Taught course

Risk and Finance

University of Southampton · Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum upper second-class degree from a UK university, or equivalent overseas/professional qualification. A wide range of subjects accepted in Business, Economics, Science, Engineering, IT, Management and Marketing, Communication, Education, Political Science and Sociology. Work experience in a related field is not a requirment but can compensate for degree subject/grades. Applications assessed on individual merit.

English language requirements: Band 6C. IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum 6.5 in reading and writing and 6.0 in listening and speaking. For information on other accepted English language tests, please see the website.

Months of entry


Course content

Informed by the Business School’s significant research strengths in banking, finance and risk management, the MSc in Risk and Finance will prepare you for a broad range of career paths.

This MSc is accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute and Institute of Risk Management, enabling you to apply for credits towards professional qualifications. This masters degree allows you to study the core aspects of finance, risk and decision making, plus specialist modules on insurance and credit scoring rarely found on degrees of this kind.

There are regular opportunities to hear from industry experts and every year, risk managers from companies such as IBM, Goldman Sachs and Old Mutual come to discuss careers with our students. Our research collaborations include projects with London Capital Group and Huawei.

Core/Compulsory modules: Introduction to Finance; Principles of Risk Management; Behavioural Finance; Risk Taking and Decision Making; Management of Financial Risk; Quantitative and Qualitative Research; Dissertation.

Optional modules: Simulation; Quantitative Methods; Stock Market Analysis; Corporate Risk Management Processes; Advanced Corporate Finance; Project Risk Management; Insurance; Credit Risk and Banking Regulation; Credit Scoring and Data Mining; Business Ethics.

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Southampton Business School
+44 (0)23 8059 4393