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This MA degree programme is designed for students who wish to explore the social dimensions of risk and resilience. Read more

This MA degree programme is designed for students who wish to explore the social dimensions of risk and resilience. The Department of Geography is especially well-suited to examine these in relation to environmental hazards, climate change and security-related risk, but students are encouraged to develop their thinking in relation to any aspect of risk research, including broader environmental change, disaster risk reduction, financial risk, risk and insurance, risk and health, risk and migration, risk and social policy, risk and governance, borders and terrorism. The MA programme foregrounds the existence of multiple ways of understanding risk, from risk as an objective phenomenon managed through scientific tools (e.g. in the case of environmental hazards) to risk as a social construct and a political technique (e.g. in the case of risk and security).

For students interested in security-related risk, the MA programme offers in-depth and advanced understanding of geo-political security challenges and politics, including the ways in which society is governed increasingly through the prism of risk. Dealing with risks as a function of both the natural and social environments we live in, the course responds to the growing realisation that many risks are being created through social processes bound to questions of security, including the ways that risk techniques are emerging and being employed as a means of securing uncertain futures.

Course Structure

Students take the following core modules, and a selection of elective modules, which, when combined, add up to 180 credits:

Core Modules: 

  • Understanding Risk (30 Credits)
  • Social Dimensions of Risk and Resilience (30 Credits)
  • Risk Frontiers (15 Credits)
  • Using Geographical Skills and Techniques (15 Credits)
  • Dissertation by Research (or) Vocational Dissertation (60 Credits)

Elective Modules available in previous years include:

  • Hydrological Hazards (30 Credits)
  • Risk, Science and Communication (15 Credits)
  • Spatial and Temporal Dimensions of Hazard (30 Credits)
  • International Relations and Security in the Middle East (15 Credits)
  • Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis (15 Credits)
  • European Security (15 Credits)
  • Social Policy and Society (30 Credits). 

Course Learning and Teaching

Understanding and managing risk is ultimately about choice. All elements of society, from individuals to governments, must make decisions – conscious or not – about the ways in which they perceive, interpret, balance, and mitigate risk. Risk permeates our day-to-day lives in ways that are now recognised to be much more complex than the hazard-vulnerability paradigm, which dominated risk research until the 1990s, recognised. A deeper understanding of the nature of risk, its emergence, and its interface and position within societies, has emphasised the need to take a much more complex view in which a general understanding of the ways in which risk is generated, experienced and managed needs to be combined with a specific understanding of particular science or policy areas.

The primary aim of this Masters programme is to equip students with a general understanding of risk; whilst simultaneously providing specific training in elements of risk-related research. The MA supports students in developing a strong social science perspective on risk. This will be achieved through an interdisciplinary framework for understanding risk from a variety of perspectives. Students will learn theoretical and practical approaches to identifying and framing risk, as well as the underlying physical and social mechanisms that generate it. They will also examine the relationship of risk to knowledge and policy, and will be made aware of the array of advanced tools and techniques to assess the physical and social dimensions of risk under conditions of uncertainty. They will also be trained in the substance and methods associated with a range of science, social science and policy areas, and be expected to demonstrate that they can combine their general training in risk with their specific understanding of the substance and method associated with the chosen area, through either a research-based or a vocational dissertation.

All students will undertake a suite of core modules (150 credits) which provide students with a range of skills and knowledge which result in a unique focus in risk combined with training in interdisciplinary research methods. These modules are: Understanding Risk, Using Geographical Skills and Techniques, Risk Frontiers, Social Dimensions of Risk and Resilience, and the Dissertation.

Students then also select a suite of elective modules (another 30 credits). Students can choose to receive specialised scientific training in:

  • international relations, geopolitics and security, and/or
  • scientific perspectives on environmental hazards
  • a combination of approaches to risk.

Electives can be selected from: Strategic Asia, European Security, International Relations in the Middle East, Social Policy and Society and Risk, Science and Communication. 

The Risk Masters (both in its MA and MSc forms) is taught jointly between Durham University’s Geography Department, the School of Government & International Affairs, and the School of Applied Social Sciences. The programme’s interdisciplinary approach encourages students to combine science and social science perspectives. Students have a broad range of modules to choose from, and in this way develop an individualized set of professional skills that, depending on the student’s preferences, speak more to either the natural sciences (e.g. via scientific modelling, GIS or science and communication) or the social sciences (e.g. via social science research methodologies and engagements with social policy and international relations). The programme is delivered in close collaboration with Durham University’s Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR), and through IHRR’s activities students get permanent exposure to both practitioner and academic perspectives at the forefront of risk thinking and practice.



