Heriot Watt University Actuarial Science

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Heriot Watt University Actuarial Science

Heriot-Watt’s Department of Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics was the first of its kind in the UK and is one of the world’s leading centres for teaching and research in these areas.


Thirty per cent of our teaching staff are professionally qualified actuaries so teaching is always relevant and practical. Our BSc (Hons) in Actuarial Science is accredited by the UK Actuarial Profession, one of only a handful of programmes in the UK to have this accolade. We have many experts in the fields of probability, statistics and financial mathematics, the latter of which is much in demand in banks and investment companies. The lecturers in this area are recognised across the globe for the high quality of their work.

Our programmes offer the chance of an industrial placement or a year studying abroad in Canada or Australia.

Transfer between our degrees in Actuarial Science and in Financial Mathematics, and between Statistical Modelling and Mathematics, are possible up to the end of Year 2.


  • Actuarial Science BSc (Hons)
  • Actuarial Science and Diploma in Industrial Training BSc (Hons)
  • Financial Mathematics BSc (Hons)
  • Statistical Modelling BSc (Hons)

Teaching and assessment

Assessment is by examination and some project work based on practical statistical, financial and actuarial problems solved in the computer labs.

Professional recognition and exemptions

The Actuarial Science degree is fully accredited by the UK actuarial profession and offers potential exemptions from all core technical subjects of the professional examinations of the Faculty and the Institute of Actuaries.

Prizes and scholarships

Currently, prizes are provided by Scottish Widows, Standard Life and The Worshipful Company of Actuaries.