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Actuarial Studies is concerned about more than just mathematics and numbers. It combines study in mathematics, economics, insurance, finance, statistics and programming. This double degree will allow interested students to complement their Actuarial Studies with business analytics.

The analytics skill set is one of the core sub-disciplines of the actuarial profession. The data analytics space is a rapidly evolving area with broad reaching applications. The advent of big data has led to an explosion in captured data, analytics approaches and businesses harnessing this data to create new industries or reinvent the way existing industries operate. Pursuing a joint program in Information Systems allows students to build up their business analytics skills. This will assist students to use modelling and data analysis techniques on large data sets to discover predictive patterns and relationships for business use. Solid skills in programming will also assist students during their actuarial career and actuarial employers report an unmet demand for candidates who have proficient business analytics skills.



Study Level


Typical duration

4 Years

Intake Period

Term 1, Term 2, Term 3

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit



Bachelor of Actuarial Studies - BActSt

Bachelor of Information Systems - BIS

UAC Code




Stand Alone Programs

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Double Degree Structure

Students must complete 192 UOC.

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Optional Additional Major/Minor

3586 - Actuarial Studies

Optional Additional Major/Minor description.

Completion of an additional major is optional. Students may choose a maximum of one specialisations listed below.

Please note: Completion of an additional major within a combined Actuarial Studies degree may result in more UOC required for degree completion.

Students in Actuarial Studies/Economics cannot complete an additional ECON-coded major/minor. They must complete ECONA1, ECONJ1 or ECONE1 to meet their Economics requirements. Similarly, students in Actuarial Studies/Information Systems cannot complete INFSA1 or INFSA2 as an additional major/minor.

Maximum Level 1 UOC

3586 - Actuarial Studies

Students may complete up to a maximum of 72 UOC of Level 1 courses in the overall double degree, excluding Level 1 completed as part of the General Education requirement in the double degree.

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.

Level 2 and 3 Maturity Requirements

3979 - Information Systems

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

SAS Certification Requirements

3979 - Information Systems

Students who have successfully completed these five courses at UNSW are eligible for receiving a joint certification issued by SAS and UNSW as a Business Analyst. For SAS JCP, INFS3603, INFS3830, and INFS3873 need to be completed at UNSW (Course substitutes and cross-institutional studies are not eligible for SAS JCP).

- INFS1603 Introduction to Business Databases (6 UOC)
- INFS2608 Database Management & Big Data Infrastructures (6 UOC)
- INFS3603 Introduction to Business Analytics (6 UOC)
- INFS3830 Social Media and Analytics (6 UOC)
- INFS3873 Business Analytics Methods (6 UOC)

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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