Organisation Risk Management - MSc *

Attendance:
Distance Learning
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:
Fees:
£7,900 per year for UK/EU Distance Learning 2017 entry (view all fees)

This course is suitable for those who are currently working within Risk Management wishing to gain qualifications in the area and also to those just starting out on a career in risk and need to develop your knowledge and skills.

You will be provided with practical problem solving skills as well as a deep theoretical knowledge of the risk environment, making you highly desirable in the job market.

What's covered in the course?

The course is taught entirely online allowing you to tailor your study hours around your lifestyle. You will also find a tutor available as required to provide additional support.

You will be encouraged to use your own experiences to apply techniques and develop solutions to issues, thereby offering immediate benefit to your work environment.

The course closely aligns to the Institute of Risk Managers International Diploma in Risk Management and we are seeking exemptions from their examinations.

Why Choose Us?

  • We are an established team with over 20 years’ experience of delivering risk based courses.
  • The Centre prides itself on its extremely high pass rates.
  • The Distance Learning route is delivered entirely off campus, the only attendance requirement being for examinations.
  • The lecture team has a long history of running distance learning courses, using appropriate communication methods to ensure a sense of belonging is developed.
  • We get to know our students as individuals and support their specific needs, or can signpost them to other areas of the University that can provide additional, complimentary support.
  • We use real life international case studies as part of our teaching and encourage students to bring forward their own experiences to facilitate learning
  • Though this is a Distance Learning course, students are more than welcome to come to Birmingham City University and take advantage of all of our facilities to aid in their learning.
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Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be on Wednesday 26 April 2017, between 2pm and 7pm. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities. You can't book your place just yet, but register your interest and we'll send you an email when you can book.

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This course is open to International students

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New £10,000 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.

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Subject to approval

The content of this course has been refreshed and updated to make sure you graduate with the skills employers need in an ever-changing job market.

Our quality control experts are currently reviewing the content and we anticipate receiving formal approval shortly.

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Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential

To register for the Master's degree, you should normally hold a recognised Bachelor's degree of a good standard. Applicants with suitable work experience and/or qualifications other than those above may be considered for entry.

Applicants with suitable work experience and/or qualifications other than those above may be considered for entry.

Credit (exemption) may be given on a case-by-case basis for individual modules on the basis of prior learning and practice based experience against a standard list of exemptions which can be provided.

International students
Essential

In addition to the above requirements where English is not your first language, you must be able to furnish satisfactory evidence of a level of attainment in English language commensurate with study at Masters Level at Birmingham City University.

In most cases, a TOEFL score of at least 575 or an IELTS score of 6.5 average or 6.0 in all bands or an alternative qualification evidencing an equivalent competence in English will be required.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2017 DL 3 years £7,900 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2017 DL 3 years £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

You will need to apply online direct to the university for this course. A link to the form will be available soon as well as details of the course fee. We'd like to send you an email once the link is available to save you checking back - just sign up for an update.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Please indicate in the Personal Statement section of the application form that you wish to study via Distance Learning.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Additional costs

While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Institute of Risk Management

Whilst membership of the IRM is not a requirement of the course, it is highly recommended. Details of their membership fees and certification fees can be found here.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Stage One

Risk Management Concepts
20 credits
Application of Risk Management
20 credits
Risk Analysis
20 credits

Stage Two

Risk Response
20 credits
Risk Leadership and Culture
20 credits
Building a Risk Resilient Organisation
20 credits

Stage Three

Innovation and Professional Development
20 credits
Risk Research
40 credits

Course structure

Our course is available to study as a distance learning course, ensuring you have access to study regardless of your global location

Distance Learning

This course is offered as a distance learning course, enabling you to study at a time that suits you. You don’t have to attend any face-to-face sessions, and delivery of course materials is done through our e-learning platform, Moodle. Each module has a revision day which, although not mandatory, you should highly consider attending. If you can’t make it, supporting materials are made available via email.

Interim awards are available should you decide to leave the course prior to completion. These are:-

  • Year One – Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
  • Year Two – Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
  • Year Three – Masters (MSc) (180 credits)

If you’re an international student, you can sit your examinations at your British council offices for a fee payable locally of around £100 per examination

Three-Hour Examination
  • Risk Management Concepts
  • Risk Response
  • Building a Risk Resilient Organisation (case study based)
Coursework and Reflective Diary
  • Application of Risk Management
  • Risk Analysis
  • Risk Leadership & Culture
Reflective Learning Journal and Presentation
  • Innovation and Professional Development
Literature Review and Research Output
  • Risk Research Project

Further Study

Further study opportunities are available on the Business School's PhD Programme and we welcome applications from these interested in undertaking study in the Centre's core areas of interest.

Enhancing Employability Skills

All assignments are grounded in real working organisations, allowing you to apply your knowledge into a real working environment. The majority of students enrolling on this course will already be in employment, although not necessarily in the area of risk management.

You will be encouraged to use your own organisations in the consideration of topic areas, thus increasing your profile within that organisation. Should this prove difficult, the team has a strong track record of working with individual students to provide case studies and / or internships. 

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Careers

Many of our students are already employed and are sponsored through their study, so that on their return they can set up a risk management function or apply the concepts to their existing department.

Typical organisations that they come from include local authorities, the health sector, central government and government agencies, and financial services.

Many of our students work in risk management or a similar role. 

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

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Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

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Alan Robson

Associate Professor

Alan Robson graduated in 1985 with one of the first Information Systems degrees in the country, before moving directly into lecturing. He joined Birmingham City University in 1986 as a lecturer in computer programming and systems analysis, and in April 2009 he joined the Centre for Internal Audit, Governance and Risk Management.

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Ann Brook

Senior Lecturer

Ann began her career in insurance, underwriting and processing claims, for a large national building society. She then moved to working in a global treasury department, verifying and performing transactions all over the globe. After this she moved into internal audit working at many different regional building societies and became a Head of Internal Audit for Chelsea Building Society in July 2009.

She moved into risk management in January 2011 and worked in corporate banking and then social housing and care. Her last role included working as a Company Secretary and working alongside boards and committees and supporting them in fulfilling their responsibilities.

Outside of her full time career she has also held volunteer positions. She has been a Governor and Audit Committee member for Sandwell College over the last seven years and has just been appointed as Governor for Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

She also volunteers for the professional body, the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors, where she is a Fellow, as a local committee member she organises events for internal audit and risk professionals to network and update their knowledge.

Over her career she has managed many different sized teams and mentored them through their qualifications and development.

She believes this mix of professional experience and her open and approachable nature enables her to provide the best teaching and support to students.

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Balvinder Plaha

Lecturer in Financial Risk and Corporate Governance

Balvinder Plaha joined Birmingham City University in 2015 and currently teaches the finance and corporate governance modules on the MSc Internal Audit, Governance and Risk Management and risk response and risk leadership on the MSc Risk Management course.

Dr Andy Hollyhead

Associate Professor

Andy Hollyhead joined the University in 2003 after 15 years in industry in a number of large organisations, including roles as business systems analyst and project manager. He is part of the Centre for Internal Audit, Governance and Risk Management.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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+44 (0)121 331 6295