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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The MSc Risk and Finance is an interdisciplinary master's programme designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the various facets of risk, including risk perception, management, control and regulation as encountered in a wide variety of contexts.

The success of organisations depends upon their ability to operate in the face of risk, and risk management is increasingly recognised as requiring special skills central to the functioning of the organisation. This programme addresses such questions as: What types of risks exist in various settings? What are the appropriate ways to classify, measure and assess risk? How does the organisation of enterprises, governments and markets increase, decrease or change the nature of risk? What techniques can be used to transfer risk in markets, firms or societies? The design of the programme will enable you to acquire a broad knowledge of risk management and regulation, and to deepen your competency in a chosen area of specialisation.

The programme is supported by Deutsche Bank, which contributes a high level of involvement via a series of practitioner seminars which run throughout the programme.

Teaching and learning

Courses in the programme usually have two elements, lectures and seminars. The lecture format allows for the development of core theoretical concepts, familiarisation with academic research. Seminars are conducted with smaller groups in which class teachers can have a closer relationship with individual students, which makes it easier to use alternative teaching methods such as case studies and discussions and conduct empirical exercises that enable the student to gain deeper practical understanding of the course material.

Many courses also use alternative methods of instruction and assessment. Students are often required to work in groups during their courses, in order to complete group presentations or projects. Active class participation is expected and constitutes part of the final course mark in the core course of the programme. In addition, students are expected to undertake a significant amount of reading and independent study throughout the year.

Careers

Graduate destinations

Graduates of the Department have excellent career prospects relative to their peers. Our MSc programmes prepare students for a range of careers in investment banking, consulting and the wider financial services sector, as can be seen in the Department of Finance Employment Report.

Recent graduates from this programme have gone on to work in fields such as consulting, finance and banking, insurance, management, regulation and supervision, and public administration, among others.

In addition to the internationally recognised research environment and academic rigour of its teaching programmes, a great advantage of studying at LSE is the reputation it holds amongst employers for producing high level graduates. Both the LSE Careers Service and the Department of Finance aim to help its students be as successful as possible on the job market once they graduate from the programme.

Tuition fees

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£ 29,760per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London

  • University League Table

    4th

  • Campus address

    London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, Houghton Street, Westminster, WC2A 2AE, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    8th out of 103 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 220
    143 65%

    28th

    25
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    94 94%

    2nd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.99 80%

    81st

    21

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