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Mode of Study

Full-time, Part-time

Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Start date

September 2023

Accredited

Yes

Overview

Risk management is a crucial part of running any business. If you can manage day-to-day business problems and remain calm in the face of a crisis, you may have what it takes to work in the field of risk and crisis management.

Our MSc Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management degree will build on your existing skills and help you to become an expert in managing crises. You'll graduate ready to steer organisations through critical situations as a risk manager, ensuring their success and yours.

This Master's course uses an organisational and people focused approach to risk management, rather than a financial or cyber risk approach like many other degrees in the sector.

On this Institute of Risk Management (IRM) accredited course you'll learn to identify, assess and manage strategic, organisational, environmental and technological risks, as well as threats presented by unpredictable situations. You'll explore topics including counter-terrorism, political violence, and emerging and strategic risks.

You’ll complete a one day simulation activity where you’ll work in teams to manage a crisis as it unfolds in real time. You’ll work with various viewpoints from within a business during the simulation.

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

Course highlights

  • Learn from expert guest speakers who provide insight into real-life scenarios and a practical take on managing risk on every module
  • Study key topics including strategic risk and leadership, crisis management, business continuity, and organisational and environmental risk
  • Learn to manage risk more effectively, and make a difference in your workplace 
  • Understand the current tools and techniques used in risk management
  • Learn from qualified, research-active staff with consultancy experience and links to industry
  • Study alongside professionals from a wide range of industries
  • Hear from key speakers from organisations such as: 
    • BP
    • Shell
    • MOD
    • Hampshire Fire
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Large multinationals

Accredited by:

This course is accredited by The Institute of Risk Management (IRM). Once you graduate you will be entitled to exemption from all 6 modules of the International Diploma in Enterprise Risk Management. You can apply for GradIRM membership after you graduate, and if you have 3 or more years of relevant experience you can upgrade to Certified Membership.

What you'll study

Full-time

All modules on this full-time MSc Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management course are core. 

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically understand the EU and UK legislation relating to environmental risk management and the implications for business.
  • Identify the first and second order contemporary environmental risks and sustainability issues affecting organisations in addition to the concept and key challenges of organisational risk.
  • Critically evaluate the most appropriate approaches to environmental and organisational risk management and sustainability for the organisation and develop responses to these.
  • Critically assess the impact of environmental risk strategies and requirements on the organisation.

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What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically evaluate the key challenges in the application of Risk Management in a project context and demonstrate critical awareness of the nature and implications of cross-disciplinary research.
  • Critically assess the risks associated with 2 of the elements listed (R&D, New Product Development, Change Management, Technology Transfer, Systems Integration of technology and people), and be able to critically interrogate research reports.
  • Formulate appropriate Risk Management Strategies and develop effective project risk models, mitigation and contingency plans for appropriate action, in order to approach their research dissertation task with the confidence to select and apply an appropriate research strategy.

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What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Plan and carry out a rigorous and practical research project ensuring familiarity with contemporary developments in at least one area of risk management and demonstrating an in-depth understanding and original thinking in a particular aspect of risk management.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically review and assess previous literature and research.
  • Critically demonstrate sustained intellectual effort to perform analysis, make decisions and plan both critically and objectively.
  • Develop competence in the presentation of coherent arguments and assessment of needs and consequences.

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What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of what constitutes a crisis and how crisis management differs from risk management in in terms of planning, response and resourcing.
  • Critically evaluate the relationship between business continuity and crisis management and review and assess training and preparedness for crises, understanding the organisational importance of each of these functions.
  • Critically evaluate both the theoretical constructs and contextual applications thereby enabling crisis management, business continuity and control risk assessment of an organisational framework.
  • Appraise the development of organisational strategies to reduce the risk of disruption and be able to enhance and develop appropriate strategies for organisations.

