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Mr Imran Iqbal


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Management Science Group


Department of Management
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

Management Science Group

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Management science, in its various related disciplines, has been taught at the School for over 50 years. The Management Science Group, previously known as the Operational Research Group, has always operated at the forefront of these disciplines, indeed the School was one of first higher education institutions in Britain to offer a master's degree in the subject.

About the Group

The Group| consists of five full-time academic staff complemented by visiting professors and visiting fellows.

Distinguished Speakers in Management Science

Beginning in 2009, as part of its research seminar series, the Group has invited each year one highly distinguished academic in the field of Management Science to speak on their area of speciality. The Distinguished Speakers in Management Science to date are:

  • Professor Edward H. Kaplan (2013)
    William N. and Marie. A Beach Professor of Management Sciences
    Yale University
  • Professor Donald Goldfarb (2012)
    Alexander and Hermine Avanessians Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
    Columbia University
  • Professor Uriel Rothblum (2011)
    The Alexander Goldberg Chair in Management Science
    Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
  • Professor Yinyu Ye (2010)
    Professor of Management Science and Engineering
    Stanford University
  • Professor James Orlin (2009)
    The Edward Pennell Brooks Professor of Operations Research
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology  


The teaching programme of the Group consists of:

MSc in Management Science
  • Operational Research stream
    This stream typically recruits students who have achieved good results in first degrees with a strong quantitative component. The core of the programme consists of an introduction to the approach and the main classical techniques of operational research; students can also choose from a range of options taking particular methods to a more advanced level.
  • Decision Sciences stream
    This stream is the newest of the Group's programmes. It has a 'core plus options' structure similar to that of the Operational Research stream, but in this case the core consists of an introduction to the model-based methods developed with operational research for structuring problems for which subjective information is indispensable.

Both streams have a choice between (1) an MSc dissertation or (2) a summer project which normally involves a placement with an outside organisation. Further information on the MSc in Management Science|.

PhD in Management (Management Science track)

The Group also has a small number of full-time research students, pursuing research within the interests of the members of the academic staff. Further information on the PhD in Management (Management Science track)|

Group academic staff
Academic drawing on whiteboard
Group Seminar Series
Research seminar
Mathematical Programming Seminar Series
Research seminar
Research student studying
Books and publications