The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and Chartered Insurance Institute have launched a post graduate MSC Risk Management and Insurance qualification to be delivered from January 2020.

The course, which graduates can now sign up for via the UWE Bristol website will see representatives from major insurers and brokers delivering guest lectures and allow work shadowing for graduates who sign-up to the year-long programme.

Designed to prepare graduates for senior roles in the industry, the programme develops core skills in risk management and insurance practice, alongside a deep understanding of the contemporary business environment.

Students will also acquire skills in strategic leadership and complete an applied dissertation on a contemporary issue in insurance. 

Options cover contemporary insurance business challenges such as technological innovation, climate risk and international financial crime.

The course includes opportunities to visit companies such as Lloyd’s of London to see the market in action, work on consultancy projects and attend networking events.

According to UWE Bristol, as a result of interest from the profession there are now plans in place to offer a two-year-long part-time version of the post graduate qualification in the future.

Debbie Sturge, Department Academic Director in the University’s Bristol Business School, said: “Drawing on our long-standing links with employers, the CII and wider industry, graduates will learn from industry practitioners and apply their learning in authentic industry contexts.

“With huge demand for qualified insurance professionals, the skills acquired through this course will be highly sought after in areas such as underwriting, broking or claims management, strategic risk management, governance and insure-tech.”

Sian Fisher, chief executive of the Chartered Insurance Institute, said: “There are huge opportunities for graduates looking to enter the insurance profession, particularly those with specialist knowledge and skills.

“The MSc Risk Management and Insurance has been developed with employers, insurance experts and the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), to give graduates the tools to progress rapidly in this varied and fast-paced sector.”

Completion of the course will also significantly shorten the study path for the Chartered Insurance Institute’s qualifications including ACII.

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