The degree involves studying courses to the value of 12 units over three years, plus LSE100.
The BSc Actuarial Science, BSc Mathematics, Statistics, and Business and BSc Financial Mathematics and Statistics programmes have similar first year courses, and you may be able to move between these degrees in your second year, if you would like to.
The BSc Actuarial Science with a Placement Year runs for four years with a placement year in Year 3. The programme structure of the other years remains the same.
In your first year, you will take two compulsory courses in mathematics and statistics. You will also take microeconomics and macroeconomics. In addition, you will also take LSE100.
(* denotes a half unit course)
Elementary Statistical Theory
This is a theoretical statistics course which is appropriate whether or not your A level Mathematics course included statistics. It forms the basis for later statistics options.
This is an introductory-level "how to do it" course designed to prepare you for using mathematics seriously in the social sciences, or any other context.
This course provides a foundation to help students understand key microeconomic questions using a variety of approaches including quantitative methods
This course provides a foundation to help students understand key macroeconomic questions using a variety of approaches including quantitative methods.
Courses to the value of one unit from the following:
Introduction to Abstract Mathematics
Introduces you to rigorous mathematical thinking and is strongly recommended for first-year students.
Elements of Financial Accounting*
Elements of Management Accounting, Financial Management and Financial Institutions*
Mathematical Proof and Analysis*
Programming for Data Science*
A half unit, running across Autumn and Winter Term in the first year, LSE100 is compulsory for all LSE undergraduate students. This innovative and interactive course is designed to build your capacity to tackle multidimensional problems as a social scientist through interdisciplinary, research-rich education.
In your second year you will take two compulsory full-unit courses, two compulsory half-unit courses. You will also choose an outside option from a wide range of courses, or alternatively you can do an applied statistics project.
Probability, Distribution Theory and Inference
Develops your knowledge of probability and statistics beyond the first-year course. It will also provide the probability and statistics basis for all third-year courses.
Further Mathematical Methods
Covers the mathematics needed for statistics and actuarial courses.
Actuarial Investigations: Financial*
This is a course on compound interest techniques from an actuarial viewpoint.
An introduction to actuarial mathematics and statistics.
Courses to the value of one unit in accounting, economic history, finance, mathematics, psychological and behavioural science or an outside option approved by the Department.
In your third year you will take three compulsory courses, and will choose options to the value of two units from an approved list. Previous options have included Regression and Generalised Linear Models, Bayesian Inference, and Stochastic Simulation.
Explores stochastic processes and applications to insurance.
Actuarial Mathematics: Life*
An introduction to the theory and techniques of life insurance and pensions.
Stochastic and Actuarial Methods in Finance (or option)
Offers applications of stochastic processes and actuarial models in finance.
Options to the value of two units from an approved list
For the most up-to-date list of optional courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page.
Where regulations permit, you may also be able to take a language, literature or linguistics option as part of your degree. Information can be found on the Language Centre webpages.
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