The insurance industry is constantly changing. With advances in technology, an evolving risk landscape and a growing need for new insurance solutions in emerging markets, future insurance graduates will be required to have different skillsets to be able to respond to these challenges.
How will we insure driverless cars? Smart houses or drones? Cyber insurance? How can micro-insurance help to close the insurance gap in emerging markets? This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to adapt to a changing risk landscape as well as current social, economic and political issues, within the context of insurance and risk management.
You will gain in-depth knowledge and understanding in underwriting and claims management, the core functions of the insurance profession. You will develop your technical and soft skills in identifying, forecasting and managing risk and discover the importance and the thought provoking nature of the insurance industry.
Students will gain knowledge and develop skills on quantitative modelling and pricing insurance as well as developing their leadership skills in managing insurance businesses. Our graduates will be become managers in insurance businesses and leaders in their field of expertise.
Glasgow Caledonian University has over 30 years’ experience in teaching Risk Management courses and this new programme expands that knowledge to the to further specialise in Insurance Management. You will learn from teaching staff who are industry experts with extensive insurance and risk management industry experience.
Based in London, where Lloyd’s of London started insuring risks more than 325 years ago from a coffee house, you will have access to industry led teaching and the opportunity to visit leading insurance organisations.
This programme is offered at our London campus Full Time, Part Time and by Distance Learning. Apply now for this innovative programme.
This programme has been designed with a team of academics and industry professionals to combine the latest theoretical and practical insurance and risk management content.
The programme focuses on contemporary issues such as cyber risk insurance, emerging market risk, micro insurance, insurance for climate change, and Takaful (Islamic) Insurance. This makes the GCU MSc Insurance and Risk Management course unique within the UK.
The programme will also teach you how to become an innovative leader and give you the soft skills necessary to run an insurance business of the future.
Upon completion of the programme, you will have both theoretical and technical knowledge on advanced insurance topics ranging from underwriting and reinsurance to insurance regulations and accounting.
Upon successful completion of this programme, graduates will go on to a range of different careers in a wide variety of fields including claims, underwriting, reinsurance, risk analysis and modelling.
There is currently a talent shortage both in the UK and the international insurance industry. With insurance professionals retiring and disruptive technologies and emerging markets changing the industry further, this talent shortage is expected to increase. Consequently, there is an urgent need for technically skilled insurance graduates to fill this gap worldwide.
“The University has a fantastic reputation and the calibre of its graduates is very high.”
Standard entry requirements
This course is appropriate for experienced insurance professionals, who want to top up their career with an academic qualification, as well as recent graduates.
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.
Typical entry requirements
Entry to the MSc Insurance and Risk management programme will normally be on the basis of a candidate having a United Kingdom (UK) Honours degree or equivalent, normally at grade 2:2 or above in a relevant subject.
This could be, for example, risk management, insurance, banking, financial services, actuarial studies, business management, business administration, computing, natural disaster management, marketing, economics, finance, accounting, mathematics, health science, engineering, law or any other insurance and risk management related subject.
Flexible entry – credit transfer and RPL
Candidates with degrees in other areas should demonstrate involvement in or familiarity with insurance and risk management practice i.e. employment in a relevant role or interest in transferring to this field usually established in personal statement and/or referee recommendations. However, the overriding consideration will be the Programme Leader’s assessment of the student’s ability to undertake the Programme successfully.
Professional qualifications and advanced entry
Chartered Insurance Institute’s, London (CII) Advanced Diploma in Insurance and Institute of Risk Management’s, London (IRM) International Diploma in Risk Management can be accepted in lieu of a degree.
CII, IRM and IoFA (Institute of Faculty of Actuaries) Associates and Fellows with or without work experience may enter into the programme with eligible accreditations or through accelerated route (i.e., Fast Track).
Candidates entering this validated programme with advanced standing through recognition of prior learning can only claim up to 50% of credits (90 credits).
Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5
If a student does not meet the English language requirements, they may be eligible for GCU London pre-sessional English programme which is taught at London campus.
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.
International students who do not meet the academic requirements may be eligible for the Pre-Masters programme at INTO Glasgow at our Glasgow campus. Successful completion of this INTO course with the required grades means guaranteed conditional offer of a place on the degree programme at GCU London.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our London campus.
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Tuition fees 2019/20
Home (including Scotland and Europe): £8400
International (outside Europe): £12980
Tuition fees 2020/21
Home (including Scotland and Europe): £12500
International (outside Europe): £14500
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.
During the course your will be tested on subject knowledge, independent thought and creativity. This is done through a balance of coursework assessments and class tests and presentations, through individual as well as group work. There are no closed book exams on this programme.
“The quality of teaching throughout my stay at GCU is commendable. I particularly noticed, all the students managed to develop good rapport with lecturers which has positive impact on the student education and helped them to achieve their educational goals.”