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Risk Managers and those responsible for the continuity of business during periods of crisis can be found in all organisations across the globe. Read more

Why take this course?

Risk Managers and those responsible for the continuity of business during periods of crisis can be found in all organisations across the globe. This can be a fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping and incredibly exciting role for those who like to take on challenges to ensure their organisations can withstand all sorts of environmental, technological and unpredictable situations. Resilience is key for organisations in today’s turbulent times and risk managers are fundamental to achieving this.

This course will help you to acquire the knowledge, skills and tools to become a proficient and capable risk manager. The increase in British and International Standards in Risk and Crisis Management, Organisational Resilience and Continuity highlight the importance of this area which has grown into more than just a specialist subject in the education of managers, risk specialists and others.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Attend lectures including those from guest speakers from industry who provide insight into real-life scenarios and a practical take on managing risk.
Develop your skills to make a difference to your organisation through honing your analytical, decision-making and communication skills to manage risk more effectively.

Recognition of Prior Learning (APL) (RPL)

If you have undertaken courses in risk and crisis elsewhere, either professional or academic, you may be eligible for RPL. This is particularly relevant for applicants from the armed forces and emergency services.

Also, if you have attended appropriate professional development short courses at the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College (EPC) you may be eligible for RPL on the programme. To check eligibility, please refer to http://www.port.ac.uk/epc. RPL requires evidence of good practice in the topics of study and of applying this appropriately at your workplace. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, a personal tutor will aid you in submission of your evidence after enrolment on the course.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Good risk managers are valued for their strategic thinking and planning expertise – they are essential for minimising costs and damage to organisations and for protecting reputations. Our graduates can be found in roles such as independent risk consultants, risk officers, healthcare risk managers, crisis team managers for petrochemical companies, risk managers within the military, auditors and security managers. The career opportunities in all sorts of different organisations around the world are endless.

The Institute of Risk Management (IRM) offers exemptions on its IRM International Diploma which provides an entry route to full IRM membership and all the benefits and valuable networking opportunities this provides.

Module Details

Modules are delivered in two blocks of three days which run from Tuesdays to Thursdays allowing Monday and Friday to be available for further research or for time in the office. The flexibility this provides is one of the benefits of this course.

Here are the units you will study:

Strategic Risk and Risk Behaviour: This explores the theoretical frameworks and interdisciplinary nature of risk and effective risk management in organisations. The importance of human factors and people skills in risk perception and management are also considered, examining the roles of the individuals, teams and leaders in the context of developing and implementing risk management policies and strategies.

Organisational and Environmental Risk: This unit will investigate theories of environmental and organisational risk management and the approaches that an organisation may employ to achieve these successfully. The role of environmental and organisational risk management within the context of legislation will also be explored.

Crisis Management and Governance: This unit studies the development of effective, transparent continuity and crisis planning. The challenges facing organisations in ensuring robust governance, continuity and crisis management plans, highlighting the differences between this and generic risk management will be explored. Training and exercise preparedness will also be reviewed, enabling students to design appropriate scenarios for their organisations.

Project and Research Methods: This focuses on project risk management processes, systems and technology. Central to the module is a consideration of the key challenges in the application of project risk identification and response frameworks. This will be linked to the research dissertation as a project to be managed, preparing students for the research element of the programme.

Dissertation: This unit comprises the final part of the course. You will undertake a 15,000-word management research project (dissertation) that combines a review of previous research undertaken in your chosen topic, with your own data collection and analysis. The research dissertation provides a unique opportunity for you to demonstrate the subject knowledge you have acquired, as well as your analytical abilities and problem-solving skills that are highly regarded by potential employers. During this phase, your research will be supervised by an experienced academic with expertise in your chosen topic area.

Programme Assessment

Classes are challenging but informal and friendly, and you are encouraged to participate in discussion and debate. Our aim is to enhance your risk management skills by analysing complex problems, exploring the uncertainties involved, evaluating possible solutions and planning risk management implementation.

All assessment is via coursework, the majority of which will be in the form of written assignments. You will also complete a self-directed research dissertation supported by supervisors.

