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The global business environment is more complex and interconnected than ever before. Major shifts can happen in a day. The pace of change keeps increasing. Read more

The global business environment is more complex and interconnected than ever before. Major shifts can happen in a day. The pace of change keeps increasing.

The MSc Risk Management at GCU is designed for today - and industry recognises this. Double-accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and the Institute of Risk Management (IRM)

As a student, you'll gain the cutting-edge knowledge and practical skillset to navigate the complexities and challenges of risk management in today's world.

  • Build skills in establishing risk policy and structures
  • Master the design and review processes for risk management
  • Practise building processes for risk response
  • Learn how to develop contingency and business continuity programmes

GCU is a global leader in risk management education and research. Our experts pursue high-impact research and investigate real-world problems in risk management. For example, we conducted a recent government-funded study assessing the risks associated with private finance in the construction industry and produced a recent report on the risks associated with e-commerce.

Our staff publish on subjects like insurance risk regulation, occupational health and safety, healthcare risk management, financial risk management and more - contributing to public knowledge and the common good.

In our thriving GCU community, we encourage every student and graduate to help build the common good as well. That means exploring ways to make a positive impact, whatever you do, wherever you go.

What you will study

Enterprise Risk and Modelling

You will gain an understanding of the theory involved in contemporary risk management processes and practices; providing you with an understanding of the building techniques required to assemble a risk analysis model.

Global Perspectives on Risk

You will learn how to critically analyse a wide range of risks, including managerial, cultural, political, ethical and economic factors impacting on international businesses. You will also evaluate a range of risk management strategies and tactics available to international businesses.

Risk Financing and Insurance

You will learn the basic principles of risk finance, examine insurance theory and undertake a critical evaluation of insurance practice. Alternative risk financing methods such as options, futures, swaps and securitisation will also be analysed.

Business Continuity and Crisis Management

You will examine the relationship between risk management and business continuity management, study the key drivers of Business Continuity and the strategies involved when an organisation faces a crisis situation.

Ethics and Corporate Governance

This module explores the key issues in corporate governance and the extent to which the arrangements currently in place secure corporate accountability.

Personal and Professional Development

Enables you to identify, understand, develop and articulate your personal abilities in the context of your future career aspirations.

Research Methods

This module develops advanced skills related to a range of research methods needed for academic and practical research at masters level.

Dissertation

The final element of the programme is the dissertation, which provides you with an opportunity to design and undertake a piece of research in a selective area of risk management.

Your career

Our graduates are highly competitive candidates for job opportunities in the UK and across the world. Graduates find successful roles in risk management, risk analysis, risk co-ordination, insurance and business continuity management and more in a wide range of industry sectors including banking, insurance, consultancy, oil and gas, transport, and construction.



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Developed in response to the global attention to risk and insurance – particularly from a technological and political view, our MSc Insurance Risk Management course focuses on the relationship between the two disciplines, ensuring you graduate ready to become a leading force in any organisation. Read more
Developed in response to the global attention to risk and insurance – particularly from a technological and political view, our MSc Insurance Risk Management course focuses on the relationship between the two disciplines, ensuring you graduate ready to become a leading force in any organisation.

There is an increased demand for directors, risk managers and consultants qualified at postgraduate level, to help appreciate the increasing demand for organisations to implement effective risk reporting systems. With this in mind, our course is designed to enhance your skills and train you to become a qualified, assured director.

What's covered in the course?

This is a part-time course delivered online, with material developed for you to explore and apply the techniques of risk management to the world of insurance.

The course is aligned to the Certificate and Advanced Diploma in Insurance of the Chartered Insurance Institute, which grants students significant exemptions from the Advanced Diploma from the CII. It is also aligned with the International Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management from the Institute of Risk Management.

You’ll be encouraged to share your work experiences and to evaluate real-life case studies, both of which will bring real-life experiences to your studies.

Why Choose Us?

-Earn and learn at the same time
-The course has a strategic focus rather than operational
-You will be taught by an established team with over 20 years’ experience of delivering risk based courses.
-The Centre prides itself on its extremely high pass rates.
-We get to know our students as individuals and support their specific needs, or can signpost them to other areas of the University that can provide additional, complimentary support.
-Our course is delivered with flexible distance learning, so you can fit your studies alongside work and personal commitments.
-We use real live international case studies to facilitate learning and bridge the gap between theory and practice.
-Exceptional value for money

Distance Learning

This course is offered as a distance learning option, enabling you to study at a time that suits you. Delivery of course materials is done through our e-learning platform, Moodle. Supporting materials are made available via email.

If you’re an international student, you can sit your examinations at your British council offices for a fee payable locally of around £100 per examination.We encourage your communication and confidence with active learning methods, such as group work, seminars, debates and quizzes.

You will have in-depth look at risk management and insurance concepts, combining risk and insurance to provide an effective understanding of how both in strategic management and organisation management, as well as a wide range of internal audit techniques. These topics will help you become ingrained in successful audit and business management.

Employability

All assignments are grounded in real working organisations, allowing you to apply your knowledge into a real working environment. The majority of students enrolling on this course will already be in employment, although not necessarily in the area of insurance risk management.

You will be encouraged to use your own organisations in the consideration of topic areas thus increasing their profile within that organisation.

Should this prove difficult the team has a strong track record of working with individual students to provide either case studies and / or internships which can also be utilised.

