University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Operational Research with Computational Optimisation

This programme shows students how to use mathematical techniques to tackle real-life problems ranging from scheduling flights and routing mobile phone calls to managing investments and minimising risks. Students are given the opportunity to develop skills in the mathematical theory of methods for optimisation and their implementation using techniques of formal programming and high performance computing; they will also learn how to formulate and solve practical problems.

Entry requirements

Applicants require a UK 2.1 degree, or its international equivalent, in a numerate discipline such as mathematics, engineering, computer science, physical or biological sciences, economics or business; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 92 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE 61 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade C or CAE grade B.

Course modules

Core modules include: computing for OR and finance; fundamentals of optimisation; fundamentals of OR; methodology, modelling and consulting skills; probability and statistics; simulation; stochastic modelling. Optional modules include: stochastic optimisation; combinatorial optimisation; nonlinear optimisation; large scale optimisation.

Assessment methods



Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 9,650 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 18,100 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,825 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 9,050 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PgDip Full-time £ 9,650 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
PgDip Full-time £ 18,100 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

Programme Administrator
Telephone number: 
0131 651 7761