Education in Insurance Mathematics

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On January 29, 1998, Professor Josef Kupper reviewed in his farewell address at ETH Zurich the historical development of insurance mathematics at the Swiss universities. The roots of insurance mathematics at ETH Zurich go back to the mid 19th century when, in the winter term 1858/1859, Professor Zeuner held a lecture on the "Theory of Insurance Mathematics".

Today, Insurance Mathematics at ETH Zurich constitutes a well-established part of the curriculum in mathematics. Beside the traditionally high significance of pure mathematics, ETH Zurich also emphasises the importance of a practically-oriented education. Therefore, our lectures are given both by professors of the Department of Mathematics as well as lecturers from industry. The combination Mathematics – Insurance – Finance - Economics plays a major role in our teaching and research programme. The founding of RiskLab in 1994 bears witness to this connection, where research in the field of insurance mathematics and risk management is pursued with partners from academia and industry.

Lectures in Insurance Mathematics can be followed and credited for the following programmes:

  • BSc ETH Mathematics
  • MSc ETH Mathematics
  • MSc ETH Applied Mathematics
  • MSc UZH/ETH in Quantitative Finance

For details we refer to the relevant study regulations. For other BSc and MSc programmes we refer to the respective study regulations.
Moreover, we emphasize that ETH Zurich does not offer a BSc or MSc programme in actuarial science but actuarial training as part of the programmes listed above.

For lectures in Insurance Mathematics held at ETH Zurich on a regular basis see
For the actual courses see (PDF, 79 KB)

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