Masters | Postgraduate Course - Operational Research and Statistics MSc Course Details within University of Southampton

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Operational Research and Statistics MSc

Study Details

MSc 1 year full-time

This programme is an ideal opportunity to provide yourself with the analytical and statistical skill set necessary for success in industry, business or in the public sector. From day one you will find yourself working with multinational organisations on case studies to develop your abilities in applied analytics and statistics. Opportunities for summer projects in a wide range of industries are an integral part of the programme.

Full time study: This one year master programme is suitable for numerate graduates. The MSc programme lasts for twelve months.

The MSc programme in Operational Research and Statistics provides students with the ideal skill set in mathematical modelling, experimental design, statistical analysis, and numerical computation. This programme also provides soft skills such as communicating results to managers/executives. These prepare students to pursue a wide variety of career opportunities in industry, business or in the public sector.

A highlight of the programme is the three-month summer project: it may be either in Operational Research or Statistics (or the interface between the two). You will have the option to bid for an external project which is usually based at a nearby company and requires working on a real problem of practical importance to that company. You also have the option to work on an internal project which might involve data from external sources. The MSc project consists of an individual investigation and is under the supervision of a member of staff. This project enables students to integrate and consolidate skills learned on the course (and to fulfil deliverables for the sponsoring company in the case of an external project).

In summary, the learning and teaching aims of the programme are:

1. To give you knowledge of operational research techniques and applied statistical theory and methods at an advanced level;

2. To train you for careers as either an operational researcher or as a statistician.

3. To enable you to develop oral and written communication skills.

4. To give you experience of applications of operational research and statistical methods.

Module details

Year 1
The Diploma programme comprises the two semesters of taught material, with examinations at the end of each semester
Optional from within the Faculty

  • Visual Basic for Applications
  • Data Analytics
  • Forecasting
  • Computer Analysis of Data and Models
  • Nonlinear Optimisation
  • Case Studies
  • Revenue Management
  • Computer Intensive Statistical Methods
  • Generalised Linear Models
  • Topics in Statistics
  • Bayesian Methods
  • Design of Experiments
  • Clinical Trials
  • Survival Analysis
  • Generalised Linear Models

Optional from outside the Faculty (including CIP modules) 

  • Game Theory for Business
  • Data Visualisation
  • Compulsory
  • Students must choose between Presenting Reports or Research Skills
  • Deterministic OR Methods
  • Stochastic OR Methods
  • Statistical Theory and Linear Models
  • Statistical Computing
  • Presenting Reports


  • Research Skills

PART 2 (30 ECTS/60 CATS)
(ECTS/CATS for each module are given in brackets)

  • Project


  • Statistics Project

Entry Requirements

First or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a discipline which provides some quantitative training (e.g. computer science, economics, engineering, mathematics, physics, statistics)