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Our Risk Analysis MSc has a unique focus on the societal, health, safety and environmental aspects of risk – rather than the financial aspects. We will provide you with a deep knowledge and understanding of social science theories, concepts, techniques and organisational approaches to risk assessment, management, governance and communication.

Key benefits

  • 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, which will give you up-to-the-minute knowledge of the subject area.


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 to the environment, health, security, prosperity or even lifestyle. However, how we assess, manage, govern and communicate risk is regularly the source of political conflict, and this poses dilemmas for policymakers, public and private sector organisations and individuals alike. It is

increasingly recognised that such issues –evident in crises from food safety to banking – cannot be addressed by simple technical ‘know-how’ alone. They require understanding of the political, organisational and social contexts in which decisions are made.

Our course draws together a unique combination of risk scholarship from across the social sciences, including psychology, political science and sociology, to provide an advanced academic foundation in risk studies. In doing so, it will equip you to critically analyse risk issues in a wide range of public policy, organisational and societal settings, to evaluate the dynamics of risk governance and management options, and to develop reflexive communication strategies.

Our course is led by risk experts from the King’s Centre for Risk Management (KCRM) who are internationally recognised in their fields of scholarship, but are also close to policy and practice. Most recently, for example, Professor Ragnar Lofstedt was appointed by HM Government to lead an 8-month long Independent Review of Health and Safety RegulationDr Henry Rothstein has also led a 1-year project for Defra on risk-based policy-making and is currently leading a major 3 year international comparative study of risk-based governance across Europe (HowSAFE) in collaboration with Sciences Po (Paris), Bielefeld University and Maastricht University. This concern for bridging scholarship and practice is reflected in a unique three-week internship programme that has placed students in a wide range of high-level public and private sector settings. Close links with, and speakers from, government and industry also gives students insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of the subject area. 


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand and Waterloo Campuses. Our superb location in the heart of London allows you access to important social, cultural, and textual resources, such as our own Maughan Library and the British Library.

Career prospects

This course will enable you to undertake further doctoral research or enter careers as risk specialists. Our graduates work in industry, consultancies, governmental and non- governmental agencies. Past graduates have used the skills they developed with us to enter and excel in a variety of positions including the World Bank, European Commission, HM Government, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, UK Food Standards 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.

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