Taught course

Operational Research

University of Strathclyde · Department of Management Science

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.

For more information please see the course page.

Information for international students

In addition to academic qualifications, you must also be able to show that you have a sufficient grasp of English. If English is not your first language you'll need to provide evidence of your proficiency before you can begin the course. See the University's English language requirements webpage for details of what is required.

Fees and funding

Please see the website and the scholarship search.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
26 months


distance learning
20 months


distance learning
13 months

Further details of qualification

These numbers should be taken to be minimum lengths of study.

Course contact details

Alison Kerr
0141 548 3613