade 12 Indian Board examinations.

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