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Operational Research (Online)

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Study mode

Distance without attendance


6 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Operational Research (Or) Business Studies Management (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Operational Research has been briefly described as the "scientific analysis of decisions". It's concerned with assisting and advising decision-makers in a wide variety of settings.

This distance-learning degree aims to realise the potential of graduates, so that you immediately can play an effective role in providing model-based support to managers helping them to make better decisions at an operational/technical level.

You will develop a rigorous academic understanding of advanced analytical methods that are used to provide structured and analytical approaches to decision-making. You will also develop practical skills in using operational research models to support decision-makers.

All classes are taught using material presented via the internet. Classes are supported by faculty members who also teach on the full-time course. They will guide and support discussion via discussion forums.


Each class includes two pieces of assessment. Around half of these will be assignments and the other half will be by examination at local centres.


The broad aims of the class are to develop skills in the effective practice of using OR models and an appreciation of the issues which may arise.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need minimum pass degree or non-UK equivalent, in business, economics, engineering or social sciences. We also encourage applications from other degrees.

University information

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