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Master's Excellence ScholarshipsMinimum of £3,000 in tuition fee discounts available.

Operational Research and Applied Statistics (MSc)

1 year (full-time) / 2-3 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Our innovative MSc programme will equip you with the necessary analytical skills, methods and ways of thinking to tackle and analyse complex organisational problems, help make better decisions, and to become confident statistical analysts.

This is ideal training and experience for those looking for career opportunities in areas such as Operational Research, management science, statistics, management consultancy, business analytics, supply chain management, government operational research/statistics.

Special Features

Course Description

You will study a variety of problem-solving techniques, allowing you to build and use mathematical and statistical models, alongside skills to develop your abilities to communicate effectively to others. This programme will prepare you with essential techniques in Operational Research and Applied Statistics, and allow you to then select from optional courses in topics such as supply chain modelling, healthcare, financial modelling, and Statistics and Operational Research for Government (delivered with input from the Office for National Statistics and Welsh Assembly Government).

Our programmes give you the opportunity for you to put the theory into practice, through case studies and project work in the ‘real-world’. An important feature of the MSc is the project dissertation, allowing you to work with an external company.

Course Structure

We have designed and structured our programmes with both full and part-time students in mind.

Full-time students will complete the programme in 12 months, which includes a 3 month period working with a company on a real problem of importance to that company.

Part-time students will typically only need to be in the University for lectures and workshops for the equivalent of one day per week over 24 weeks each year. You will usually complete the taught component of the programme over two years with up to a further year to complete the project dissertation.

Available Modules

The modules available in 2015/16 as part of the MSc programme include:

  • Operational Research Methods
  • Statistical Methods
  • Communication and Research Skills
  • Computational Methods
  • Time Series and Forecasting
  • Supply Chain Modelling
  • Statistics and Operational Research for Government
  • Advanced Use of Statistical Packages
  • Healthcare Modelling
  • Business and Risk Strategy
  • Financial Maths and Actuarial Risk
  • Credit Risk Scoring

Student Views

'Taking part in the MSc programme has given me the skills and confidence to look at any problem from an analytical perspective.'

Leigh Perryman, MSc Operational Research and Applied Statistics, part-time

Read Leigh's full profile

Taking part in the MSc programme has given me the skills and confidence to look at any problem from an analytical perspective and then utilise the many techniques that have been learnt to formulate a model, helping solve problems quickly and efficiently. I now use these skills on a day-to-day basis to help my employer reduce costs and analyse the best way forward in capital expenditure programmes.

The course gives a firm grounding in the basics of statistics and operational research methods building up to more complex concepts such as Queuing Theory and Simulation. The course is extremely rewarding, teaching many skills that can be taken into any number of job disciplines.

Career Prospects

Cardiff School of Mathematics has well established and strong links with many employers of Operational Researchers and Applied Statisticians, who regularly offer projects and/or recruit our students.


The School has a number of scholarships on offer for full-time UK/EU students which will pay up to the full course fee. If you wish to be considered, we recommend that you apply early.

Entry Requirements

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £7,750 £18,250
Part-time £3,875* £12,250**
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.
Notes * part-time students pay a further £1,200 for the dissertation (subject to the same annual increase as outlined above)
** For part-time International students, the fee is payable only in Years 1 and 2.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Mrs Joanna Emery  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0851  



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Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.


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