Entry requirements

A good first degree (2.1 or equivalent) in a quantitative discipline, such as statistics, logistics, mathematics, engineering or any other mathematically based natural science discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Learn advanced quantitative and analysis skills to support decision making, and identify the best course of action in complex business situations.

The MSc in Management Science degree equips you with advanced quantitative and analysis skills to support decision making, identify the best course of action in complex business situations and optimise processes, procedures and performance. Emphasis is placed on learning fundamental techniques from the fields of management science and operational research. These include optimisation, simulation, inventory control, queuing theory, statistical analysis, decision support systems and problem structuring methods among others.

You learn how to apply mathematical models to help solve complex strategic, operational and managerial planning problems in a variety of settings, including transport, manufacturing, supply chains, finance, government and sport.

Students enrolled in the programme have the opportunity to work for real organisations, improve their consultancy skills and enhance their employability through the Student Implant Scheme, which bridges the gap between classroom learning and the real world. Students are also involved in a variety of activities, including case studies, team project work, guest lectures and industry visits.

Software demonstration workshops supported by IBM/ILOG are regularly organised to support the teaching of state-of-the-art analytics and optimisation packages (eg, Optimisation Studio and SPSS).

Our Management Science graduates are in high demand and go on to become in-house analysts or consultants within industry and the public sector, including financial services, airlines, telecommunications, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, health care delivery and government.


The course structure is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new developments and innovation. You are required to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules.

Compulsory modules: Business Statistics and Database Management, Consultancy and Research Skills, Heuristics and Optimisation, Management Science Modelling, Simulation and Optimisation Software, Spreadsheets and Decision Support Systems and Dissertation.

Information for international students

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. See http://www.kent.ac.uk/international-pathways/

Fees and funding

UK students

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities and application details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations55
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Dissertation15 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Kent Business School
+44 (0)1227 827726
+44 (0)1227 761187