Risk and Investment Management [full-time option]

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Programme length *

1 year(s)

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Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Queens Management School

* 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.


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Why is this subject for you?

You have an interest in risk management and financial regulationYou want a career in areas such as corporate risk, compliance, consultancy, or academiaYou want exemptions from the Professional Risk Manager (PRM) exams

Studying risk and investment management looks at how organisations and investors should understand, evaluate and address relevant risks to maximise the chances of their objectives being achieved.

The programme equips students with the cutting-edge risk management tools and strategies used by leading financial firms and regulatory bodies. Academics who teach on this programme are at the cutting edge of their fields and draw experience from time spent at other institutions such as the Bank of England, Harvard University and UCLA. Many also have relevant industry experience.

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Speaker -  Fotis Papailias, Programme Director

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Why Queen's?

Trading room

Certain classes are held in the Trading Room. Students have access to Bloomberg software, a market leader in financial news, data and analytics, which is used by many financial institutions. The Trading Room allows for an interactive and exciting learning environment which brings textbook theory to life.


Students will use and have access to software such as Stata, Excel, Matlab, and databases such as Thomson one banker, DataStream and Bloomberg.


This course has an academic partnership with GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals), helping prepare students for the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) examinations. This course is part of the PRMIA (The Professional Risk Managers' International Association) Risk Accreditation Program, giving students exemptions from Professional Risk Manager (PRM) exams I and II.

Guest speakers

Students have the opportunity to hear from industry professionals who regularly deliver guest lectures. Students have the opportunity to network afterwards.

Trading and Investment Club

Students may wish to join the Trading and Investment Club, a student run organisation which aims to educate its members on trading and investing through guest speakers, competitions and educational seminars. The Student Managed Fund, which uses real money, gives students the opportunity to be part of an investment management process.

Work based research project

Students who successfully complete all taught modules may have the opportunity to undertake a work-based research project in a risk management environment.

Course Details

The programme consists of eight compulsory modules and a dissertation or work-based research project.

Full-time Option (1 year) Semester 1

Asset Pricing

Corporate Finance

Financial Regulation and Risk Management

Research Methods in Finance

Semester 2

Credit Risk Management


Enterprise Risk Management and Risk Analytics

Time-Series Financial Econometrics

Semester 3



Work-based Research Project

Part-time Option (2 years) Year 1

Semester 1

Asset Pricing

Corporate Finance

Year 1 Semester 2


Enterprise Risk Management and Risk Analytics

Year 2 Semester 1

Financial Regulation and Risk Management

Research Methods in Finance

Year 2 Semester 2

Credit Risk Management

Time-Series Financial Econometrics

Year 2 Semester 3



Work-based Research Project

Note: each module is equal to 15 credit points; the dissertation is 60 credit points; 180 credit points in total. Modules are subject to change.

Assessment & Feedback

Assessment is by a variety of methods, including individual coursework, group work, oral presentations, simulations, case studies, class tests, examinations and dissertation or work-based research project.

Learning and Teaching

Morning / Afternoon / Evening

Full-time option: modules are taught morning/afternoon/evening.

Part-time option: modules are taught evenings only (from 6-9pm).

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Mathematics, Accountancy, Finance, Economics or other relevant quantitative subject. Science and Engineering disciplines will be considered where there is a significant mathematical component.

We welcome applications from a diverse range of applicants so will also consider previous work experience alongside academic qualifications. Prior experiential learning in a quantitative analysis, Maths or Finance based subjects in lieu of academic qualifications will be considered on an individual basis under the University's RPL Policy A formal interview, the submission of written work, exam or GMAT test may form a part of this procedure.

International Qualifications

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.


International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.*Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English
  • See also the INTO Graduate Diploma in Finance which combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into a university Masters degree

How To Apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Dr Fotis Papailias
Queen's Management School
Tel: 028 9097 5514/5515

How To Apply

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Career Prospects

Risk management is currently, and will continue to be, a hot spot for graduate recruitment. As many financial firms are substantially expanding their risk management functions, this Masters degree is likely to open a wide range of new and exciting career opportunities. After graduation there is a wide variety of roles available for our students, some of which will suit those with mathematical skills who wish to utilise cutting-edge quantitative modelling techniques and work in collaboration with traders to develop bespoke financial products. Other roles involve portfolio and product risk management or monitoring firm-wide business risks either in-house or as part of an external regulatory team. Graduates from this degree have quickly secured high-quality posts, most of which are in risk management functions. The following are some of those employers:

  • Allstate Insurance
  • Apollo Aviation Management
  • Aviva Insurance
  • Bank of America
  • Bank of China
  • BlackRock Asset Management
  • BskyB
  • Caribbean Development Bank
  • Celerion
  • Central Bank, Ireland
  • CitiGroup
  • Danske Bank
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Ernst and Young
  • Financial Conduct Authority (UK)
  • First Derivatives
  • Global Financial Consultants, Singapore
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Mercer Plc
  • New York Stock Exchange
  • Permanent TSB
  • Powergen, UK
  • PwC UK
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Single Electricity Market
  • Towers Watson, London
  • WR Berkley Insurance Europe

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Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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Postgraduate loans
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

Normally self-funding, however, from time to time scholarships are offered. For more information, please see the School website. For fees, funding and further information see:


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