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What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically evaluate the different theoretical approaches to risk and risk management and apply these in an organisational setting.
  • Critically review leadership theories to improve organisational performance and evaluate the key role that employees and other stakeholders play in an organisation's approach to risk and its governance.
  • Critically review the nature of risk strategy and strategic risk management and develop in respect of supporting those with risk management roles within this.

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Part-time

All modules on this part-time MSc Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management course are core. 

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically understand the EU and UK legislation relating to environmental risk management and the implications for business.
  • Identify the first and second order contemporary environmental risks and sustainability issues affecting organisations in addition to the concept and key challenges of organisational risk.
  • Critically evaluate the most appropriate approaches to environmental and organisational risk management and sustainability for the organisation and develop responses to these.
  • Critically assess the impact of environmental risk strategies and requirements on the organisation.

Explore this module

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of what constitutes a crisis and how crisis management differs from risk management in in terms of planning, response and resourcing.
  • Critically evaluate the relationship between business continuity and crisis management and review and assess training and preparedness for crises, understanding the organisational importance of each of these functions.
  • Critically evaluate both the theoretical constructs and contextual applications thereby enabling crisis management, business continuity and control risk assessment of an organisational framework.
  • Appraise the development of organisational strategies to reduce the risk of disruption and be able to enhance and develop appropriate strategies for organisations.

Explore this module

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically evaluate the different theoretical approaches to risk and risk management and apply these in an organisational setting.
  • Critically review leadership theories to improve organisational performance and evaluate the key role that employees and other stakeholders play in an organisation's approach to risk and its governance.
  • Critically review the nature of risk strategy and strategic risk management and develop in respect of supporting those with risk management roles within this.

Explore this module

All modules on this part-time MSc Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management course are core. 

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically evaluate the key challenges in the application of Risk Management in a project context and demonstrate critical awareness of the nature and implications of cross-disciplinary research.
  • Critically assess the risks associated with 2 of the elements listed (R&D, New Product Development, Change Management, Technology Transfer, Systems Integration of technology and people), and be able to critically interrogate research reports.
  • Formulate appropriate Risk Management Strategies and develop effective project risk models, mitigation and contingency plans for appropriate action, in order to approach their research dissertation task with the confidence to select and apply an appropriate research strategy.

Explore this module

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Plan and carry out a rigorous and practical research project ensuring familiarity with contemporary developments in at least one area of risk management and demonstrating an in-depth understanding and original thinking in a particular aspect of risk management.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically review and assess previous literature and research.
  • Critically demonstrate sustained intellectual effort to perform analysis, make decisions and plan both critically and objectively.
  • Develop competence in the presentation of coherent arguments and assessment of needs and consequences.

Explore this module

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Careers and opportunities

By studying an IRM accredited course in this specialised subject, you’ll graduate ready to work with companies across the world to manage and mitigate risk. 

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. Career opportunities in this field keep growing, in part thanks to our reliance on technology, the increased risk of conflict, and extreme weather conditions.

You’ll build your professional network during the course as you hear from guest speakers on every module and have the opportunity to network with other students and industry specialists.

Graduates of this course have gone onto industries such as:

  • Oil and gas
  • Health service
  • Financial sector
  • Security industries
  • Military
  • Emergency services
  • Auditing
  • Security management

You could also continue your research in the related areas of risk, programme and business management.

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Career planning

During your course you'll have expert career support from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Business and Law Career-Ready Programme. This support will continue for 5 years after you graduate.

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Career support

You'll benefit from:

  • Networking events
  • Regular emails from the Career Ready Programme sharing job opportunities, application tips and events
  • Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council
  • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
  • Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • 1-to-1 appointments 
  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Support starting your own business

Learn more about your career support

How you'll spend your time

We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities.

We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to be on campus and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change. You should receive your full timetable several weeks before you start with us.

It is our expectation that all international students will join us here on campus in Portsmouth.

