Projects in the Mathematics of Life Insurance
Selection of topics in the mathematics of life insurance with an emphasis on research of the present millennium. Topics could include but are not limited to: multi-state modeling with a focus on disability insurance, estimation and valuation in Markov, semi-Markov, and non-Markov models, policyholder behavior, and market consistent valuation.
In the first three weeks, the students are introduced to interconnected research areas and topical research questions in actuarial science. In the following five weeks, they work (under supervision and in groups) on their own projects related to say an open problem in one of these areas. The group project has to be handed in to attend the exam. The exam is individual and consists of an oral defense of the project and a general discussion regarding the content of the course.
MSc Programme in Actuarial Mathematics
MSc Programme in Mathematics-Economics
- In-depth understanding of selected topics in the mathematics of life insurance.
- Basic insight into the mathematics of life insurance as a research field, including recent trends.
- Formulate practical problems from life insurance within mathematical-theoretical frameworks.
- Summarize, orally as well as in writing, key aspects of an actuarial research paper.
- Read and reflect on actuarial research papers.
- Conduct small, partly independent, research-based projects in the mathematics of life insurance.
In addition to the skills and competences listed above, additional skills and competences are developed depending on the selection of topics and the specific and project work of the students.
First three weeks: Six hours of lectures per week.
Beginning at the end of week three and until the end of week seven: An hour of group supervision per week.
The course material will mainly consist of research papers from actuarial journals, which are made available on Absalon.
Stochastic Processes in Life Insurance (LivStok) and Topics in
Life Insurance (Liv2).
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
The students will receive continuous formative feedback in groups on their project work in the supervision sessions of weeks 3 till 7.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Oral examination, 30 minutes
- Type of assessment details
- The mandatory group project forms the basis for the oral
The oral exam is without preparation time.
- Only certain aids allowed
The student can bring their group project for the examination.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Criteria for exam assessment
The student must in a satisfactory way demonstrate that they have mastered the learning outcome of the course.
Single subject courses (day)
- Project work
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
- Block 4
- The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
- Study Board of Mathematics and Computer Science
- Department of Mathematical Sciences
- Faculty of Science
- Christian Furrer (6-697875756875437064776b316e7831676e)
Lecturers from academia and industry.
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