What will I learn?

Programme description

This programme will show you how to use mathematical techniques to tackle real-life problems ranging from scheduling flights and routing mobile phone calls, over optimising power systems and logistic networks, to managing investments and minimising risks.

Operational Research (OR) is an important skill that is in high demand.

The MSc in Operational Research with Data Science is a new, forward-looking programme that delivers high-quality training in operational research, optimization and statistics.

You will have strong technical skills in these areas and the ability to apply them using appropriate software.

Career opportunities

You will gain the transferable skills required to pursue careers in a data-rich operational research environment and will be in an ideal position to apply for work in a wide range of institutions in the public and private sector.

The degree is also excellent preparation for further study in operational research, optimization or data science.

Recent graduates have joined: British Airways; Edinburgh Airport; the Government OR Service; RBS; Ernst & Young; smaller specialised OR, finance, and energy companies.

Which department am I in?

School of Mathematics

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£25,100.00 (US$ 33,466) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

The University of Edinburgh

Student Recruitment and Admissions,

33 Buccleuch Place,

EDINBURGH,

EDINBURGH, CITY OF,

EH8 9JS, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

You should have an undergraduate degree from a recognised university or college with a minimum 3.25 GPA. Graduate entry to Medicine and Veterinary Medicine - For entry to most postgraduate taught or research degrees, the minimum requirement for students from the USA is an undergraduate degree from a recognised university or college with a minimum 3.25 GPA. Applications for graduate entry to the MBChB will be considered for the programme with: Pass in a 4-year undergraduate degree with a science major and a GPA of 3.4 or better, plus an overall MCAT score of 508 to include a minimum of: Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems - 128 ; Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behaviour - 126 ; Chemistry and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems - 128; Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills - 126. Applicants must also take the UCAT. Veterinary Medicine: a minimum of at least two years of a pre-veterinary or science course at College; a minimum of one year (two semesters or three terms) in Chemistry; additional courses in Biology, Physics and/or Mathematics; a minimum grade point average of 3.4, with more than 3.0 in science courses which have been completed. Please refer the university website for details of the English Language requirements for entry to individual postgraduate degree programmes.

For international students

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in a numerate discipline such as mathematics, engineering, computer science, physical or biological sciences, economics or business. You must also have studied probability and statistical theory at university level. You can increase your chances of a successful application by exceeding the minimum programme requirements. IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component. TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each section.We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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