Taught course

Statistics and Operational Research

University of Essex · Department of Mathematical Sciences

Entry requirements

A high 2.2 honours degree, or equivalent, in relevant subject.

MSc and Postgraduate Diploma

Months of entry


Course content

This course will appeal if your first degree included mathematics as its major subject and we expect you to have prior knowledge of statistics (eg significance testing or basic statistical distributions) and operational research (eg linear programming). You specialise in various aspects of optimisation (both continuous and discrete) and in the advanced study in statistics (including experimental design and linear models). We offer optional modules in machine learning, heuristic computation and time series econometrics.

MSc Statistics and Operational Research will equip you with employability skills like problem solving, analytical reasoning, data analysis, and mathematical modelling, as well as training you in independent work, presentation and writing skills. Your exposure to current active research areas, such as decomposition algorithms on our module, Combinatorial Optimisation, prepares you for further study at doctoral level. Graduates of this course now hold key positions in government, business and academia.

Our Department of Mathematical Sciences has an international reputation in many areas like such as semi-group theory, optimisation, probability, applied statistics, bioinformatics and mathematical biology.

Our staff are strongly committed to research and teaching. They have published several well-regarded text books and are world leaders in their individual specialisms, with their papers appearing in learned journals like Communications in Algebra, Studia Logica, International Journal of Algebra and Computation, SIAM Journal in Optimization, IEEE Evolutionary Computation, Computers and Operations Research, Ecology, Journal of Mathematical Biology, and Journal of Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations70
Dissertation30 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719