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University of Lausanne

University of Lausanne

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The Actuarial Science program is one of the Master of Science programs of the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC) at University of Lausanne and has a history of over 100 years with the first students having graduated in 1914. The program addresses students with a Bachelor in Economics or with a background in mathematics, statistics or other related fields. The Master of Actuarial Science develops an understanding of the principles and techniques necessary for the management of insurance companies as well as financial and savings institutions including pension funds and social security systems. Although applied mathematics are one of the main tools, a fair knowledge of economics, management and computing is also required.

The program lasts four full semesters of studies. It includes specialized courses in risk management, mathematics and actuarial modeling for insurance and covers all the insurance branches, including property and liability insurance, life and health insurance as well as pension insurance. Most of the subjects taught involve training in quantitative risk management. Good knowledge of management, economics and information technology is also necessary to ensure an adequate level of professional expertise. Specialized courses cover topics of insurance economics including industry structure and insurance operations. The program is recognized by the Swiss Association of Actuaries (SAA) and hence by other European countries’ actuarial associations. Moreover, certain courses prepare the students for the first professional exams for actuaries (e.g. Society of Actuaries).

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Degrees offered: Master of Science (MSc) in Actuarial Science

Course listings:

  • Actuarial Modeling
  • Advanced Probability Theory
  • Asset and Liability Management for Actuaries
  • Computational Tools for Actuaries
  • Credibility Theory
  • Enterprise Systems Integration
  • Financial Accounting
  • Life Contingencies I & II
  • Life Insurance Actuarial Controlling
  • Loss Models
  • Insurance Accounting
  • Insurance Economics
  • Investments
  • Mathematics of Compound Interest
  • Principles of Finance
  • Probability and Stochastic Processes
  • Quantitative Methods for Actuaries
  • Ratemaking and Claims Reserving
  • Risk Theory
  • Simulation Methods in Finance and Insurance
  • Social Insurance
  • Swiss Pension Insurance
  • Time Series
  • Topics in Finance

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Joël Wagner, Full Professor in Actuarial Science