Student Destinations

This course is an ideal route into a wide range of risk management roles. Organisations face risk every day and so demand the strategic decision making skills of qualified risk managers. Considering the global reach of organisations today, the reliance on technology, increased risk of conflict and extreme weather, there is no shortage of career opportunities in this field. From managing crises in a healthcare environment, to petrochemical, environmental, business and everything in between, this course will give you the opportunity to consider real life examples and the opportunity to put your newly acquired skills into practice.

Alternatively, you may wish to pursue opportunities for research in the related areas of risk, programme and business management.

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In an increasingly complex and rapidly changing global business environment, the management of risk requires a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience. Read more
In an increasingly complex and rapidly changing global business environment, the management of risk requires a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience.

Accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and the Institute of Risk Management (IRM), this programme is designed to provide you with the skills to excel in such roles as a risk manager, risk and insurance manager, risk analyst or business continuity manager within a variety of organisations and sectors.

You will develop the ability to establish risk policy and structures for business units, design and review processes for risk management, develop risk response processes including contingency and business continuity programmes.

The Glasgow School for Business and Society is one of the world's leading centres for the provision of risk management education, consultancy and research, with more than thirty years' experience in the field. Since 1982, our programmes have attracted students from around the world. Our programme is based on current research and publications in the field, and taught by staff who understand the key concerns of managers in both the private and public sectors.

This programme is offered full-time, part-time and by distance learning at our Glasgow and London campuses.

This course is available for study on different start-dates and methods of study - please view the respective web-pages for the different start dates and part time opportunities.

SEPTEMBER 2017 (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P02671-1PTA-1718/Risk_Management_(Part-time)?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2017 (Full Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P02573-1FTAB-1617/Risk_Management_(Jan_start)?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Full Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P02573-1FTAB-1718/Risk_Management?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Our Research in Risk

Current and applied research is essential underpinning for a high quality postgraduate programme. Our academic staff are involved in a broad range of risk-related and business-focused research and publication.

Recent research projects carried out by staff include a government funded study into risk assessment relating to private finance initiatives in the construction industry, a survey on employment risks in conjunction with Marsh UK Ltd , a report on the risks associated with e-commerce, for the Association of British Insurers, and a series of reports and briefings for the Association of Local Authority Risk Managers.

Some of the areas in which staff research and publish include:
-Corporate governance
-Insurance Risk regulation
-Occupational health and safety
-Employment risks
-Risk assessment and management of Private Finance Initiative projects
-Public sector risk management
-Healthcare risk management
-Financial risk management

Study and Assessment

Study Information
We provide a wide variety of support, through tutors and materials, to our students studying by distance learning or on-campus.

Books & Materials
All modules use a range of paper-based and online materials.

Feedback
Students will receive feedback on all assessments as well as responses to specific queries raised during their study of any particular Module. Receipt of any communication will generally be acknowledged within 7 working days and written feedback will be supplied.

Contact
This will be mainly by post, our online 'Virtual Learning Environment' GCU Learn, or by email. The bulk of the contact for each Module will be with the Module Tutor concerned.

Assessment
Assessment will be continuous - a combination of formative and summative assessment. Assessment is by a variety of means - case studies, portfolios, essays and reports. You will be advised of the dates and times on which coursework must be submitted.

Submitting Work for Assessment
Campus-based students will submit a hard copy of any assessment, as well as an electronic copy via GCU Learn. Distance Learning students will submit by email and through GCU Learn.

Professional Affiliations

Holders of the MSc Risk Management are entitled to a standard award of 60 non unit specific credits at Advanced Diploma level from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

Graduates holding the MSc Risk Management from GCU are also entitled to be granted substantial exemptions from the examination requirements of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM).

Career Opportunities

The focus of the degree is on equipping the professional ‘risk manager’. This role neither sets strategy nor runs operations - the professional risk manager (whether in private manufacturing or service industries, local government, healthcare, or non-profit sector) facilitates the risk management process, educates, informs and motivates others to manage risk, and provides expert advice and input on the tools of modern risk management. Job titles vary (risk manager, risk and insurance manager, risk analyst, risk co-ordinator, clinical risk manager) and the emphasis varies from organisation to organisation, sector to sector.

