Operational Research

Degree: Master
University: University of Southampton , Faculty: School of Mathematics
City: Southampton , Country: United Kingdom
Discipline: Natural Sciences
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  • Start Date of Studies October
  • Admission deadline No formal deadline exists
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    OR is the application of scientific methods to the study of complex organisational problems. Even within the same organisation OR tends to be highly varied because of its project-driven nature. This breadth of experience offers an exciting and rewarding career in many organisations, enabling many OR workers to progress to a career in general management. Moreover the nature of the work brings an OR graduate into early contact with senior management, and career advancement is typically rapid.

    An MSc is generally accepted as being highly desirable for starting and developing a career in OR. The MSc is also a good preparation for research work.

    A highlight of the programme is the 3-month summer project. The student is usually placed with a nearby company and works on a real problem of practical importance to that company.

    Modes of study * Full time study: This scheme is suitable for numerate graduates. The MSc programme lasts for twelve months.
    * Part-time: This scheme is suitable for numerate students who are qualified to enter the one year full time scheme but wish to study on a part time basis. Project work takes the special circumstances of a particular student into account.

    The aim of the programme is to provide you with all the skills required for a successful career, and so a wide spectrum of techniques and approaches from management and other non-mathematical disciplines is covered. For this reason staff from several other Schools in the University are involved with teaching on the MSc programme.

    Programme objectives are:

    * to give you a thorough knowledge of the mathematical, computational and communicative skills needed for the practical application of OR;
    * to give you a broad appreciation of contiguous disciplines which are important in OR;
    * to illustrate the use of OR tools in a wide range of applications. This part of the programme is not just descriptive since much of the application of OR is best learned by active involvement. The 3-month summer project and computer workshops are designed with this in mind. In addition, seminars provide a forum for the discussion of practical OR issues;
    * to introduce you to research methods and current issues in OR.


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