SMSAS is a long-established provider of teaching in mathematics and statistics, finance and actuarial science, with a firmly established reputation for excellence in research. We currently have over 40 PhD students and several postdoctoral researchers and research fellows collaborating with our research-active teaching staff.
Much of science is based upon the application of mathematics. It provides the theoretical framework for physical sciences, for statistics and data analysis, as well as for computer science. New discoveries within mathematics affect our fundamental understanding of the world we live in, and the School's teaching and research reflect the diversity of mathematics today.
SMSAS offers a range of single and joint honours degrees, postgraduate diploma programmes, Master's programmes and research programmes - see the listings on the right. Distinctive offerings include an option for students who wouldn't otherwise be eligible for degree level studies to take a Foundation Year, as well as four year MMath and MMathStat programmes. The School's range of postgraduate offerings will soon be strengthened even further by new programmes in, for example, Financial Engineering and Financial Risk Management.
The School is strongly committed to student achievement and developing student creativity and employability, with "Year in Industry" placements offering solid work experience.
Equality, diversity, and inclusivity are at the heart of the SMSAS philosophy and the School is working towards Athena SWAN Silver status.
The Mathematics group at SMSAS aims to achieve international recognition as a centre of excellence in that field of research. In the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, 2008) 95% of mathematics research submitted was rated at International Quality or above.
The School's Statistics group was ranked 8th in the UK by the RAE and two thirds of research output was assessed as internationally excellent or world leading. Virtually all the remainder was judged to be worthy of international recognition.
The Centre for Actuarial Science, Risk and Investment (CASRI) is based within the School and is one of just three university providers of programmes in Actuarial Science that are accredited by the UK Actuarial Profession. The Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Royal Statistical Society, and the Chartered Financial Analyst® Institute are among the other institutions that recognise the rigour and relevance of SMSAS programmes.
The Kent Centre for Finance has been launched as a strategic response to a competitive global environment where employers are increasingly selective in their search for business and finance professionals. The Centre draws on the expertise of leading academics from SMSAS together with Kent Business School and the School of Economics to promote teaching and research that is relevant and has practical application for financial institutions and employers.
In addition to the Finance programmes available within this School, the University of Kent offers other postgraduate Finance degrees through its Centre for Finance, a strategic initiative by the University to meet the increasingly exacting demands of employers, financiers and policy-makers keen to secure success for their organisations. The Centre draws on the expertise of leading practitioners and academics from three of Kent’s highly rated academic schools – Kent Business School, School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science, and School of Economics - to promote teaching and research that is relevant and has practical application for financial institutions and employers. Whether you are a graduate looking to enter the finance industry or simply advance your academic studies; or a professional wishing to improve your employment prospects, the Centre’s taught and research programmes are designed to equip you with the right skills and knowledge for your future career.
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