University of Portsmouth: Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management (Distance Learning)

InstitutionUniversity of Portsmouth View institution profile
Department Faculty of Business and Law
Telephone 023 9284 5566
Study type Taught


There’s no getting around the importance of risk management in modern organisations. Sharpen your ability to forward-think and plan with this expansive MSc to become a vital player in organisations worldwide.

Risk management is a major priority for many organisations across various industries. It’s critical in ensuring corporate sustainability, resilience and profitability.

That’s why a demand in competent, informed and experienced risk managers exists, and why an MSc in Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management could open many career opportunities to you.

On this course, you’ll learn what counts as risk and how to manage this within an organisational setting. You’ll explore different facets within industries, including varying perceptions of risk, how to prepare for risks and crises, management approaches and techniques and how to lead employees in difficult times.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge and experience to create a robust risk culture within a business and develop appropriate strategies to manage risk. You’ll have critical thinking, decision making and analysis skills that you can use immediately to help organisations prepare for crises.

What you’ll study Our MSc Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management course will give you the knowledge, skills and experience needed to excel within the field.

On this course, you'll:

Identify risk across sectors and develop appropriate strategies and techniques to prepare for and cope with crises Discover how to develop a strong risk culture to enable more effective risk management Gain the ability to stay calm under pressure and make decisions and communicate them effectively, clearly and concisely regardless of audience Learn to understand differing perceptions of risk and cultural differences in approaches to risk, as well as the impact these might have Develop critical thinking and analysis skills to evaluate problems in an organisational context

How you're assessed All assessments for the course are based on coursework submitted online. Your performance is assessed through coursework including:

Written assignments Reflective work A dissertation You'll also have the opportunity to receive formal and informal feedback from your tutors to help you improve your work.

Career prospects and opportunities For many organisations, risk management is a core, legal requirement.

Employees with the ability to identify, assess and manage risks effectively are increasingly sought-after by employers.

The skills you’ll develop in using data analysis and critical thinking to evaluate problems can be applied immediately to organisations in many different industries.

With the skills and expertise you’ll gain on this course, you could go on to a career in:

Risk management Crisis management Business development and consultancy Management Business continuity Disaster response


University of Portsmouth

It’s time to dive deeper into what you love, become a real expert and figure out how to make your mark.

Taught qualification or independent research? On-campus teaching or online part-time study? At Portsmouth, you can choose from a wide range of subjects and modes of study.

Why Portsmouth?

  •    5***** rated for excellence in the QS World University rankings 2021
  • Outstanding Gold-rated teaching for our students (TEF)
  • Dedicated Graduate School supporting all research students
  • 84% satisfaction with course quality (PTES Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2020
  • Master’s Scholarships available for high achievers

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