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Risk and Finance (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2021

COVID-19: this course has two start dates

About this course

Develop your knowledge of finance, risk and decision-making in this specialist UK financial risk management course. 

MSc Risk and Finance allows you to select the modules you want to study to follow your career goals. This accredited course enables you to apply for credits towards professional qualifications, setting you above your competitors. 

As part of Southampton Business School you'll get many opportunities to advance your career prospects. 

You’ll combine finance, risk and decision-making modules with specialist topics on insurance and credit scoring in our master’s degree in risk and finance. This flexible risk management master's is suited to students who want to pursue a career in risk and finance. 

Our MSc risk management degree is accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute and Institute of Risk Management, which means you can apply for credits towards professional risk management qualifications. 

You’ll use credit scoring data and industry-standard software as part of your studies and explore different topics, including: 

  • stock market analysis 
  • simulation modelling 
  • corporate finance 
  • project risk management 

Become a master of financial risk management by specialising in finance or insurance subject modules or choose continue to learn about both areas. This will keep your career options broad or encourage you to focus in one area.     

Southampton Business School is a leader in research for banking, finance and risk management. The school provides career-enhancing opportunities like IBM’s Academic Initiative. Risk managers and industry leaders from companies such as Goldman Sachs and PwC, will visit to discuss careers one a one-to-one basis. 

Course lead

Your course leader is Dr Ian G Dawson, Associate Professor of Risk Management the Director of the Centre for Risk Research at Southampton Business School. He’s a chartered psychologist and is particularly interested in how a person’s understanding of risk can affect their decision making. Visit Dr Dawson’s staff profile to find out more about his work. 


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Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Institute of Risk Management logo
Institute of Risk Management (IRM)
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Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.

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