University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management

Overview If you can deal with day-to-day problems and remain calm in the face of a crisis, you might have what it takes to work in the field of risk and crisis management. Risk management is a crucial part of running a business, and our MSc Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management degree course will take your aptitude and mould it into expertise - so you'll be ready to steer organisations through critical situations as a risk manager, ensuring both their success and yours. On this course, you'll learn how to identify, assess and manage strategic, organisational, environmental and technological risks, as well as threats presented by unpredictable situations. You'll get the knowledge and skills needed to become a proficient and capable risk manager, honing analytical and problem-solving abilities that are highly valued by employers. What you'll experience On this course, you'll: Learn from guest speakers who are experts in the field, providing insight into real-life scenarios and a practical take on managing risk Study key topics like Strategic Risk and Risk Behaviour, Crisis Management and Governance, and Organisational and Environmental Risk Be supported by academically qualified staff with research and consultancy experience, as well as links to industry Sharpen your analytical, decision-making and communication skills, learn how to manage risk more effectively, and make a difference in the organisation where you work Get to grips with the current tools and techniques used to understand risk management Have access to our library's electronic resources 24/7, including thousands of ejournals and newspapers Choose to study either full-time (one year) or part-time (two years) Work experience and career planning We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies. When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your risk, crisis and resilience management skills to work. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career. 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. Professional accreditations This course is accredited by The Institute of Risk Management (IRM). When you graduate, you'll be eligible for exemption from 5 of the 6 modules of the IRM's International Diploma in Enterprise Risk Management, an entry route to full IRM membership.

Entry requirements

MSc: A second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

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: Strategic Risk and Risk Behaviour: This explores the theoretical frameworks and interdisciplinary nature of risk and effective risk management in organisations. The importance of human factors and people skills in risk perception and management are also considered, examining the roles of the individuals, teams and leaders in the context of developing and implementing risk management policies and strategies. Organisational and Environmental Risk: This unit will investigate theories of environmental and organisational risk management and the approaches that an organisation may employ to achieve these successfully. The role of environmental and organisational risk management within the context of legislation will also be explored. Crisis Management and Governance: This unit studies the development of effective, transparent continuity and crisis planning. The challenges facing organisations in ensuring robust governance, continuity and crisis management plans, highlighting the differences between this and generic risk management will be explored. Training and exercise preparedness will also be reviewed, enabling students to design appropriate scenarios for their organisations. Project and Research Methods: This focuses on project risk management processes, systems and technology. Central to the module is a consideration of the key challenges in the application of project risk identification and response frameworks. This will be linked to the research dissertation as a project to be managed, preparing students for the research element of the programme. Dissertation: This unit comprises the final part of the course. You will undertake a 15,000-word management research project (dissertation) that combines a review of previous research undertaken in your chosen topic, with your own data collection and analysis. The research dissertation provides a unique opportunity for you to demonstrate the subject knowledge you have acquired, as well as your analytical abilities and problem-solving skills that are highly regarded by potential employers. During this phase, your research will be supervised by an experienced academic with expertise in your chosen topic area.

Assessment methods

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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 14,700 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 7,350 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,350 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Student Recruitment Centre - Faculty of Business and Law
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02392842991