Objectives and competences

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Economics and Business
Branch of knowledge
  • Economic sciences, business administration and management, marketing, commerce, accounting and tourism
  • Mathematics and statistics
Mode of deliveryPresencial
Length of course2 academic years
Language(s) of instruction90 % Spanish - 10 % English
Approximate price per credit27,67 euros per credit (82 euros for students who are not EU or China nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2022-2023.
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentYes
Open enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Bridging coursesYes

Objectives and competences


The master's degree in Financial and Actuarial Sciences is firmly focused on the job market. As such, its main objective is to offer future actuaries high-quality, multidisciplinary training that will equip them for successful national and international careers.

In addition, the solid technical knowledge achieved makes it possible for future graduates to also acquire the appropriate training to start postgraduate studies (doctorate). The master's degree introduces the student to research and stimulates their autonomy in problem solving and decision-making in the fields of insurance and finance.

The program seeks to facilitate student exchange and professional mobility across borders, thanks to compliance with the Core Syllabus requirements.

The program offers a set of subjects that allow the student to deepen, according to their interests, in various areas of knowledge related to the application and interpretation of the techniques and methods used in the professional field of insurance and finance.


Basic and General Competences 
  • Knowledge forming the basis of original thinking in the development or application of ideas, typically in a research context.
  • Capacity to apply the acquired knowledge to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of studies.
  • Capacity to integrate knowledge and tackle the complexity of formulating judgements based on incomplete or limited information, taking due consideration of the social and ethical responsibilities involved in applying knowledge and making judgements.
  • Capacity to communicate knowledge and conclusions and the grounds on which they have been reached to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear and unambiguous manner.
  • Learning abilities that facilitate self-directed and independent learning.
  • Capacity for effective public speaking.


    Specific competences

  • Capacity to apply mathematical and statistical techniques to actuarial and financial modelling.
  • Capacity to apply probability distribution models related to the behaviour of certain economic, financial and actuarial phenomena.
  • Capacity to analyse, design and assess actuarial and financial products.
  • Capacity to design risk and insurance models using statistical and mathematical tools.
  • Capacity to classify and measure actuarial, financial and investment risks, and to take related decisions.
  • Capacity to understand the specific business, legal and accounting conditions of insurance and financial entities.
  • Capacity to report on the situation of a financial or insurance company and make forecasts about its future, by analysing solvency and calculating capital requirement.
  • Capacity to acquire a thorough overview of actuarial and financial research.
  • Ability to act professionally in the actuarial and financial field, with a considerable degree of independence.
  • Capacity to carry out actuarial and financial calculations using specific software.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Students should have a solid grounding in economics and finance (graduates in business administration and management, economics or similar studies) and students with training in statistics and mathematics (fundamentally, graduates in statistics, mathematics, physics and engineering).

Good knowledge of computer tools and applications is strongly recommended.

Access requirements and conditions

General requirements
In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:
  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Students with qualifications issued outside of Spain who wish to take the single assessment option required to work as a lawyer must have official recognition of the Law degree that grants them access to the master's degree. Alternatively, they must request validation of their bachelor's degree in a Spanish university and complete their bachelor's degree in law before admission.

Specific requirements
The master's degree Coordination Committee appoints a selection committee that assesses, for each specific application, whether the candidate's curriculum is suitable and whether admission is appropriate; whether the applicant needs to take any bridging courses before they are accepted, or whether the application should be rejected.

Considering the training needs of an insurance actuary, in order to take the master's degree in Financial and Actuarial Sciences, knowledge corresponding to the bridging courses Mathematics for Actuaries, Statistics for Actuaries, and Economics, worth a total of 2.5 credits. The content of these subjects will allow the acquisition of the learning objectives established in the Core Syllabus of the European Actuarial Association for the actuarial qualification.
The master's Coordination Commission may ask students who request access to the master's programme to take one or more of these bridging courses if their previous education does not guarantee a minimum level of knowledge. In terms of academic organization, Mathematics for Actuaries and Statistics for Actuaries are taken intensively immediately before the start of teaching. The bridging course in Economics is taken at the same time as the master's degree



First period: 13 February - 14 April de 2023.
Notification of resolutions: 2 May.

Second period: 3 May- 30 June 2023.
Notification of resolutions: 14 July.


  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

Required documentation

  • Pre-enrolment application
  • Photocopy of degree certificate or equivalent qualification. In case of admission, foreign degrees that require so should be translated and authenticated through diplomatic channels before completing the enrolment.
  • Selection criteria

    Applications from candidates who meet the general entry requirements (sufficient academic qualifications to take a university master's degree at a Spanish university) will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria, weighted as shown:

    a.Academic record of the previous qualification(s): 40%.
    b.CV and personal statement: 30%.
    c.Certification of an advanced level of English (at least level B1 or equivalent). International students from non-Spanish-speaking countries must certify an advanced level of Spanish or Catalan: 10%.
    d.Certification of previous courses on computer applications and tools: 10%.
    e.Receipt of a grant or other funding prior to the master's degree: 10%.

    If no documentation is submitted for a section, that section will be given zero points.


    The body in charge of resolving applications is the master's degree Admissions Committee. This procedure is carried out in the period established in the pre-enrolment calendar. Once the Committee has met and the corresponding resolution has been reached, electronic confirmation is sent. The faculty's Master's and Doctoral Office will contact admitted students to inform them of the steps to take to complete enrolment.


As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned

Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Compulsory 92.5
Optional 17.5
Compulsory placements
Compulsory final project 10

List of subjects

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: Actuarial and Financial Sciences
Anàlisi de Dades Computacional SAS+R Compulsory 1st semester 5
Càlcul Numèric. Llenguatges de Programació Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Comptabilitat de l'Empresa Asseguradora Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Econometria Financera Compulsory 2nd semester 5
Estadística Actuarial Compulsory 1st semester 5
Estadística de l'Assegurança Compulsory 1st semester 5
Finances Estocàstiques Compulsory 2nd semester 5
Gestió de Riscos Empresarials Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Mercat Assegurador. Elements i Agents Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Modelització Actuarial dels Sistemes Públics de Pensions Compulsory 2nd semester 5
Modelització de Riscos Compulsory 2nd semester 5
Models de Valoració Financera Compulsory 1st semester 5
Models Matemàtics Actuarials i Aplicacions No Vida Compulsory 2nd semester 5
Models Matemàtics Actuarials i Aplicacions Vida Compulsory 2nd semester 5

Bridging courses

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: BC for Admission to the Master's Degree in Financial and Actuarial Sciences
Complements d'Economia Optional 1st semester 2.5
Complements d'Estadística per a Actuaris Optional 1st semester 2.5
Complements de Matemàtiques per a Actuaris Optional 1st semester 2.5

Previous years


Placements in a company or another type of organization are an integral part of university studies, providing first-hand experience of working methodologies in students' chosen professional fields. They offer invaluable practical experience for the transition into work after graduation.

Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment. They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 500 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

Institutional information

Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

Actuaries are experts in insurance, public and private pensions, financial tools and markets and risk management and uncertainty quantification. They are therefore highly sought after in the banking sector and by insurance firms, companies with in-house risk management departments, auditors, consultancies and other corporations they need experts with the quantitative skills to carry out risk management tasks.

They also have a series of functions attributed to them by law. Current regulations on insurance, pensions and social welfare place actuaries at the centre of quantitative decision-making, and similar importance derives from the Solvency II Directive, which makes express mention of actuarial functions.

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