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The Bachelor of Actuarial Studies / Bachelor of Science is a 4 year dual degree program which will meet the needs of students wanting a program of study in science, complemented with a strong, focused actuarial studies program. As part of this program students will complete a major stream in science, and a sequence of actuarial studies courses within the UNSW Business School.

With approval, students with an appropriate academic record may also enrol in a separate 1 year Honours program in the field of actuarial studies, or a separate 1 year Honours program within UNSW Science.


Study Level


Typical duration

4 Years

Intake Period

Term 1, Term 3

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit



Bachelor of Actuarial Studies - BActSt

Bachelor of Science - BSc

UAC Code




Stand Alone Programs

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Double Degree Structure

Students must complete 192 UOC.

Bachelor of Actuarial Studies/Science degree normally consists of 192 UOC.

These UOC are made up of:

Actuarial Studies component (96 UOC)
1. Level 1 Actuarial Studies Core Courses (42 UOC) (Please note: MATH1151 and MATH1251 are completed under the Science component of the Double Degree)
2. Level 2 Actuarial Studies Core Courses (18 UOC) (Please note: ACTL2131 may be substituted by MATH2901 and MATH2931, please see below)
3. Level 3 Actuarial Studies Electives (18 UOC)
4. Business School Elective (18 UOC)

Bachelor of Science (96 UOC)
1. An approved Bachelor of Science major; and
2. Science elective courses

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3970 - Science

Majors description.

Students must complete at least one Science major selected from the list below. Students should declare their major prior to commencing Stage 2 courses.

1. Students in 4076 Science/Education can only choose from the following majors: Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Geography, Mathematics for Education, Pathology, Physics, Physiology. All other majors in 3970 are not permitted.
2.Students are not permitted to take the Bioinformatics major BINFB1 when taking the degree in dual award mode with the Bachelor of Engineering (Bioinformatics) program.

Requirements for Double Degree Actuarial Studies/Law

3586 - Actuarial Studies

Law students are permitted to complete any TABL course offered in the Bachelor of Actuarial Studies (Taxation major), with the exception of TABL1710 and TABL2741, as part of the Actuarial Studies component of their program but are NOT permitted to complete any other TABL course.

Mathematics Requirements for Double Degree

3586 - Actuarial Studies

1. MATH1151 Mathematics for Actuarial Studies and Finance 1A (6 UOC) replaces MATH1141 Higher Mathematics 1A (6 UOC)
2. MATH1251 Mathematics for Actuarial Studies and Finance 1B (6 UOC) replaces MATH1241 Higher Mathematics 1B
This applies to any stream that requires either of these courses.

3. If MATH1041 Statistics for Life and Social Sciences (6 UOC) is a requirement in a stream, it is replaced by one of the following three courses:
- ACTL2131 Probability and Mathematical Statistics (6 UOC)
- MATH2801Theory of Statistics (6 UOC)
- MATH2901 Higher Theory of Statistics (6 UOC)

Level 2 and 3 Maturity Requirements

3586 - Actuarial Studies

Students must have completed 24 UOC before taking any Level 2 courses.
Students must have completed 48 UOC before taking any Level 3 courses.

Double Counting

3970 - Science

Students cannot complete a minor with the same name as their nominated major, and Level II and III courses cannot be double-counted between majors and minors. More than one minor may be completed subject to the limit on double-counting. Students must declare their minor(s) before their final term.

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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