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Operational Research and Finance (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2021

About this course

MSc Operational Research and Finance will give you expert skills in revenue management, credit scoring, and financial risk management. A summer dissertation provides an opportunity to develop your research skills, often in a commercial setting. You’ll graduate with the applied analytics and financial modelling skills highly sought after by financial institutions. 

The 2020 QS subject world rankings place operational research at Southampton in the top 50.

The study of operational research is the application of scientific methods to the study of complex organisational problems. We’ll train you in key techniques, methods and approaches, and you’ll apply them to practical problems. You’ll also learn about the role of operational research in financial markets and corporate finance. 
This operational research master’s at the University of Southampton will give you in-depth knowledge of: 

  • revenue management 
  • credit scoring 
  • financial risk management 

You’ll get a specialist understanding of applied analytics and financial modelling that’s applicable across financial institutions and in financial operations. 
The summer dissertation gives you an opportunity to develop your research skills, often in a commercial setting, and our industrial liaison team will work with you to find a project that suits your skills and ambitions.  

All MSc students have the opportunity to compete for a 3-month summer project with an external organisation, which will form the basis of their dissertation. Alternatively, students have the option of working on an internal project linked to cutting-edge research led by one of our academics. 

The part-time study option for this course will not be running for the 2020/21 academic year.

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

Course lead

Your course lead, Dr Honora Smith’s lectureship was initially funded by the LANCS Initiative, the largest grant ever given to strengthen the foundations of operational research in the UK. 

After a first degree at Cambridge University combining mathematics and management studies, Honora took up employment in the fields of operational research and information, and communications technology (ICT). She’s worked in manufacturing, transport planning, the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry. 

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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