University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Risk and Finance

The programme provides knowledge of the variety of financial and non-financial management contexts where critical risk management skill is required and comprehensively covers how generic risk management issues and techniques can be applied to financial management and decision making. This programme will suit numerate graduates from a broad range of subjects seeking specialist knowledge of risk and finance.

Entry requirements

1st or upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a subject with some quantitative content from a UK university or equivalent overseas or professional qualification in an appropriate subject. Relevant work experience is not a requirement for admission, but it is an advantage. Admissions tutors are willing to take significant relevant work experience into account for applicants falling short of the normal academic entry requirements. Evidence of numeracy skill and ability to take a structured approach to problem solving is necessary.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Introduction to finance; principles of risk management; risk taking and decision making; behavioural finance; management of financial risk; qualitative and quantitative research. Optional modules: Advanced corporate finance; project risk management; simulation; quantitative methods; stock market analysis; problem structuring; corporate risk management processes; insurance; business ethics; credit risk management and the Basel Accord; credit scoring and data mining.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ South East

Key information

Business and Law
Telephone number: 
023 8059 4393