United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

Our Risk Analysis MA, MSc has a unique focus on the societal, health, safety and environmental aspects of risk - rather than the financial aspects. We will provide you with a deep knowledge and understanding of social science theories, concepts, techniques and organisational approaches to risk assessment, management, governance and communication.

Key benefits:

  • Access to experts in the field of risk analysis.
  • Potential for three-week internship with leading public and private sector organisations.
  • Close links with, and speakers from, government and industry, which will give you up-to-the-minute knowledge of the subject area.

Who should take this course

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours. Candidates who do not achieve a 2:1 but have professional or voluntary experience will also be considered.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take:

  • MSc - modules totalling 180 credits
  • MA - modules totalling 180 credits

There are a limited number of spaces available on each optional module, and you will have the opportunity to discuss your choices with your personal tutor. King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.

Required Modules:

Whether you are an MA or MSc student, you are required to take the following modules:

  • Risk Governance (20 credits)
  • Risk Management (20 credits)
  • Risk Communication (20 credits)
  • Practising Social Research (20 credits)
  • Dissertation in Risk Analysis (60 credits)

MSc students are also required to take the following module:

  • Risk Assessment (20 credits)

If you are a part-time student, you should plan to take three of the required taught modules in your first year and the remaining in your second year, including the dissertation.

Optional Modules:

In addition, you are required to obtain 180 credits from a wide range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Risk Internship (20 credits)
  • Responding to Terrorism (20 credits) subject to approvals from the department of War Studies
  • Any Level 7 (Master's) modules offered in the Department of Geography
  • Up to 20 credits from Level 7 modules offered across the university, subject to approvals


  • Full time overseas fees:

About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.