Taught course

Operational Research

University of Southampton · Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A UK bachelor’s degree with upper second-class honours or higher in a relevant discipline which must include some quantitative training, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Months of entry


Course content

Many prestigious organisations recruit our students because of the strong vocational training on this programme. You should be numerate, a good communicator with strong interpersonal skills, and enjoy problem-solving. A three-month project follows successful completion of the instructional component. The majority of projects involve either working on a placement or in partnership with a company or organisation.

Typical modules include: Deterministic Operational Research (OR) Methods; Presenting Reports; Problem Structuring; Data Analytics; Statistical Methods for OR Modelling; Stochastic OR Methods; Credit Scoring and Data Mining; Financial Portfolio Theory; Forecasting; Game Theory in Business; Nonlinear Optimisation; Project Management; Revenue Management; Data Visualisation Plus dissertation as three-month project

Information for international students

English language requirements: band 2C, IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components


Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Social Sciences
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