MSc in Actuarial Science
JPT / BPP(U)( N/462/7/0023/PA9469)01/23

School of Mathematical Sciences


About The Programme

The MSc in Actuarial Science covers a broader scope in research areas of actuarial and mathematical sciences, embedding the most urgent and current issues facing the actuarial and financial world.

The current world financial ecosystem needs to embrace the uncertainty and hazards in a changing environment, characterised by numerous unpredictable events such as climate change, natural disasters and financial crisis. Unpredictable damage brought about by the occurrence of such events can have a deep impact on the actuarial and finance industries, particularly in the area of insurance and reinsurance. Graduates of the MSc in Actuarial Science will gain competence in research skills in areas such as catastrophe modelling, disaster management, corporate failure, financial crisis, longevity and morbidity risk, pension planning and pricing of insurance/reinsurance products. You will also be equipped with skill sets to embark on careers in financial management, insurance/reinsurance and other risk-related analysis.

The MSc in Actuarial Science programme empowers students with a competitive edge in research through in-depth training mediated by experts. As a postgraduate student, you will be integrated as members of our research groups at Sunway University with various opportunities to participate in research alongside supervisors through seminars, workshops, laboratory and field work.

You will learn how to research the literature and to plan and manage a research project. The skills and attributes you gain in critical thinking, project management and report writing will help you to achieve your career potential.




January & July



2 Years (full-time), 3 Years (Part-time)


Career Prospects

Graduates may enter careers in actuary, academia, consulting or research, as well as undertake specialist roles in areas related to insurance, finance, and business.



The MSc in Actuarial Science consists of two taught modules and one thesis. You will be required to complete two taught modules, namely Research Methodology and Directed Readings, before they proceed to writing the thesis. By undergoing these two modules, you will develop the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct research successfully towards the Master’s degree.

In this module, you will have an opportunity to examine research designs with methodology as well as data analysis techniques employed by researchers. At the end of this module, you will be expected to formulate and submit a proposal for research in an area of their own interest or specialisation.

This module will provide you with comprehensive reading lists and resources to help you develop their hypothesis or areas of interest. Library skills and training on how to manage information and resources will also be introduced in this module.

The MSc is awarded based on the successful completion of a thesis. The thesis should demonstrate proficiency, criticality and mastery in the subject or chosen area of research.


Areas of Research

The School has a dedicated team of academicians and in-house actuaries who will mentor and discuss possible research topics with you in the following areas of research interests, but not limited to:

  • Credit Risk Modelling
  • Financial Modelling
  • Insurance Pricing Optimisation
  • Loss Reserving Techniques
  • Mortality / Morbidity/ Longevity of a Population
  • Risk Management
  • Statistics and Actuarial Modelling


Entry Requirement

Bachelor’s Degree

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Actuarial Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Quantitative Analysis or related area with minimum CGPA of 2.75 or equivalent

Other Qualifications

  • Any other qualifications will be considered on a case-to-case basis


English Language Requirements
(For International Applicants)

IELTS 6.0;
TOEFL 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (internet-based);
PTE Academic 50 overall (minimum 46 in each skill)
Cambridge English (First) 75+
Cambridge English (Advanced) Minimum 67


Application Procedure

As part of your application, please nominate TWO (2) referees who can provide reference letters about your suitability to undertake the programme (preferably, one academic and one professional). The letters must be printed on the letterhead of the respective referees’ organisations. Each referee is requested to seal and send the hardcopy of the letter to the correspondence address as stated below. Alternatively, the referee may request the prospective student to send the sealed letter.

Applicants will be required to submit the following documents:
i) Postgraduate Application Form*
ii) Research Statement
iii) Curriculum Vitae (CV)
iv) Scholarship Application Form (if any)
v) English Language Qualification (IELTS / TOEFL / Others) for International Students
vi) Certified True Copy of Academic Qualifications/Results (Certificates and Complete Transcripts) (Degree / Others)
vii) ONE (1) Passport-sized Photograph
viii) Certified True Copy of National Identity Card (Malaysians only) or Passport (ALL pages for International Applicants)

All documents are to be sent to the correspondence address or email stated below. Incomplete documents will not be processed.

Postgraduate Leader - MSc in Actuarial Science
School of Mathematical Sciences
Sunway University
No 5, Jalan Universiti, Sunway City
47500 Selangor Darul Ehsan



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