BA (Hons) Risk Management

Unpredictability clouds the horizon and rarely has risk been more pronounced. Health pandemics are sending shockwaves through societies foundations. Cyber threats silently infiltrate information technology systems. Climate change is creating resource scarcity and widening inequalities. Geopolitical tensions, populist forces, terrorism and escalating trade wars ripple the previously calm waters occupied by multinationals. Corporate reputations are precious but precarious and a single error on social media can unleash corporate crisis. The path to resilience is challenging and requires a new generation of skilled risk managers.

Our industry recognised degree is double-accredited by the CII and the IRM. You will develop decision-making skills by applying state-of-the-art risk management frameworks and risk modelling software to analyse real world case studies in; crisis management and communication, cyber risk, insurance, business continuity management, strategic and project risk management.

You will also develop real-life practical skills. Our paid placement in third year with an industry partner will differentiate you from other graduates.

This is the only programme of its kind in the UK and leading companies employ risk graduates directly. Our graduates can enter any industry sector and work for; PWC, Marsh & McLennan, GlaxoSmithKline, Morgan Stanley, Scottish Power, Aviva, Turner & Townsend, Lloyds of London, Transport for London (TfL), Balfour Beatty, Network Rail, Local Authorities, Mott MacDonald, AON and the NHS.

Risk Management at GCU can turn risk into your opportunity.

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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.

Year 3

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.

Year 4

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.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date



BA (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
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Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BBBB (incl English) or another essay-based subject (History or Modern Studies) Nat 5: C(Maths)
Minimum entry requirement: BBBC (incl English) or another essay-based subject (History or Modern Studies) Nat 5: C(Maths)

Minimum entry requirements are for widening access students only. If you are from a group that is not currently well-represented in higher education you may qualify as a widening access student. This includes living in a target postcode area, attending a target school or college, attending SWAP, are care-experienced or provide care for someone else, have refugee status or are an asylum seeker.

A level: BCC GCSE: C/4 (Maths and English)
ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 (incl English)   H5/O2: (Maths)
IB Diploma: 26 points (incl Maths and English)
BTEC: MMM Ext Dip GCSE: C/4 (Maths and English)
SWAP: STEM/Law, Business and Accounting - BBC

Year 3
College HND: Business/Administration and IT/Legal Services/related HND - graded units BB/BBB

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 (or equivalent)

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.

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

Annual full-time tuition fees

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
International: £13,000

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from the Rest of the UK (RUK) 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.

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 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 course is accredited by both the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) and the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). 

The CII is the world's largest professional body for insurance, risk and financial services. The CII has over 115,000 members in more than 150 countries.

Our students have the option of taking additional CII units at a discounted rate; around a third of the amount charged to insurance and personal finance professionals.

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this course 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.