Course structure

This Master's degree will take:

  • 1 year (full-time)
  • 2 years (part-time)

You can expect:

  • to attend campus for two 3-day blocks for each module 

Teaching

Master's study is deeper and more specialised than an undergraduate degree. This means you'll focus on something that really matters to you and your career as you work closely with academics committed to the subject.

You'll spend more time in independent study and research than you did for your undergraduate degree, but the majority of your teaching time will be in-person and face-to-face.

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • crisis management simulation

Assessment

You'll be assessed through:

  • case studies
  • reports on major organisations or disasters
  • dissertation

Teaching staff

These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course:

Sara Eileen Bertin Hadleigh-Dunn Portrait

Media ready expert

Dr Sara Hadleigh-Dunn

Reader in Risk Management and Resilience

sara.hadleigh-dunn@port.ac.uk

Strategy Enterprise and Innovation

Faculty of Business and Law

PhD Supervisor

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Professor Ashraf Labib

Professor of Operations and Asset Management

Ashraf.Labib@port.ac.uk

Operations and Systems Management

Faculty of Business and Law

PhD Supervisor

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Dr Kate Buttriss

Lecturer

Kathryn.Buttriss@port.ac.uk

Strategy Enterprise and Innovation

Faculty of Business and Law

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Term dates

September start

The Master's academic year runs from September to the following September. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you'll be writing your project/dissertation.

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Graduation Class of 2021

Joining us as an international student

You'll feel at home in our international community and our diverse city. You'll be joining over 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries who are studying with us.

Learn more about international student life and how we can help you with visas, applications, arrival and settling in. 

Information for international students

Supporting your learning

Master's study is more focused on independent learning than undergraduate study, but you'll get lots of support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you'll also have access to our student engagement officers. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing, and refer you to specialist support services if you need extra help or support.

The Maths Cafe offers free advice and help with maths skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop, or use our online resources.

You'll have help from a team of study support tutors. Based within the Faculty of Business and Law, these tutors are familiar with the specific requirements your assignments and work closely with faculty academics. This means they can give you focused support with the specific study skills you need to be successful on your course. They're available face-to-face, by phone, email, and by video call.

They can help with:

  • academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations, projects and literature reviews)
  • reflective writing skills
  • critical thinking skills
  • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

If you're a mature student, specialist support to help you return to learning is available.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (September 2023 start)

  • Full time: £11,400
  • Part time: £5,700 per year

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full time: £11,400
  • Part time: £5,700 per year
  • Full time: £19,200
  • Part time: £9,600 per year

University of Portsmouth graduates may receive a 20% alumni tuition fee discount

Fees are subject to annual increase. Read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

You'll be able to pay your fees in instalments. Find out how to pay your tuition fees.

Funding your studies

Explore how to fund your studies, including available scholarships and bursaries.

If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

If you're a UK student who achieved a first in your undergraduate degree you may be eligible for a £3,000 University of Portsmouth scholarship.

Loans, scholarships and bursaries

Browse funding such as the Government Postgraduate Loan, our scholarships for new and returning students, and subject specific loans.

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Funding for international students

Learn more about sponsorships, scholarships and loans for students applying from outside of the UK.

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Fees and funding for postgraduate taught courses

Discover how you can fund your postgraduate studies at Portsmouth – including loans, scholarships and bursaries – and read our guidance on topics like how to budget, and how to get support if you're disabled or have dependents.

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Additional costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees, so you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. Additional costs could include:

  • Accommodation: Accommodation options and costs can be found on our accommodation pages.
  • Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
  • General costs: Such as photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
  • Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, which related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Read more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Entry requirements

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

September 2023

  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, view the equivalent entry requirements we accept for your country

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component score below 6.0.

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

How to apply

Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us.

There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start date in September, as long as there are places available. If you wait until September to apply, you may find that the course is full.

If you're applying as an international student, remember that you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised.

You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. International students and current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth also have some different application options, which are detailed below.

Extra information for international students

If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.

You could also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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Standard applications

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I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2021, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

Learn more about fast track

After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.