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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.

Successful graduates are eligible for exemption from 5 of the 6 modules of the Institute of Risk Management’s (IRM) International Diploma in Enterprise Risk Management, which is a globally recognised, professional qualification.

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 (RPL)

RPL is particularly relevant for applicants from the armed forces and emergency services. If you have undertaken courses in risk and crisis elsewhere, either professional or academic, you may be eligible. RPL requires evidence of good practice in the topics of study and in applying this appropriately at your workplace. If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, the course leader will aid you in submission of your evidence after enrolment on to the course.

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 speak to the course leader by contacting our Student Recruitment Centre.

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.

If, after graduation, you gain the IRM’s globally recognised International Diploma in Enterprise Risk Management (see above for exemptions), this will provide an entry route to full IRM membership and all the benefits and valuable networking opportunities this provides.


Visit the Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management MSc page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

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