Actuarial Studies Co-op program

Actuarial Studies Co-op program

Bachelor of Actuarial Studies with the degree of Bachelor of Professional Practice

Applications for 2019 are now open. Click here to start your application.

Our Bachelor of Actuarial Studies with the degree of Bachelor of Professional Practice offers the opportunity to participate in Macquarie’s Cooperative Education program (Co-op). This highly competitive course will see you alternate between classroom studies and workplace experience in the form of three vocational placements of three to six months each throughout your degree. You’ll develop professional skills and networks across different workplace settings, and use your practical experiences in the classroom, while also receiving a scholarship for the duration of the course.

Applications close 5pm (AEST), Friday 28 September 2018.

Who you are

You must meet all the criteria:

  • completing or have completed the HSC (or equivalent)
  • studying or have studied HSC Mathematics Extension 2 (or equivalent)
  • show a genuine interest and motivation to enter the actuarial profession
  • be active in school and/or community activities
  • be able to demonstrate exceptional communication, teamwork, problem solving, innovation, service and leadership skills
  • be an Australian/New Zealand citizen or permanent visa holder
  • be expecting or have achieved a minimum selection rank of 98.5 (which includes a maximum of 5 Educational Access Scheme adjustment points, if eligible). Students expecting a selection rank of 97 or above are strongly encouraged to apply. No adjustment points (except Educational Access Scheme) will be considered for this requirement.

How to apply

Click here to start your application.

As part of the application process, you will be required to submit a one-page résumé and a 2-3 minute video of yourself responding to the following 3 questions:

  1. What is it about Macquarie University, Co-operative Education and the Actuarial Studies discipline that motivates you to apply?
  2. How do you think the actuarial profession will evolve over the next 10 years? What factors in the economic, technology and global environments will influence these changes?
  3. Co-op is a demanding program and requires a high level of commitment from students. Select one of your academic or extracurricular activities, and tell us how it has prepared you to succeed in a challenging program.

If you are completing your HSC (or equivalent) in 2018, your school will be asked to provide an academic reference which includes your date of birth and your most recent HSC (or equivalent) trial results.

Applications close at 5:00pm on 28 September 2018.

You must also apply through the University Admissions Centre (UAC) and select Bachelor of Actuarial Studies with the degree of Bachelor of Professional Practice (300230) as one of your preferences to gain admission to the program.


If your application is shortlisted, you will be contacted in the first week of November 2018 to schedule an interview during the week of 26 - 30 November 2018.

To help you prepare for your interview, a 2 hour voluntary Interview Preparation Workshop will be held on Tuesday 20 November 2018.

If you are successful at interview, you’ll receive a conditional offer for the Bachelor of Actuarial Studies with Bachelor of Professional Practice Co-op program, pending your final selection rank.

Further questions? Read the FAQ's here.


Macquarie University is recognised as a world leader in actuarial education and boasts the longest-running actuarial degree in Australia.

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Macquarie is designated as a Centre of Actuarial Excellence by the US-based Society of Actuaries.

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The Bachelor of Actuarial Studies with the degree of Bachelor of Professional Practice is accredited by the Actuaries Institute and allows you to complete Part I and the university component of Part II of the Actuaries Institute’s professional requirements (subject to your academic performance in the relevant units).

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