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In an increasingly complex and rapidly changing global business environment, the management of risk requires a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience. Read more
In an increasingly complex and rapidly changing global business environment, the management of risk requires a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience.

Accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and the Institute of Risk Management (IRM), this programme is designed to provide you with the skills to excel in such roles as a risk manager, risk and insurance manager, risk analyst or business continuity manager within a variety of organisations and sectors.

You will develop the ability to establish risk policy and structures for business units, design and review processes for risk management, develop risk response processes including contingency and business continuity programmes.

The Glasgow School for Business and Society is one of the world's leading centres for the provision of risk management education, consultancy and research, with more than thirty years' experience in the field. Since 1982, our programmes have attracted students from around the world.

Our programme is based on current research and publications in the field, and taught by staff who understand the key concerns of managers in both the private and public sectors.

This programme is offered full-time, part-time and by distance learning at our Glasgow and London campuses. For more information, please view the respective web-pages.

January 2017 (Part Time Distance Learning) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P02649-1DLAB-1617/Risk_Management_(Distance_Learning)_(Jan_start)?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

January 2018 (Part Time Distance Learning) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P02649-1DLAB-1718/Risk_Management_(Distance_Learning)?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Our Research in Risk

Current and applied research is essential underpinning for a high quality postgraduate programme. Our academic staff are involved in a broad range of risk-related and business-focused research and publication.

Recent research projects carried out by staff include a government funded study into risk assessment relating to private finance initiatives in the construction industry, a survey on employment risks in conjunction with Marsh UK Ltd , a report on the risks associated with e-commerce, for the Association of British Insurers, and a series of reports and briefings for the Association of Local Authority Risk Managers.

Some of the areas in which staff research and publish include:
-Corporate governance
-Insurance Risk regulation
-Occupational health and safety
-Employment risks
-Risk assessment and management of Private Finance Initiative projects
-Public sector risk management
-Healthcare risk management
-Financial risk management

Professional Affiliations

Holders of the MSc Risk Management are entitled to a standard award of 60 non unit specific credits at Advanced Diploma level from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

Graduates holding the MSc Risk Management from GCU are also entitled to be granted substantial exemptions from the examination requirements of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM).

Study and Assessment

Study Information
We provide a wide variety of support, through tutors and materials, to our students studying by distance learning or on-campus.

Books & Materials
All modules use a range of paper-based and online materials.

Feedback
Students will receive feedback on all assessments as well as responses to specific queries raised during their study of any particular Module. Receipt of any communication will generally be acknowledged within 7 working days and written feedback will be supplied.

Contact
This will be mainly by post, our online 'Virtual Learning Environment' GCU Learn, or by email. The bulk of the contact for each Module will be with the Module Tutor concerned.

Assessment
Assessment will be continuous - a combination of formative and summative assessment. Assessment is by a variety of means - case studies, portfolios, essays and reports. You will be advised of the dates and times on which coursework must be submitted.

Submitting Work for Assessment
Campus-based students will submit a hard copy of any assessment, as well as an electronic copy via GCU Learn. Distance Learning students will submit by email and through GCU Learn.

Career Opportunities

The focus of the degree is on equipping the professional ‘risk manager’. This role neither sets strategy nor runs operations - the professional risk manager (whether in private manufacturing or service industries, local government, healthcare, or non-profit sector) facilitates the risk management process, educates, informs and motivates others to manage risk, and provides expert advice and input on the tools of modern risk management. Job titles vary (risk manager, risk and insurance manager, risk analyst, risk co-ordinator, clinical risk manager) and the emphasis varies from organisation to organisation, sector to sector.

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Columbia University’s Master of Science in Enterprise Risk Management prepares risk professionals to design and implement ERM programs that enhance all decision-making processes, ranging from strategic decisions to traditional mitigation decisions. Read more
Columbia University’s Master of Science in Enterprise Risk Management prepares risk professionals to design and implement ERM programs that enhance all decision-making processes, ranging from strategic decisions to traditional mitigation decisions. It also provides a robust toolkit of advanced risk management capabilities and competencies that can be applied to enhance value at both the enterprise level and at the traditional silo risk management level. Multiple courses on business communication and interaction provide the skills required to gain the stakeholder buy-in critical for successful adoption of ERM techniques. The core coursework provides insights on how to utilize these ERM and risk management tools and techniques across a variety of formalized risk management frameworks commonly in use.

