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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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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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One of our flagship programmes with a leading world-class reputation for over 10 years and the first one in the UK to be accredited by the . Read more

One of our flagship programmes with a leading world-class reputation for over 10 years and the first one in the UK to be accredited by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).

The financial system has undergone major restructuring in preparation for the new regulatory frameworks, affecting existing roles and creating different skillset requirements within risk management divisions of financial institutions. 

This programme is tailored to the needs of the rapidly changing financial markets, providing graduates with an insight into the new innovations in the area of risk management. Through its long-term academic partnerships and accreditations by leading professional bodies, the MSc Financial Risk Management offers a cutting edge learning experience, aligning research excellence and current market intelligence.

The graduates benefit from exemptions to certain professional certifications from leading professional bodies worldwide. Click the ‘Careers & professional accreditation’ tab on the right for more information.                                                                                       

The MSc Financial Risk Management is accredited by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). The degree syllabus is enhanced with the most up to date professional practices in the area of risk management, integrating applied academic knowledge to industry needs and providing a competitive advantage to the graduates. Integral to the academic course is the parallel study of the GARP FRM Part I certificate. Upon successful completion of their degree, students will be registered to take the FRM Part I examination.

Highlights

  • Enhance your career prospects in one of the most sought after areas of finance
  • Study one of the most recognised risk management master’s courses in the UK
  • Develop your professional skills by studying for GARP FRM Part I as part of the course and benefit from the programme’s accreditation by GARP
  • Focus on highly specialised topics such as market risk, financial instruments and credit risk
  • Benefit from additional professional exam exemptions from PRMIA

Course structure

October – December: Part 1 Autumn Term

January: Part 1 Exams

January-April: Part 2 Spring Term

May – June: Part 2 Exams

June – August (12 month programme only): Part 3

August/Sep (12 month programme only): Part 3 Coursework deadlines

Course content

Part 1 compulsory modules

Part 2 compulsory modules

Part 2 optional modules

Students on the 9-month (12-month) programme can select 40 (20) credits from the following modules:

Part 3 optional modules

Students on the 12-months programme should take 20 credits from the following:

Learning options

Full-time: 9 months Full-time: 12 months

Students will be resident and undertake full-time study in the UK. Under both, the 9 and 12-month programmes students take compulsory and/or elective modules in Part 2.

The 12 month option involves taking an elective 20 credit module between July and August, which would also mean a 20 credit reduction in the number of taught modules taken in the spring term.

Careers

After completion of this programme, students are well-prepared to follow a career in the challenging fields of risk management, or risk analysis with banks, regulators, portfolio managers, corporate treasuries, risk management software houses, specialist financial boutiques and hedge funds. Regulators, governments, advisors and commentators are unanimously endorsing the call for more and better qualified risk managers and analysts to join the financial industry.

Professional accreditation

Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)

MSc Financial Risk Management is accredited by GARP and the degree syllabus is enhanced with the most up to date professional practices in the area of risk management, integrating applied academic knowledge to industry needs and providing a competitive advantage to the graduates. Integral to the academic course is the parallel study of the GARP FRM Part I certificate. Upon successful completion of their degree, students will be registered to take the FRM Part I examination.

Professional Risk Managers’ Association (PRMIA)

ICMA Centre MSc Financial Risk Management students are eligible for exemption from Exams I and II of PRM Certification. In addition MSc FRM students are provided with assistance to take PRM Exams III and IV.

CISI Diploma

The ICMA Centre is a Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) Centre of Excellence. Centres of Excellence are a select group of UK universities, recognised by the CISI as offering leadership in academic education on financial markets. Students who are on a financially-related masters course recognised by the CISI are eligible for exemptions and membership. 

ICMA Centre students who register and successfully complete two CISI Diploma in Capital Markets modules (Securities and Bonds & Fixed Interest Markets) are eligible for an exemption from the third module (Financial Markets).



