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Courses / Postgraduate / Risk and Finance (MSc)
Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2022

About this course

Develop your knowledge of finance, risk and decision-making in this specialist UK master's course. 

MSc Risk and Finance allows you to select the modules you want to study to follow your career goals. This accredited course lets you 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. 

Applications for 2022 entry to this course are now closed to all international applicants. View our available courses.

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. This 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 can explore different topics, including: 

  • stock market analysis 
  • simulation modelling 
  • credit risk
  • enterprise risk management 

Become a master of financial risk management by specialising in finance or insurance subject modules, or you can 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. 


MSc Risk and Finance Taster Lecture

Experience MSc Risk and Finance with a taster lecture from Dr Chung-Ching Tai.

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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