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Actuarial Mathematics

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Date of Review May 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 1st
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Student Type Traditional
From Wicklow
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Why did you choose to study in this college?

Maths was my favourite subject in school but I wanted to study something with a practical application rather than pure maths.

Are you happy with your choice of course?

Yes

On reflection, what made it the right or wrong choice for you?

It was a good choice in that it's very well-recognised degree with great employment prospects, even though I'm not sure I want to work as an actuary. On the other hand I don't find a lot of the material we study interesting so sometimes I do wonder if I'd have enjoyed another course more.

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week?

16-20hrs

Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?

On

Is your course weighted more on continuous assessment or end of year exams?

End of year exams

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?

No

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

The Intra placement in third year, which I'm currently on, is a brilliant learning experience and invaluable in helping you decide if you're interested in pursuing being an actuary. I also enjoyed some of the less theoretical modules on the course like financial maths, computer programming, economics and accounting.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

Some of the modules (especially in second year) are basically pure maths and are very theoretical, so it can be hard to see how it applies in real life. There are also one or two very poor lecturers which adds to pressure during the semester and particularly at exam time when you have to try teach yourself with notes (though I would stress that most of the lecturers are good and very helpful).

Was your course what you expected?

Yes

What do you wish you had known before choosing this course?

How different university level maths is compared to secondary school maths - it's manageable but you do have to relearn some things in a different way.

Why?

You only really need to use the library at exam time or before a class test coming up with this course, and rarely need to use books as lecturer's notes are usually enough so it's more than adequate.

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Difficult

Please rate your course in terms of workload

More than other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?

Yes

If yes, please name the societies

Students' Union, Debate & Law, Music, Style, Suas.

Why do you enjoy being a member of this society? why should a prospective student think of joining this society?

Students' Union - being a class rep is a great way to meet lots of people from different courses. It's also good if you like to help people and organise things, as well as giving great experience in teamwork and leadership. Debate & Law - I'm interested in current affairs and enjoy the public debates at which there are usually high-profile guest speakers. It's a great society if you actually debate as well as if you just like to listen. Music - if you play an instrument there's a group for everyone (trad, jazz, orchestra) Style - organises the DCU Fashion Show each year which is always a great show. Also produces a style magazine which anyone can submit to. Suas - runs a mentorship programme with a local primary school once a week, helping kids with homework and doing other activities with them which is really rewarding.

Are you a member of any sports clubs?

No

How much do you spend on living every week (going out, food, transport etc.), excluding rent and bills?

100-120

Do you or have you lived away from home during college?

Yes

How much does your rent cost per month?

250-350

As a first year did you live in college halls?

Yes

If yes, where and why?

If you're moving away from home you should try to find somewhere to live as close to DCU as possible as it makes it easier to get involved and meet people. Apart from campus res there's other student accomodation like Shanowen across the road and always lots of houses for rent around Collins Avenue/Ballymun Road

If yes, where and why?

As student accomodation blocks go Gateway is a bit far away and not in a great area, especially if you're in first year.

How would you recommend this college to a friend?

Having went to DCU knowing nobody I felt completely at home within a few weeks. It's not so big that it's anonymous but it's not so small that it's boring either. Everyone is really welcoming and keen to get you involved in campus life. That's before even mentioning my actual degree which is very well-recognised by employers.

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