De Montfort University

Risk Management MSc (Distance Learning)

This course is relevant to accountants, project managers, insurers, chartered surveyors, healthcare professionals, lawyers, bankers, auditors, health and safety professionals, and engineers.

This course is designed to appeal to a broad risk management body and recognises the interdisciplinary nature of the subject. 

Association of Insurance and Risk Management

The course is accredited by the Institute of Risk Management and you can also earn exemptions from their professional examinations

Gain practical experience 

You could complete a 12-week project based in a UK company or organisation. This internship will improve your employability. You will take part in a web-based business simulation exercise which is designed to integrate your studies

KNect365 Learning

This course is delivered in partnership with KNect365 Learning – An Informa Business, an organisation dedicated to working with leading academic bodies to provide high-calibre and well respected distance learning postgraduate courses

Entry requirements

Entry criteria

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in any subject with a minimum pass of 2:2, or equivalent overseas qualification.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Course modules

Business Context – introduces the fundamental concepts of marketing, its major techniques and their current application. You will also explore to the financing of projects, events and other similar activities and the fundamental aspects of business law.

Risk Management I and II – it is now recognised that the business agenda has moved away from risk avoidance towards the recognition that risk, if correctly managed, can lead to competitive business advantage. You will learn how to identify and manage risks within an organisation in a variety of contexts.

Internal Control and Audit – recent cases of corporate failures and scandals, especially in the US and the UK, have heightened public interest in how organisations are being governed and how the management tackles business risks. You will be exposed to the crucial role internal control mechanisms and the internal audit function play in organisations’ risk management procedures.

Business Continuity and Crisis Management – exposes participants to a historical and contemporary understanding of business continuity management and crisis management theory and practice that fit within these broader strategic imperatives.

International Corporate Governance – provides a consideration of agency issues and the need for regulation to allow for the equitable treatment of all organisational stakeholders

Research Methods – introduces you to the basic elements of research methodology and the complete range of research methods suitable for research in management and business. It also aims to help you in defining a research topic and the production of a suitable research proposal for your dissertation.

Elective taught modules may include:

  • International Finance and Political Risk
  • Project Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Managing Organisational Change


The dissertation requires the student, supported by a supervisor, to take an independent and self-structured approach to learning, through the investigation of a particular topic and writing it up in the form of a 12,000–15,000 word document. The dissertation will have its focus on a particular issue of interest related to risk management and may also be related to a live organisation if considered desirable.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Assessment methods

Teaching and assessment

The MSc is studied by distance learning and is fully assessed by coursework and a dissertation. The distance learning mode involves optional attendance at De Montfort University for a maximum of nine Saturday study days during the period of study.

The course is structured in a way that allows you to exit it at one of several points, if desired, each with a postgraduate award.

Teaching contact hours

This is a distance learning programme and the overriding student-learning experience is guided self-study. Guidance is received from academic staff via the programme materials which are designed for self-study, telephone, Skype and e-mail communication, and by optional attendance at Study Days. For each module of study you will be provided with a set of printed materials to work through in the form of a module handbook. One 15 credit module requires approximately 150 hours of personal study. Each module is supported by a tutorial during the Study Days subject to student demand. Assessment is through coursework and a dissertation.

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