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Postgraduate Diploma in Actuarial Science

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Feb 2025


Pipitea Campus


Kick start your career as an actuary with New Zealand's only Master’s-level actuarial science qualification.

Sustainable societies need actuaries

Actuaries will always be in demand to plan for the future. They predict and analyse financial risks and solve business problems in many industries, and can contribute to policy work on climate change, future health and retirement provision, and natural disaster planning.

Make an impact

Actuaries make recommendations and decisions that have an impact on people’s lives. You could work on investment programmes in the private or public sectors, design life insurance products, manage pension schemes, or advise government on retirement, education, and health planning.

During your studies, you will hone your professional skills and develop practical competence in problem-solving, negotiating, and influencing.

Entry criteria

To be accepted into this programme you'll need to have:

  • An appropriate Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science, Finance, Statistics, or a related field, with the equivalent of at least a B+ average standard in the relevant subject.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EAP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

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