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  • Objectives
    This course will prepare you for employment as a financial advisor to a wide range of commercial and government organisations. You will complete advanced studies in applied statistics, actuarial finance and investment science. Your learning will be reinforced through the completion of a research project in your final semester.
  • Entry requirements
    An honours degree or a four-year bachelor degree in mathematics/statistics, science, engineering or finance. You must have a basic mathematics and statistical background and competence equivalent to at least the level of Advanced Calculus 201, Linear Algebra 202 and Statistical Methods 560
  • Academic Title
    Master of Science (Actuarial and Financial Science)
  • Course description
     Course CRICOS Code: 054627G
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1.5 Years

    Introduction

    The course is designed to prepare graduates with a solid foundation of financial mathematics and actuarial science, for employment as financial advisors to a wide range of commercial organisations including insurance companies, investment and superannuation funds, banks and stockbrokers, as well as governments.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

    An Honours degree or a four-year Bachelor degree in mathematics/statistics, science, engineering or finance. In addition, applicants must have basic mathematics and statistical background and competence equivalent to at least the level of Advanced Calculus 201 (unit code: 8127), Linear Algebra 202 (8128) and Statistical Methods 560 (301350). Unit information is available in the Online Handbook.

    Recognition of Prior Learning
    Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

    Duration and Availability

    This fee paying course is one and a half years full-time or equivalent part-time study. Two intakes are offered each year in March and August.

    Course Organisation

    This course is available to both international and domestic students. The course covers a wide range of advanced studies in applied statistics, actuarial finance and investment science. Students must complete 12 units including the Master Project 503 andat least five other core units totalling 300 credits.

    Professional Recognition
    Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian mathematical society.

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates generally find employment with insurance companies, investment and superannuation funds, banks and stockbrokers, and governments.

    Additional Course Expenses
    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

    Course Structure Disclaimer

    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure                                                                            Hrs/Wk     Credit
    Year 1
    12752       v.3 *#         Finance (Corporate) 572                                      3.0     25.0
    12754       v.3 *#         Finance (Derivative Securities) 574                      3.0     25.0
    305813     v.3              Finance (Principles) 515                                        3.0     25.0
    309805     v.1 *           Life Contingencies 501                                         4.0     25.0
    309809     v.1 *           Risk Analysis and Credibility Theory 502               4.0     25.0
    309811     v.1 *           Survival Analysis 501                                            4.0     25.0
    309812     v.1 *           Theory of Interest 502                                          4.0     25.0
    311632     v.1 *           Investment Science 501                                       4.0     25.0
                                        SELECT 3 OPTIONS                                                      75.0
                                                                                                                              275.0

    Year 2 Semester 1
    309813     v.1              Master Project 503                                               1.0     25.0
                                                                                                                               25.0

    Optional Units (No Year Level Specified)                                     Hrs/Wk     Credit

    12753       v.3             Finance (International) 573                                   3.0     25.0
    301337     v.3             Finance (Analysis) 506                                           3.0     25.0
    304193     v.3             Time Series Modelling 504                                      3.0     25.0
    304235     v.4             Stochastic Financial Modelling 503                         3.0     25.0
    309022     v.1             Practical Financial Modelling 502                            3.0     25.0
    309803     v.1             Actuarial Statistics 501                                          4.0     25.0
    309806     v.1             Life Contingencies 502                                          4.0     25.0
    309807     v.1             Mathematical Statistics 503                                   4.0     25.0
    311630     v.1             Actuarial Economics 502                                        4.0     25.0
    4469         v.4             Applied Statistics 503                                            3.0     25.0
    6121         v.5             Advanced Optimisation Techniques 501                3.0     25.0
    6125         v.6             Numerical Methods 501                                         3.0     25.0

    *              Students must do a minimum of 5 core units and may substitute a maximum of 2 core units with listed options
    *#              Students who do not have a finance background and competence equivalent to Finance (Principles) 515, 305813, must first complete Finance (Principles) 515 to enrol in this unit

    NB              Other Mathematics/Finance options may be undertaken subject to consultation with and approval of the course coordinator

    Availability
    Year     Location                     Period     All*     Internal     
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 1           Y                 
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 2           Y                 

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

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