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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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OverviewAims. Effective risk management is increasingly becoming recognised as a necessary condition for successful organisational performance. Read more
OverviewAims

Effective risk management is increasingly becoming recognised as a necessary condition for successful organisational performance. Consequently, the development of more systematic approaches to risk management is now a major concern across all financial institutions and financial markets. The purpose of the MSc Risk Management is to prepare students to function in a sophisticated financial trading environment and in particular to equip students with the skills required for effective asset and risk management. The programme ensures that students will graduate with the cutting-edge risk management tools and strategies utilised by leading financial firms.

Special Features

The course is aimed at those with highly numerate backgrounds. Modules will be taught and examined over two semesters from October to January and again from February to May.

Following successful completion of the taught elements of the programme, and in order to be eligible for the award of MSc Risk Management and Financial Valuation, students will be required to choose one of the following options:-

Submission of a dissertation, or
Completion of a four-month internship with submission of a work-based research project.
The aim of the dissertation is to provide students with the skills needed for the advanced analysis of relevant datasets, to allow them to demonstrate an understanding of the relevant literature and to derive and test hypotheses and to draw appropriate conclusions.

For students who have successfully completed all taught modules of the programme, normally with an average mark of 60% or more, the University will endeavour to provide an opportunity to undertake a salaried four-month internship in a risk management environment.

The purpose of the internship is for the student to undertake a work-based research project on an aspect of risk management pertinent to the organisation in which the student is undertaking the internship. While undertaking this project, the student will be allocated a mentor from the company and a tutor from the university. The role of the mentor and tutor is to help with the identification of the risk management project, the overall approach adopted and the scope of the project. On completion, the project is submitted to the University as the final element in the MSc Risk Management and Financial Regulation.

It is expected that both the dissertation and the work-based research project should be between 15,000 and 20,000 words.

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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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Since the banking crisis, risk managers have been increasingly sought after. Large companies rely on them to advise on appropriate risk-taking, identify and assess threats, and decide how to avoid, reduce or transfer risks. Read more

Since the banking crisis, risk managers have been increasingly sought after. Large companies rely on them to advise on appropriate risk-taking, identify and assess threats, and decide how to avoid, reduce or transfer risks.

Our Finance and Risk Management MSc will develop your knowledge of risk management theory at a company, country and international level, investigating contemporary debates and controversies in risk management. 

This course is part of our Finance MSc programme. All students complete the same core finance modules, then from the end of the first term you will be able to tailor the course to your individual strengths and career aspirations through option modules and the option to specialise in one of five areas. 

The other specialisms offered are:

Course structure

The course is composed of three phases:

  • Phase 1 teaches the core subjects of finance, economics and research methods
  • Phase 2 introduces specialist modules in finance and risk management
  • Phase 3 is the dissertation that draws together the learning from the whole of the programme, allowing you to develop your research skills and capacity for critical analysis while creating a specialisation in a particular field of finance and risk management

All modules on the course involve both taught sessions and guided independent study. For a typical module, approximately 30% of the total hours comprise taught activity, 10% is guided study and supervision, and the remainder is independent study.

Syllabus

Core modules

  • Economics of Financial Markets
  • Financial Theory and Practice
  • Research Methods for Finance and Economics
  • Dissertation

Specialisms modules

  • Financial Derivatives
  • Financial Risk Management

Option modules (choose one)

  • Advanced Financial Mathematics
  • Applied Econometrics and Financial Time Series Analysis
  • Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Emerging Financial Markets
  • Financial Regulation: Economic Principles and Institutional Frameworks
  • International Portfolio Management
  • Issues in Financial Accounting
  • Issues in Management Accounting
  • Market-making and Investment Strategies
  • Money, Interest Rates and Banking

Completion of your final project (dissertation) takes place throughout the summer after teaching finishes. You submit your project in October and receive your MSc award in December.

