Risk Management MSc (distance learning)

The course is accredited by the Institute of Risk Management and you can also earn exemptions from their professional examinations

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Reasons to study Risk Management at DMU:

This course is relevant to accountants, project managers, insurers, chartered surveyors, healthcare professionals, lawyers, bankers, auditors, health and safety professionals, and engineers. This course is designed to appeal to a broad risk management body and recognises the interdisciplinary nature of the subject. 

  • Association of Insurance and Risk Management
    The course is accredited by the Institute of Risk Management and you can also earn exemptions from their professional examinations
  • Gain practical experience
    You could complete a 12-week project based in a UK company or organisation. This internship will improve your employability. You will take part in a web-based business simulation exercise which is designed to integrate your studies
  • KNect365 Learning
    This course is delivered in partnership with KNect365 Learning – An Informa Business, an organisation dedicated to working with leading academic bodies to provide high-calibre and well respected distance learning postgraduate courses



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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: N29073

Start date: September 2019

Duration: Two and a quarter years. An accelerated 15-month course is available

Location of study: Distance Learning 

Fees and funding: For further details please contact KNect365 Learning – An Informa Business

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information, please contact dmu@knect365.com or call us on  +44 (0)20 7017 4483.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: N29073

Start date: September 2019

Duration: Two and a quarter years. An accelerated 15-month course is available

Location of study: Distance Learning 

Fees and funding: For further details please contact KNect365 Learning – An Informa Business

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.



Contact us: For more information, please contact dmu@knect365.com or call us on  +44 (0)20 7017 4483.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in any subject with a minimum pass of 2:2, or equivalent overseas qualification.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment



Course modules

Business Context – introduces the fundamental concepts of marketing, its major techniques and their current application. You will also explore to the financing of projects, events and other similar activities and the fundamental aspects of business law.

Risk Management I and II – it is now recognised that the business agenda has moved away from risk avoidance towards the recognition that risk, if correctly managed, can lead to competitive business advantage. You will learn how to identify and manage risks within an organisation in a variety of contexts.

Internal Control and Audit – recent cases of corporate failures and scandals, especially in the US and the UK, have heightened public interest in how organisations are being governed and how the management tackles business risks. You will be exposed to the crucial role internal control mechanisms and the internal audit function play in organisations’ risk management procedures.

Business Continuity and Crisis Management – exposes participants to a historical and contemporary understanding of business continuity management and crisis management theory and practice that fit within these broader strategic imperatives.

International Corporate Governance – provides a consideration of agency issues and the need for regulation to allow for the equitable treatment of all organisational stakeholders

Research Methods – introduces you to the basic elements of research methodology and the complete range of research methods suitable for research in management and business. It also aims to help you in defining a research topic and the production of a suitable research proposal for your dissertation.

Elective taught modules may include:

  • International Finance and Political Risk
  • Project Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Managing Organisational Change

The dissertation requires the student, supported by a supervisor, to take an independent and self-structured approach to learning, through the investigation of a particular topic and writing it up in the form of a 12,000–15,000 word document. The dissertation will have its focus on a particular issue of interest related to risk management and may also be related to a live organisation if considered desirable.


Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Teaching and assessment

The MSc is studied by distance learning and is fully assessed by coursework and a dissertation. The distance learning mode involves optional attendance at De Montfort University for a maximum of nine Saturday study days during the period of study.

The course is structured in a way that allows you to exit it at one of several points, if desired, each with a postgraduate award.

Teaching contact hours

This is a distance learning programme and the overriding student-learning experience is guided self-study. Guidance is received from academic staff via the programme materials which are designed for self-study, telephone, Skype and e-mail communication, and by optional attendance at Study Days. For each module of study you will be provided with a set of printed materials to work through in the form of a module handbook. One 15 credit module requires approximately 150 hours of personal study. Each module is supported by a tutorial during the Study Days subject to student demand. Assessment is through coursework and a dissertation.


Graduates from this programme can join the Association of Insurance and Risk Management and the Institute of Risk Management as an affiliate and can access online resources free of charge.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will be taught in our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building.

Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.

Library services

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.


Graduate careers

Careers in ‘risk management’ are likely to remain relatively buoyant as an employment option.

This is because as the world becomes ever more unpredictable and unstable, in business terms, the demand for risk managers is likely to be ongoing.

This is also added to by the increased amount of ‘risk regulation’.

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