Gain Multifaceted and Practical ERM Knowledge

The program has five distinct features critical for ERM:
A focus on all aspects of ERM. Our curriculum spans all aspects of ERM, including ERM framework, risk governance, risk identification, risk quantification, risk decision-making, and risk messaging.
A focus on all risk sources. We address all sources of risk including strategic (e.g. strategy execution risk, competitor risk, etc.); operational (HR, cyber-security, etc.); financial (market risk, credit risk, etc.); and insurance risk (e.g. pricing risk).
A customizable course of study. Recognizing that ERM is a broad field with various roles, we offer flexible course options for you to select a deeper dive into the content most suited to your needs.
A balance of skills. You will supplement technical ERM skills with business communication skills required to effectively navigate the ERM landscape and gain buy-in from key internal and external stakeholders.
A practical approach. Develop practical ERM tools and techniques that have been tested and proven in the marketplace by our faculty, who are globally recognized ERM leaders.
For more information on the curriculum you can see the website: http://sps.columbia.edu/enterprise-risk-management/master-of-science-in-enterprise-risk-management/curriculum

Funding and Financial Resources

We want to make sure that the cost of your continuing education and professional studies do not stand in the way of your goals.
Most students at the School of Professional Studies use a combination of savings, scholarships, loans, outside grants, sponsors, or employer tuition benefits to cover the cost of attendance. However you choose to finance your education, consider it an investment in your future, and know that we, in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Planning, are here to help and advise you along the way.

For more information on funding available please visit the website: http://sps.columbia.edu/enterprise-risk-management/master-of-science-in-enterprise-risk-management/tuition-and-financing/financial-resources

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The master's degree is focused on training strategic communication professionals for companies, organizations and institutions. The content offers a solid background in the field of communication management, as well as a basis for academic research. Read more
The master's degree is focused on training strategic communication professionals for companies, organizations and institutions. The content offers a solid background in the field of communication management, as well as a basis for academic research. The optional subjects allow an incursion in the field of communication of tourism and heritage or political communication. It is based on the Masterdec Experience which identifies and distinguishes it based on three concepts: strategy, internationalization and personalization.

Student Profile

The master's degree is designed for students with previous training in the field of Advertising and Public Relationships, Journalist, Social Communication, Social Sciences and Economics, Tourism, Anthropology, Political Sciences, ADE, Social Psychology and similar fields. It is also aimed at students with technical degrees who want to improve their professional profile in the Strategic Communication field.

Career Opportunities

University Master's degree in Strategic Communication in the Risk Society enables the exercise of professional profiles relacionants with strategic communication in a broad sense:
-Director / Head / Head of Communication in companies institutions and organizations
-Responsible for Press Media and public relations
-Head of Crisis Communication
-Senior account Managers communication agencie, public relations or corporative image
-Communications and corporative consultant
-Corporate communications analysts, political and institutional
-Researchers in universities or in terms of communication

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The master's in Risk Analysis has a unique focus on the societal, health, safety and environmental (not financial) aspects of risk. Read more
The master's in Risk Analysis has a unique focus on the societal, health, safety and environmental (not financial) aspects of risk. Gain knowledge and understanding of: social science theories, concepts, techniques and organisational approaches to risk assessment, management, governance and communication. Career prospects for graduates are excellent in this rapidly developing field.

Key benefits

• Unrivalled location that allows students access to experts in the field of risk analysis.

• Potential for three week internship with leading public and private sector organisations.

• Close links with, and speakers from, government and industry gives students insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of the subject area.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/risk-analysis-ma-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

In recent years, the ideas, concepts and tools of risk analysis have come to dominate the way in which we conceive and respond to an ever expanding range of societal threats, be it to the environment, health, security, prosperity or even lifestyle. However, how we assess, manage, govern and communicate risk are regular sources of political conflict; posing dilemmas for policymakers, public and private sector organisations and individuals alike. Increasingly, it has become recognised that such issues – manifest in crises from food safety to banking- cannot be answered by simple technical ‘know-how’ alone, but rather demand understanding of the political, organisational and social contexts in which risk decisions are made.

