What Will You Study
The employment record of our graduates is excellent and they are in demand from private and public sector organisations for their analytical skills.
Departmental scholarships are available for the best-qualified applicants.
Our approach emphasises four themes:
Quantitative Modelling: building and using mathematical and statistical models to help people plan and make better decisions.
Systems Thinking: seeing the whole picture, not just part of the problem.
Consulting Skills: how to work with people and to make an impact.
Real World Focus: putting theory into practice.
The three programmes (Operational Research and Management Science; Logistics and Supply Chain Management; and Management Science and Marketing Analytics) share a core of taught modules, and then offer different paths through options and a four month project, most of which are carried out for an external client organisation on a real problem. These provide excellent networking opportunities as well as the chance to use analytical skills acquired during the taught part of the degree. Those wishing to go on to PhD level may choose an academic research project instead.
- Applying Statistical Models in Business
- Problem Solving Skills for Consultants
- Spreadsheet Modelling
- Introduction to Operational Research and Management Science
These may vary yearly, with some restrictions depending on programme studied, but most modules are open to students across all three programmes.
Choose three or four from:
- Problem Structuring
- Computer Simulation
- Stochastic Modelling
- Optimisation and Heuristics
All students choose two or three optional modules from those already mentioned plus:
- SAS Programming for Business Analytics
- International Marketing
- Pricing Analytics and Revenue Management
- Global Sourcing
- ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Systems
- C++ Computer Programming
Examples of recent projects:
- Air cargo forecasting: Virgin Atlantic Cargo
- Recommendations for the Future Logistics Strategy: United Utilities
- Forecasting fresh produce sales using weather and promotional information: Tesco
- Simulating operating policies for an NHS Walk in Centre: Liverpool Primary Care Trust
- Improving the performance of operational control rooms: Greater Manchester Police