Dissertation

In the final phase of the course, you will complete a dissertation relating to finance and risk.

The dissertation will be 10,000–15,000 words long. It will address an accounting problem that requires you to undertake research leading to practicable recommendations based on sound analysis and judgement. You will finalise the topic in consultation with the course leader and other specialists in financial risk research.

You will receive help from your dissertation supervisor, who will monitor and support your progress. The dissertation is submitted in October.

Real-time trading room

As part of your course you will have access to modern computing facilities and specialist computing packages, for students on the Market-making and Investment Strategies module this includes access to our real-time trading room, fed by up-to-the-minute data from Reuters.

One of a handful of such facilities across the UK, our trading room sessions are supervised by guest traders and provide you with the opportunity to apply your skills to real markets and real data, and make use of simulation software to recreate the pressure of a trading floor.

We also invite guest traders to discuss curriculum topics, pass on their trading experience and supervise trading sessions.

Student trading society

We highly recommend students join our thriving Student Investment and Trading Society, which is established and run by students for the purpose of organising social and networking events, arranging talks by visiting industry experts and facilitating annual trading competitions against other universities.

Learning support

Experienced, professionally qualified lecturers and small class sizes will ensure your learning needs are supported. Online learning tools and libraries also ensure academic journals, e-books, business articles and other resources are available to you 24/7, both for use at the university and at home.

You will also have access to our Careers Service, including CV checking, mock interviews and advice on setting up your own business.

Careers and employability

A postgraduate qualification from Brighton Business School will help you to specialise and stand out in today's highly competitive job market.

Finance and Risk Management MSc graduates are in demand among financial institutions, regulatory bodies, government agencies and risk management divisions in large non-financial companies. 

According to Michael Page’s 2015 annual Banking & Financial Services Survey, employment is expected to grow across the sector, with 45% of respondents expecting an increase in their team’s headcount as levels of optimism have generally improved.

The course is also ideal preparation for continuing your studies at MPhil or PhD level, or working as a professional researcher in finance.



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Safety and risk management education benefits managers and leaders across any organisation. This course is designed for managers, professionals and senior leaders who are required to understand and apply safety and risk management principles. Read more

Why this course?

Safety and risk management education benefits managers and leaders across any organisation.

This course is designed for managers, professionals and senior leaders who are required to understand and apply safety and risk management principles. This might be in daily decisions, as part of a strategic overview or as a requirement of continuing professional development (CPD).

The course is a flexible, tailored programme. It can be customised to individuals and their organisations, all with the support of a personal tutor providing the appropriate level of guidance and feedback.

This course is available by distance learning only. If you have full-time work commitments, part-time distance learning study enables you to participate in your own time from any location and achieve a valuable qualification of benefit to both you and your organisation.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/safetyriskmanagementleadership/

Key benefits of the course

- You'll gain a solid understanding of leading, managing and ensuring effective implementation of safety and risk management systems in industry.
- The course gives managers, professionals and leaders a flexible learning pathway. Modules are designed to deliver current, relevant and applied safety and risk management training and education. These meet the needs of CPD criteria.
- We can tailor the programme to satisfy your individual, organisational and continuing professional development needs.

You’ll study

The Safety & Risk Management Leadership programme offers two study options.

- Postgraduate Certificate
This course runs over one full academic session. You're required to successfully complete 12 modules.

- Non-graduating course
This allows you to complete individual modules for University credit which may be useful for those looking for career development or building a CPD portfolio. You can undertake one or more modules over the course of the academic session and pay your fees per module.

Entry requirements

This programme is designed for people who already have a suitable combination of academic ability and work experience.

Admission to the programme is determined by both academic and work experience criteria.

Applicants holding a recognised University degree or equivalent qualification will be eligible to join the Safety and Risk Management Leadership Programme at Postgraduate Certificate level. Applicants who don't have the relevant qualifications will be assessed for admission on the basis of their portfolio of courses undertaken, accreditation of prior learning and relevant work experience.