The MSc/MA Risk Analysis draws together a unique combination of risk scholarship from across the social sciences, such as psychology, political science and sociology, to provide an advanced academic foundation in risk studies. In so doing, the programme equips students to critically analyse risk problems in a wide range of public policy, organisational and societal settings; evaluate the dynamics of risk governance and management options; and develop reflexive communication strategies.

- Course format and assessment -

Specialist taught modules assessed by coursework. Students can undertake research within a public or private sector by choosing the Risk Internship module as an option. The three-month dissertation is compulsory and can be taken overseas or in the UK.

Career prospects

The programme enables students to undertake further doctoral research or enter into careers as risk specialists in this rapidly developing field. Graduates are able to work in industry, consultancies, governmental and non-governmental agencies. Employment destinations of past students include the European Commission, HM Government, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, Environment Agency, US Department of Homeland Security, Medical Research Council, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, KPMG, SwissRe, Ernst and Young, Marsh Risk Consulting, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Total, L’Oreal, Network Rail, Sainsburys and ING.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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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, Disaster and Resilience MSc aims to meet the growing need for experts trained to analyse and provide solutions to these complex issues.

Degree information

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 benefit from a wide range of taught modules which form the focus of the programme.

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, 6 core modules and 2 optional modules), full-time nine months, part-time two years, is also offered.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, 6 core modules and 2 optional modules), 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:
‌•Natural Hazards, Social Vulnerability and Disaster Risk Management
‌•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)
‌•Conflict, Humanitarianism and Health

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

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. The IRDR runs a careers and opportunities forum for students; this has been attended by insurance companies, catastrophe modelling firms, NGOs, academic institutions, 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.

Employability
Employers of previous graduates include:

‌•a London-based international economic consultancy working in micro-finance
‌•insurance companies market,
‌•the World Food Programme
‌•a London council
‌•London-based NGO Rescue Global
‌•and continued academic study through 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 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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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

The MA in Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) is designed for students who want to focus their energy on the dynamic world of social media, develop their creative practice and professional writing skills or are looking to work in an entrepreneurial environment.

Key Features of Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR)

The MA in Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) offers syllabus-based practice in professional, contemporary media skills, taught by industry professionals with academic backgrounds. The Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) programme includes modules in Professional Writing/Journalism, Visual Communications and Media Design, Video and Documentary Making and Public Relations (PR), Branding and Promotion. Other modules in communication, theory, film and history are also available.

The Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) programme allows graduates to add valuable and desirable professional media skills for careers in business, journalism, public and media relations, broadcasting, advertising and marketing and industry professionals to acquire new media skills and qualifications that will enhance their continuing professional development.

The full-time MA in Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) course is split across the year with three modules offered in each academic semester (a total of six modules in part one) and then a dissertation or professional media practice project over the summer (part two).

The part two component allows students in the Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) programme to either write a 16,000 word dissertation or undertake the professional media project which incorporates the practical elements of the course and a short unpaid work placement.

MA in Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) Aims

To research and develop stories in an online, multi-media environment.

To present the principles, theories and techniques surrounding video making.

To develop practical skills and conceptual knowledge of digital publishing, visual communication and media design.

To provide a critical overview of the role of public relations (PR) and promotional practice.

To develop writing skills in a wide range of genres.

Modules

Modules on the MA in in Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) typically include:

• Visual Communication and Media Design

• Video and Documentary Making

• Public Relations (PR), Branding and Promotion

• Reporting Terrorism

• Global Media

• Risk Reporting

• The Business and Politics of Digital Media

• Development Communications

• Online Journalism

• The Digital Edge

Careers

Career expectations are excellent for Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) graduates. Media Companies, non-profit organisations, global business, government and the public sector value the fact that our Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) Graduates have developed a range of critical and theoretical abilities and a creative and innovative approach to media practice. Our Graduates go on to work in business, marketing and Public Relations (PR), journalism, broadcasting, web-design, advertising, publicity, arts and cultural bodies.



