Not available in 2021/22
ST448 Half Unit
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
This course is available on the MSc in Financial Mathematics, MSc in Quantitative Methods for Risk Management, MSc in Statistics (Financial Statistics), MSc in Statistics (Financial Statistics) (LSE and Fudan) and MSc in Statistics (Financial Statistics) (Research). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
The course is available with permission when students meet requirement on pre-requisities.
Students must have completed Stochastic Processes (ST302) and Probability, Distribution Theory and Inference (ST202).
Good undergraduate understanding of distribution theory and stochastic processes. ST202, ST302 or their equivalent.
A self-contained introduction to insurance risk analysis. Starting from classical actuarial modelling of insurance risk, utility theory with optimal forms of insurance from the insured's and from the insurer's point of view are analysed. Pareto-optimal risk exchanges are introduced. Standard schemes of reinsurance are introduced and analysed. The individual and collective model are introduced to understand the aggregated claim process and approximate it. There is an emphasis in the compound Poisson process and therefore a detailed description of the Poisson process is explained. In the second part of the course we cover Ruin theory for an insurance company and capital requirement are studied. Heavy tail distributions and the extreme value theory are introduced. We solve reinsurance problems in a scheme with aggregated claims. Finally, we study closed-form solutions of the ruin probability as we also approximate it using R.
20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the MT.
Week 6 will be used as a reading week.
Students will be expected to produce 6 problem sets in the MT.
Kaas, R., Goovaerts, M., Dhaene, J., & Denuit, M. Modern actuarial risk theory: using R
Thomas Mikosch, Non-Life Insurance Mathematics
Ragnar Norberg, Non-life Insurance Mathematics (Lecture notes)
Pauline Barrieu, Luca Albertini, The Handbook of Insurance-Linked Securities
Exam (70%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Project (30%) in the LT.
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Total students 2020/21: Unavailable
Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable
Controlled access 2020/21: No
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of numeracy skills
- Commercial awareness