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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Avenue Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

Develop the analytical skills for success in business and industry on this Operational Research MSc at the University of Southampton. You’ll work with multinational organisations on real-life case studies as you develop the knowledge to solve complex challenges. Prepare for a rewarding career in industry or research.

Operational Research is the application of scientific methods to the study of complex organisational problems.

As an operational researcher, you’ll play an important role in business and industry, providing analytics and guidance to management teams. If you’re good at maths, enjoy problem-solving and have strong communication skills, this could be a rewarding area for you.

On this UK master’s course you’ll learn the key skills and knowledge to provide effective solutions to organisational issues.

You’ll study topics such as revenue management and forecasting, and learn techniques to improve organisational efficiency and productivity.

You’ll work closely with industry throughout, and have the chance to develop your research skills in a commercial setting as you work on your dissertation over the summer. Our industrial liaison team will help you find a project that suits your skills and career plans.

On this course you’ll learn:

  • the mathematical, computational and communication skills needed for the practical application of operational research
  • an appreciation of related disciplines important in operational research
  • how to use operational research tools in a wide range of applications
  • research methods and current issues in operational research

You’ll also benefit from regular seminars featuring guest speakers from a wide range of organisations.


With this degree you’ll be ready to work as an operational researcher or operational research analyst in a range of organisations.

Industries you could go into include:

  • government
  • defence
  • financial services
  • health
  • manufacturing
  • oil
  • transport and travel

Throughout the course you’ll have opportunities to network with companies such as:

  • Shell
  • British Airways
  • AA
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
  • HM Revenue & Customs

You’ll also be in a great position to continue your researches at PhD level.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 21,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

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  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 8,200 EU and international students.
Southampton’s Students Union has over 40 cultural and international groups to connect international communities in a social setting.
Specialist careers support and paid year in employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    27th out of 70 14

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    159 66%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74.0 74%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.87 77%



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