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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.

Degree information

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 fieldtrips 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 a NGO-led disaster scenario exercise.

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.

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.

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, a NGO based in London. A number of MSc students have also participated in internship programmes with Rescue Global.

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. 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 NGOs, 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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This course is suitable for those who are currently working within Risk Management wishing to gain qualifications in the area and also to those just starting out on a career in risk and need to develop your knowledge and skills. Read more
This course is suitable for those who are currently working within Risk Management wishing to gain qualifications in the area and also to those just starting out on a career in risk and need to develop your knowledge and skills.

You will be provided with practical problem solving skills as well as a deep theoretical knowledge of the risk environment, making you highly desirable in the job market.

What's covered in the course?

The course is taught entirely online allowing you to tailor your study hours around your lifestyle. You will also find a tutor available as required to provide additional support.

You will be encouraged to use your own experiences to apply techniques and develop solutions to issues, thereby offering immediate benefit to your work environment.

The course closely aligns to the Institute of Risk Managers International Diploma in Risk Management and we are seeking exemptions from their examinations.

Why Choose Us?

-We are an established team with over 20 years’ experience of delivering risk based courses.
-The Centre prides itself on its extremely high pass rates.
-The Distance Learning route is delivered entirely off campus, the only attendance requirement being for examinations.
-The lecture team has a long history of running distance learning courses, using appropriate communication methods to ensure a sense of belonging is developed.
-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.
-We use real life international case studies as part of our teaching and encourage students to bring forward their own experiences to facilitate learning.
-Though this is a Distance Learning course, students are more than welcome to come to Birmingham City University and take advantage of all of our facilities to aid in their learning.

Course structure

Our course is available to study as a distance learning course, ensuring you have access to study regardless of your global location

Distance Learning
This course is offered as a distance learning course, enabling you to study at a time that suits you. You don’t have to attend any face-to-face sessions, and delivery of course materials is done through our e-learning platform, Moodle. Each module has a revision day which, although not mandatory, you should highly consider attending. If you can’t make it, supporting materials are made available via email.

Interim awards are available should you decide to leave the course prior to completion. These are:-
-Year One – Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
-Year Two – Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
-Year Three – Masters (MSc) (180 credits)

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

Three-Hour Examination
-Risk Management Concepts
-Risk Response
-Building a Risk Resilient Organisation (case study based)

Coursework and Reflective Diary
-Application of Risk Management
-Risk Analysis
-Risk Leadership & Culture

Reflective Learning Journal and Presentation
-Innovation and Professional Development

Literature Review and Research Output
-Risk Research Project

Enhancing Employability Skills

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 risk management.

You will be encouraged to use your own organisations in the consideration of topic areas, thus increasing your profile within that organisation. Should this prove difficult, the team has a strong track record of working with individual students to provide case studies and / or internships.

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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 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 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.

Degree information

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
-Decision and Risk Statistics
-Earthquake Hazard Risk
-Emergency and Crisis Management
-Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards and Vulnerability
-Risk and Disaster Reduction Research Tools
-The Variable Sun: Space Weather Risks

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
-Integrating Science into Risk and Disaster Reduction
-Seismic Risk Assessment
-Statistical Computing

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.

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 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.

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.

Employability
This is a new programme and no information on graduate destinations is currently available. Career destinations of recent IRDR graduates include: a London-based international economic consultancy in the field of micro-finance; a consultancy role in disaster risk for an insurance company; a PhD studentship; the World Food Programme; and Rescue Global - an NGO based in London. A number of MSc students have also participated in internship programmes with Rescue Global.

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 twelve 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 policymakers, all of whom are leaders in their respective fields.

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Visual Communication as a discipline is undergoing a major shift in both its vocational positioning and intellectual relevance. Read more

Visual Communication as a discipline is undergoing a major shift in both its vocational positioning and intellectual relevance. At the Royal College of Art, the programme has a long history that has radically examined the place of visual communication in relation to culture and society, while championing the importance of an interdisciplinary approach. The programme offers three pathways of study: Experimental CommunicationGraphic Design and Illustration.

