University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Operational Research

Many prestigious organisations recruit our students because of the strong vocational training on this programme. You should be numerate, a good communicator with strong interpersonal skills, and enjoy problem-solving. A three-month project follows successful completion of the instructional component. The majority of projects involve either working on a placement or in partnership with a company or organisation.

Entry requirements

MSc: First- or upper second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in a discipline that provides some quantitative training (eg computer science, economics, engineering, mathematics, physics, statistics)

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Deterministic Operational Research (OR) Methods; Presenting Reports; Case Studies; Problem Structuring; Data Analytics; Statistical Methods; Stochastic OR Methods; Visual Basic for Applications Optional modules include: Credit Scoring and Data Mining; Financial Portfolio Theory; Forecasting; Game Theory in Business; Healthcare Modelling; Nonlinear Optimisation; Project Management; Revenue Management; Data Visualisation Plus dissertation as three-month project (MSc only)

Assessment methods

Assessment is made using examinations, presentations, coursework assignments and a final dissertation.

Sponsorship information

ESF; EPSRC Masters training packages.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 - 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site - Highfield Campus SO17 1BJ South East

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