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MSc Management Science (Operational Research) MSc Management Science (Decision Sciences)

About the MSc programme

The MSc Management Science is a one-year programme providing students with both the knowledge and experience needed to apply management science techniques and methods at the highest decision-making levels in organisations.

The programme builds on the experience of a range of internationally renowned researchers, authors and teachers who have a proven track record in developing pioneering methods for influencing the decisions that matter in organisations.

The degree has two streams:

Operational Research (OR) stream: this stream is oriented to finding solutions to problems experienced by organisations in the way they operate. Aspects of an organisation's environment are modelled using a variety of well-defined models, which reveal solutions that would otherwise have been difficult to discover. That describes the 'harder' side of OR. The 'softer' side is concerned with messy, complex issues faced by organisations, which can benefit from problem structuring approaches that enable the stakeholders to diagnose and resolve their issues.

Decision Sciences (DS) stream: the focus in this stream is on helping decision-makers to think more clearly about complex issues in their organisations, and on achieving committed alignment of key players. Mathematical models are used to help create alignment, but always within a carefully designed social process.

Both streams provide a thorough grounding in fundamental concepts and methods of management science and will enable students to gain the skills to pursue higher degrees, or careers in commerce, industry or government in any country.

Programme details

Key features of both the Operational Research and the Decision Sciences streams include:

  • statistical and other techniques for gaining insights from data
  • the construction of decision-making models using a wide variety of management science techniques
  • the opportunity to take specific topics to an advanced level corresponding to the leading edge of research
  • the application of what has been learned in a three-month project for a real client in the real world

Operational Research stream

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

Students will be expected to choose three courses to the value of one and a half units from a range of options.

Decision Sciences stream

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)  

Students will be expected to choose three courses to the value of one and a half units from a range of options.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Management Science in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Graduate destinations

Upon graduation, MSc Management Science students will be prepared to enter positions in consultancies, financial institutions, government departments, software houses and other major organisations. They will also have the skills to start their own enterprises if they choose to do so. Over time, students should be able to reach senior management positions in all types of organisations.



Application code: N2U1 (OR), N2U3 (DS) (check availability)

Start date: 22 September 2016

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Intake/Applications in 2014: 

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in a relevant discipline, including first year university mathematics and statistics course. Appropriate work experience also considered (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: Submitting a GRE/GMAT score is encouraged

Fee level: £20,736

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions