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MScStatistics and Operational Research

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £14,500 per year
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Businesses, organisations, and individuals all strive to work as effectively as possible. Operational research uses advanced statistical and analytical methods to help improve the complex decision-making processes to deliver a product or service. Working in this field, you might be identifying future needs for a business, evaluating the time-life value of a customer, or carrying out computer simulations for airlines.

Our MSc Statistics and Operational Research will appeal if your first degree included mathematics as its major subject, and we expect you to have prior knowledge of statistics – for example significance testing or basic statistical distributions – and operational research such as linear programming.

You specialise in areas including:

- Continuous and discrete optimisation
- Time series econometrics
- Heuristic computation
- Experimental design
- Machine learning
- Linear models

Our interdisciplinary research recognises that mathematics, including what can be very abstract mathematics, is an essential part of research in many other disciplines.

Our Department of Mathematical Sciences has an international reputation in many areas including semi-group theory, optimisation, probability, applied statistics, bioinformatics and mathematical biology.

Programme structure

Year 1

Nonlinear Programming
Combinatorial Optimisation
Modelling Experimental Data (optional)
Statistical Methods (optional)
Stochastic Processes (optional)
Applied Statistics (optional)
Bayesian Computational Statistics
Research Methods
Ordinary Differential Equations (optional)
Graph Theory (optional)
Partial Differential Equations (optional)
Portfolio Management (optional)
Machine Learning and Data Mining (optional)
Evolutionary Computation and Genetic Programming (optional)
Time Series Econometrics (optional)
Panel Data Methods (optional)
Applications of Data Analysis (optional)
Mathematical Research Techniques Using Matlab (optional)

Career opportunities

Our MSc Statistics and Operational Research will equip you with employability skills like problem solving, analytical reasoning, data analysis, and mathematical modelling, as well as training you in independent work, presentation and writing skills.

Your exposure to current active research areas, such as decomposition algorithms on our module, Combinatorial Optimisation, prepares you for further study at doctoral level. Graduates of this course now hold key positions in government, business and academia.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States