Taught course

Operational Research and Finance

University of Southampton · School of Mathematics

Entry requirements

An upper-second class degree (or equivalent overseas qualification approved by the University) in a relevant discipline which must include some quantitative training. The programme requires numeracy skills, and is suited to students who enjoy problem solving. However, a first degree in Mathematics is not essential; a degree in business, computer science, quantitative economics, engineering, physics or statistics may be acceptable subjects if they have enough quantitative content.

Months of entry


Course content

Join the University of Southampton, ranked in the World Top 40 and 7th in the UK for Statistics and Operational Research (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2023).

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.

The 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 language requirements: 6.5 overall, with minimum 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. For information on other accepted English language tests, please see the website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

A variety of scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your 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

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0)23 8059 4732