Taught course

Operational Research

University of Strathclyde · Department of Management Science

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Entry requirements

Applicants for the Certificate should normally hold at least the equivalent of a UK pass degree.

Students from a wide variety of first degrees are accepted onto the course. Many students have first degrees in business, economics, engineering and the social sciences. However, we also encourage applications from other degrees.

Months of entry


Course content

Operational Research (called "Operations Research" in some parts of the world) has been briefly described as the "scientific analysis of decisions". It's concerned with assisting and advising decision-makers in a wide variety of settings.

The MSc in Operational Research aims to realise the potential of graduates, so that you immediately can play an effective role in providing model-based support to managers helping them to make better decisions at an operational/technical level.

You’ll develop a rigorous academic understanding of advanced analytical methods that are used to provide structured and analytical approaches to decision-making. You’ll also develop practical skills in using operational research models to support decision-makers.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    26 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    20 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    13 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)141 553 6105