Mathematics MSc Programmes

Study Programme

This page describes the general structure of the Operational Research MSc programmes.

Degrees with Specialization

In addition to the general MSc in OR, the following themed OR MSc degrees are offered:

The titles of these degrees reflect the balance of optional courses studied and the theme of the dissertation.

If you want to graduate with an OR "with" degree, your dissertation project must be in the area of that degree.

Programme Structure

The study programme is divided into three parts.

  • Part 1 covers the core skills of Operational Research. The majority of the compulsory courses are in Semester 1 (S1) from September to December.
  • Part 2 gives students the opportunity to tailor their degree by selecting from a broad range of optional courses. These are taught mainly in Semester 2 (S2) from January to March.
  • Part 3 begins in June and comprises a three month project on which students base their dissertations. Many projects are done in collaboration with outside organisations.

The length of the programme and its courses are measured in credits. The whole programme is 180 credits, comprising 120 credits of taught courses and the 60 credit dissertation.

The demands and rewards of studying for the OR MSc are well captured in the following quotation from student feedback:

The year has been very, very intense and I'll walk away from this with a skill set that I would never have imagined possible from just one year!