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Course Description and Learning Objectives. Read more

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Course Description and Learning Objectives:
The main purpose of this course is to understand concepts, principles, and tools for the analysis and valuation of derivative securities such as Forwards, Futures, Swaps, and Options, which are being applied in modern corporate finance, investments, and risk management for financial institutions and enterprises. Students also will learn the application of these derivatives for financial and enterprise risk management and decision making.
Career relevance:
The basic knowledge of derivatives is necessary to understand modern finance and modern corporate management in both financial and non-financial institutions. The knowledge would be useful for managers of financial product development, fund managers, and analysts in financial institutions. The knowledge would also be useful for financial officers and risk management officers in various enterprises. Application of derivatives such as real options is also useful for managers who are decision makers. You will find how the tools and concepts are useful more broadly in finance and corporate management.
Course Context or Rationalization:
Knowledge and skills related to derivative securities would allow you to pursue many goals, which cannot be achieved only through the study of traditional securities, in investments, risk management, and management of corporations. In other words, you will extend your
knowledge of corporate finance, investments, and portfolio management into the advanced stage. This course requires basic knowledge of traditional securities such as stocks and bonds, and corporate finance, although there is no specific prerequisite course. Additionally, the derivatives market aims to provide the basic knowledge and skill in order to understand Debt Security Market (FIN4300) and Risk Management (FIN4200). Securitization, which will be taught 2 in Debt Security Market, is a sophisticated type of derivatives. Also derivatives are widely used in order to achieve both financial and enterprise risk management. Understanding the pricing of derivatives also helps to understand the insurance pricing.
Delivery methods:
Course materials consist of cases, book chapters, and various articles, exercise problem sets and homework assignments, and a final examination at the end of the term. The final is a take-home examination. Most course work is quantitative. The level of students understanding will be checked by means of case analysis, assignments, and scheduled presentations throughout the term. Full preparation and attendance are both required for all of the scheduled sessions in this course. All students are expected to be actively involved in class discussion, especially, in case discussion.

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Risk is the BIG topic that dominates the financial industry, from complying with banking or insurance regulation to making sure the whizz-kids don't blow a hole in the balance sheet with their automated trading strategies. Read more
Risk is the BIG topic that dominates the financial industry, from complying with banking or insurance regulation to making sure the whizz-kids don't blow a hole in the balance sheet with their automated trading strategies.

The MSc in Quantitative Financial Risk Management (QFRM) develops the mathematical skills needed to make sound risk management decisions in the ever-changing financial markets. Graduates with such skills are highly desirable to employers who, typically, have developed their "rocket-science" based pricing systems and now want to focus on managing the risks of using them.

The QFRM MSc is mathematical, and a good degree in mathematics, or a mathematically based subject, is a pre-requisite. Practical, the emphasis is on the use of mathematics rather than the theory.

Heriot-Watt boasts a leading international research group in financial and actuarial mathematics. Lectures will be given by highly experienced staff at our campus which is set in pleasant grounds in Edinburgh, Scotland's vibrant capital city.

There are strong links between the QFRM MSc and Edinburgh's significant investment industry, with one of the modules actually being taught by industry personnel. The degree is in the process of becoming accredited by the Professional Risk Managers' International Association and some of the courses are also approved by the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries.

In addition, through the Scottish Financial Risk Academy, there are opportunities to do a variety of projects, including dissertations, with risk management professionals working in banking, investment and insurance. Recent industry-lead dissertations include projects with J.P. Morgan, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Aegon Asset Management in such topics as portfolio, credit, liquidity and insurance risk management.

Programme content

Core modules

Enterprise Risk Management
Derivative Markets and Pricing
Credit Risk Modelling
Financial Markets
Financial Econometrics
Time Series Analysis
Economic Scenario Generation
"Special Topics", some delivered by risk management professionals

Options

Statistical Methods
Corporate Finance

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MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering. is a highly quantitative programme tailored to high calibre and technically-minded graduates wanting a deeper, more analytical study of risk management and financial engineering than is found in general finance programmes. Read more

MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering is a highly quantitative programme tailored to high calibre and technically-minded graduates wanting a deeper, more analytical study of risk management and financial engineering than is found in general finance programmes.

The programme is accredited by the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) and the School offers students on this programme the opportunity to attend PRMIA events, have access to its resources and receive considerable discounts on PRMIA exams.

The programme

In September you will study five foundation modules to introduce the tools of modern finance and enhance your career development skills. These include:

• Markets and Securities

• Financial Modelling

• Application of Matlab to Finance

• Data Structures and Algorithms using Python

• The Finance Industry

You’ll take eight core modules which are the backbone of our programme, providing you with a solid knowledge base in each subject area. Each module builds on previous experience while introducing new and challenging disciplines. These include:

• Empirical Finance: Methods and Applications

• Financial Engineering

• Financial Statistics

• Investments and Portfolio Management

• Risk Management and Valuation

• Stochastic Calculus

You will also receive training in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), choose from a variety of electives and undertake a final project. The selection of electives include:

• Advanced Options Theory

• Credit Risk

• Advanced Financial Statistics

• Enterprise Risk Management

• Fixed Income Securities

• International Elective: Macro and Finance for Practitioners

• International Finance

• Insurance

• Structured Credit and Equity Products

• Private Equity and Venture Capital

• Wealth Management and Alternative Investments

• Topics in FinTech Innovation



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Overview. This program is designed to develop informed professionals who will be able to identify, measure and manage the risks latent in investments, business decisions or financial transactions. Read more

Overview

This program is designed to develop informed professionals who will be able to identify, measure and manage the risks latent in investments, business decisions or financial transactions.

