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Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management (Distance Learning)

Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management (Distance Learning)

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Distance without attendance


2 years

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Safety Administration / Regulations Risk Management

Course type


Course Summary


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.

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.


No risk management strategy is effective without well-developed crisis planning and transparent continuity. On this module, you?ll examine the differences between crisis and risk management, as well as the challenges organisations face in maintaining strong governance, continuity and crisis management plans. You?ll critically review and assess training and crises preparedness, and gain the knowledge to design appropriate scenarios for your organisation.

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Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent in any academic subject seeking to pursue or to continue a career in Risk Management. Applicants with appropriate work experience and professional qualifications may also be considered.

University information

The University of Portsmouth is an innovative, research-driven institution with a modern, well-resourced campus which is a fantastic place to study at postgraduate level. The university invests intelligently in its teaching and facilities, delivering an internationally respected curriculum and providing a rich and varied student experience. Portsmouth is renowned in areas such as astrophysics, forensics and sports science, and produces an...more

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