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This programme will show you how to use mathematical techniques to tackle real-life problems ranging from scheduling flights, handling large data sets to managing investments and minimizing risks. Read more

Programme description

This programme will show you how to use mathematical techniques to tackle real-life problems ranging from scheduling flights, handling large data sets to managing investments and minimizing risks. The skills of Operational Research (OR) and Data Science are 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. Students will have strong technical skills in these areas and the ability to apply them using appropriate software.

This MSc programme delivers:

technical skills in operational research, optimization and statistics
practical skills in programming and modelling for a wide range of applications
communications skills in writing and audio-visual presentation

Programme structure

You need to obtain a total of 180 credits to be awarded the MSc. All students take courses during semester 1 and 2 to the value of 120 credits, of which compulsory course units comprise 50 credits. Successful performance in these courses (assessed through coursework or examinations or both) permits you to start work on a three-month dissertation project (60 credits) for the award of the MSc degree.

Compulsory courses (50 credits):

Fundamentals of Optimization
Fundamentals of Operational Research
Methodology, Modelling and Consulting Skills
Computing for Operational Research and Finance
Statistical Regression Models

Themed courses (50-70 credits):

Simulation
Machine Learning & Pattern Recognition
Bioinformatics 1
Stochastic Modelling
Credit Scoring
Large Scale Optimization for Data Science
Modern Optimization Methods for Big Data Problems
Optimization Methods in Finance
Combinatorial Optimization
Time Series Analysis and Forecasting
Advanced Computing for Operational Research
Operational Research in Telecommunications
Biomedical Data Science
The Analysis of Survival Data
Likelihood and Generalized Linear Models
Probabilistic Modelling and Reasoning

Optional courses (0-20 credits) chosen from postgraduate courses in the following areas:

Finance
Industry
Optimization
Statistics
Data Science

Learning outcomes

At the end of this programme you will have:

flexible problem-solving skills based on deep knowledge of operational research, optimization, data analysis techniques and the ability to apply them using appropriate software
transferable skills to maximize their prospects for future employment, including writing, oral presentation, team-working, numerical and logical problem-solving, planning and time-management

Career opportunities

Graduates 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.

Industry-based dissertation projects

The dissertation projects of approximately half the students on this programme take place in public and private sector organisations. Other students choose a University-based project.

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Columbia University’s Master of Science in Enterprise Risk Management prepares risk professionals to design and implement ERM programs that enhance all decision-making processes, ranging from strategic decisions to traditional mitigation decisions. Read more
Columbia University’s Master of Science in Enterprise Risk Management prepares risk professionals to design and implement ERM programs that enhance all decision-making processes, ranging from strategic decisions to traditional mitigation decisions. It also provides a robust toolkit of advanced risk management capabilities and competencies that can be applied to enhance value at both the enterprise level and at the traditional silo risk management level. Multiple courses on business communication and interaction provide the skills required to gain the stakeholder buy-in critical for successful adoption of ERM techniques. The core coursework provides insights on how to utilize these ERM and risk management tools and techniques across a variety of formalized risk management frameworks commonly in use.

Gain Multifaceted and Practical ERM Knowledge

The program has five distinct features critical for ERM:
A focus on all aspects of ERM. Our curriculum spans all aspects of ERM, including ERM framework, risk governance, risk identification, risk quantification, risk decision-making, and risk messaging.
A focus on all risk sources. We address all sources of risk including strategic (e.g. strategy execution risk, competitor risk, etc.); operational (HR, cyber-security, etc.); financial (market risk, credit risk, etc.); and insurance risk (e.g. pricing risk).
A customizable course of study. Recognizing that ERM is a broad field with various roles, we offer flexible course options for you to select a deeper dive into the content most suited to your needs.
A balance of skills. You will supplement technical ERM skills with business communication skills required to effectively navigate the ERM landscape and gain buy-in from key internal and external stakeholders.
A practical approach. Develop practical ERM tools and techniques that have been tested and proven in the marketplace by our faculty, who are globally recognized ERM leaders.
For more information on the curriculum you can see the website: http://sps.columbia.edu/enterprise-risk-management/master-of-science-in-enterprise-risk-management/curriculum

Funding and Financial Resources

We want to make sure that the cost of your continuing education and professional studies do not stand in the way of your goals.
Most students at the School of Professional Studies use a combination of savings, scholarships, loans, outside grants, sponsors, or employer tuition benefits to cover the cost of attendance. However you choose to finance your education, consider it an investment in your future, and know that we, in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Planning, are here to help and advise you along the way.

