Taught course

Operational Research and Finance

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

This programme offers a firm grounding in operational research and finance in preparation for careers in financial institutions. You’ll develop 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 the majority involve working with an external organisation, with typical project sponsors including companies, charities and public services.

Compulsory modules: Corporate Finance; Data Analytics; Deterministic Operational Research (OR) Methods; Presenting Reports; Statistical Methods; Stochastic OR Methods; Visual Basic for Applications.

Optional modules include:
Credit Scoring and Data Mining; Financial Portfolio Theory; Financial Risk Management; Forecasting; Game Theory in Business; Nonlinear Optimisation; Data Visualisation.

Plus dissertation as three-month project (MSc only)

For further information, please visit our website.

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 and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Social Sciences
+44 (0)23 8059 7385