Why apply for the Masters in Operational Research and Management Science?

The Masters in Operational Research and Management Science is ideal if you wish to work in business analytics, decision support, industrial engineering, operational research or management science. It has run at Lancaster for over 50 years. The employment record of the programme is excellent, with our graduates in demand from business and the public sector for their analytical skills. There is an active alumni network.

Who is it for?

You should have, or be expecting, a first degree that includes some mathematics and statistics; for example, science, engineering, business studies or economics, as well as mathematics or statistics. 

What will I study?

The MSc in Operational Research and Management Science is a flexible degree scheme in which you choose subjects that interest you and also attend compulsory core modules. The programme prepares you to use your analytical skills in decision support and planning. In today’s fast moving world, customers and citizens expect high-quality services and products that are appropriate to their needs; therefore organisations must think through their decisions before acting. You will study methods of proven value for decision support.

Will it prepare me for work?

The taught element of the programme includes modules that help you to improve your professional skills as well as your analytical abilities. The taught modules end in May and are followed by a significant real-life project that runs until mid-September. In this, you will develop professional skills by working for 16 weeks as a consultant to one of our client companies, while being supervised by a member of staff. This is excellent preparation for the world of work.

What about further study?

The MSc in Operational Research and Management Science can also serve as a springboard for further study for a PhD.

Are there any scholarships and other funding?

There are some scholarships available, please see the scholarship page for further details.

In addition, if you are from a developing country you may qualify for the Robinson Scholarship that reduces significantly the gap between home and overseas fees.

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Real-world projects

Client-based projects form the culmination of the programme. In this video Konstantinos Mokkas discusses his project with Jaguar Land Rover.

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Student views

Students describe their experiences on the MSc in Operational Research and Management Science.