Actuarial and Financial Mathematics (M.Sc.)

Studying for a degree in actuarial mathematics prepares students to work professionally in a field that traditionally employs large numbers of mathematicians.

The Master's degree programme 'Actuarial and Financial Mathematics' is aimed at students who already hold a Bachelor's degree in mathematics or a related subject and who are looking for a varied and challenging postgraduate programme that opens up excellent career prospects in the insurance and financial sectors.

The M.Sc. programme provides a solid education in the field of actuarial and financial mathematics, specifically teaching students the mathematical knowledge and skills required by members of the German Association of Actuaries (DAV). By offering students a wide range of mandatory elective modules and the opportunity to deepen their understanding in the fields of business science and computer science, students are able to focus on areas of interest that strengthen their individual academic profiles.

Students who complete the programme are able to model complex problems mathematically, analyse them in detail and develop computer-aided solutions. The knowledge and skills gained open up career paths in the insurance, financial and management consultancy sectors. For those graduates seeking even greater academic challenges, the Master's programme provides an excellent foundation for subsequent doctoral research work.

Curricular content

To graduate from the Master’s degree programme, students are required to earn a total of 120 credits as defined by the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Of these, at least 102 credits and at most 105 credits shall be from graded assignments. In the mandatory section of the programme, students must acquire at least 66  credits. As a rule, students are required to earn 30 credits per semester.

The M.Sc. programme is divided into the following blocks:

  • Tools and Techniques of Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (19.5 credits)
  • Stochastic Methods (13.5 credits)
  • Lecture Courses (interdisciplinary) (27–30 credits)
  • Seminars and Master's Thesis (42 credits)
  • Freely selectable modules (15–18 credits)

To sharpen their personal academic profiles, students can select lecture courses in the fields of mathematics, business science and computer science according to their individual interests.

Admission requirements
  • A Bachelor’s degree from a German university or an equivalent qualification from a foreign university in mathematics or a related field. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a level of knowledge and competence that corresponds to that acquired in the Bachelor’s degree programme Actuarial and Financial Mathematics taught at Saarland University.
  • Proof of advanced proficiency in English (typically level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • Evidence of the applicant’s particular interest in the subject can be provided in the form of a personal statement written by the applicant and two letters of recommendation written by referees who know the applicant academically.
Studying abroad

Students have the opportunity to spend part of the programme studying abroad. Information on study abroad opportunities, exchange programmes, scholarships and administrative formalities is available from Saarland University's International Office or from the relevant departmental or subject representative. As foreign host universities and scholarship-awarding bodies often have early application deadlines and long application processing times, study abroad applications should normally be submitted to the Examinations Office one year before the planned start date.

Career prospects

Graduates from the programme are able to think analytically, independently propose solutions to complex problems of practical relevance and implement these solutions using computer-aided methodologies. They are thus well qualified to take up professional positions that require the deployment of advanced analytical and quantitative skills. Areas of employment include: the insurance industry, the financial sector, management consultancy work, IT companies and research institutions in the private and public sectors. Students who successfully complete the Master's programme are also well prepared to begin doctoral research work.

Regulations, study planning and organization

How to apply

Students can begin this programme at the beginning of the winter or summer semester. The application period runs to 30 September if you plan to begin studying in the winter semester and from the beginning of December to 31 March if you want to start in the summer semester.

Applications must be submitted via the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science online application portal.

At a glance

Standard period of study4 semesters
Academic qualificationMaster of Science (M.Sc.)
Languages of instructionGerman and English
Required level of English:Advanced (CEFR level: C1)
Restricted-entry programmeNo
Application periodWinter semester: beginning of June to 30 September
Summer semester: beginning of Dezember to 31 March
Tuition feesNone
Semester feeSee current fee structure


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Saarbrücken Campus
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Phone: +49 681 302-3513

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