The significant social costs paid by societies due to the recent financial crisis, highlight the importance of effective risk management.

Being a University Partner of PRMIA (Professional Risk Managers' International Association), our program will help you join the ranks of the globally growing profession of risk management and pursue a career dealing with some of the hottest challenges in business today:

  • In pursuit of higher returns, reign in on growing market volatilities.
  • Control the financial risks inherent in banking and insurance institutions.
  • Identify operational risks in all areas of business.
  • Design effective risk frameworks at portfolio, business division or enterprise level.

Key features of the program

  • Weekday classes between 18:00 – 22:00, twice a week on average
  • A 14-month program
  • 12 core modules and 4 workshops
  • Assessment: group reports/presentations, case study analysis, mid-term tests, final exams (18 – 21:00)
  • Dissertation or Internship or Coursework (3 courses)

The MSc in Risk Management is Designed for:

  • Graduates with a quantitative background in pursuit of a career in risk divisions of financial institutions, large corporations or investment companies.
  • Managers who engage in risk taking activities.
  • Professionals responsible for monitoring risk and reporting to senior management.
  • Management consultants specialized in risk solutions.
  • Compliance officers responsible for supervising business units, enterprises or financial system participants.

Highlights

International Recognition: Being accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and PRMIA University Partner, the program offers international and professional reputation and acceptance.

Hands-on: The specialization courses are tied to professional practice and aim to address pragmatic challenges faced by risk managers.

Integrated: The modular structure of the curriculum ensures that the program is well balanced around three themes: competency in analytical skills, knowledge of financial theory and ability to measure and control risk.

Aware: Studying risk dynamics allows for a deeper understanding of the contagion mechanisms that created the global financial crisis with significant impact on societies.

Innovative: The program offers the opportunity to master topics that differentiate from standard finance curricula, such as the challenges faced by financial institutions, the role of regulation in promoting financial stability and the application of quantitative processes that focus on tail risks.

Career

  • Develop an appreciation of financial & operational risks faced by financial institutions, corporations and market investors.
  • Strengthen quantitative skills required for measuring the impact of extreme events.
  • Learn to utilize the tools, methods and processes for managing risks.
  • Understand financial theory and market dynamics.
  • Become up to date with the latest trends and practices in risk regulation.
  • Embrace values for sustainable and socially responsible decision making.


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Actuaries evaluate and manage financial risk. They make financial sense of the future for their clients by applying advanced mathematical and statistical techniques to solve complex financial problems. Read more
Actuaries evaluate and manage financial risk. They make financial sense of the future for their clients by applying advanced mathematical and statistical techniques to solve complex financial problems.

Qualifying as an actuary is a passport to a wide variety of careers in insurance companies, investments, pensions, health care and banking – not just in the UK, but throughout the world. Kent is one of a very few universities in the UK to teach the subject.

Our MSc in Applied Actuarial Science is fully accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries; it also provides a fast-track route to qualifying as an actuary, because students who achieve a high enough overall mark in this programme can obtain exemptions from the professional examinations included within their studies.

The MSc is available as a full-time (one-year) or part-time (two-year) programme and is suitable for those who have completed a first degree or postgraduate diploma in Actuarial Science, or those who have studied the majority of the earlier subjects in the Core Technical Stage subjects.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/174/applied-actuarial-science

About the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (SMSAS)

The School has a strong reputation for world-class research and a well-established system of support and training, with a high level of contact between staff and research students. Postgraduate students develop analytical, communication and research skills.

In 2010, the Centre for Actuarial Science, Risk and Investment (CASRI) was set up within SMSAS to reflect the widening scope of the teaching and research of the staff. Areas of research interest include economic capital and risk management for financial services firms, mortality and longevity modelling, longevity indices and markets. Other research topics include genetics and insurance, insurance economics, pensions and corporate reporting.

The Centre includes 13 professionally qualified actuaries with many years’ practical experience in insurance and pensions, and who maintain excellent links with the actuarial profession.

Course structure

The course is based on a ‘core modules plus options’ structure and exemptions can be gained from the following professional examinations in the Core Applications Stage and Specialist Technical Stage: CA1, CA3, ST2, ST4 to ST9. You can also choose the optional Financial Modelling modules, which prepare you for subject CA2 in the Core Applications Stage. Find out more about accreditation for this programme (http://www.kent.ac.uk/casri/Accreditation/index.html) and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries examinations (http://www.actuaries.org.uk/students/pages/our-exams-explained).

You must take 180 credits in order to pass the MSc. If you take fewer than 180 credits, you may be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Actuarial Science.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

MA909 - Enterprise Risk Management (30 credits)
MA912 - Life Insurance (30 credits)
MA914 - Pensions and Other Benefits (30 credits)
MA915 - Finance and Investment (30 credits)
MA916 - Derivative Securities (30 credits)
MA917 - General Insurance - Reserving and Capital Modelling (30 credits)
MA918 - General Insurance - Premium Rating (30 credits)
MA950 - Prophet (15 credits)
MA951 - Prophet 2 (15 credits)
MA952 - Financial Modelling (15 credits)
MA953 - Communications (15 credits)
MA921 - Actuarial Risk Management 1 (30 credits)
MA922 - Actuarial Risk Management 2 (30 credits)

Assessment

Assessment is usually by a mixture of coursework and examination; exact weightings vary from module to module.

