Project Risk Management (online)


Project risk management is the 'radar' that enables your business to avoid obstacles, show-stoppers and major disasters!

Risk management is a well-recognised set of tools and methods that enables you to systematically identify project risks and then to respond appropriately.

Responding to risks may mean reducing the chances that a specific risk will turn into an issue that would hurt your project. It may mean putting recovery plans in place so that you can deal with outcomes effectively when risks do turn into real problems.

A planned and controlled approach to project risk is an essential tool for modern programme and project management. The methods of project risk management are a hugely important capability both for individual project managers and also the organisations within which they work.

Developing skills, knowledge and organisational processes in this area is likely to have a significant return on investment (ROI) for any organisation that runs projects either internally or for their customers.

Dates, Times and Delivery

This course will be delivered live from our purpose-built broadcast studio, with opportunities to ask questions during the sessions, as well as via the online collaboration environments throughout the course.

There will be four 90-minute tutorials, delivered on weekdays from 12:30-14:00 (UK time).

The course sessions take place on:

  • Monday 22 January
  • Tuesday 23 January
  • Wednesday 24 January
  • Thursday 25 January

All times listed are UK times. A world clock and time zone converter can be found here:

This is a ‘virtual classroom’ course. To replicate the experience of a classroom, the sessions are ‘live’ and are not recorded.

Accessing Your Online Course 

Details about accessing the private MS Teams course site will be emailed to you during the week prior to the course commencing.  

Please get in touch if you have not received this information within three working days of the course start date. 

Programme details

This course presents industry best-practice in a clear and understandable manner. You will leave the course with the knowledge and understanding to enable you to manage risk on your project. The course draws on the PRAM guide developed by the Association for Project Management and on practical project experience from real projects.

The course includes:

  • An overview of project risk management – why it matters and how it works.
  • Planning for risk management
  • Identification of risks in resources, scope and schedule
  • Taking advantage of opportunities – the positive side of chance events
  • Information gathering for Risk
  • How to assess, quantify and prioritise risks
  • Strategies to respond to risk – reduction, mitigation and avoidance
  • Managing and communicating risk Information
  • The human face of risk – why do people and projects get it wrong?

Intended Audience

Project risk management is employed by small businesses and large, in both the private and public sectors. This course is relevant for both new and experienced project managers who need to update their skills in project risk management. Additionally this course will be of interest to organisational leaders and customers of larger projects who want to understand how their organisations can effectively manage project risks.

Digital Certification

To complete the course, you will be required to attend and participate in all of the live sessions on the course in order to be considered for a certificate. Participants who complete the course will receive a link to download a University of Oxford digital certificate. Information on how to access this digital certificate will be emailed to you after the end of the course.

The certificate will show your name, the course title and the dates of the course you attended. You will also be able to download your certificate or share it on social media if you choose to do so.


Description Costs
Standard course fee £425.00


Fees include electronic copies of course materials.

All courses are VAT exempt.

Register immediately online 

Click the “book now” button on this webpage. Payment by credit or debit card is required.


Dr Rob Collins


Dr Rob Collins

Visiting Fellow

Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford

Dr Rob Collins is a visiting fellow of Kellogg College Oxford and regularly teaches courses at the University – both through Continuing Professional Development and through the Computing Laboratory.

As well as his academic teaching work Dr Collins regularly provides consultancy to industry in the area of Business Process Excellence and Systems Engineering.  He gained his Black Belt Certification in Lean Six Sigma from Lockheed Martin – the world's largest Systems Engineering company and a world-leader in advanced technology.

As well as his undergraduate degree in Physics and Computing, Dr Collins holds a PhD completed within a Psychology Department. Dr Collins’ PhD focussed on training, psychology and processes for introducing complex technology into learning environments. Dr Collins’ completed an MBA in 2012 at Henley Business School. He thus has a strategic business view as well as deep understanding and practical experience of hands-on process improvement in technology and service.

Teaching methods

This course is rich in content – but presented in a friendly and relaxed style. As well as explaining the methods and tools in this area there will be plenty of time for discussion and question asking. The course includes practical activities to help you think about risks on your project to enable you to leave the course 'ready to run' with managing your own project risks.


If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying, please click Contact Us at the top of this page.

Level and demands

If you're uncertain whether this course is suitable for your requirements, please contact us with any questions you may have.

IT requirements

This course is delivered online using Microsoft Teams. You will be required to follow and implement the instructions we send you to fully access Microsoft Teams on the University of Oxford's secure IT network.

To participate you must be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.
It is advised to use headphones with working speakers and microphone.