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Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours in Actuarial Studies and Economics)

A single four year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Business and Economics

  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Field of Education
    • Insurance and Actuarial Studie
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Field of Education
    • Insurance and Actuarial Studie

Are you wondering how you can apply your mathematical skills in an area that extends you and makes a difference to society? Do you want a degree from two globally respected institutions? Then this is the degree for you!

This program commences in July/August each year at National University of Singapore.

You will spend half of this four-year degree at the National University of Singapore and half of this degree at Australian National University receiving a world-class education at both institutions.

Graduates will apply mathematical, statistical, financial, economic and other skills to untangle the most complex and difficult problems. This will prepare them to be thought leaders in financial fields such as insurance, superannuation, investments and other areas of great importance to our futures.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

Career opportunities for Actuaries graduates include Actuary-Investment Analyst, Actuary-Fund Administrator/Investment Manager, Liability Consultant/Liabilities Manager and Actuarial Insurance Broker.

Learning Outcomes

  • To develop a grounding in financial mathematics and applications, including the time value of money, annuities, bond and loan calculations
  • To develop the ability to interpret the accounts and financial statements of companies and financial institutions.
  • To develop a grounding in mathematical statistics and regression modeling
  • To develop a grounding in stochastic processes, survival models and their application in actuarial contexts
  • To develop a grounding in the mathematical techniques used to model and value cashflows dependent on death, survival, illness, retirement, and other contingencies.
  • To develop a grounding in the advanced mathematics which has particular relevance to financial work, including risk theory, bayesian statistics, generalized linear modeling, and time series techniques.
  • To develop a grounding in the fundamental concepts of micro and macroeconomics.

Further Information


Students have 48 units of electives in a single degree program. Electives can be selected from CBE or other Colleges. No more than 10 courses at 1000 level.

Students wish to undertake an out of college elective may contact the relevant College directly.

Student Responsibility:

It is the student's responsibility to select electives in such a way that:

  • they satisfy prerequisites for the corresponding course/s.
  • they conform to the rules set out in Programs and Courses or if unsure seek advice from the CBE office.

It is the student's responsibility to select the courses appropriate for his/her program.

Application closing date for this program is end of February.  As all ANU students must also enrol at NUS  and register with NUS accommodation services before 31 March.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

Quotas apply for this program.


The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

Domestic applicant entry requirements

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on a UAI equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

QLD Band:
International Baccalaureate:


ACT: Specialist Mathematics (major/minor) (160+) Recommended Studies: Specialist Mathematics (double major)
NSW: HSC Mathematics Extension 1 (Band E3) Recommended Studies: HSC Mathematics Extensions 2

Bonus Points

The National Access Scheme 2014

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to all applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded.

Bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.

How to apply

Academic Bonus Points: senior secondary students do not need to apply for ANU academic bonus points. They are automatically added in accordance with the schedule.

Educational Access Scheme: senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is part of the Priority School Funding Program or Country Areas Program. All other applicants should refer to  for more information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours in Actuarial Studies and Economics) requires the completion of 192 units, which must consist of:

84 units from completion of the following compulsory courses offered by The Australian National University:

ACST4031 Actuarial Control Cycle 1

ACST4032 Actuarial Control Cycle 2

ACST4033 Investment and Asset Modelling

FINM2002 Derivatives

FINM2003 Investments

FINM3003 Continuous Time Finance

STAT2001 Introductory Mathematical Statistics

STAT2032 Financial Mathematics

STAT2005 Introduction to Stochastic Processes

STAT3032 Survival Models

STAT3035 Risk Theory

STAT3036 Credibility Theory

STAT3037 Life Contingencies

STAT3038 Actuarial Techniques


6 units from completion of one of the following Asian studies courses offered by The Australian National University:

ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change

ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion

ASIA1035 Introduction to Asian Politics


6 units from completion of one of the following humanities courses offered by The Australian National University:

LING1002 Language and Society

PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction

PHIL1005 Logic and Critical Thinking

PHIL1007 Philosophy, Society, Humanity


The equivalent of 96 units from completion of courses offered by the National University of Singapore:

ACC1002X Financial Accounting

EC1101E Introduction to Economic Analysis

EC2101 Microeconomic Analysis I

EC2102 Macroeconomic Analysis I

EC2303 Foundations for Econometrics

EC3101 Microeconomic Analysis II

EC3102 Macroeconomic Analysis II

EC3303 Econometrics I

EC3304 Econometrics II

EC4401 Honours Thesis

FAS1101R Writing Academically: Arts & Social Sciences

FAS1102R Public Writing and Communication

FIN2004X Finance

FINM3101 Corporate Finance

MA1101R Linear Algebra I

MA1102R Calculus


Three Economics level-4000 electives


The final Honours grade will be determined by the National University of Singapore

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units NUS EC1101E Introduction to Economic Analysis NUS EC2303 Foundations for Econometrics NUS ACC1002X Financial Accounting NUS MA1102R Calculus<b/>FASS exposure module/General Education/Singapore Studies Module
NUS EC2101 Microeconomic Analysis I NUS EC2102 Macroeconomic Analysis I NUS EC3303 Econometrics I NUS FIN2004 Finance MA1101R Linear Algebra I
Year 2 48 units NUS EC3101 Microeconomic Analysis II NUS EC3102 Macroeconomic Analysis II NUS EC3304 Econometrics II NUS FIN3101 Corporate Finance FASS exposure module/General Education/Singapore Studies Module
STAT2001 Introductory Mathematical Statistics 6 units STAT2032 Financial Mathematics 6 units FINM2002 Derivatives 6 units Asian Studies Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units STAT3037 Life Contingencies 6 units STAT2005 Introduction to Stochastic Processes 6 units FINM2003 Investments 6 units STAT3038 Actuarial Techniques 6 units
STAT3032 Survival Models 6 units FINM3003 Continuous Time Finance 6 units STAT3035 Risk Theory 6 units ACST4031 Actuarial Control Cycle 1 6 units
Year 4 48 units STAT3036 Credibility Theory 6 units ACST4032 Actuarial Control Cycle 2 6 units ACST4033 Investment and Asset Modelling 6 units Humanities Elective Course 6 units
NUS EC4101 Microeconomic Analysis III NUS EC4102 Macroeconomic Analysis III NUS EC4401 Honours Thesis (15 MCs) One Economics level-4000 elective

Academic Advice

Please contact Ms Flora Mehr in the ANU College of Business and Economics) on 02 6125 3393 or at regarding your enrolment in this program for second semester 2014. Please note that this program can only be commenced in the second semester in Singapore.

Please refer to the CBE Fast Track page: 

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