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MBA Risk and Resilience

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2022
Led by our experienced and supportive business and resilience teams, the programme involves the study of both internal and external environments, challenges and opportunities, with a focus on the multiple aspects of risk and resilience.
At the heart of the course is the focus on your interest and priorities; we teach what you need to learn so that you can apply the learning in your own context and in line with your own, or your organisation’s, goals.
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Application guide

For information on how you can boost your career-prospects and apply for our postgraduate courses, follow our application guide.

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Join us for a Postgraduate Open Day where you can discuss your options and chosen course with our course leaders.

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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

Businesses are faced with, and take, risks constantly. Only those organisations who understand, and can respond to, risk challenges and impacts as well as demonstrate resilience, are truly capable and competitive. These businesses need analytical, capable and knowledgeable teams and leaders who are able to plan, operate, manage and ultimately succeed in the ‘VUCA’ world of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity.

The MBA Risk and Resilience enhances the knowledge and capability of experienced professionals who are seeking to further their careers in a variety of sectors.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Our MBA Risk and Resilience builds the levels of confidence and business understanding, with a central focus on the influence of, and need for, risk and resilience capability that will help career progression.

The MBA will equip you with the ability to effectively respond to unpredictable challenges and succeed in competitive business environments; where margins of time, resource and competitive advantage may be narrow; and where acumen and agility matter.

On this course, we will blend business and organisational management theoretical and applied approaches with those related to the requirement to maintain organisational viability, in the challenging and dynamic business operating and strategic environments.

The programme is focused on work-based problems, allowing you to present and discuss ‘real world’ problems and offer meaningful solutions. This applied approach ensures that you can be equipped with developed knowledge and skill sets that will serve you and your employer well in mitigating risk and achieving resilience.

This MBA is designed to give those students from military backgrounds, as well as those with security, risk and related practitioner experience, the necessary skills and capability to develop parity of understanding and knowledge with that of mainstream business and wider organisational disciplines.

Our novel approach to teaching, with online delivery and a virtual classroom capability, helps you make the most of your time, giving you the freedom to manage your professional and personal commitments.  

What facilities can I use?

We’ve invested in a range of state-of-the-art facilities across our campuses to support your learning.

Our library is the perfect place to find the resources you need and a quiet place to study, filled with four floors of books, journals, computer suites and study rooms. Or, if you’d rather work off campus, e-Journals and resources are only a few clicks away using our Virtual Learning Environment.

What will I study?

This MBA has been developed to address business risk and resilience in an uncertain world. It addresses issues that many organisations face in the present climate: operating in a global setting, ensuring business resilience and sustainability.

The content has been designed to match the needs of those who wish to specialise within a wider business context and will enable you to influence not only the content of your studies but also the process and outcomes.

This programme aims to:

  • help you develop a strategic, integrated and holistic perspective on business capability through a study of management at:
    • an individual, group and organisational behavioural level
    • a functional, process and strategic level
    • a local, national and international level
    • as well as through reflection on prior experience (both personal and within the cohort)
  • equip you with an advanced understanding of concepts and current and pervasive issues in global business and management
  • enable you to anticipate and address risks that may adversely affect your business, helping to ensure future business resilience and sustainability
  • help you develop the critical thinking, analytical and research skills you need to make logical arguments and creative contributions to improve business and management practice
  • help you develop advanced capability and knowledge in business enhancing resilience capabilities.

How will I be taught and assessed?

We provide a flexible and personable approach to teaching through distance learning technologies, inclusive tutorial support, scenario and case study-based teaching.

You can take part in virtual scenario-based exercises, supported by up-to-date material that provide complex and challenging content to stretch capabilities in a supportive learning environment.

At BNU, you are part of a truly diverse community. This course is designed to make our learning resources accessible to all students. You will use our online learning platform and a wide range of electronic resources in an interactive and focused programme that allows learning to take place wherever you are able to access our electronic portal.

We provide off campus access to library services, so you can borrow books from the virtual library and access peer reviewed journals as well as access to wider material via our interlibrary loan service.

We value the different insights and experience that our students bring. We encourage non-traditional routes of entry and welcome those who may not have obtained a first degree, but who satisfy the entry requirements through demonstration of experiential learning and experience.

At the beginning of the programme, we provide an induction day, followed by a four-week pre-study programme to develop key academic skills. This essential element of the programme ensures that those with a less traditional academic background have the optimal start to their studies.

The assessment tasks include:

  • individual assignments
  • examinations (where appropriate and practicable)
  • time constrained assessments
  • case study analysis
  • personal blogs
  • postings to online discussion.
Useful Documents

MBA Risk and Resilience Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants to the programme will generally hold an Honours degree or equivalent, ideally having achieved a 2:1 in any field.

Applicants who are in employment may qualify for entry without holding a first degree and will be assessed through a recruitment process based on an interview, employment history or other evidence of achievement and ability to benefit from the course.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Risk Management

Crisis Management and Business Continuity

Organisational Resilience

Project Management

Year 2 Modules

Strategic Leadership

Leading, Managing and Developing Talent

International Management of Finance

Digital Leadership in a World of Continuous Change


How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022


 Year 1 fees: £2,750; Year 2 fees: £5,250

(N.B. These fees are for those staring Year 1 in Academic Year 2021-22)

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

Any organisation with the need to compete, thrive and survive in the VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) world will also need its people to be incisive, analytical and responsive to change.

On completion of this MBA you will have validated, proven and extended your knowledge and capability in business management, risk and resilience, helping to bolster you career prospects.

Course leader

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Louisa Berry
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