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About the programme

The success of organisations depends upon their ability to deal with risk. Risk-taking in the face of uncertainties is an essential part of entrepreneurship. This involves recognising that a risk is both a hazard and an opportunity.  Large, complex organisations face a particularly difficult task of encouraging appropriate risk-taking while controlling exposures to major losses. The growing awareness of these problems has meant that risk management is now recognised as requiring special skills that are central to the functioning of the organisation. (More|)

Risk management at corporate and regulatory levels demands a new kind of integrating competence that combines a sensitivity to management issues with a knowledge of the techniques for addressing risks arising from diverse origins.

LSE's MSc in Risk and Finance is intended to serve these needs. We anticipate that the programme will equip a future generation of managers and regulators with a broad-based balance of skills appropriate to dealing with the range of risks facing organisations today. It will be a springboard to interesting careers in management consulting, finance, law, operations, insurance, engineering, and general management.

Please see the Programme Structure| page for more information on the content of the course.

Admissions Criteria

A good upper second class degree from a UK university, or similar standard in an overseas degree programme.

We assume applicants will have some knowledge of mathematics and statistics. Interesting applicants with a weak background in this regard will be required to take an LSE Summer School course.

If your degree is not from a UK university, we generally look for a GMAT score of 650. Exceptionally we will consider a GRE score of 700.

Applicants for whom English is a second language or who have not studied in English before should provide evidence of their command of English. For the MSc Risk and Finance programme, this should be a minimim of 627 in the TOEFL paper-based test (107 in the internet-based test) or at least 7.0 in the IELTS test.

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