- Accreditation
Students who are considered to have performed sufficiently well in the programme (both in examinations and coursework), as determined by an examiner appointed by the UK Actuarial Profession, will be exempt from subjects CA1, CA3 and the Specialist Technical subjects studied within the programme.

If you fail to achieve a suitable overall standard, you might still be awarded individual module exemptions as recommended by the Profession’s examiner. Please note that individual exemptions are granted based on the final written examinations only.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- provide successful students with eligibility for subject exemptions from the Core Application and Specialist Technical series of examinations of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. This means obtaining a thorough knowledge of core actuarial applications, developing the ability to apply this knowledge in a practical situation and gaining current knowledge and understanding of the practice of major areas in which actuaries are involved.

- develop your understanding, knowledge and awareness of current problems, much of which is at the forefront of current professional practice.

- ensure you are competent in the use of information technology, and are familiar with computers, together with the relevant software.

Careers

The UK Actuarial Profession

The UK Actuarial Profession is small, but influential and well rewarded. There are more than 6,500 actuaries currently employed in the UK, the majority of whom work in insurance companies and consultancy practices.

Survey results published by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (http://www.actuaries.org.uk/becoming-actuary/pages/what-can-actuary-earn) suggest that the average basic salary for a student actuary is £36,842 with pay and bonuses increasingly sharply as you become more experienced. The average basic salary of a Chief Actuary is £209,292.

As an actuary, your work is extremely varied and can include: advising companies on the amount of funds to set aside for employee pension payments; designing new insurance policies and setting premium rates; pricing financial derivatives and working in fund management and quantitative investment research; advising life insurance companies on he distribution of surplus funds; and estimating the effects of possible major disasters, such as earthquakes or hurricanes, and setting premium rates for insurance against such disasters. For more information about the actuarial profession, see http://www.actuaries.org.uk

- Employability support

Helping our students to develop strong employability skills is a key objective within the School and the University. We provide a wide range of services and support to equip you with transferable vocational skills that enable you to secure appropriate professional positions within industry. Within the School we run specialist seminars and provide advice on creating a strong CV, making job applications and successfully attending interviews and assessment centres.

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in the actuarial, finance, insurance and risk sectors.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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The Global Finance and Investment MSc degree programme will provide students with an understanding of domestic and global financial systems and bring together the major financial issues of investment and risk management. Read more
The Global Finance and Investment MSc degree programme will provide students with an understanding of domestic and global financial systems and bring together the major financial issues of investment and risk management.
You will study how risk is manifested, the role of the non-deposit financial institutions, corporate strategic investment decisions, techniques of asset and firm valuation and the nature and use of complex financial instruments.
The course is ideal for students who wish to pursue careers in investment, finance and risk management, insurance or actuarial science.
Most students will take part in a placement or internship as part of the Executive In-Company Project module, although the option of a traditional dissertation is available.
There are also ways for you to tailor your university experience to your interests. You will have opportunities to get involved with a #DMUglobal experience and choose a language study option.

Reasons to study Global Investment and Risk MSc at Leicester Business School:
• Guaranteed in-country experience with a leading international organisation
• Guaranteed international experience with one of our international partner colleges
• Personal leadership mentoring from leading industry figures
• World leading academics
• Unique learning environment headquartered in the Great Hall of Leicester Castle
• Regular delivery from leading business figures
• Networking and peer support as a result of being part of a small, exceptionally talented tutor group
• Portfolio developed in partnership with business
• Mentoring and 1-1 academic support from leading academics, at the forefront of their fields
• Excellent contact hours
• Emphasis on the development of business-relevant cultural awareness, including optional language study

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and examination where appropriate.
Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however you will normally attend around 15 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week. We expect you to undertake at least 15 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

Course modules

• Research Methods
• Enterprise Risk Management
• International Financial Markets and Institutions
• Strategic Financial Management
• Econometrics
• Financial Derivatives
• Investment Valuation
• Behavioural Finance
• Dissertation or Executive In-Company Project

Graduate Careers

A degree in Global Investment and Risk will open up a wide range of career opportunities as you develop a broad base of skills that are in great demand with global employers.
You may choose to pursue careers in areas such as investment, finance and risk management, insurance or actuarial science.
You will benefit from access to DMU’s established Careers and Employability Team, who offer employability sessions and workshops and can advise you on your options.

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Who is it for?. This postgraduate Project Management, Finance and Risk programme is for those pursuing or planning a career in managing the introduction of capital goods or applying the latest project management techniques to complex projects. Read more

Who is it for?

This postgraduate Project Management, Finance and Risk programme is for those pursuing or planning a career in managing the introduction of capital goods or applying the latest project management techniques to complex projects. It is particularly suited to students with a scientific or financial engineering background as we cover quantitative risk assessment in depth, which requires an aptitude for measuring and analysing data.

