Matthew Mildred

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Senior Health Economist, Boehringer Ingelheim

The degree which Matthew studied, MSc Operational Research and Management Science, has changed its name to MSc Business Analytics.

I applied to the MSc in Operational Research & Management Science at Lancaster after being exposed to the Soft Systems Methodology work of Professor Peter Checkland, which was developed in the Department of Management Science. Combined with the excellent world ranking of LUMS in the Financial Times Business School Rankings, I knew Lancaster would deliver on every level.

My time at Lancaster has been the most enjoyable and rewarding year of my life. The course exposed me to many more techniques and methods than I knew existed, and has given me the skills for a successful career in Operational Research.

The course was highly populated with international students due to LUMS' worldwide reputation for excellence and ability to produce high-calibre graduates. From the outset the course developed my group work and presentation skills, which helped foster a high level of group cohesion among the whole of the management science, marketing analytics and logistics course mates. This meant that most of my study was carried out with my course mates and also meant I had friends to socialise with in the evenings.

An integral part of the course is the summer placement in which you get to apply your skills in industry and write up your dissertation. I chose to undertake my project in a health economics and decision sciences research group at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at Sheffield University. This required me to apply my problem-solving and consultancy skills to the area of prostate cancer screening. I also relied heavily on my spreadsheet modelling skills to analyse clinical data and to produce a cost effectiveness model to help policy decision making.

Having enjoyed my placement I decided to accept a job offer from ScHARR and began work on developing a mathematical disease model and computer simulation of a national prostate cancer screening programme.