The pathways are interrelated and structured around the discipline of visual communication to facilitate well-informed risk-taking and experimentation from a grounded position of subject knowledge and understanding. Pathways are delivered in subject clusters (critical thinking) supported by shared workshops (critical making) and delivered by staff who are either advanced practitioners, or active researchers engaged in both the core and margins of communication practice.

As noted by our students, the necessary critical discourse around what it means to be a ‘visual communicator’ today opens up possibilities about the process and contexts of communication; and in doing so shows that our skillset is transferable beyond the confines of the purely visual. The programme provides an environment within which students aim to expand and explore new notions of traditional subjects – graphic design and illustration – and question existing practice, while doing so from a position of being well informed.

We recognise that ensuring that our graduates are at the forefront of our subject means considering new technologies alongside traditional ones, understanding the changing relationship between the creative practitioner and society, and balancing critical and strategic thinking with making. 

Areas of staff practice and research range from, and beyond, archeoacoustics, cultural practices, design criticism, design for society, design history, design writing, drawing, education design, feminism, free/associate discussion, graphic design, graphic information design, group learning, expanded cinema, independent publishing, intercultural communication, illustration, memory, moving image, narrative, participatory practice, sound, structural film, non-Latin and Latin typography, visible language, visual identity and visual research.

Noted strengths of the programme as viewed by graduates, students, commentators and critics are its interdisciplinary nature, quality of advanced and specialist practice, exposure to alternative modes of practice, opportunities for collaboration, cross-subject studio culture, peer-learning and the opportunity to experiment while supported by access to College technical resources.

The programme has a network of successful practitioners including a long list of notable alumni who have gone onto transform communication praxis and include Åbäke, Brave New Alps, Daniel Eatock, FUEL, Graphic Thought Facility, James Goggin, James Jarvis, JULIA, Le Gun, Tom Gauld, Sara Fanelli, Troika, Jonathan Barnbrook, Phil Baines, Morag Myerscough and Why Not Associates.

The programme has a long-standing reputation for providing students with the foundation and thinking in order to initiate, reframe, expand and advance their individual practice. We welcome applicants from different and diverse contexts and backgrounds; this enriches and enlivens our community. We genuinely believe and evidence that it is the people that make a place.



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Apply scientific methods in a real-world context on the MSc Project Management, Finance and Risk programme, and discover how to measure risk on any scale. Read more
Apply scientific methods in a real-world context on the MSc Project Management, Finance and Risk programme, and discover how to measure risk on any scale.

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. Bringing in expertise from the Sir John Cass Business School, together with people from industry and the banking sector, we pool diverse skill sets 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.

Academic facilities

As part of the University of London you can become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

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.

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)
-Introductory mathematics (zero credits)
-Dissertation (60 credits)

Elective modules - you will choose two elective modules
-Communication and Presentation (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)

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

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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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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 Postgraduate Certificate offers students the opportunity to gain a sound grasp of the characteristics of risk and disasters and their past, present and future impacts on society.

Degree information

Students develop the ability to assess risk and disaster potential and appreciate and propose risk and disaster management and mitigation strategies. They gain the knowledge and skills required to make more effective decisions based on the creative and critical analysis of a broad spectrum of information.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. The programme consists of four compulsory modules (15 credits each). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Integrating Science into Risk and Disaster Reduction
-Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards and Vulnerability
-Emergency and Crisis Planning
-Emergency and Crisis Management

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, directed reading and practical problem-solving exercises. Assessment is by oral and written examinations, group exercises, and assessed practicals and coursework. Practical applications of critical and creative problem solving will be encouraged and assessed throughout.

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.

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

Employability
Employees of previous graduates include an international economic consultancy based in London in the area of micro-finance, a large London insurance firm, and London-based NGO Rescue Global. A number of MSc students have also participated in internship programmes with Rescue Global.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) leads multidisciplinary research, knowledge exchange and advanced teaching across UCL.

UCL is uniquely well-placed to lead research and teaching in this field, with at least 70 academics across 12 departments and seven faculties involved in world-class research, the IRDR has established links with NGOs, industry and government department 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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