Objectives

Consider the risks contained within a project such as the Euro Tunnel. Two governments sponsoring the project and nine billion pounds of finance ring-fenced through a special purpose company to complete it. Will it be finished on time and will it secure the revenues to service the debt? These are the kinds of questions we address on this programme.

MSc Project Management, Finance and Risk gives you a foundation in quantitative risk assessment and decision-making under uncertain conditions, coupled with classical engineering economics and financial engineering.

From analysing indecision within games theory to rebuilding a country’s infrastructure, we explore the drivers in which businesses operate, and the challenges and opportunities that project managers face. Teaching is provided  by internal and external lecturers with expertise in the field. This is complemented by invited lectures from the Sir John Cass Business School, together with people from industry and the banking sector who bring in diverse skill sets and the ability to solve complex problems.

Placements

There is no formal requirement to do an industry-based placement as part of the programme. However, some students arrange to undertake their final project within a company.

Teaching and learning

As well as lectures, you learn through tutorial support, guided private study, coordinating group activities, and coursework. Not every module has an exam and in some cases you will be assessed through a module project.

Full-time students complete the programme in one year and we expect you to devote a significant part of the non-taught hours to project work, group activities, as well as your own independent study. The duration of a part-time programme is two years (this may be extended to three years in individual cases.

Modules

There are four core modules and two electives. Out of the two electives you can choose from four or five topics including games theory, perspectives on management and leadership and entrepreneurship, innovations and enterprise.

You can also take part in a rolling programme of one-day events to build your communication and team-building skills while you study. These sessions cover topics including conducting research, improving your presentation skills and dealing with people.

The course is modular and each module lasts four days. The structure has been designed in this way so that both full and part-time students can follow the programme. In addition, the course offers practical skills in management, leadership, entrepreneurship, software and communications tools.

You are normally required to complete all the taught modules successfully before progressing to the dissertation.

A Prince 2 Project Management Practitioner’s Course will be offered to students in the summer term. This five-day course, paid for by the institution, is presented by an outside training agency. By successfully completing the course you will be awarded a coveted practitioner’s certificate.

Core modules

  • Managing Risk and Uncertainty (20 credits)
  • Optimisation and Decision Making (20 credits)
  • The Project Lifecycle 20 credits)
  • Financial Engineering and Project Planning (20 credits)
  • Workshops and Seminars (zero credits)
  • Introductory mathematics (zero credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Elective modules include

You will choose two elective modules.

  • Presenting Data (20 credits)
  • Perspectives on Management and Leadership (20 credits)
  • Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovations and Enterprise (20 credits)
  • Decision Sciences 1 - Complex Systems and Networks (20 credits)
  • Decision Sciences 2: Game Theory (20 credits)

Career prospects

Graduates completing the course will be prepared for a wide range of careers involving project management, risk management and financial planning. From banking to management and from engineering consultancies to the pharmaceuticals industry, this programme gives you diverse options when it comes to developing your career and being part of key decision-making processes.

If you want to work in infrastructure management and development, which involves management of supply chain and/or financial risks, the programme will be particularly relevant. Additionally, the course is ideal if you are planning a career in any of the following areas:

  • Capital goods
  • Management consultancy
  • Risk analysis in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Project management in the construction Industry
  • Investment banking
  • Banking analysis
  • Financial risk analysis
  • Real estate management
  • Marketing management
  • Aircraft engineering
  • Entrepreneurship

Students are supported by the Careers, Student Development & Outreach team who offer a professional, high quality careers and information service.



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This course is designed for computer science, informatics and IT professionals who want to pursue a career in which advanced research skills may be useful. Read more

This course is designed for computer science, informatics and IT professionals who want to pursue a career in which advanced research skills may be useful. It is most suitable for experienced or emerging professionals and is ideal if you wish to advance your knowledge of business performance and how it is supported by information technology.

What you study

The course is structured to give you advanced level research skills specifically relevant to the IT discipline, together with a framework for developing your knowledge of how organisations seek to use IT for transformation and innovation.

On the course you examine the relationships between corporate strategy, business models, services and process models, performance, risk and value management, and computer technology. You discover how enterprise systems can be integrated with strategic and tactical business decision-making as well as data analytics and processing. You also learn about emergent technologies such as smart applications driven by artificial intelligence and robotic process automation.

Throughout your work, questions will emerge and you will be able to identify topics to research based on what you have studied. You take three modules that reflect your area of specialism or that provide you with important background knowledge. You also learn about research techniques from which you conduct your preliminary research study and dissertation.

Throughout the course you benefit from a strong underpinning focus on computer science and informatics.

Industry partnerships

The course has been designed in consultation with LEADing Practice, an Enterprise Standards body whose models are integrated into enterprise software products of SAP™, IBM™, iGrafx™ and LEADing Practice’s Enterprise+. This professional, vendor-neutral standards body brings to bear its invaluable experience to the course, having worked with over 4,600 industry practitioners.

In addition, you are taught by leading research-active academics and industrial practitioners. Eminent contributors and guest speakers enhance your learning by exposing you to theoretical knowledge and real-world case studies. This may include industry professionals such as the founder of Enterprise Architecture, John A. Zachman. Further support comes from the Global University Alliance (GUA), a consortium with more than 450 academic institutions in its membership. Both LEADing Practice and the GUA work with other standards bodies such as the OMG, ISO, IEEE, CEN, and W3C. All this knowledge is uniquely brought together in this course to provide you with industry expertise and connections.

