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MSc in Risk Management (Subject to validation)

Book your place now to improve your career with a postgraduate degree in risk management [Distance Learning].

Delivered by tutored distance learning

  • Improve your career prospects by gaining a globally recognised postgraduate qualification while remaining in full-time employment and differentiate yourself within the career market
  • Answer the growing market demand for those qualified in risk management and enterprise risk management
  • Join a creative and professional student community that is passionate about learning and career progression
  • Benefit from academic teaching which directly complements industry experience and is informed by world-leading research, ensuring you benefit from developments at the cutting-edge of risk management
  • Achieve your maximum potential through DMU's ambitious and innovative approach to teaching and strong links to industry
  • Gain a competitive advantage in difficult market conditions - increase your skills at this crucial time
  • Apply your learning and new skills to your work immediately and help further your career
  • Study at a faster pace – follow the ‘accelerated route’ and complete the MSc in 15 month

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The course commences with an optional induction weekend in Leicester which takes place between the 14th and 16th September 2018.

The module teaching then begins with a focus on Strategic Management. This is followed by Risk Management I which will provide an understanding of the rationale for, and process of, risk management and will provide an underpinning to the whole programme.

This is followed by other core modules which add to the comprehension of a holistic risk management model:

• Internal Control & Audit – where ‘internal control’ is presented as the basis of risk management and the effectiveness of the internal control system is monitored by a process of internal audit.

• Business Continuity and Crisis Management – this module contemplates appropriate strategies and responses in the event of part of an organisation being unable to function as would be desired, or in order to respond to an unforeseen event.

• Risk Management II

Following the core subjects, students complete two modules from a choice of five: Corporate Performance Management, International Corporate Governance, International Finance and Political Risk, Managing Organisational Change and Project Management (subject to minimum numbers).

Students will then complete the programme with a dissertation. The dissertation would have a strong link to academic theory whilst also offering an opportunity to focus on a ‘live’ organisational issue.

With experience being vital in today’s competitive job market, a postgraduate who has professional experience in addition to theoretical knowledge will be highly regarded by employers. At DMU, we provide our students with the highest standard of study so that you are equipped with the skills and experience to progress or change your career. Designed with employability in mind, the MSc in Risk Management is highly relevant in today’s competitive marketplace. With continual input from  leading employers and professional bodies, we ensure that the course will equip you with the professional skills and practical experience that businesses are looking for.

This is the study pattern that you will follow:


YEAR 1 - September 2019 - December 2020

Students will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Strategic Management (30 credits)
  • Risk Management I (15 credits)
  • Internal Control and Audit (15 credits)
  • Risk Management II (15 credits)


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YEAR 2 - January 2021 - December 2021

Students will choose one module from:

International Corporate Governance (15 credits)
Managing Organisational Change (15 credits)
Students will then choose one module from:

Corporate Performance Management (15 credits)
Project Management (15 credits)

International Finance and Political Risk (15 credits)
Students will also study the Research Methods and Dissertation module and write their dissertation from January-December 2020

Research Methods and Dissertation (60 credits)

The programme was a stepping stone to my current role and the course converted me into a multi-dimensional business professional. I gained the knowledge and tools to make better decisions, a key skill my employer recognised and wanted as part of the company

DMU Masters graduate, 2015

Risk management has developed over the last 25 years both as an academic discipline and profession. It is relevant to all aspects of industry, commerce, consultancy and the public sector, and is of importance to those with a variety of career aspirations or backgrounds, such as:

  • accountants
  • project managers
  • insurers
  • chartered surveyors
  • lawyers
  • health care professionals
  • auditors
  • bankers
  • health and safety professionals
  • engineers

There is an increased recognition that risk needs to be managed and not simply avoided, which has a major impact on organisational strategy. This course is designed to appeal to a broad risk management body and recognises the inter-disciplinary nature of the subject.

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Students are encouraged to attend a series of optional study days at De Montfort University in Leicester throughout the course. The first study weekend is the Induction Weekend which takes place around August or September. The weekend will give students the opportunity to meet tutors and fellow students, discuss the course and establish access to tutors during the coming year. The weekend will also provide students with the opportunity to get to know other students who will be studying the same modules. Four further study days are planned throughout the duration of the programme and these will take place in February, May, September and November.

The accelerated route allows a student to complete the MBA in 15 months. It is primarily designed for those who have the time to devote themselves to full-time study, albeit by the distance learning route. Students will enrol in September 2019 along with the other students on the programme and study the Strategic Management module until January 2020.

Accelerated route students will then undertake to study all of the remaining modules between January and December 2020 alongside the dissertation. This is a highly intensive but rewarding route and successful students will graduate with their MBA at the end of December 2020. (There may not always be dedicated study days for all modules on the accelerated route.)

Deciding to complete a postgraduate course to further my career is the best decision I could have made. The design of the course allowed me to fit my studies around my demanding full time job, and the level of support from the team at DMU was exceptional

DMU Masters graduate, 2015

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