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MA/MSc Risk Analysis

MA/MSc Risk Analysis

In recent years, the ideas, concepts and tools of risk analysis have come to dominate the way in which we conceive and respond to an ever expanding range of societal threats, be it to the environment, health, security, prosperity or even lifestyle.  However, how we assess, manage, govern and communicate risk are regular sources of political conflict; posing dilemmas for policymakers, public and private sector organisations and individuals alike. Increasingly, it has become recognised that such issues – manifest in crises from food safety to banking- cannot be answered by simple technical ‘know-how’ alone, but rather demand understanding of the political, organisational and social contexts in which risk decisions are made.

The MSc/MA Risk Analysis draws together a unique combination of risk scholarship from across the social sciences, such as psychology, political science and sociology, to provide an advanced academic foundation in risk studies. In so doing, the programme equips students to critically analyse risk problems in a wide range of public policy, organisational and societal settings; evaluate the dynamics of risk governance and management options; and develop reflexive communication strategies. 

The programme enables students to undertake further doctoral research or enter into careers as risk specialists in this rapidly developing field in both the private and public sectors. Employment destinations of past students include the European Commission, HM Government, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, Environment Agency, US Department of Homeland Security, Medical Research Council, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, KPMG, SwissRe, Ernst and Young, Marsh Risk Consulting, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Total, L’Oreal, Network Rail, Sainsburys and ING.

The programme is led by risk experts from the King’s Centre for Risk Management (KCRM) who are internationally recognised in their fields of scholarship, but are also close to policy and practice. Most recently, for example, Professor Ragnar Lofstedt was appointed by HM Government to lead an 8-month long Independent Review of Health and Safety Regulation. Dr Henry Rothstein has also led a 1-year project for Defra on risk-based policy-making and is currently leading a major 3 year international comparative study of risk-based governance across Europe (HowSAFE) in collaboration with Sciences Po (Paris), Bielefeld University and Maastricht University. This concern for bridging scholarship and practice is reflected in a unique three-week internship programme that has placed students in a wide range of high-level public and private sector settings. Close links with, and speakers from, government and industry also gives students insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of the subject area. 

For any queries about the MA/MSc Risk Analysis programme not covered in the Online Prospectus, please contact Dr Henry Rothstein, Programme Director.

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