International Diploma in Enterprise Risk MGMT

International Diploma in Enterprise Risk Management

For 30 years, IRM's International Diploma in Risk Management has been the global choice of qualification with risk professionals and their employers.

This post-graduate level qualification has been developed by internationally recognised academics and industry practitioners to provide you with the knowledge and skills to manage risk and maximise opportunities in any organisation.

The Diploma aims to develop:

  • Your ability to design and implement risk management strategies.
  • Proficiency in selecting and applying the tools and techniques required to assess and treat risks.
  • A critical understanding of the relationship between risk management, governance, internal control and compliance.
  • Your ability to make informed risk management decisions for current and emerging risks, and to critically appraise real life case studies from different sectors and countries.

If you already hold one of the qualifications on this list you may automatically be exempt from some of the modules on the International Diploma. There are also other ways of having your learning and experience recognised via either our non-standard exemption routes or accreditation of prior learning.

Course overview

Risk assessment

Building on learning achieved on our Certificate level qualifications, the sources and types of risk information that help identify, record and communicate risk effectively. It examines the different techniques for identifying risks and explores common methods for analysing risks and uncertainties.

Risk treatment

Exploring the role of risk treatment within the wider enterprise risk management framework, it examines the different approaches that an organisation can employ to effectively respond to opportunities and treat threats.

Risk, governance and culture

Examining issues of corporate governance, risk oversight, internal control and assurance in a global marketplace, it explores the role of the board and key stakeholders in ensuring that risk is integrated with strategy. It explores the critical elements of organisational behaviours including culture, corporate social responsibility and business ethics.

Crises, resilience and future risks

Helping build a framework to assist organisations strengthen their resilience at strategic, tactical and operational levels to face current and future risks, it uses a range of case studies from different business sectors and geographical regions to analyse how crises are managed.

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Up to 3 years.

An indicative study time for the qualification is between 180 and 200 hours per module. Modules are enrolled for individually and must be taken sequentially. We would recommend taking no more than two modules per exam session due to the amount of study time required for each.

Students enrolling later in an enrolment period will need to consider the amount of time remaining to study for their scheduled exam session before enrolling on to a module.


Self-directed distance learning

Distance learning gives you the flexibility to study at home at your own pace. Our extensive global network of examination centres and our special centre policy means you can study and take your examinations anywhere in the world. 

Student support

  • eTextbook
  • The Study – online student area
  • Student handbook
  • Study guides
  • Discussion forum
  • Module coaches
  • Risk in the Real World videos
  • Live webinars
  • Specimen and past exam papers
  • Online resource centre
  • Guides and briefings
  • Dedicated student support team

Entry requirements

In order to enrol on the International Diploma, you must either have completed or fulfilled the criteria for exemptions to one of the IRM International Certificates.

If English is not your first language, we recommend you have an Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element less than 5.5) or equivalent evidence of competence in the English language before beginning your studies.

For more information on this course, please visit the IRM website by clicking HERE


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Equivalent to postgraduate level.

Risk Management

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