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Designed to prepare recent graduates for careers in financial engineering and risk management.

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start dateSeptember 2022
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
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Overview

Our Master’s degree in Risk Management is a one-year course, providing technically-minded graduates with an analytical study of risk management and financial engineering.

The course is run by Imperial College Business School and equips our students with the cutting-edge risk management tools and strategies utilised by world-leading financial firms.

You will learn how to put the latest academic thinking and business strategies into practice from leading practitioners and world class faculty, giving you a thorough and hands-on understanding of risk management.

Study programme

The course begins with core modules in the autumn term that continue into the spring term.

You also complete a number of online interactive primer modules that you must pass but which do not contribute to your final grade. These foundation modules introduce you to the modern tools of finance.

In the spring term, you choose a number of elective modules as well as choosing between two different types of projects. The individual Applied Project comprises of a 3,000-word report and a short presentation and the individual Research Project involves an original piece of work of around 10,000 words. You carry out your chosen project over the summer term. Students who complete a Research Project are required to take one less elective.

Careers

Our graduates are well prepared for jobs in a wide range of industries in the UK, Europe and further afield, with employers including Barclays, RBS and Prudential.

Find out more about MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering

Professional accreditation

We are among a handful of business schools worldwide to achieve triple accreditation:

We have also been recognised for our work in tackling gender inequality in higher education with a Bronze Athena SWAN award.

Structure 

This page reflects the latest version of the curriculum for this year of entry. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

Page last reviewed on 25 October 2021.

Structure

Core modules

  • Financial Statistics
  • Investments and Portfolio Management
  • Risk Management and Valuation
  • Stochastic Calculus
  • Empirical Finance: Methods and Applications
  • Financial Engineering
  • Ethics and Professional Standards in Finance

Non-assessed modules

  • Accounting Primer
  • Foundations for Career Success
  • Finance Careers Primer
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Introduction to Maths
  • Plagiarism Awareness
  • Study Skills

Optional modules

  • Advanced Options Theory
  • Asset Allocation & Investment Strategies
  • Computational Finance with C++
  • Credit Risk
  • Fixed Income Securities
  • Insurance
  • Advanced Financial Statistics
  • Applied Trading Strategies
  • Banks, Regulation and Monetary Policy
  • Big Data in Finance I
  • Big Data in Finance II
  • Blockchain and Crypto Assets
  • Corporate Governance and Stewardship
  • Corporate Finance for Practitioners (International Elective)
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • International Finance
  • Innovation and Strategy in FinTech
  • Introduction to Quantitative Investing
  • Machine and Deep Learning with Finance Application
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Structured Credit and Equity Products
  • Text Mining for Economics and Finance
  • Wealth Management and Alternative Investments

Project

  • Applied Project
  • Research Project

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Case studies
  • Equipment/technique demonstrations (e.g. Bloomberg, Datastream)
  • Formal presentations
  • Group work exercises
  • interactive content including video and module quizzes
  • Lectures
  • On-line discussion forums
  • On-line lecture materials
  • Practical classes
  • Pre-programme on-line modules
  • Seminars
  • Work Placement Opportunity
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Case Studies
  • Continuous assessments
  • Essays
  • Formal Presentations
  • Multiple Choice Tests
  • Participation
  • Reports
  • Written Examinations/Tests

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in a highly quantitative subject.

You are also required to have a well-researched career plan with clear short and long term goals.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the ICBS requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for Business School applicants.

Competence standards

Our competence standards highlight the core skills students should be able to demonstrate by the end of this course.

View Imperial College Business School's competence standards [pdf]

We believe in providing the widest practicable access to all of our degree programmes and will make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support your study. For more information, please contact the Department using the contact details below.

Imperial College Business School

T: +44 (0)20 7589 5111
E: business.school@imperial.ac.uk

How to apply

How to apply

Making an application

Apply online

All applicants must apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

If you are applying to the Business School, you may only be considered for one programme per admissions cycle, with the exception of applicants to our Finance Master's programmes, who may select two programmes.

Application fee

If you are applying for a taught Master’s course, you will need to pay an application fee before submitting your application.

The fee applies per application and not per course:

  • £80 for taught Master's applications (excluding MBAs)
  • £135 for MBA applications

There is no application fee for MRes courses, Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas or research courses, such as PhDs and EngDs.

If you are facing financial hardship and are unable to pay the application fee, we encourage you to apply for our application fee waiver. 

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Further questions?

Find answers to your questions about admissions. Answers cover COVID-19, English language requirements, Visas and more.

Visit the FAQs

Tuition fees and funding

The fees for MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering are the same for UK and international students.

Find out more about fees and funding opportunities.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you're a UK national, or EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government, if you meet certain criteria.

For 2021-22 entry, the maximum amount is £11,570. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Find out more about our scholarships to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Further information

Business School

Got a question?

T: +44 (0)20 7589 5111
E: business.school@imperial.ac.uk

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