Further information is available on request.

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Safety and Risk Management Leadership may then consider entry to the Postgraduate Diploma in Safety and Risk Management followed by the MSc.

Learning & teaching

This course is by distance learning only, delivered online via the University's Virtual Learning Environment, Myplace. Each student will be assigned a personal tutor, who will provide you with an appropriate level of guidance, assessment and feedback.

Assessment

Assessment is based on continuous assessment of written assignment - there's no examinations.

Careers

Job titles of students who completed the course include:
- Head of Planning & Performance Management
- Vice President Safety & Operational Risk
- Business Manager Risk
- Crisis & Continuity Manager
- Head of Communications Development
- Operational Risk Analyst
- Cargo Assurance Specialist
- Lead Project Engineer

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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The MSc International Security and Risk Management course develops and enhances critical theoretical knowledge, security management skills and understanding in an area which presents significant demand for professionalisation worldwide. Read more
The MSc International Security and Risk Management course develops and enhances critical theoretical knowledge, security management skills and understanding in an area which presents significant demand for professionalisation worldwide. Run in partnership with Perpetuity Training Academy, who specialise in the fields of security, crime and risk management worldwide, this online course is aimed at practitioners in international security and risk management who are striving to embrace modern approaches to their line of work.

The MSc International Security and Risk Management will provide industry-accredited security management qualifications to enhance your career, increase market value and demonstrate professional development. This Masters programme is delivered through online distance learning, which enables learners to combine their studies with work-based learning. There are three exit points – Postgraduate Certificate; Postgraduate Diploma and the MSc.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1931-msc-international-security-and-risk-management-online-delivery

What you will study

You will study the following modules:

Year 1
Security Management: Prevention and Design
Security Management: Protection Study
Security Management: Risk Management and Loss Prevention
Security and Risk Management Producers and Consumers
Security Management: Corporate Security Study
Strategic Security Management and Leadership
Security Management and Delivering Value

Year 2
Research and Evidence Based Practice in Security Management
Research Methods
Dissertation

Employment Prospects

There is currently significant demand for professional development in the area of international security and risk management and this field is moving toward the postgraduate arena in order to ensure that the body of academic knowledge and the international security and risk management skill-base increases.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Programme content

Core modules

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

Options

Statistical Methods
Corporate Finance

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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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Designed with employability in mind, the MSc in Risk Management is highly relevant in today’s competitive marketplace, with continual input from leading employers and professional bodies. Read more
Designed with employability in mind, the MSc in Risk Management is highly relevant in today’s competitive marketplace, with continual input from leading employers and professional bodies.

About the course:

This course is relevant to accountants, project managers, insurers, chartered surveyors, healthcare professionals, lawyers, bankers, auditors, health and safety professionals, and engineers. This course is designed to appeal to a broad risk management body and recognises the interdisciplinary nature of the subject.
•Association of Insurance and Risk Management
The course is accredited by the Institute of Risk Management and you can also earn exemptions from their professional examinations
•Gain practical experience
You could complete a 12-week project based in a UK company or organisation. This internship will improve your employability. You will take part in a web-based business simulation exercise which is designed to integrate your studies
•Boost your earning potential
More than 96% of our graduate students are in further education or full-time employment six months after completing their course (DLHE 2015/16)

Course modules

Business Context
Risk Management I and II
Internal Control and Audit
Business Continuity and Crisis Management –
International Corporate Governance
Research Methods

Elective taught modules may include:
•International Finance and Political Risk
•Project Management
•Corporate Governance
•Managing Organisational Change

Dissertation
The dissertation requires the student, supported by a supervisor, to take an independent and self-structured approach to learning, through the investigation of a particular topic and writing it up in the form of a 12,000–15,000 word document. The dissertation will have its focus on a particular issue of interest related to risk management and may also be related to a live organisation if considered desirable.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

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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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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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