University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Operational Research and Finance

This course offers students the opportunity to develop an understanding of how operational research (OR) and statistical and optimisation techniques are applied to practical problems, in addition to learning key workplace skills; a 3-month industrial placement follows successful completion of the instructional component.

Entry requirements

Selection process: Intake: 20; average applicants per place: 5.Entry Requirements: 1st or upper 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent in a subject involving a significant amount of quantitative work (e.g. computer science, economics, engineering, mathematics, physics, statistics), or relevant work experience. Where English is not the native language: IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall, with at least 6 in each component (intensive summer language course available if required). The programme requires numeracy skills, and is suited to students who enjoy problem solving. However, a 1st degree in Mathematics is not essential; a degree in business, computer science, quantitative economics, engineering, physics or statistics may form an acceptable entry qualification.

Course modules

Corporate finance; deterministic operational research methods; presenting reports; spreadsheet and database modelling; statistical methods; stochastic operational research methods; visual basic for applications; dissertation; plus optional modules from: constraint satisfaction; consultancy skills; credit scoring and data mining; economics; financial portfolio theory; financial risk management; forecasting; game theory; project management; trends in information technology.

Sponsorship information

Sponsorship and funding may be available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time - 9 months
MSc Full-time - 12 months
PgDip Part-time - 18 months
MSc Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Social Sciences
Telephone number: 
023 8059 7342