MSc in Risk Management

Glasgow Caledonian University, London (GCU London)

Program Description

MSc in Risk Management

Glasgow Caledonian University, London (GCU London)

Industry-recognised and double-accredited (Chartered Insurance Institute and Institute of Risk Management), our programme focuses on corporate and business risk management, ensuring you have the expertise and skills to excel as a risk specialist.

Study is available full-time or by distance learning.

Programme Description

In an increasingly complex and rapidly changing global business environment, the management of risk requires a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience.

The MSc Risk Management programme provides an in depth understanding of risk and their application in practice both for financial and non-financial organisations. Students will learn both theoretical and practical understanding of risk including risk measurement and modelling using computer software (e.g. Palisade Decision Tools). In addition, we subscribe to several industry linked databases (e.g. Thomson Reuters EIKON) that students can use in their study and research.

Accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and the Institute of Risk Management (IRM), this programme is designed to provide you with the skills to excel in a role as a risk manager, risk and insurance manager, risk analyst or clinical risk manager within a variety of organisations and sectors.

You will develop the ability to establish risk policy and structures for business units, design and review processes for risk management, develop risk response processes including contingency and business continuity programmes.

Our programme is based on current research and publications in the field, and taught by staff who understand the key concerns of managers in both the private and public sectors.

This programme is offered full-time and by distance learning at our London and Glasgow campuses. You can start your studies either in September or January.

Why Choose This Programme?

Unlike other Risk courses available across the UK, our Risk Management degree is unique as it takes a holistic and enterprise-wide view on risk covering both management and financial aspects of uncertainty and vulnerability.

GCU is one of the world's leading centres for the provision of risk management education, consultancy and research, with more than twenty years' experience in the field. Since 1982, our programmes have attracted students from around the world. Working closely with colleagues in industry and commerce, as well as the main professional and trade bodies, the university developed the first undergraduate degree in Risk Management in Europe.

Additionally, we arrange study tours for the students in several key locations in London (e.g., Lloyd’s of London, Bloomberg, etc.). Furthermore, the students will get the opportunity to attend several industry conferences and seminars held in London.

Programme Structure

Whether by distance learning or on-campus study, the programme combines taught modules and a Masters Dissertation.

You may switch from distance learning mode to campus-taught mode (on more than one occasion if you wish) provided that you do so prior to the commencement of the Trimester.

Note that the fees may be different for each mode of delivery. Contact us for details.


  • Enterprise Risk and Modelling
  • Global Perspectives on Risk
  • Risk Financing and Insurance
  • Business Continuity and Crisis Management
  • Ethics and Corporate Governance
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Our Research in Risk

Current and applied research is essential underpinning for a high quality postgraduate programme. Our academic staff are involved in a broad range of risk-related and business-focused research and publication.

Recent research projects carried out by staff include a government funded study into risk assessment relating to private finance initiatives in the construction industry, a survey on employment risks in conjunction with Marsh UK Ltd , a report on the risks associated with e-commerce, for the Association of British Insurers, and a series of reports and briefings for the Association of Local Authority Risk Managers.

Some of the areas in which staff research and publish include:

  • Corporate governance
  • Insurance Risk regulation
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Employment risks
  • Risk assessment and management of Private Finance Initiative projects
  • Public sector risk management
  • Healthcare risk management
  • Financial risk management
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 6, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus or Online
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Sept. 2017
Jan. 2018
12 - 16 months
Full time
United Kingdom - London, England
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