Research course

Operational Research

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Mathematics

Entry requirements

Suitable for graduates in Mathematics (or a suitable related field). A 1st or upper 2nd class UK Honours degree, or equivalent is required.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

Operational Research is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Mathematics research programmes (MPhil, PhD).

The group has an impressive track-record of contributing to both the theoretical underpinnings of the subject and to novel applications, including working on complex problems arising in healthcare, public health and epidemiology, finance, transportation, timetabling, environmental issues, manufacturing, information security, and green logistics.

We have over 20 academic staff and research students and host an active research seminar series jointly with the Statistics research group and meetings of the South Wales Operational Research Discussion Society (SWORDS), which regularly attracts a large audience of OR researchers and practitioners.

Our group members are highly active in international collaborations and prominent in interdisciplinary collaboration, with particularly strong links to researchers in: computer science and informatics (research on data science, machine learning and their interface with OR methods); medicine (through our extensive programme of modelling work on health and care services); social sciences (modelling for societal benefit, social network analysis, public health and educational interventions); earth sciences and geography (food and water insecurity, rainfall modelling); and business and economics (financial and risk modelling).

Department specialisms

number theory functional analysis and spectral theory of ordinary and partial differential operators calculus of variations and partial differential equations numerical analysis theoretical and computational fluid dynamics operator algebras and non commutative geometry algebraic topology algebraic geometry combinatorics quantum field theory and statistical mechanics conformal field theory and vertex operator algebras image processing operational research time series analysis probability theory and statistics.

Information for international students

IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in all subskills, or equivalent.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    42 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

PGR Office Mathematics
+44 (0)29 2087 9150