Organisations are legally, financially and morally required to manage their risk-bearing activities. Risk is an inherent part of business, and risk managers are prized for their skills by organisations of all types and in all sectors.
Accredited by CII (Chartered Insurance Institute), this is the only programme of its kind in the UK and leading companies approach the university directly when seeking to employ risk graduates.
Our programme provides a breadth of contemporary knowledge of risk in business and society, including financial risk, health and safety, regulation, business continuity management, insurance and business resilience in a global context. You will explore the risk management process including the identification of organisational risk, analysis of the likely effect of those risks, design and selection of control measures and the monitoring and evaluation of these measures. A holistic approach to understanding risk allows students to enter any industry sector on graduation.
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.
You also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement in the third year of your programme.
Risk in Society and Business; International Economic Issues and Challenges; Law in Business; Fundamentals of Financial Management; Enterprising Behaviours for the Business Professional; Fundamentals of Risk Management.
Risk Analysis & Control Techniques; Principles and Practice of Insurance and Risk Transfer; Project Management and Risk; Ethics & Responsible Leadership; Organisational Risk and Resilience; Option module.
Work placement plus Business Research Methods: Theory and Practice OR Entrepreneurship for Business, Society and the Professions; Business Continuity Management & Planning; Risk and Society; Managing Health,Safety and Hygiene;
Business Research Methods: Theory and Practice; Option module.
Honours Dissertation; Risk Strategy, Culture and Leadership; The Risk Governance of Emerging Risks; International Management of Risk; Option module.
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
The module and assessment information described here has been approved in line with the University’s Quality Assurance and Enhancement Process. This allows us to ensure that the courses we offer are high quality and relevant for today’s students. Occasionally we have to make changes to programme information after it has been published. For full details of potential changes to programmes and how they can affect your application please read the Information for students relating to Programme Changes/Cancellation and Withdrawal from Portfolio.
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.
SQA Higher: BBBB including English plus Nat 5 Maths at C
A level: CCC plus GCSE Maths and English at C/4
ILC Higher: H1, H2, H3, H3, including English at H3 plus Maths at H5 or O2
IB Diploma: 25 points must include English and Maths
BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma in relevant subject at MMM plus GCSE Maths and English at C/4
SWAP: Access to STEM programme at BBC
Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.
Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.
Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
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.
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Tuition fees 2019/20
*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.
**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.
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.
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 £2.5 million per year.
For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.
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 developing 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.
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.