Research course

Management Mathematics

University of Birmingham · School of Mathematics

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree in a Mathematics-related subject, or a lower degree plus an MSc or substantial relevant experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Training is provided through individual supervision of research, by advanced seminar courses and conferences, and by generic courses. The PhD degree usually involves a qualifying dissertation submitted during the second year of study, which is helpful training for writing the PhD thesis.

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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