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Course summary

Overview Risk management is a crucial part of running any business. If you can manage day-to-day business problems and remain calm in the face of a crisis, you may have what it takes to work in the field of risk and crisis management. Our MSc Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management degree will build on your existing skills and help you to become an expert in managing crises. You'll graduate ready to steer organisations through critical situations as a risk manager, ensuring their success and yours. This Master's course uses an organisational and people focused approach to risk management, rather than a financial or cyber risk approach like many other degrees in the sector. On this Institute of Risk Management (IRM) accredited course you'll learn to identify, assess and manage strategic, organisational, environmental and technological risks, as well as threats presented by unpredictable situations. You'll explore topics including counter-terrorism, political violence, and emerging and strategic risks. You’ll complete a one day simulation activity where you’ll work in teams to manage a crisis as it unfolds in real time. You’ll work with various viewpoints from within a business during the simulation. Accredited by 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 Enterprise 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. Course highlights

  • Learn from expert guest speakers who provide insight into real-life scenarios and a practical take on managing risk on every module
  • Study key topics including strategic risk and leadership, crisis management, business continuity, and organisational and environmental risk
  • Learn to manage risk more effectively, and make a difference in your workplace
  • Understand the current tools and techniques used in risk management
  • Learn from qualified, research-active staff with consultancy experience and links to industry
  • Study alongside professionals from a wide range of industries
  • Hear from key speakers from organisations such as: BP, Shell, MOD, Hampshire Fire, Pharmaceuticals, Large multinationals
You can choose to study either full-time (one year) or part-time (two years). Careers and opportunities Because of an increase in British and International Standards in Risk and Crisis Management, Organisational Resilience and Continuity, there's a growing demand for risk specialists. This need has been further exacerbated by our reliance on technology, the increased risk of conflict, and extreme weather conditions; there are now many career opportunities in this field. When you graduate, you can expect to pursue a career managing risk in industries including healthcare, petrochemicals, environmental organisations, and business. Our previous graduates have gone on to work in industries including:
  • Oil and gas
  • Health service
  • Financial sector
  • Security industries
  • Military
  • Emergency services
  • Auditing
  • Security Management
Alternatively, you may want to continue your research in the related areas of risk, programme and business management. We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.


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. Full-time students study four units in one year, which are delivered in eight blocks, each three days long. Part-time students study two units in each year, which are delivered in four blocks, each three days long. Students then progress to their dissertation. Here are the units you will study: Core modules include:

  • Organisational and Environmental Risk
  • Project and Research Methods
  • Risk Dissertation
  • Crisis Management and Continuity
  • Strategic Risk and Leadership
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.

Assessment method

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. These are submitted online.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Risk Management, Institute of

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
TOEFL (iBT)91 with a minimum of 20 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 20 in Writing.
PTE AcademicAn overall score of 61 with a minimum of 54 in each skill.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £12000 Year 1
England £12000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £12000 Year 1
Scotland £12000 Year 1
Wales £12000 Year 1
Channel Islands £12000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £12000 Year 1
International £20200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.
Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management at University of Portsmouth - UCAS