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Financial Mathematics for Actuarial Science 1

Unit code: MATH10951
Credit Rating: 10
Unit level: Level 1
Teaching period(s): Semester 1
Offered by School of Mathematics
Available as a free choice unit?: N



Additional Requirements

For students on the Actuarial Science and Mathematics programme only.


Provide an introduction to simple financial transactions as used in actuarial science and the mathematics involved.


This unit explores various simple financial topics from a mathematical point of view.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to: 

  • given monthly income and outlay figures, write down a cash flow vector;
  • carry out calculations involving simple interest, compound interest, nominal rate of interest,  force of interest and accumulation factors;
  • apply discounting  and accumulation to calculate the present and future value of money;
  • calculate discounted and accumulated values of cash flow;
  • carry out calculations involving continuously payable, p-thly payable, deferred and varying annuities;
  • schedule loan repayments and calculate the APR of a repayment scheme; compute the yield of a cash flow.



Assessment methods

  • Other - 20%
  • Written exam - 80%

Assessment Further Information

One in-class test;  Weighting within unit 20%
Two hour end of semester examination; Weighting within unit  80%


  1. Brief reminder of underlying mathematics. Geometric Series and Sum, derivatives and integrals, Maclaurin Series for exponential.
  2. Brief introduction to role of finance in actuarial science
  3. Generalised cashflow model. Inflow and outflow. Examples of simple models
  4. Simple and compound interest and discount. The time value of money
  5. Interest Rates. The force of interest and nominal rate of interest. Compound interest applied at various time intervals
  6. The value of a cashflow at a given time
  7. Nomenclature for compound interest functions as applied to annuities certain, deferred annuities and varying annuities
  8. Equations of Value
  9. Loan Schedules. Calculating Repayments. Flat Rates and APRs

Recommended reading

  • Core Reading : Subject CT1, Financial Mathematics. Produced by the Actuarial Profession
  • JJ McCutcheon and WF Scott, An Introduction to the Mathematics of Finance, Heinemann, 1986

Feedback methods

Feedback seminars will provide an opportunity for students' work to be discussed and provide feedback on their understanding.  Coursework or in-class tests (where applicable) also provide an opportunity for students to receive feedback.  Students can also get feedback on their understanding directly from the lecturer, for example during the lecturer's office hour.

Study hours

  • Lectures - 22 hours
  • Tutorials - 11 hours
  • Independent study hours - 67 hours

Teaching staff

Jonathan Bagley - Unit coordinator

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