As a result the course helps to raise your professional profile with your existing or prospective employer and enables you to pursue a career where advanced research skills are may be useful, including those appropriate for doctoral study.

Course structure

The course is designed as study blocks so that you attend for two weeks in October then two weeks in January in the academic year. The remaining time you engage in pre-reading, and work on your assessments including a preliminary research study and your research dissertation.

Modules:

  • research methods for computer science and informatics (15 credits)
  • strategy, transformation, innovation and organisational dynamics (15 credits)
  • enterprise systems, models and architectures (15 credits)
  • enterprise ontology and semantics (15 credits)

you then undertake the following two modules in which you engage with your agreed research topic with close supervision

  • preliminary research study (60 credits)
  • the research dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment

  • coursework

Employability

On completion of the course you should be able to demonstrate the most relevant ways that computers can help organisations achieve their goals.

You may aim to pursue studies at PhD level, or develop your skills as an industrial practitioner in enterprise modelling, engineering or architecture.

You can join the LEADing Practice open source standard development community – more than 4600 practitioners who work across all sectors of industry. The MRes enables you to become certified as a LEAD Transformation eXpert as well as a LEAD Business Architect.

With such a wide variety of options, you can expect a fulfilling career leading to a senior technological or business role.



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Financial engineering involves the creation of financial products that are aimed specifically at the needs of investors, rather than the conventional approach of defining assets on the basis of borrowers' requirements. Read more
Financial engineering involves the creation of financial products that are aimed specifically at the needs of investors, rather than the conventional approach of defining assets on the basis of borrowers' requirements. Central to Financial Engineering are relative value (sometimes called arbitrage) trading strategies and the structuring of financial products, and the closely associated process of securitisation. Structuring involves the transformation of cash flows derived from an asset and improving the risk profile of the structured product. The contemporary derivative markets are driven by the process structuring, both in terms of transforming cash flows through “swaps” and credit enhancement through credit derivatives.

The programme aims to develop the skills and knowledge required by the modern investment and asset management industry where relative value trading strategies and structuring dominate. The emphasis is on developing a range of practical skills rather than develop an abstract "theory of everything". This reflects the need for practitioners to be able to employ different techniques in the ever changing world of contemporary finance.

The material is based substantially on the PRIMIA syllabus for risk management and the Actuarial Profession’s Specialist Technical (ST) syllabus to value and manage the risks associated with a portfolios of derivatives.

The taught component of the degree makes up 120 credits. There are seven mandatory courses leading to 75 credits and consisting of:

• Enterprise Risk Management (15 credits, Semesters 1) - a comprehensive treatment of Financial Risk Management focusing on quantitative aspects.

• Derivative Markets and Pricing (15 credits, Semester 1) - an introduction to derivative markets and how derivative products are priced.

• Modelling and Tools (15 credits, Semester 2) - the fundamental techniques of deterministic and probabilistic mathematical modelling.

• Financial Engineering (15 credits, Semester 2) - provides a thorough grounding in the mathematics underpinning Financial Engineering. Topics include non-standard derivatives, securitisation and structuring, modelling interest rates (including Libor Market Models and valuing swaptions) and contemporary issues in asset management (relative value and pairs trading strategies).

• Credit Risk Modelling (15 credits, Semester 2) - a detailed treatment of the mathematics underpinning Basel Accord on banking supervision and Solvency II for insurance.

Students will also choose three of the following five optional courses leading to a further 45 credits

• Statistical Methods (15 credits, Semester 1) - a foundation course in probability and statistics.

• Financial markets (15 credits, Semester 1) - an introduction to the financial markets.

• Time Series Analysis and Financial Econometrics (15 credits, Semester 2) - analysis and modelling of financial data.

• Modern Portfolio Theory (15 credits, Semester 2) - classical portfolio theory based on maximising expected utility

• Bayesian Inference & Computational Methods (15 credits, Semester 2) - a course on modern Bayesian statistical inference and involving implementing the Bayesian approach in practical situations

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Actuaries provide assessments of financial security systems, with a focus on their complexity, their mathematics, and their mechanisms. Read more
Actuaries provide assessments of financial security systems, with a focus on their complexity, their mathematics, and their mechanisms. Actuaries quantify the probability and manage the risk of future events in areas such as insurance, healthcare, pensions, investment, and banking and also in non-financial areas. This course is taught by the Department of Mathematical Sciences and is intended for students with a first degree in mathematics, statistics, economics or finance who would like to acquire knowledge in actuarial science.

Our MSc Actuarial Science course is based on the syllabus of the majority of the Core Technical subjects of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, so you’ll cover Core Technical subjects as part of your course (CT2 or CT3, depending on the optional module selected, CT4, CT5, CT6, and CT8). This focus on up-to-date research findings in actuarial methodologies and actuarial applications means that you gain a solid training in actuarial modelling and actuarial analysis.

It is also possible to specialise on a topic of choice, with options including:
-Actuarial and Financial Modelling
-General Insurance
-Life Insurance

You will also have the chance to study a problem in depth through a Master's thesis project on a subject chosen by you or your supervisor.

As part of our Department of Mathematical Sciences you’re a member of an inclusive and approachable research community with an international reputation in many areas including semi-group theory, optimisation, probability, applied statistics, bioinformatics and mathematical biology.

Our expert staff

As well as being world-class academics, many of our academics have won research awards and grants from some of the largest actuarial society’s worldwide, national or regional awards for lecturing, and many of them are qualified and accredited teachers.

Teaching on our course are expert academics and practising actuaries. The key departmental contacts for our MSc Actuarial Science are Keith Bannister, Dr Haslifah Hashim, and Dr Spyridon Vrontos.
-Keith Bannister is a qualified actuary, and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and Faculty of Actuaries; he lectures part-time in Actuarial Science.
-Dr Hashim specialises in life and general insurance, pensions, financial mathematics, enterprise risk management, forensic economics, and Islamic finance and takaful.
-Dr Vrontos specialises in actuarial mathematics and modelling, asset-liability management and performance measurement for pension funds, hedge funds and mutual funds, risk management and solvency, and risk theory.

Specialist facilities

-Unique to Essex is our renowned Maths Support Centre, which offers help to students, staff and local businesses on a range of mathematical problems. Throughout term-time, we can chat through mathematical problems either on a one-to-one or small group basis
-We have our own computer labs for the exclusive use of students in the Department of Mathematical Sciences – in addition to your core maths modules, you gain computing knowledge of software including Matlab and Maple
-We host regular events and seminars throughout the year

Your future

As a new course, we expect our graduates of MSc Actuarial Science to become actuaries in a range of industries. It is predicted by the US Department of Labor that the employment of actuaries is expected to grow faster than any other occupation, making it a great prospect for a graduate job.

Aside from a rewarding career as an actuary (actuaries are in the top ten jobs for 2016, careercast.com), clear thinkers are required in every profession, so the successful mathematician has an extensive choice of potential careers. The Council for Mathematical Sciences offers further information on careers in mathematics.

We also work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

We also offer supervision for PhD, MPhil and MSc by Dissertation. We have an international reputation in many areas such as semi-group theory, optimisation, probability; applied statistics, bioinformatics and mathematical biology, and our department is strongly committed to research and to the promotion of graduate activities.

Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

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Learn how to overcome the major challenges facing industry, business and the public sector today, and influence the decision-making processes of the future. Read more

Learn how to overcome the major challenges facing industry, business and the public sector today, and influence the decision-making processes of the future.

  • Gain a solid theoretical foundation and quantitative skills, alongside practical problem-solving techniques
  • Apply your knowledge to real-life scenarios using case studies, individual and team consulting-based assignments, presentations and software tools
  • Use SAS Enterprise as part of the `Data Analytics for Business Decision Making' unit. SAS sponsor a coursework prize for this project
  • Choose from a broad range of options to meet your interests or career aspirations
  • Prepare for a career in consultancy, finance, retail, manufacturing, government analytics units, defence, IT systems, outsourcing and telecoms.

Special features

We run a core module on Data Analytics which will introduce students to SAS Enterprise. A coursework prize for this project will be sponsored by SAS.

Recent highlights included a case study run by British Airways, a presentation from SAS on the Future of Analytics and ongoing dissertation projects with Unilever and LBM.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment varies depending on course units taken. It may include a combination of course work, group project assessment and presentations, report, assignments, in-class tests and examination. The dissertation normally ranges between 12,000 and 25,000 words.

Course unit details

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits and consists of both compulsory and optional taught units which can be viewed in the list below.  

The core courses unit introduce you to mathematical principles and practical tools for Optimization, Decision Making, Data-Mining, Statistical Analysis, Simulation and Risk Analysis. Specific software packages include SAS, SPSS, Minitab, AMOS, Eviews, Excel, Excel Solver, SIMUL8, iThink, Risk Solver, IDS.

Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation, worth 60 credits. Examples of recent dissertation project topics include:

  • Web analytics for evaluating online user experience
  • Capacity management of product test equipment
  • Risk management in the hotel industry 
  • Equity forecasting using ARIMA and neural networks
  • Predictive modelling: A case study for selling additional contracts to existing customers in the telecommunications industry

Scholarships and bursaries

Contact us for further information on scholarships available .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

There are many potential career roles for postgraduates with an understanding of analytical approaches in business and management - including job titles such as operational research analyst, systems analyst, risk analyst, financial analyst, performance analyst, business analyst, marketing analyst, business modeller, and operations, logistics, production, project, risk, quality, performance, or general manager. Employers include general and specialist consultancies, the finance, retail and manufacturing sectors, government analytics units, defence and major 'solution providers' in IT systems, outsourcing and telecoms.

In many of these areas an MSc is generally accepted as highly desirable for developing an initial career in the field. In addition to preparing you for specialist professional work, the course is also a valuable preparation for further study and for research degrees.

More details on our Careers Service.

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Our Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc provides in-depth knowledge of the major areas that underpin operations and supply chain. Read more
Our Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc provides in-depth knowledge of the major areas that underpin operations and supply chain.

Organisations are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs, shorten production and distribution times and better manage risk. This allows them to develop and maintain a competitive advantage.

The course will suit those who wish to pursue a career in either operations or general management including:
-Operations, distribution and supply chain management
-Consultancy
-Logistics and transport management
-Engineering, purchasing or quality management
-Manufacturing management
-Management accounting

What you'll learn

You will improve your knowledge and understanding of how an integrated approach to operations management can impact on business performance.

