Undergraduate Programme Accreditation and Exemptions

Royal Statistical Society accreditation

All undergraduate degree programmes within the Department of Statistics have received formal accreditation from the Royal Statistical Society (RSS). This accreditation is unconditional on completion of the degree.

For conditionally accredited programme, specific pathways within the degree are accredited by the RSS as being of appropriate breadth and depth to provide a foundation for a career as a professional statistician. Successful completion of these pathways (achieving a second class honours or better) automatically qualifies students for the RSS Graduate Statistician (GradStat) award. This award is a stepping stone to full professional membership of the RSS and the Chartered Statistician (CStat) award. Please visit the RSS professional membership website for more details.

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) exemptions

The BSc in Actuarial Science is accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA).

In order to qualify as an actuary, you will be required to pass the professional examinations of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. 

There are two ways to achieve the necessary results to be granted IFoA exemptions; by the accreditation formula or the threshold mark values on a course by course basis.

For advice on exemptions and relevant course choice related to exemptions please contact the BSc Actuarial Science Programme Director Dr George Tzougas.

Accreditation formula

Applicable for new first years in 2019/20 

Students reaching a minimum total of 650 marks in the following courses weighted as shown below will be granted exemptions for the correspondning IFoA subjects  CS1, CS2, CM1, CM2 and CB2.

The prevailing formula is:

ST330 x2 + ST102 + (EC100 or EC102) + ST202 + ST226 + ST227x0.5 + ST301 + ST302 x0.5

+ [average of four half units among ST300, ST303, ST304, ST306, ST308, ST326] x2

Students who have taken AC102&AC103 and FM213 together will be granted another exemption for CB1, given a minimum total of 780 marks is attained (the previous prevailing formula+ AC102 & AC103 + FM213).

Individual Exemptions for NEW first years in 2019/20

TBC by the IFoA

Applicable for all students who began study before 2019/20  

Students reaching a minimum total of 455 marks in the following courses weighted as shown below will be granted exemptions for CT1, CT3, CT4, CT5, CT6, CT7 and CT8.

The prevailing formula is:

ST102 x 0.75 + EC102/EC100 x 0.75 + ST202 x 0.75 + ST226 x 0.75 + ST227 x 0.50 + ST300 x 0.10 + ST302 x 0.50 + ST304 x 0.15 + ST301 x 1.00 + ST306 x 0.75 + ST330 x 1.00 (or ST308 instead of ST300 when taken).

Students who have taken AC102 & AC103, or AC104*, and FM212** or FM213 together will be granted another exemption for CT2, given a minimum total of 520 marks is attained (the previous prevailing formula + AC104 / AC102 & AC103 x 0.5 + FM212 or FM213 x 0.5).

 * In 2018/9  AC104 was replaced by AC102 & AC103 for all BSc Actuarial Science students

** in 2018/9 FM212 was replace by FM213 for all BSc Actuarial Science students

Individual exemptions 2013/14 to 2018/19


Courses contributing to exemption




AC104 (x0.5) + FM212/FM213 (x0.5)


ST102 (x0.5) + ST202 (X0.5)




ST305 or ST301


ST306 (x0.9) + ST300 (x0.1) or ST308 (x0.1) plus a pass mark in ST304


EC102 or EC100


ST330 and a pass mark in ST302

Please take a look at our comprehensive list of all individual exemption thresholds.  

Individual exemptions from 2019-2020


ST102, ST202, ST300, ST308


ST306, ST304, ST227, ST326


ST226, ST301


ST330, ST306


AC103/AC104, FM212


made up via EC100 or EC102

How to be granted exemptions 

This process can only be done after graduation.

Firstly, you need to become a student of the Institute of Actuaries.

To do so,  please complete one of the following forms, one for non-EU students and one for EU students, which can be found via the How to register as a student web page.
Then, once you have been accepted as a student member, you have to send your grades together with the Application for Exemptions form.

When submitting this form and a certified copy of your transcript please also ask the Institute to refer to the official information provided by the Department of Statistics at LSE. A global letter is sent by the department after graduation to the Institute of Actuaries regarding all students who graduated that year from one of our undergraduate degrees. You do not need an individual letter from LSE or from the Department of Statistics. There is also no need to write to us to confirm that we have written to the Institute as the details are automatically sent by us each summer.

Please note that the above forms are published directly by the Institute of Actuaries and may be updated at any time without our knowledge. You may therefore prefer to download the forms directly from the Institute of Actuaries website. More information and the aforementioned forms can be found at Institute of Actuaries.