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Department of Management Science

One of the best-known and longest established centres for operational research and systems thinking in Europe, going back to the 1960s.

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About the Department

The Department of Management Science has one of the largest number of Operational Research and Systems teaching staff in the country, with an outstanding research and publishing record. With a worldwide reputation as an international centre of excellence, this department has a distinguished history of helping organisations solve real problems.

Originally founded as the Department of Operational Research in 1964, the first of its type in the UK, this department also had strong connections with the Department of Systems Engineering. Over the past thirty years, it has evolved with a changing focus towards soft systems methodology and now includes operational research, operations management and systems and information management. 

Engaging with Business

By harnessing the power of research and academic insight, we are leading the debate on a range of global issues. Read our latest article from Dr Monideepa Tarafdar, where she explores the dark side of ICT. Discover how we are engaging with organisations by visiting For Business.

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Teaching & Research

This department delivers a range of undergraduate, Masters and PhD courses which will provide you with the logical, mathematical, project management, systems thinking, and information systems and technology skills that are much in demand.



Our undergraduate courses are perfect for those who have excelled at Mathematics or Statistics at school and are looking for challenging graduate careers.



Our flexible Masters programmes are designed for people who wish to work in areas such as business analytics, operational research and more.



Our PhD programme offers students the ideal opportunity to research in depth as a prelude to an academic or consulting career.



Working at the heart of research in management science and operational research (OR).

Upcoming Events

The Management Science department runs a series of research seminars with invited academics from universities across the world, as well as training courses, workshops and conferences.


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