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Operational Research PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Operational Research (Or)

Course type


Course Summary

The Operational Research aims to realise the potential of graduates, so that they immediately can play an effective role in providing model-based support to managers helping them to make better decisions at an operational/technical level. Student will develop a rigorous academic understanding of advanced analytical methods that are used to provide structured and analytical approaches to decision-making. Student will also develop practical skills in using operational research models to support decision-makers.

Different course options

Study mode

Distance without attendance


13 months

Start date



This module introduces the fundamental deterministic and stochastic methods of OR. Probabilistic modelling is fundamental to appreciating uncertainty and risk. This element of the class provides much of the foundations that underpin the tools and techniques that are taught on other classes of the MSc such as statistics, forecasting, risk and simulation. The module also introduces students into the basic deterministic models and methods of OR.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants for the Certificate should normally hold at least the equivalent of a UK pass degree. Students from a wide variety of first degrees are accepted onto the course. Many students have first degrees in business, economics, engineering and the social sciences. However, we also encourage applications from other degrees.

Department profile

Strathclyde Business School (SBS) is located in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland. Offering a wide range of business-related degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level, the Business School is part of the University of Strathclyde. The University itself has been recognised with a number of awards, including University of the Year in 2012 and Business School of the Year in 2016. It is also a UK top 20 university for research and was ranked...more

University information

Located in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, the University of Strathclyde offers a fantastic experience, where you will enjoy flexible, innovative learning and excellent facilities. Many of their courses can be studied part-time or by distance learning, where you can carry out most of your studies off campus using their virtual learning environment, MyPlace. Their campus offers excellent facilities including state of-the-art...more

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