Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management, M.Sc. | University of Portsmouth | Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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The MSc Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management degree from the University of Portsmouth 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.

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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.

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
    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


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.

Programme Structure


Organisational and Environmental Risk - 30 credits

Project and Research Methods - 30 credits

Risk Dissertation - 60 credits

Crisis Management and Continuity - 30 credits

Strategic Risk and Leadership - 30 credits

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

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710 - 1099 GBP /month
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