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Risk Management Short Course

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Covid-19 update: The learning doesn’t have to stop, join our online community. We will be delivering courses remotely until further notice. Live tutor support and virtual lessons will take place during advertised teaching hours. The classes are taught in small groups, so you’ll get lots of support from your tutor. Book now.

Risk management is constantly evolving. Learn about best practice on this ten-week risk management short course and how this applies to all aspects of governance, strategic planning, business finance and public sector.

Why choose this course?

Learn from industry experts in risk management to develop real-world skills and broaden your awareness and skillset in this area. Use this knowledge to improve your performance in your current role.

Course overview

Risk management is at the heart of good governance. It’s a discipline that’s relevant across every area of an organisation and a field that’s constantly evolving. The COVID experience shows the scale an organisation may have to deal with.

This course will broaden your awareness of risk management and the leading approaches taken. It draws on experience from the leading organisations and institutes that City is well connected to.

You’ll learn how to apply the approaches and methods that you’re taught, as well as developing an understanding of the benefits of good risk management in organisations of any size and in any industry.

Who is it for?

This Risk Management course is for anyone who wants to learn more about risk management and business resilience, and how it’s carried out in modern organisations. It’s suitable for risk management professionals, as well as other managers and executives who need to manage risk as part of their role.

  • “ Very interesting and useful. Many thanks for the course design. I have learnt many important topics for my career and my general knowledge. ”

    Angela Farfan


What will I learn?

What will I learn?

We teach best practice for risk management, incorporating the latest developments in the discipline from the world’s leading business and financial organisations.

Risk management is a constantly developing field and one that’s at the heart of good governance and management practice. This short course will introduce you to the main concepts embedded in risk management, as well as emerging areas that you need to be aware of, such as cyber threats.

The course content includes:

  • Skills in risk identification, quantification and control
  • Wide range of techniques and approaches to assessing and controlling risk
  • How to prepare for major risks and extreme events such as epidemic, and build resilience
  • Special approaches required for major projects, risk to reputation, outsourcing and cyber threats
  • Understanding how risk management needs to be organised in a firm or public sector body
  • How to work and communicate with the board, directors and managers on major risk issues to assist with decision making.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand how to introduce the results of risk management into your decision making
  • Carry out improved risk assessments
  • Take a systematic approach to the management of all significant risks and responses
  • Use various techniques on the management reporting of risk exposure
  • Understand how risk information is systematically captured, stored and analysed.



English requirements

You need good written and spoken English to undertake this course.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

There’s no formal assessment for this Risk Management short course, but you will receive a certificate of completion for attendance of 70% or better.


Your time in the classroom will be split between lectures on different aspects of risk management, working through practical examples and exchanging experiences with your fellow students.

Edward Sankey has over 15 years of experience in the field of risk management. He has worked as a consultant in this area, both in the UK and internationally, as well as holding the position of Director of Operational Risk at a banking group.

He’ll encourage you to complete optional exercises between the sessions to improve your understanding of the concepts you discuss in the lectures.

In your final session, he’ll give you feedback on one of these exercises to help you hone your practical risk management skills.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

While we encourage you to read the books on the reading list for your course, we recommended that you speak to the tutor before investing in the purchase of any essential text.

The Risk Management Handbook. Edited by David Hillson. Kogan Page 2016. ISBN 978 0 7494 7882 7

Estimating Risk: A Management Approach. By Andy Garlick. Gower reprinted 2010. ISBN-13: 9780566087769

Tutor information

  • Edward Sankey

    Edward has previously led risk consulting activities in Marsh Europe (of Marsh and MacLennan), City Practitioners, AEA Technology/Risk Solutions and KPMG. He started his career in BP. He has worked in the UK, USA, Russia, Europe and the Far East.

    Edward is an Honorary Life Member of the Institute of Risk Management, and Fellow of the Institute of Operational Risk. He is a member of the City Values Forum supported by Lord Mayors of the City of London to focus on organisations’ cultures and individuals’ behaviors. A frequently sought presenter, he contributed the section about Operational Risk Management to the recent book “The Risk Management Handbook” (Kogan Page, London).

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