For more information on funding available please visit the website: http://sps.columbia.edu/enterprise-risk-management/master-of-science-in-enterprise-risk-management/tuition-and-financing/financial-resources

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Our triple accredited Masters course in International Banking, Finance and Risk Management programme will provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of domestic and international bank operations, financial risk management, and investment banking, as well as the practical skills in financial and analytical techniques and their use in banking. Read more
Our triple accredited Masters course in International Banking, Finance and Risk Management programme will provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of domestic and international bank operations, financial risk management, and investment banking, as well as the practical skills in financial and analytical techniques and their use in banking.

Accredited by Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Institute of Operational Risk (IOR) and combining the latest academic thinking with a focus on current industry practice, we ensure our graduates are well-equipped to take advantage of employment opportunities worldwide. We work closely with leading financial services organisations to ensure our programme reflects current issues in the international financial market.

Our diverse teaching team has academic, industry and research experience across a wide range of disciplines in the public, private and voluntary sectors. You will also benefit from our well-established links with the financial services industry, who contribute to the programme through guest lectures, masterclasses and live case studies.

Our programme is designed to enhance career prospects for both graduates pursuing a career in banking and finance and practitioners currently in the industry who wish to increase their knowledge and expertise.

This course also has starts in JANUARY 2017 and JANUARY 2018 - please see their respective web-pages for more info:
Jan 2017 - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P02575-1FTAB-1617/International_Banking,_Finance_and_Risk_Management_(Jan)?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Jan 2018 - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/study/courses/details/index.php/P02575-1FTAB-1718/International_Banking,_Finance_and_Risk_Management?utm_source=YYYY&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

[Professional Accreditations]]
CISI Centre of Excellence - GCU has been recognised as a Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) Centre of Excellence in finance teaching. It is the first specialising in financial services, operations and risk.

Institute of Operational Risk - Through our accreditation from the Institute of Operational Risk, you have access to a widely recognised professional institute, best practices, knowledge sharing centre and events.

Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) - As an accredited programme, graduates of our MSc International Banking Finance and Risk Management programme may accrue up to 60 non-specific credits at Advanced Diploma level in either the Insurance or Financial Services qualifications framework of the CII.

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A challenging and dynamic sector, the financial services industry requires graduates who can manage across an array of main bank operations, as well as understanding global finance, risk management and ethical decision making – issues essential to modern financial services companies. Read more
A challenging and dynamic sector, the financial services industry requires graduates who can manage across an array of main bank operations, as well as understanding global finance, risk management and ethical decision making – issues essential to modern financial services companies.

Our triple-accredited MSc International Banking, Finance and Risk Management programme offers exposure to a broad range of contemporary banking subjects such as: banking, finance, bank operations, and banking risk management, financial regulations and securities and their use in the banking firm, as well as the practical application of financial and analytical techniques so that our students are well-equipped to take advantage of employment opportunities worldwide.

This course has several available start dates and study methods - for more information, see the website:
SEPTEMBER 2017 (Part Time) - http://www.gculondon.ac.uk/study/coursedetails/index.php/P02625-1PTL-1718/International_Banking,_Finance_and_Risk_Management_(Part-time)?utm_source=GCUL&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2017 (Full Time) - http://www.gculondon.ac.uk/study/coursedetails/index.php/P02578-1FTLB-1617/International_Banking,_Finance_and_Risk_Management_(Jan)?utm_source=GCUL&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2017 (Part Time) - http://www.gculondon.ac.uk/study/coursedetails/index.php/P02625-1PTLB-1617/International_Banking,_Finance_and_Risk_Management_(Jan_-_PT)?utm_source=GCUL&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Full Time) - http://www.gculondon.ac.uk/study/coursedetails/index.php/P02578-1FTLB-1718/International_Banking,_Finance_and_Risk_Management?utm_source=GCUL&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Part Time) - http://www.gculondon.ac.uk/study/coursedetails/index.php/P02625-1PTLB-1718/International_Banking,_Finance_and_Risk_Management_(Part-time)?utm_source=GCUL&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Programme Description

We work closely with leading financial services organisations to ensure our programme reflects current issues in the international financial market.

Our programme provides you with a comprehensive knowledge of domestic and international bank operations, financial risk management, and investment banking, as well as the practical skills in financial and analytical techniques and their use in banking. By combining the latest academic thinking with a focus on current industry practice, we ensure our graduates are well-equipped to take advantage of employment opportunities worldwide.