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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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This MSc Risk Management course will teach you cutting-edge risk management principles and techniques that you can apply in any domain, opening up a wealth of career options. Read more

This MSc Risk Management course will teach you cutting-edge risk management principles and techniques that you can apply in any domain, opening up a wealth of career options.

Introducing your degree

This degree is one of a few UK masters courses to cover risk management theory and practice within a broad framework, with applications across a range of sectors. It gives you the freedom to explore your own interests through optional modules in areas such as finance, quantitative methods or corporate security. You’ll be taught by academics at the forefront of risk management research, including world-leading experts in decision making in uncertain environments and project risk. You’ll also benefit from close links with the Business School’s Centre for Risk Research, the only specialist centre of its type in a Russell Group University. In addition, the course is accredited by two UK risk and insurance professional bodies.

Overview

From banking and insurance to manufacturing and public health, effective risk management is now recognised as a crucial factor for success in all sectors. This popular degree is one of just a handful of masters courses in the UK that teaches risk management within a broad framework that can be applied in any field, rather than focusing on a specific industry such as finance or engineering. This gives you the freedom to explore different aspects of risk and discover your area of interest, which you can pursue by choosing from a range of specialist modules.

The programme is delivered in conjunction with the Business School’s multidisciplinary Centre for Risk Research, the only risk-related research centre of its kind in a Russell Group university. Our academics’ links with the Centre’s research programmes will inform your learning, and you’ll have access to additional opportunities such as industry seminars run by the Centre.

This course will be of interest if you already have some professional experience and want to advance risk management practice in your industry, or if you are looking to specialise following your undergraduate studies. We welcome students from a range of academic backgrounds who have undertaken some quantitative study.

The MSc in Risk Management is accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Institute of Risk Management. This reflects our rigorous academic standards and means you’ll be able to apply for credits towards professional qualifications when you graduate.

View the programme specification document for this course.

Career Opportunities

You’ll graduate with a wide range of career options. You could choose to work for a financial or insurance company, the pharmaceutical or medical industry, or in environmental risk management. Potential employers include consultancy service firms and government organisations as well as private sector companies.

Our graduates have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • PwC
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst and Young
  • Old Mutual Wealth
  • Formula 1

The reputation of our risk management courses means we are regularly approached by companies seeking talented students for placement, internship or job opportunities. For example, Zurich Insurance recently offered placements for some of our students. These opportunities are not a formal part of the course and vary from year to year.



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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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In the aftermath of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, most organisations in finance, banking and insurance are undergoing major changes. Read more

In the aftermath of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, most organisations in finance, banking and insurance are undergoing major changes. These organisations are actively seeking postgraduates who are disciplined in these fields. Westminster Business School is one of just a handful of UK universities to offer a Master's degree in Finance, Banking and Insurance, leaving our graduates' skills sought after on the job market.

Studying the Finance, Banking and Insurance MSc will enable you to pursue a wide range of careers in the financial services industry and to study further for professional institute exams. This year-long full-time programme is designed for students who want to work in the areas of finance, financial services and banking, investment banking, retail banking, insurance, re-insurance and hedged funds as private client advisors and financial analysis both in the public and private sectors.

The course is designed to give you an essential understanding of the role and operations of the finance, banks and insurance companies. The course is delivered by highly qualified individuals with extensive research experience and strong industry links. During your studies, you will acquire essential knowledge and skills that will set the foundations for a successful career in the financial services sector, and you will gain access to our ever-growing alumni network which will support your career development following your graduation.

A highlight for many students are the field trips and social events organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking with peers, alumni and industry professionals.

Students on this course benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list and an online subscription to Financial Times.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

Core Modules

Option Modules

Internships

All students on our full-time Business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme, which forms part of the Reflective Practitioner Module.

The internship allows you to test drive a career and explore one of your career interests before you complete your Postgraduate studies!

Completing an 8-12 week accredited internship helps students gain invaluable work experience. This fantastic work experience can be taken in addition to option modules. Students are responsible for finding their own internship with the support of the Business Experience Team.

To express an interest in the module, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV. This will give students membership a dedicated website that offers exclusive access to internship vacancies, one to-one CV guidance appointments, mock interviews, employability workshops and much more.

Students can apply to London-based organisations and have the flexibility to take their internship in the summer period or alongside their studies.

Every year we receive very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Find out about postgraduate internships 

Career path

The MSc Finance, Banking and Insurance degree is perfect for students who want options in their career in that it allows students to specialise in insurance, banking and general finance. This 1-year course is designed for students who want to work in jobs such as:

  • Commercial and retail bankers
  • Investment bankers
  • Compliance officers
  • Insurance brokers
  • Fund managers
  • Private client advisors
  • Financial analysts

Students benefit from the fact that the course is practice-focused and is therefore focused on the skill-base needed in the industry. Successful and engaged students will have developed a systematic understanding of the finance, banking and insurance disciplines, using the most up-to- date material and exposure to the latest theory and research on these topics. The elective modules also give students to the ability to further specialise in their area of interest.



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Who is it for?

You want to develop a successful career in insurance or risk management; or you already work in one of these fields and want to expand your knowledge and enhance your career potential.  At Cass, you will study both applied and theoretical aspects of insurance and risk management to an advanced level.

Objectives

Our MSc Insurance and Risk Management programme will equip you with the all-round knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the constantly evolving fields of insurance, risk and risk management.

You will work through a balanced programme which combines a practical approach with sound theory to create a learning environment that is both challenging and stimulating.  You will emerge with a well-regarded and flexible postgraduate degree, solidly positioned to build a successful career in an exciting an increasing complex business world –see ‘Career Pathways’ for testimonials from our past students.

Structure

There are three ways of taking our MSc Insurance and Risk Management programme.

  • A one year full-time course
  • A two year part-time course
  • An exempt route (‘fast track’) course for CII Advanced Diploma holders (8 months full-time or 20 months part-time)

In each case you will

  • Acquire comprehensive knowledge of the theory, principles and practices of insurance and risk management
  • Develop a wide range of technical and conceptual skills
  • Network with your peers and senior finance industry professionals in the City of London
  • Enjoy an enriching environment as part of an international student body
  • Acquire a flexible qualification to prepare you for wide range of roles in insurance, risk management or finance

Assessment

To satisfy the requirements of the degree students must complete:

  • Eight Core courses (15 credits each) (or five Core courses for Exempt Route students)
  • Three Elective courses (10 credits each) and a Business Research Project (40 credits).

Assessment of Core courses on the MSc in Insurance & Risk Management is by means of coursework and unseen examination in most cases.  Elective courses are generally assessed by coursework only.  Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual or group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests or problem sets.  Group work may include an element of peer assessment.

We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.

Career pathways

Our MSc Insurance and Risk Management is a long-established course, and we are very proud of the career progression of our many hundreds of past graduates.  They now work in a wide range of organisations around the world, including major global insurance and reinsurance companies, international insurance broking firms, investment and retail banks, leading accountancy firms and management consultants, risk management departments of major corporations, regulatory authorities and many other fields.

Some graduates have pursued further studies (such as PhD) after leaving Cass and embarked on academic careers, others have become successful entrepreneurs and built their own businesses.



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This MSc programme, which has been designed in conjunction with leading risk professionals, aims to meet the growing demand for professionals who are highly skilled in quantitative risk management. Read more

This MSc programme, which has been designed in conjunction with leading risk professionals, aims to meet the growing demand for professionals who are highly skilled in quantitative risk management. Students gain core competencies in risk analysis and have the opportunity to tailor the programme to their own interests and needs through the wide variety of options available.

About this degree

Students will be educated to an advanced level in programming and computing and will gain mathematical, statistical and computational modelling skills. They will have a clear appreciation of different types of risk within the industry, and of the managerial and psychological issues related to risk control.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma will be offered to the students that have completed eight taught modules (120 UCL credits).

A Postgraduate Certificate will be offered to the students that have completed four taught modules (60 UCL credits).

Core modules

  • Financial Data and Statistics (15 credits)
  • Financial Engineering (15 credits)
  • Market Risk, Measures and Portfolio Theory (15 credits)
  • Stochastic Processes for Finance (15 credits)

Optional modules

Students choose 60 credits of optional modules from the following:

  • Applied Computational Finance (15 credits)
  • Compliance, Risk and Regulation (15 credits)
  • Equities, Foreign Exchange and Commodities Modelling (15 credits)
  • Financial Institutions and Markets (15 credits)
  • Machine Learning with Applications in Finance (15 credits)
  • Market Microstructure (15 credits)
  • Networks and Systemic Risk (15 credits)
  • Numerical Analysis for Finance (15 credits)
  • Operational Risk Measurement for Financial Institutions (15 credits)
  • Quantitative Modelling of Operational Risk and Insurance Analytics (15 credits)

Please note: the availability and delivery of optional modules may vary, depending on your selection.

With permission, a student may substitute up to two optional modules with electives. A list of acceptable elective modules is available on the Departmental page.

Dissertation/report

Students undertake modelling, research and data analysis which takes place over the summer placement. This forms the basis of the 10,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and project work. Modules are assessed by written papers and/or coursework. The research project is assessed by a written report and (optional) oral examination.

Placement

Students undertake a summer work placement in an industry environment organised by the department.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Financial Risk Management MSc

Careers

Many students have gone on to careers in financial services in the City of London or in their home countries; a number of graduates have proceeded to PhD-level study.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Associate Risk Manager, China Development Bank
  • Business Analyst, Credit Suisse
  • Risk Analyst, Unspecified Financial Institution
  • Senior Analyst, Deutsche Bank
  • PhD Computer Science, UCL

Employability

Students acquire mathematical, statistical and computational skills which are highly sought after by the financial industry to assess, quantify, model, simulate and edge risk.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Bank of England (BoE), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the financial services industry place great emphasis on raising the level of quantitative analytics used in risk management and compliance. UCL, in collaboration with the BoE/FCA, aims to set a new benchmark in this area, based on training students to become risk professionals who are good scientists in the area of risk management.

UCL Computer Science is recognised as a world leader in teaching and research. Our Master's programmes have some of the highest employment rates and starting salaries, with graduates entering a wide variety of industries.

We take an experimental approach to our subject, enjoy the challenge and opportunity of entrepreneurial partnerships and place a high value on our extensive range of industrial collaborations.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Computer Science

96% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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Demand is growing worldwide for experts who have the technical skills to measure and manage financial risk. This masters degree prepares you to meet these requirements, equipping you to respond to emerging developments in the global capital and money markets. Read more

Demand is growing worldwide for experts who have the technical skills to measure and manage financial risk. This masters degree prepares you to meet these requirements, equipping you to respond to emerging developments in the global capital and money markets.

You’ll gain comprehensive knowledge of essential topics including the dynamics of financial markets, the causes and effects of financial risk and professional practices for measuring and managing portfolio risk. You can also choose optional modules allowing you to specialise in areas such as accounting, international banking and security investment analysis.

Learning from highly qualified teaching staff involved in world-class research in financial risk management, you’ll test your knowledge in genuine business scenarios during practical case study exercises and simulations. Thanks to our excellent links with industry and commerce, you’ll gain an understanding of the latest challenges in financial markets worldwide.

Academic excellence

As a student you will be able to access the knowledge of our advanced specialist research units, which also have strong links with leading institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. These include the Centre for Advanced Study in Finance (CASIF), the Institute of Banking and Investment (IBI) and the Credit Management Research Centre (CMRC). This research makes an important contribution to your learning on the MSc Financial Risk Management; you will benefit from a curriculum that is informed by the latest knowledge and critical thinking.

You will also benefit from our strong relationships with the finance, credit and accounting professions. This provides a connection to the latest practitioner and policy developments, giving you a masters degree that is relevant to the contemporary environment.

Course content

The course builds your understanding of essential topics such as corporate finance and applies financial theory to practical problems. You’ll study financial modelling, risk and insurance, managing portfolio risk and derivatives. You’ll also undertake professional skills training throughout the year to help you develop the critical skills to apply your knowledge into the workplace.

Beyond these core areas of study, you’ll be able to specialise in areas that suit your career plans with your choice of optional modules. You’ll take at least one of Behavioural Finance or Discrete Time Finance, and can choose from topics such as forensic accounting and finance, international banking and finance or information and organisation design.

You’ll also develop your knowledge of research methods in finance and by the end of the year, you’ll be prepared to design and carry out your own research dissertation on a related topic of your choice, developing your ability to tackle the most pressing challenges currently facing the industry.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You’ll study eight compulsory modules including your dissertation.

  • Portfolio Risk Management 15 credits
  • Corporate Finance 15 credits
  • Applied Finance 15 credits
  • Financial Modelling and Analysis 15 credits
  • Financial Derivatives 15 credits
  • Accounting and Finance Dissertation 45 credits
  • Critical Skills for the Finance Professional 15 credits

Optional modules

You’ll also take two optional modules. One of these must be either Behavioural Finance or Discrete Time Finance.

  • Security Investment Analysis 15 credits
  • Information and Organisation Design 15 credits
  • Forensic Accounting and Finance 15 credits
  • Behavioural Finance 15 credits
  • International Banking and Finance 15 credits
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis 15 credits
  • Discrete Time Finance 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Financial Risk Management MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials. Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.

In addition to the assessed modules and research dissertation, you benefit from professional training activities and employability workshops. For example, students have developed their knowledge of financial markets through a one-week trading simulation delivered in partnership with Amplify Trading. Read more about our professional skills activities for finance students.

Assessment

Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. They include formal exams, group projects, reports, computer simulation exercises, essays and written assignments, group and individual presentations.

This diversity enables you to develop a broad range of skills as preparation for professional life.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course are equipped with the skills and knowledge to pursue a range of career options within finance, including risk management, credit risk analysis, derivatives, insurance and finance research.

Previous graduates have gone on to work for a variety of financial institutions, investment banks, regulators and standard setters, international insurers, asset managers, underwriters and investment funds.

This degree is also an excellent qualification for individuals seeking to pursue further postgraduate research.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support and training as part of the Masters programme. You benefit from the support of a Professional Development Tutor, who will work with you to develop the important professional skills that employers value.

We’re committed to offering a wide range of development and training opportunities. Recent activities have included field trips to corporate headquarters, CV building and interview sessions, professional risk management workshops and commercial awareness networking events.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

The University of Leeds Careers Centre also provides a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.



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The MSc in Risk Management and Insurance offers you a unique blend of insurance, risk management and financial services content. These areas are becoming increasingly interconnected and the prominence of risk management as a specialised profession has continued to grow in a complex and volatile economic environment. Read more
The MSc in Risk Management and Insurance offers you a unique blend of insurance, risk management and financial services content. These areas are becoming increasingly interconnected and the prominence of risk management as a specialised profession has continued to grow in a complex and volatile economic environment. Ireland is a key location for insurance and reinsurance services and is establishing itself as a location for research and development in the insurance of emerging industries and technologies.

The MSc in Risk Management and Insurance has been designed to:
Develop students with the technical capacity, objective reasoning and contextual overview for roles within the growth areas of risk management and insurance.
Enable students' comprehension of the prominent risk exposure models used and their regulatory context.
Facilitate the development of specialised technical and analytical skills with a strong appreciation of underpinning assumptions.
Promote the development of self-managed learning skills including time management, prioritisation, critical thinking and reflection

Our future graduates could expect to gain employment in many types of businesses including international insurance, reinsurance and insurance broking firms, risk management departments of major corporations, investment and retail banks, regulatory authorities, climate change planning and many other fields

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With its combination of risk and finance modules, including specialist insurance modules rarely offered on similar courses, this MSc will open up career options across the finance and insurance sectors. Read more

With its combination of risk and finance modules, including specialist insurance modules rarely offered on similar courses, this MSc will open up career options across the finance and insurance sectors. You’ll gain an advanced understanding of finance, investment, risk taking and decision making as well as critical risk management skills.

Introducing your degree

An increasingly uncertain financial world means there is growing demand for graduates with critical risk management skills as well as a through grounding in finance. Taught by leading researchers in risk taking, decision making and finance, this MSc will prepare you for a broad range of career paths. You could choose to use your skills in the financial sector, for example as a stockbroker, investment banker, financial analyst, risk officer or fund manager, or work for an insurance company. The course includes specialist modules in insurance and credit scoring rarely found on degrees of this type, so you can opt to develop your skills to progress in this growing sector.

Overview

Informed by the Business School’s significant research strengths in banking, finance and risk management, the MSc in Risk and Finance will prepare you for a broad range of career paths. Your knowledge of key financial concepts, risk taking and decision making will be valuable within financial institutions. You’ll also be able to advance your career in the insurance sector. The course includes specialist modules in insurance and credit scoring not found on similar UK degrees, so you can choose to develop your skills in order to progress in this growing industry. 

This MSc is accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Institute of Risk Management. This demonstrates that we meet rigorous educational standards and also means you will be eligible for credits towards professional qualifications.

We welcome applicants from a range of disciplines who have undertaken some quantitative study, or who have relevant professional experience.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates now work in a range of industries, such as finance, banking, accountancy, insurance, IT, and many risk management and business security related companies across the financial and insurance-related sectors. You could choose to become a stockbroker, fund manager, risk officer, actuary, financial manager, investment analyst or investment banker. Or you might decide to continue your research at PhD level.



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The only UK masters degree in the field of cyber risk to combine aspects of business and information technology, MSc Cyber Security Risk Management will equip you with a blend of skills that are in demand in the sector. Read more

The only UK masters degree in the field of cyber risk to combine aspects of business and information technology, MSc Cyber Security Risk Management will equip you with a blend of skills that are in demand in the sector.

Introducing your degree

Unlike other UK cyber security masters degrees, which have a computer science focus, this unique programme combines modules from a range of disciplines. It is therefore ideally placed to meet the demand for professionals with the necessary management skills, as well as the technical knowledge, to effectively manage cyber security risks. You’ll be taught by experts in risk management, cyber security and computer science.

In addition, you’ll benefit from the co-location of several specialist research centres at Southampton. These include the University’sAcademic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research, which was set up to advance the UK government’s cyber security agenda, and the highly regarded Centre for Risk Research. You’ll graduate with an accredited degree, enabling you to apply for credits towards professional risk or insurance qualifications.

Overview

Cyber security is a global concern for companies and governments, but there is a recognised shortage of cyber security practitioners with the breadth of skills required to understand and manage the risk of cyber attacks. MSc Cyber Security Risk Management, the only UK cyber security programme to be offered within a business school rather than a computer science department, is designed to fill this gap. 

Rather than focusing purely on the technical aspects of cyber security, MSc Cyber Security Risk Management offers a unique combination of modules encompassing business risk management, computer science and cyber security. You’ll gain a grounding in the essential technical aspects of the subject, but you’ll also develop the managerial and analytical skills needed to identify risks, communicate them within an organisation and put effective cyber risk management approaches into practice.

Southampton’s expertise in cyber risk research has been recognised with the award of an Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research, funded by GCHQ and the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the UK government’s national cyber security strategy. Our academics are active partners in the Centre’s work and bring their research insights to the course. You’ll also benefit from expertise within the Business School’s Centre for Risk Research, the only specialist centre of its type in a Russell Group university. 

We welcome applicants from a range of academic backgrounds. Many of our students bring some professional experience to their studies, while some join us straight from their undergraduate studies.

View the programme specification document

Career Opportunities

Every year, professional risk managers and industry leaders from companies visit us to discuss careers in the sector, helping you to plan your next steps. Past speakers have come from IBM, Goldman Sachs, PwC, Old Mutual, and the Chartered Insurance Institute. 

There is significant demand for talented graduates with the ability to assess and effectively manage cyber-related risks as well as an understanding of related technical issues. Our students have gone on to work in a range of industries including finance, banking, accountancy, insurance, IT, risk management and business security, for companies such as:

  • Accenture
  • Marsh
  • LSC Group
  • PwC
  • Goldman Sachs

The MSc in Cyber Security and Risk Management is accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Institute of Risk Management, which means you’ll be able to apply for credits towards professional qualifications.



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Risk and disaster reduction, particularly within the contexts of dealing with uncertainty and increasing resilience, are high on local, national and international agendas. Read more

Risk and disaster reduction, particularly within the contexts of dealing with uncertainty and increasing resilience, are high on local, national and international agendas. The Risk and Disaster Reduction MRes is a research-intensive programme, which aims to meet the rapidly growing need for experts trained to analyse and provide solutions to complex issues relating to risk and disasters.

About this degree

Students will learn about and explore the characterisation, quantification, management and reduction of risk and disasters, and their associated impacts, from a diverse range of scientific, technical, socio-economic, political, environmental, ethical and cultural perspectives. They will acquire advanced levels of knowledge of empirical, theoretical and practical aspects of risk and disaster reduction, and will gain research experience and the ability to effectively communicate research findings through the independent research project.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two skills modules (30 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and an independent research project (105 credits).

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered. See separate entry for further details.

Skills modules

  • Risk and Disaster Reduction Research Tools
  • Research Appraisal and Proposal

Optional modules

Students choose three of the following modules:

  • Integrating Science into Risk and Disaster Reduction
  • Natural and Anthropegenic Hazards and Vulnerability
  • Emergency and Crisis Planning
  • Emergency and Crisis Management

Dissertation/report

All students undertake a substantial research project of 15,000 to 20,000 words, which culminates in an independent research report and oral presentation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, directed reading, practical problem-solving exercises and a real-time disaster scenario event, with an emphasis on hands-on learning and tutorial-style dialogue between students and lecturers. Assessment is through coursework, examination, essays, project reports, oral and poster presentations, and the research dissertation.

Fieldwork

There are a number of UK-based day field trips as part of the programme. These look at the multiple facets of disaster risk including the physical hazard, vulnerability of structures and communities, and mitigation measures and management.

There is also an NGO-led disaster scenario exercise.

Students are responsible for their subsistence and travel costs within London when on fieldwork. All other travel and fees will be paid for or reimbursed by the IRDR

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Risk and Disaster Reduction MRes

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

This programme provides excellent training towards careers in research, research communication, public policy, (re)insurance, catastrophe modelling, finance, risk management, international development, humanitarian assistance, engineering, and many other fields. It supports the career development of professionals already working in risk and disaster reduction, as well as those who intend to go into this field, and those who wish to use this programme as a step towards a related PhD.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • PhD in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

Employability

Examples of previous graduate students' employment within the field of risk and disaster reduction include working for an international economic consultancy based in London in the area of micro-finance, working as a consultant in disaster risk for a key player in the London insurance market and working for Rescue Global, an NGO based in London. 

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) leads and co-ordinates multidisciplinary research, knowledge exchange and advanced teaching in risk and disaster reduction across UCL. A Risk and Disaster Reduction PG Cert is also available (see separate entry).

UCL is uniquely well placed to lead research and teaching in this field; in addition to academics across eleven faculties involved in world-class research, UCL IRDR has established links with NGOs, industry and government departments based in and around London, who contribute to teaching and project supervision.

As a student, you will be encouraged to join our active seminar series, high-profile public discussion meetings and networking events.

The IRDR careers and opportunities forum for students has been attended by insurance companies, catastrophe modelling firms, NGOs, academic institutions, local government and head hunters in the field of risk and disaster reduction. Students have found opportunities through contacts made and positions advertised during this event.



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Risk and disaster reduction, particularly within the contexts of dealing with uncertainty and increasing resilience, are high on local, national and international agendas. Read more

Risk and disaster reduction, particularly within the contexts of dealing with uncertainty and increasing resilience, are high on local, national and international agendas. Academic study can underpin much needed professionalisation and application of evidence and research-based theory to this area. This MSc programme aims to meet the growing need for experts trained to analyse and provide solutions to complex risk and disaster resilience issues.

About this degree

Students will learn about and explore the characterisation, quantification, management and reduction of risk, disasters, and their associated impacts, from a broad range of scientific, technical, socio-economic, political, environmental, ethical and cultural perspectives. Through this multidisciplinary approach, students gain expertise in analysing complex challenges, enabling them to become future leaders who drive policy change and innovation. 

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (to the combined value of 30 credits) and an independent research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, six core modules and two optional modules, but no independent project), full-time nine months, part-time two years, is also offered.

Core modules

All 6 core modules must be taken.

  • Integrating Science into Risk and Disaster Reduction
  • Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards and Vulnerability
  • Emergency and Crisis Planning
  • Emergency and Crisis Management
  • Risk and Disaster Reduction Research Tools
  • Research Proposal and Appraisal

Optional modules

Choose two options (to the combined value of 30 credits) from a list which may include the following:

  • Conflict, Humanitarianism and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Post Disaster Recovery
  • Adapting Cities to Climate Change
  • Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities
  • Earthquake Seismology and Earthquake Hazards
  • Decision and Risk (Statistics)
  • Risk and Contingency Planning (Security and Crime Science)
  • Risk Power and Uncertainty (Anthropology)
  • The Variable Sun: Space Weather and You
  • Climate Risks to Hydro-Ecological Systems
  • Perspectives on Terrorism (Security and Crime Science)

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project of 10,000-12,000 words which culminates in a research project and poster presentation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, directed reading and practical problem-solving exercises and a real-time disaster scenario event, with an emphasis on hands-on learning and tutorial-style dialogue between students and lecturers. Assessment is by independent and group oral presentations, written examination, coursework essays, and the independent project. Practical applications of critical and creative problem-solving will be encouraged and assessed throughout.

Fieldwork

A series of one-day UK-based field trips are available.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Risk, Disaster and Resilience MSc

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

This programme provides excellent training towards careers in fields including research, public policy, business continuity, (re)insurance, catastrophe modelling, finance, risk management, international development, emergency services, consultancy, and humanitarian assistance. The IRDR runs a careers and opportunities fair for students, which is attended by insurance companies, catastrophe modelling firms, NGOs, academic institutions, policy and local government bodies, and head hunters in the field of risk and disaster reduction. Several students have found opportunities through contacts made and positions advertised during this event.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Disaster Management Administrator, Plan International
  • Project Officer, University of Hong Kong

Employability

Whether you wish to start a new career in risk and disaster reduction or you already have experience in this sector, we are here to support you. With an MSc in Risk, Disaster and Resilience, you will have excellent academic credibility coupled with practical and analytical skills.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), where teaching for this programme is based, leads and co-ordinates multidisciplinary research, knowledge exchange and advanced teaching in risk and disaster reduction across UCL.

UCL is uniquely well placed to lead research and teaching in this field; in addition to at least 70 academics across 12 departments and seven faculties involved in world-class research, the IRDR has established links with non-governmental organisations, industry and government departments based in and around London.

Teaching and project supervision will be provided by active researchers, practitioners and policy-makers, all of whom are leaders in their respective fields.



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The importance of science in understanding disaster risks and the need for science-based strategies at local, national and international levels in the private, public, and third sectors are now widely recognised. Read more

The importance of science in understanding disaster risks and the need for science-based strategies at local, national and international levels in the private, public, and third sectors are now widely recognised. The Risk and Disaster Science MSc aims to meet the growing need for experts trained in disaster science in sectors ranging from finance to humanitarian response.

About this degree

In a science-led programme, students will explore the characterisation of risk from a fundamental understanding of hazard, statistical modelling, appreciation of causes of vulnerability, and quantifying exposure to the management and reduction of disaster risks. There is an emphasis on scientific analysis and statistical methods. Students will enjoy a wide range of taught modules covering scientific, technical, socio-economic, political, environmental, ethical and cultural perspectives.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), optional modules (to the combined value of 30 credits) and an independent research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, six core modules and two optional modules), full-time nine months, part-time two years, is also offered.

Core modules

  • Catastrophe Risk Modelling
  • Earthquake Risks
  • Emergency and Crisis Management
  • Integrating Science into Risk and Disaster Reduction
  • Risk and Disaster Reduction Research Tools
  • Research Appraisal and Proposal

Optional modules

Choose options (to the combined value of 30 credits) from a list which may include the following:

  • Climate Risks to Hydro-ecological Systems
  • Emergency and Crisis Planning
  • Decision and Risk Statistics
  • Seismic Risk Assessment
  • Conflict, Humanitarianism, and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Digital Public Health: Epidemics and Emergencies in the Era of Big Data
  • Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards and Vulnerability
  • The Variable Sun: Space Weather and You

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project of 10,000-12,000 words which culminates in a research project and poster presentation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practicals, field visits, directed reading and problem-solving exercises and a real-time disaster scenario event, with an emphasis on hands-on learning and tutorial-style dialogue between students and lecturers. Assessment is by independent and group oral presentations, written examination, coursework essays, and the independent project. Practical applications of critical and creative problem-solving will be encouraged and assessed throughout.

Fieldwork

Students are responsible for their subsistence and travel costs within London when on fieldwork. All other travel and fees will be paid for or reimbursed by the IRDR

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Risk and Disaster Science MSc

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

This programme provides excellent training towards careers in industry and commerce, research, research communication and public policy including insurance, catastrophe modelling, finance, risk management, business continuity, humanitarian assistance, engineering, electricity distribution and many other fields. It supports the career development of professionals already working in risk and disaster reduction, as well as those who intend to go into this field. 

Employability

This programme will equip students with scientific and analytical skills to better understand and assess disaster risks and to identify solutions to reduce those risks. These skills are highly sought after in the private, public and NGO sector, and in specific fields such as catastrophe modelling, risk management, and public policy.

Career destinations of IRDR graduates include: an international economic consultancy in the field of micro-finance; a consultancy role in disaster risk for an insurance company; the World Food Programme; Rescue Global – a London based NGO; and a PhD studentship. 

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), where teaching for this programme is based, leads and co-ordinates multidisciplinary research, knowledge exchange and advanced teaching in risk and disaster reduction across UCL.

UCL is uniquely well placed to lead research and teaching in this field; in addition to academics across seven faculties involved in world-class research, UCL IRDR has established links with scientific leaders in NGOs, industry and government departments based in and around London, who contribute to teaching and project supervision.

As a student, you will be encouraged to join our active seminar series, high-profile public discussion meetings and networking events.

The IRDR runs a careers and opportunities forum for students; this has been attended by insurance companies, catastrophe modelling firms, NGOs, academic institutions, and headhunters in the field of risk and disaster reduction.



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Gain a thorough understanding of risk management and contemporary business security issues on this accredited masters degree. Read more

Gain a thorough understanding of risk management and contemporary business security issues on this accredited masters degree. Its distinctive cross-sector approach to risk management will equip you for success whatever your chosen industry.

Introducing your degree

This masters degree is designed to meet growing demand across a range of industries for skilled business risk and corporate security management practitioners. As well as learning about key theories and techniques, you’ll develop your analytical skills and the essential management capabilities needed to implement risk and security management approaches effectively. Modules are delivered by world-leading academics and senior risk professionals, so you’ll learn about cutting-edge concepts and the latest sector issues. And the course is accredited by two leading professional bodies, enabling you to apply for credits towards professional qualifications when you graduate.

Overview

Business risk and security management have become integral to the running of organisations across a wide range of sectors. This course is designed to meet the demand for highly skilled risk and security management practitioners. Unlike many other UK masters courses in this field it covers risk management in its broadest sense, encompassing financial, strategic and operational risk. It also introduces students to contemporary issues in corporate security, and explores the links between risk and security in theoretical and practical contexts.

As well as developing your subject knowledge, the course will enhance your managerial capabilities. You’llgain skills that will be essential for the successful communication and implementation of risk and security approaches in a real-world environment. 

We welcome applicants from a wide range of business-related and social science disciplines; there is no specific requirement for previous quantitative study. Our students include those who have recently completed their undergraduate degrees as well as those with some professional experience who are looking to sharpen their skills or change their career direction.

View the programme specification document for this course.

Career Opportunities

There is growing interest in almost every industry for improved risk management practice. Students graduating from this programme will be sought after by finance, insurance, business management and IT companies, consultancy service firms and government bodies. Many of our students have progressed to senior risk management roles within a few years of graduation.

The MSc in Business Risk and Security Management is accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Institute of Risk Management. This enables you to apply for credits towards these organisations’ professional diplomas.



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