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.
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.
Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be on Saturday 4 November 2017, between 12 and 3pm. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities.
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*Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016
Didn't make it to an Open Day? You still have the opportunity to come and see what our postgraduate courses have to offer. If you would like to enquire about campus tour availability, just drop us an email.
*DLHE Survey 2015/16
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.
|English language requirements 2017/18|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
|Other accepted qualifications||Visit our English language page|
|MSc||Sep 2018||DL||3 years||£7,900 pro-rata|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
|MSc||Sep 2018||DL||3 years||£12,000 pro-rata|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
*Subject to any further inflationary increase as approved by the government. 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.
You will be charged on a per module basis. Please indicate in the Personal Statement section of the application form that you wish to study via Distance Learning.
UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*
Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?
Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.
Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.
Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?
You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
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.
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.
If you study this course part-time, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis.
Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.
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?
Risk Management Concepts
Application of Risk Management
Risk Leadership and Culture
Building a Risk Resilient Organisation
Innovation and Professional Development
Our course is available to study as a distance learning course, ensuring you have access to study regardless of your global location
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:-
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
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.
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: 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.
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:
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 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.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
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.
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.