LEVEL 7 DIPLOMA in Strategic Risk and Crisis Management (Masters Equivalent)

This programme is equivalent to a Masters-level dissertation, and follows on naturally from the Level 6 Diploma programme.

Having completed the L6, you should feel completely comfortable doing academic reading and research, and creating a high-level academic piece of work that is syncretic, integrative and comprehensive.

Hopefully, through the course of the L6 study, there were ideas that you came across that inspired you with the possibility of even deeper research, and the development of an even more well-developed final piece of work. That should set the foundation for the L7 programme.

The Level 7 Diploma Programme

The L7 programme has three modules.

As in the L6 programme, the papers for Module 1 and 2 should be around 4,000-6,000 words.

Once you decide to join the programme, you will be given access to the ISRM Library, which has over 230 academic papers on all aspects of strategic risk management.

As always, this reading list is only a starting point – you are expected to do your own exploration of the literature, and then identify writers and schools of thought with whom you feel an affinity.

Module 1: Research Methodology

As an intrinsic part of any Masters-level programme, there is a requirement to demonstrate a familiarity with the basic research methodologies, to be able to explain the strengths and weaknesses of each, and then to justify to the external reader why you have chosen the approach you have, and why that is the most appropriate methodology to use in your own chosen piece of research.

As part of this module, you will be provided with access to specific work on methodology, and you can then explore further literature on your own.

As such, your module paper is likely to have two distinct parts - the first an overview of academic research in general and the second part will be specific to your own chosen methodology.

Module 2: Research Proposal

You will need to set out the specific question, problem or issue that you are intending to do the research on; explain why it is important or has value; list some of the major issues you expect to discover; identify any ethical problems you might require to consider, and then give an outline of the structure of the paper (though that can always change once the actual research is started).

The Research Proposal will need to be approved before you can move on to Module 3.

Module 3: Dissertation

The third module is the research and dissertation paper, which is expected to be between 10,000-12,000 words.

That will be externally marked, and will be marked on the same basis and to the same degree as a Masters dissertation in a major university.

As with all Deltar / ISRM programmes, you will be given full support throughout the course, and we can introduce you to others on the programme if you wish to interact with fellow candidates.


The Deltar Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Risk and Crisis Management is the only Level 7 risk management programme to be regulated and accredited by the UK government Office of Qualifications (Ofqual).

It is recognised by the Register of Chartered Security Professionals (CSyP) for the purpose of professional accreditation.

Registration on the programme gives automatic membership of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management, and post-nominals M.ISRM.