Taught course

Operational Research and Finance

University of Southampton · School of Mathematics

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Entry requirements

First or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a subject involving a significant amount of quantitative work (e.g. computer science, economics, engineering, mathematics, physics, statistics), or relevant work experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Join the University of Southampton, ranked in the World Top 40 and 6th in the UK for Statistics and Operational Research (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021).

This programme offers you a firm grounding in operational research and finance in preparation for careers in the financial sectors. You’ll develop an understanding of how operational research, statistical and optimisation techniques are applied to practical problems and gain many key workplace skills.

The summer project is a highlight and most involve working with an external organisation, with typical project sponsors including companies, charities and public services.

**What is Operational Research and Finance? **

Operational Research is the application of scientific methods to the study of complex organisational problems. On this master’s degree, there’s an emphasis on complementary financial studies. Even within the same organisation, Operational Research and Finance tends to be highly varied because of its project-driven nature. This breadth of experience offers an exciting and rewarding career in many financial organisations, enabling many Operational Research workers to progress to a career in general management. Moreover, the nature of the work brings an Operational Research and Finance graduate into early contact with senior management, and career advancement is typically rapid.

Information for international students

IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall, with at least 6 in each component (intensive summer language course available if required).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

A variety of scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations. Please check the website for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)23 8059 7385