University of Essex

University of Essex

Statistics and Operational Research

This course appeals to those students whose 1st degree included mathematics as its major subject and we expect each student to have prior knowledge of statistics (e.g. significance testing or basic statistical distributions) and operational research (e.g. linear programming). Students specialise in various aspects of optimisation (both continuous and discrete) and in the advanced study in statistics (including experimental design and linear models). We offer optional modules in machine learning, heuristic computation and time series econometrics. This course equips students with employability skills such as problem solving, analytical reasoning, data analysis and mathematical modelling as well as training students in independent work, presentation and writing skills. The exposure to current active research areas, such as decomposition algorithms on our module, combinatorial optimisation, prepares students for further study at doctoral level.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: Research methods; combinational optimisation; nonlinear programming; applied statistics; Bayesian computational statistics; modelling experimental data; statistical methods; stochastic processes; dissertation. Optional modules include: Applications of data analysis; evolutionary computation and genetic programming; graph theory; machine learning and data mining; ordinary differential equations; panel data methods; partial differential equations; portfolio management; time series econometrics.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include a combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams.

Sponsorship information

Research councils and some University of Essex studentships available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Diploma Full-time £ 4,532 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
Diploma Full-time £ 11,160 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months
MSc Full-time £ 5,665 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 13,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 2,750 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 6,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, Department of Mathematical Sciences
Telephone number: 
01206 872719