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MSc Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management


Next enrollment cycle

February 2024

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First Year Course Fee

USD 7,803

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  • 2 Years
  • Online and On-campus
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree

Course Leader Dr Sara Hadleigh-Dunn explains that there’s no getting around the importance of risk management in modern organisations – whether it’s strategic, financial, operational or compliance-related.

"Risk, crisis and resilience management is a strategic way of conceptualising potential risks and making your organisation more resilient for the future by putting contingency measures in place. The ability to prepare comprehensive plans for if or when crises strike is valuable in a huge range of industries.”

Sharpen your ability to critically think and plan with this expansive MSc, and become a vital player in organisations worldwide.

This course is accredited by The Institute of Risk Management (IRM). Once you graduate you will be entitled to exemption from all 6 modules of the International Diploma in Risk Management. You can apply for GradIRM membership after you graduate, and if you have 3 or more years of relevant experience you can upgrade to Certified Membership. Risk management is a major priority for many organisations across various industries. It’s critical in ensuring corporate sustainability, resilience and profitability. That’s why a demand in competent, informed and experienced risk managers exists, and why an MSc in Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management could open many career opportunities to you.

On this course, you’ll learn what counts as risk and how to manage this within an organisational setting. You’ll explore different facets within industries, including varying perceptions of risk, how to prepare for risks and crises, management approaches and techniques and how to lead employees in difficult times.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge and experience to create a robust risk culture within a business and develop appropriate strategies to manage risk. You’ll have critical thinking, decision making and analysis skills that you can use immediately to help organisations prepare for crises

Our MSc Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management course will give you the knowledge, skills and experience needed to excel within the field.
On this course, you'll:

  • Identify risk across sectors and develop appropriate strategies and techniques to prepare for and cope with crises
  • Discover how to develop a strong risk culture to enable more effective risk management
  • Gain the ability to stay calm under pressure and make decisions and communicate them effectively, clearly and concisely regardless of audience
  • Learn to understand differing perceptions of risk and cultural differences in approaches to risk, as well as the impact these might have
  • Develop critical thinking and analysis skills to evaluate problems in an organisational context
  • All assessments for the course are based on coursework submitted online. Your performance is assessed through coursework including:
  • Written assignments
  • Reflective work
  • A dissertation
  • You'll also have the opportunity to receive formal and informal feedback from your tutors to help you improve your work.

Enrollment Cycles

  • February 2024
  • May 2024
  • September 2024
  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent in any academic subject seeking to pursue or to continue a career in Risk Management.  Applicants with appropriate work experience and professional qualifications may also be considered. 
  • English language proficiency at IELTS level 6.5 with no component score below 6.0 (or other acceptable proof), if English is not your first language

Strategic Risk and Risk Behaviour (30 credits) On this module, you’ll learn about the interdisciplinary nature and theoretical frameworks of risk and effective risk management within organisations. You’ll consider the importance of human factors and people skills in risk management and perception, critically reviewing leadership theories and the key role employees and other stakeholders hold in an organisation’s risk approach.

Organisational and Environmental Risk (30 credits) You’ll examine the many facets of organisational and environmental risk on this module, specifically in regards to its management, ethical corporate responsibilities and sustainability. You’ll learn how to identify the associated issues and challenges affecting organisations as well as the most appropriate responses and a strategy’s impact.

Crisis Management and Governance (30 credits) No risk management strategy is effective without well-developed crisis planning and transparent continuity. On this module, you’ll examine the differences between crisis and risk management, as well as the challenges organisations face in maintaining strong governance, continuity and crisis management plans. You’ll critically review and assess training and crises preparedness, and gain the knowledge to design appropriate scenarios for your organisation.

Project and Research Methods (30 credits) This module focuses on project risk management processes, technologies and systems. You’ll consider key challenges in applying project risk identification and response frameworks. You’ll also critique research reports and assess risks in areas such as new product development, change management, Research & Development (R&D), technology transfer and systems integration.

Dissertation (60 credits) Using your own data collection and analysis, you’ll plan and carry out a rigorous and practical research project related to risk management. You’ll demonstrate an ability to make decisions and plan objectively and critically, developing coherent arguments and assessments of needs and consequences. All skills you demonstrate in your dissertation, are incredible valuable to prospective employers.

May 2021 - £10,500; September 2021 - £11,200 (including a £250 acceptance fee)

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