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Actuarial Science


As an actuary you are able to predict the future. Not really, of course. But you do use mathematics and statistics to determine the likelihood of certain events occurring in the future. An economic crisis, for example, or a fire, or a bankruptcy. During the BSc Actuarial Science you learn how to estimate risks, calculate their financial impact, and mitigate them properly. UvA is the only Dutch university offering both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s programme in Actuarial Science.

Help organisations identify financial consequences of risks

As a future expert you will analyse the financial consequences of economic developments and risks. You will use mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to study uncertain future events, for example those of concern to insurance and pension companies. 

During your studies we help you gain insight into the latest theories and models. Besides this, we will train you to apply them to real-life business cases. 

UvA Bachelor's programme in Actuarial Science explained

Take 120 seconds to find out why you should study BSc Actuarial Science at the University of Amsterdam.


Find a job within no-time


UvA is the only Dutch university offering a Bachelor’s and Master’s programme in Actuarial Science

Intensive coaching

You can count on individual support during your studies

Guest lectures

Learn from leading industry experts

Top-5 reasons to study Actuarial Science at UvA

  1. Find a job within no-time
    Financially and statistically trained actuaries are in high demand in the insurance industry as well as in a wide range of other profit and non-profit sectors.
  2. Learn from leading industry experts
    Expect interesting guest lectures from leading institutions such as the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) or European Central Bank. Connect with these experts and get an impression of your future work environment.
  3. Highly recommended by our students
    Study in an international environment, in the heart of Amsterdam, with plenty of job opportunities.
  4. Profit from intensive coaching
    During your 1st year with us you will receive intensive academic counselling. You can also count on individual support during the rest of your studies. Participate in career, academic and networking events, organised by our study association VSAE. 
  5. Earn an internationally recognised BSc title
    You will take the BSc Actuarial Science at the Amsterdam School of Economics, part of the University of Amsterdam. Only a few Dutch universities have earned a place in the top 100 universities worldwide as we have. A BSc from the UvA immediately raises your profile on the international stage.
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After graduation

This Bachelor’s is a great 1st step in your journey to becoming a fully qualified actuary. After your Bachelor’s in Actuarial Science you can continue your studies with a Master’s or you can start with your first job. Actuaries are highly sought after on the labour market. As an actuary you could work for organisations such as:

  • insurance companies
  • consultancies 
  • pension funds
  • government institutions
  • financial institutions (national or European banks)
'Practical approach to maths and programming skills'

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Is Actuarial Science for you?

If you recognise yourself in the following profile, Actuarial Science could be the right choice for you:

  • Mathematics is one of your favourite subjects. You study mathematics at the highest possible level and achieve good grades for it.
  • You have an affinity for numbers as well as the societal reality behind them, you are a good abstract thinker and you have strong analytical skills.
  • You achieve high marks in English.
  • You are capable of working independently: you know how to use a library. Initiative and inquisitiveness are also of great value.
Comparison Actuarial Science and Econometrics and Data Science

Do you want to find out the main differences and similarities between our Bachelor’s programmes in Actuarial Science and Econometrics and Data Science? Or are you still not sure which programme is the right fit for you? Check out the infographic.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme BSc Actuarial Science
Mode Full-time
Credits 180 ECTS, 36 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 56411
Location Roeterseiland campus