You will learn how to advance the effectiveness and competitiveness of organisations. You will do this by applying the knowledge you develop in a thorough, systematic, informed and creative way.

This course will shape your understanding of:
-Quantitative analysis approaches in logistics and supply chain management
-How the mainstream supply chain information systems work
-How information technology can improve the efficiency of supply chain management
-How an integrated approach to operations and supply chain management can impact on businesses

Your development

On completion of this course, you will be able to:
-Critically evaluate, synthesise and apply theories and concepts in operations and supply chain in a national and international context
-Demonstrate analytical and evaluative skills in the application of operations and supply chain
-Use reflective skills to enable you to become a lifelong learner and problem solver
-Critically apply relevant theory and concepts to a range to complex, open-ended problems
-Provide technical, commercial and managerial leadership
-Communicate effectively and possess good interpersonal skills

Course accreditation

This course has been fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). Successful completion of the course leads to associate membership of this premier global organisation.

Career focus

Graduates from this course have undertaken various roles including:
-Head of Operations
-Enterprise Risk Manager
-Resource Delivery Manager

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Entry to the actuarial profession is by a demanding series of examinations, but the rewards after qualifying are great. The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in the UK has four levels of examinations to qualify. Read more

Overview

Entry to the actuarial profession is by a demanding series of examinations, but the rewards after qualifying are great. The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in the UK has four levels of examinations to qualify. The first level, the Core Technical (CT) subjects, are taught in our BSc or MSc in Actuarial Science and lead to exemptions from CT1 to CT8.

Leading on from this, our established and successful MSc in Actuarial Management (See http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-actuarial-management/ ) covers the more advanced actuarial subjects and offers exemptions from the syllabuses of the Core Application subjects CA1 and CA3 and Specialist Technical subjects ST2, ST4, ST5, ST6 and ST9.

Students will typically study CA1, CA3 and up to three ST subjects (two ST subjects are needed to satisfy the profession's requirements).

Taking our MSc in Actuarial Management is a great way to speed your progress to this most prestigious of careers - it's designed to take you almost all of the way to qualification. A student who graduates with a full set of exemptions from Heriot-Watt (CT, CA and ST subjects) will only have three more examinations to pass, as well as gaining the necessary work experience, to qualify as a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Programme duration

The PG Diploma comprises the taught coursework component leading to exemptions from CA1 and the ST professional subjects and takes 9 months to complete. Successful students can then progress to the project work in the summer. This takes the form of industry-relevant case studies, assessed by written reports, which leads to the award of an MSc and exemption from the Subject CA3. In exceptional cases a student may be allowed to write a research dissertation.

The programme is also available to be studied on a part-time basis, over a maximum of 4 years.

Teaching Excellence and Student Satisfaction

30% of our teaching staff are qualified actuaries, the others are leading Mathematicians, Financial Mathematicians and Statisticians, who are nationally and internationally recognised for their research. This expertise ensures that what we teach you is current, applicable to the real workplace and current economy. Our National Student Survey results are consistently high for overall student satisfaction.

Results from the National Student Survey for 2011 reveal that 88% of our Mathematics and Statistics (including Actuarial Science) graduates are employed with a graduate position and/or undertaking further study. Our graduates go on to work for companies such as Swiss Re, Standard Life, Towers Watson, Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays Capital, Scottish Widows, Ernst & Young and many more. Graduates are employed locally in Edinburgh, London and throughout the world.

Student Actuarial Society

Heriot-Watt has a very active Students' Actuarial Society (See http://hwsas.com/ ) which won several awards at a recent Heriot-Watt 'Oscars' ceremony. This body is completely managed, enthusiastically and professionally, by our students.

Professional recognition

The programme is fully accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Programme content

In the taught element of the programme each student takes eight semester-long courses. These are linked in pairs, one per semester. One pair of courses – covering Actuarial Risk Management – is compulsory and corresponds to subject CA1. It applies the principles of actuarial mathematics to a wide range of financial and insurance settings. Students choose a minimum of two pairs of courses from a list including Life Office Management (subject ST2), Pensions (subject ST4), Investment and Finance (subject ST5), Derivatives (subject ST6) and Enterprise Risk Management (subject ST9).

The choice of courses may depend on the coverage of actuarial subjects in the student’s first degree. Depending on individual circumstances, other optional courses may be made available, for example courses from the MSc in Actuarial Science or in other disciplines. However, students choosing to take three pairs of courses, potentially leading to exemptions from three ST subjects, will have an exceptionally broad range of employment opportunities.

Students may graduate with the Postgraduate Diploma at the end of the 2nd semester, after completing the taught coursework component leading to exemptions form CA1 and the ST professional subjects. Successful students can then progress to the project work in the summer. This takes the form of industry-relevant case studies, assessed by written reports, which leads to the award of an MSc and exemption from the Subject CA3. In exceptional cases a student may be allowed to write a research dissertation.The dissertation is an extended research project, with regular supervision, undertaken in the summer. The diploma takes 9 months and the MSc takes 1 year full time and part time options are available.

For more detailed course descriptions, please visit the current student website http://www.ma.hw.ac.uk/ams/teach/courses1314/index.php

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses (See http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm ) to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

Find information on Fees and Scholarships here http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-actuarial-management/

Find videos of students and graduates from the department here http://www.youtube.com/user/HWActuarial?blend=3&ob=5#p/a

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