Research course

Management Mathematics

University of Birmingham · School of Mathematics

Entry requirements

First degree standard of 70% with Mathematics as major component.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The main research focus of our internationally renowned Theoretical and Computational Optimisation Group is on mathematical theory and methods applicable to managerial decision-making, particularly non-linear, discrete, and multicriteria optimisation. Research is typically a mixture of theoretical investigation and practical application or industrial collaboration. In some cases it is theoretical and leads to the development of new mathematical theories applicable in management mathematics. Elements of this find their way into challenging taught courses within the School.
Members of the group teach courses such as:
  • Linear and non-linear programming
  • Combinatorial optimisation
  • Game theory
  • Operations management
  • Heuristics
  • Multicriteria optimisation
  • Topics in management mathematics
  • Research frontiers in management mathematics
Postgraduate students in the Management Mathematics Group acquire widely useful knowledge and skills, ranging from theory to computational implementation and live applications. The courses examine the basic concepts in a broad range of managerial, industrial and scientific problems and illustrate how these may be applied in a variety of contexts to provide powerful solutions. By giving seminars, attending conferences and presenting papers, students prepare themselves for professional life.
The group consists of internationally known researchers and has several funded collaborations in various subject areas. Members of the group have various and wide-ranging experience in industrial co-operation and industrial research projects. Past and present work includes projects and co-operation with Advanced Bell Lab Technologies, Avis Rent-a-Car, Blue Gate Brussels, Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), Hydro Quebec Canada, JPC Consulting, Region de Bruxelles-Capitale, RWE AG, RAG AG, ThyssenKrupp Industries, EADS, Airbus UK and Ultramar Oil.

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Department specialisms

Location Analysis, Vehicle Routing and Scheduling, Combinatorial and Heuristic Optimization, Management Mathematics Applications in Business Administration. See Postgraduate Handbook at

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£13,680 FT

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Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005