M.Sc. On Campus

Operational Research

University of Southampton

12 months
21000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Develop the analytical skills for success in business and industry at this Operational Research MSc course offered by 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.


Course Details

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. 

At this Operational Research MSc course offered by the University of Southampton 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.

Career Opportunities

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 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Deterministic or Methods
  • Stochastic or Methods
  • Problem Structuring
  • Presenting Reports
  • Python
  • Statistical Methods
  • Data Analytics
  • Analytical Consultancy Skills

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 degree in a subject with some quantitative training, such as: 

  • computer science 
  • economics 
  • engineering 
  • mathematics 
  • physics 
  • statistics 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £21,000.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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