University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Operations and Systems Management

The operations and systems management subject group consists of 3 research teams: Operations research (OR) team; organisational excellence (OE) research team and business information systems research (BIS) team. The OR team comprises leading professors, readers, research fellows and several PhDs in the field. Current research focuses on developing and applying analytical methods to support companies and organisations to make better decisions. The OR expertise encompasses techniques from soft OR for problem structuring to mathematical modelling to solve complex situations. Some examples of funded research include development of decision support systems for transports, resources scheduling, space allocation, facility location, strategy selection and risk assessment. The organisational excellence team researches into organisational excellence, quality and project management approaches for continuous improvement of strategies and performances. The OE expertise encompasses change management, project management, performance evaluation, lean and the many aspects of total quality management and excellence. Some examples of funded research are KTP projects related to business performance measurement, lean implementation, and risk management of renewable energy. In addition, members of the team have a strong interest in pedagogy and in particular, the learning experience of postgraduate distance learning students and the development of e-learning. Research in the business information system team concentrates on developing and applying emerging information technologies/systems to improve business practice. Our expertise encompasses ICT application in organisations (including SMEs), system analysis and development using contemporary approaches and modelling tools, business analytics and business intelligence, ERP, CRM systems, e-Business and logistics, m-Commerce, IT services and infrastructure, IT outsourcing and soft system methodologies. Examples of current research and KTPs include developing an electronic messaging system for the NHS, intelligent business information scanning and processing for the Marine industry and group-buying behaviour using smart devices for retailers.

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

Assessment methods


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time October 2016 - 2 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 - 4 years
MPhil Full-time February 2017 - 2 years
MPhil Part-time February 2017 - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

Key information

Research Team - Portsmouth Business School
Telephone number: 
023 9284 4032