BA (Hons) Risk Management (Year 3 entry)

Despite challenging global economic conditions risk management is an area of growth across all types of organisations. There is an increased demand for qualified risk professionals due to the increasingly global nature of business coinciding with increased regulatory pressures and compliance, all of which creates increased risks for businesses.

GCU is the only University in the UK to offer an undergraduate degree in Risk Management. This is a fantastic opportunity to become a graduate in demand. During your studies, you will explore the applied risk management process from an organisational perspective covering areas such as the identification and management of strategic risks, managing ethics, compliance and conduct risks, business continuity management and project risk management.

The degree has excellent industry links with a key focus on the vocational aspects of risk management and is accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

The programme places a strong emphasis on employability, transferable skills and engagement with industry to give 'real world' context, including regular talks from industry related guest speakers and corporate sponsors.

Your career

Leading companies come directly to GCU to recruit graduates from this programme. Graduates have gone on to work with Camelot, Network Rail, PricewaterhouseCoopers, GlaxoSmithKline, Scottish Power, Aviva, Lloyds of London, Balfour Beatty, Tesco Financial Services, local authorities and government organisations, Morgan Stanley, Marsh Inc, AON and the NHS.

Year 3

Risk Retention, Transfer and Insurance; Managing Ethics, Compliance and Conduct Risks; Business Continuity Management & Planning; Project Management & Risk; Business Research Methods and Skills, module option

Year 4

Honours Dissertation, Managing Organisational Health, Safety & Hygiene.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Clearing 2020

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Study Options

  • 2020/21


Mode of study


Start date




BA (Hons)
Full Time
2 Years
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BA (Hons) Full Time 2 Years 29 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2021/22


Mode of study


Start date




BA (Hons)
Full Time
2 Years
17 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BA (Hons) Full Time 2 Years 17 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

College HND: Business or HND Administration and IT with AB/ BA in graded units. Other business-related HND qualifications may be considered.

Join GCU in September 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming you to what will be a great new academic year at GCU and we hope you choose this as your study destination. Your experience as an applicant and new student remains our priority. We will be doing everything we can to make sure you enjoy learning through our blended approach of online and face-to-face teaching and to give you as many opportunities to create new friendships and experience everything the GCU community has to offer you!

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff will continue to be our highest priority as rules around social distancing are eased. For more information on the things what you can expect from your first term at GCU, visit our Frequently Asked Questions pages or make an enquiry today.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU: £1,820*
International: £12,250

*Scottish and EU student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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Our approach to the learning, teaching and assessment of our students is tailored to the academic needs of our students while preparing them for the job market, as well as their ability to operate independently as lifelong learners.

Our curriculum is designed to develop our students knowledge and understanding of risk management as an academic discipline, and to enable them to reflect logically and critically on risk theory and practice. In parallel with this, the curriculum is designed to promote employability. These skills are embedded throughout the programme and a wide range of methods are used to ensure the acquisition of professional, practical and personal development skills.

Direct industry awareness and experience is central to our teaching, through the use of guest lectures and presentations at all levels. This is particularly important for our new students, as it helps them understand the sector in which they will eventually find employment.

A member of the Risk academic team acts as a careers tutor for students and assists them with their employability skills and graduate job search. This tutor acts a focal point for both graduate job and student placement opportunities.

Between Year 3 and Year 4, our students have opportunities to undertake paid summer placements in a diverse range of organisations, providing invaluable experience in the development of both professional competence and the graduate skills and attributes required by employers.

Our BA(Hons) Risk Management programme is accredited by the CII, the world's largest professional body for insurance, risk and financial services.

The CII has over 115,000 members in more than 150 countries. The CII awards credits into its two professional qualification frameworks for those seeking a career in insurance, risk management or wealth management.

Graduates of GCU's degree can claim exemption from up to 60 credits for one of the CII frameworks:

Diploma in Insurance (Level 4)

120 credits needed to complete this qualification, provided two 25-credit compulsory units (P05Insurance law and (P92Insurance business and finance) are passed. This means that, if students pass these units, which are available in April and October, they only need to complete one or two Diploma-level units to complete the qualification.

Advanced Diploma in Insurance (Level 6)

290 credits needed to complete this qualification, provided two 25-credit compulsory units (P05 Insurance law and P92 Insurance business and finance) are passed. This means that, if students pass these units, which are available in April and October, they need to pass other CII units to the value of 210 credits to complete the qualification.


Exemption fees are payable at the time of application, when applicants are required to complete an application form.

At present there is a ten year time limit on claiming exemptions. At its sole discretion the Chartered Insurance Institute reserves the right to make, amend and or withdraw credit awards at any time, as it sees fit and without monetary compensation. Students should contact the Programme Leader at the time of making the application, to confirm if all awards are current and valid.

For more information on the CII email

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.