Project in Operations Research & Analytics

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Gregory Sorkin


This course is available on the MSc in Operations Research & Analytics. This course is not available as an outside option.

Cannot be taken with MA426 Dissertation in Operations Research & Analytics.

Course content

The student will carry out and report upon a substantial practical piece of work in Operational Research and Analytics. The project is typically a consulting-like placement with an industry, government, or non-profit partner. The project is normally provided by the course team, but may be suggested by the student, subject to approval by the MA425 convenor.


Teaching for this course is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars totalling a minimum of 16.5 hours across Michaelmas Term and Lent Term. This year, some or all of this teaching will be delivered through a combination of recorded lecture videos and online seminars.

Formative coursework

Each student will be assigned an LSE project supervisor who will monitor their progress on a continuing basis and give tutorial advice as required.

Indicative reading

Detailed suggestions for reading will be provided in the course of supervision.


Project (100%).

Assessment is based on the project report, additionally taking note of client feedback.

The student is expected to work on this full time from early June to end of August. The report is due on or about 31st August.


Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Mathematics

Total students 2020/21: 31

Average class size 2020/21: 31

Controlled access 2020/21: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills