University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Operational Research and Optimisation

This group has as its primary focus the mathematical and computing aspects of optimization; core technology in optimisation is the solution for large sparse linear and quadratic problems, and we are able to provide world-class expertise in the 2 main solution methods for these: the simplex method and the interior point method; we have interests in global optimisation, decomposition methods, parallel computing, industrial applications of optimisation and stochastic optimisation; our researchers are currently exploring the following areas: parameter uncertainty in queueing theory and revenue management; algorithms for linear and nonlinear nonconvex smooth optimisation problems optimization methods for linear, quadratic and nonlinear programming; decomposition methods for large-scale nonlinear nonconvex constrained optimisation bundle methods; warmstarts for interior point methods; pooling problems; computational techniques for solving large-scale linear programming problems; applications of optimisation in the chemical, oil and electricity industries; efficient gradient methods for large-scale convex and nonconvex optimisation problems.

Entry requirements

Applicants require an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject or relevant qualifications and experience; 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.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 13,100 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 4,052 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Part-time £ 6,550 per Academic year (overseas fees) 6 years
PhD Part-time £ 2,026 per Academic year (home fees) 6 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Postgraduate Secretary
Telephone number: 
0131 650 5048