Actuaries play a vital role in strategic planning and financial management in the financial services, insurance and superannuation industries. This degree challenges the mathematically minded to find patterns and trends where others see only a mass of data. Studies in mathematics, statistics, accounting, economics, finance, demographics, analytics and modelling provide you with a solid foundation to enter the actuarial profession.

Expand your expertise and career options by studying a second major, such as Accounting, Actuarial Risk Management and Analytics, Business Economics, Business Strategy and Economic Management, Business Law, Finance, Financial Economics, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Real Estate Studies, Taxation. Approved majors from other faculties include Mathematics, Quantitative Data Science and Statistics.

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Why choose this degree?

There is strong demand for graduates in Actuarial Studies. Employers in the financial services industry, including banks, insurers and consultancies, value the rigorous quantitative risk analysis training. This is an internationally recognised degree that is well regarded by industry.

Who should choose this degree?

Students with a passion for mathematics, who like to analyse data to solve business and financial problems.


  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Risk Management and Analytics
  • Business Economics
  • Business Strategy and Economic Management
  • Business Law
  • Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate Studies
  • Taxation
  • Mathematics
  • Quantitative Data Science
  • Statistics

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Career opportunities

  • Actuarial/insurance/wealth management/credit/forecasting
  • Asset management trainee
  • Business consultant
  • Investment banker
  • Risk assessment officer
  • Statistical research analyst
  • Superannuation adviser
  • Data analyst

Accreditation / Professional Recogntion

For further information, please refer to the Professional Recognition of Programs in the UNSW Online Handbook.

Assumed Knowledge

Mathematics Extension 1

Entry requirements

2018 Lowest Rank


2019 Guaranteed Entry


2018 A Levels
2018 IB Diploma


2018 QLD OP


How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the ‘Apply’ section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply.

For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

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Other information

You may be eligible to enrol in a separate year Honours program upon completion of this degree. Find out more.

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