Our diverse teaching team has academic, industry and research experience across a wide range of disciplines in the public, private and voluntary sectors. You will also benefit from our well-established links with the financial services industry, who contribute to the programme through guest lectures, masterclasses and live case studies.

Our programme is designed to enhance career prospects for both graduates pursuing a career in banking and finance and practitioners currently in the industry who wish to increase their knowledge and expertise.

Professional Accreditations

CISI Centre of Excellence
GCU has been recognised as a Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) Centre of Excellence in finance teaching. It is the first specialising in financial services, operations and risk.

Institute of Operational Risk
Through our accreditation from the Institute of Operational Risk, you have access to a widely recognised professional institute, best practices, knowledge sharing centre and events.

Programme Leader

Dr Madhu Acharyya teaches several risk management modules including enterprise risk and modelling, global risk management, managing strategic and operational risk, and insurance and risk management at the post graduate level.

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This programme is an ideal opportunity to provide yourself with the analytic skill set necessary for success in finance and business. Read more
This programme is an ideal opportunity to provide yourself with the analytic skill set necessary for success in finance and business. From day one you will find yourself working with multinational organisations on case studies to develop your abilities in applied analytics and finance. Opportunities for summer projects in a wide range of industries are an integral part of the programme.

Full time study: This one year masters programme is suitable for numerate graduates. The MSc programme lasts for twelve months.

Part-time study: This scheme is suitable for numerate students who are qualified to enter the one year full time scheme but wish to study on a part time basis. Project work takes the special circumstances of a particular student into account.

The aim of the programme is to provide you with all the data analytics and optimisation skills required for a successful career in finance and other business organisations, therefore a wide spectrum of techniques and approaches are covered. For this reason staff from both the Mathematical Sciences and the Southampton Management School are involved with teaching on the MSc programme.

Programme objectives are:
-to give you a thorough knowledge of the mathematical, financial, computational and communication skills needed for the practical application of Operational Research and finance
-to give you a broad appreciation of related disciplines important in Operational Research
-to illustrate the use of Operational Research and finance tools in a wide range of applications. This part of the programme is not just descriptive since much of the application of Operational Research is best learned by active involvement. The 3-month summer project and computer workshops are designed with this in mind. In addition, seminars provide a forum for the discussion of practical Operational Research issues
-to introduce you to research methods and current issues in Operational Research and finance

Introducing your course

The MSc in Operational Research and Finance at the University of Southampton will equip you with skills in revenue management, credit scoring, and financial risk management that are highly sought by employers, and this degree will give you a deep understanding of applied analytics and financial modelling that is applicable across the financial institutions.
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.

What is Operational Research and Finance?

Operational Research is the application of scientific methods to the study of complex organisational problems. In this degree course, there is an emphasis on complementary financial studies. Even within the same organisation Operational Research and Finance tends to be highly varied because of its project-driven nature. This breadth of experience offers an exciting and rewarding career in many financial organisations, enabling many Operational Research workers to progress to a career in general management. Moreover the nature of the work brings an Operations Research and Finance graduate into early contact with senior management, and career advancement is typically rapid.

Why do an MSc?

An MSc is generally accepted as being highly desirable for starting and developing a career in OR and financial modelling. The MSc is also a good preparation for research work.

A highlight of the programme is the 3-month summer project (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/cormsis/mscsummerproject/index.page). The student is usually placed with a nearby company and works on a real problem of practical importance to that company.

Environment

The Operational Research Group in Mathematics is a strong committed team of 11 lecturing staff and a number of research staff. The Group teaches a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as undertaking consultancy work for outside organisations. Many of the staff are internationally known in their fields of research.

CORMSIS Business Advisory Board

This Committee is a good indicator of the high regard in which the Southampton MSc programmes involving Operational Research are held by outside organisations. Its purpose is to ensure that the MSc programmes produce graduates with the requisite skills for the needs of industry. It also provides a focal point for liaison between the Operational Research Group and industry. You have the chance to meet the Committee several times during the year. Major companies including Shell, British Airways, BAA, BT, The AA, Dstl and HM Revenue & Customs are represented on the Committee.

Programme Structure

The full-time MSc programme is completed over a 12-month period. There are two semesters of taught material, lasting for just over 8 months, which account for 120 credit points (Diploma level). The MSc programme is completed subject to achievement of progression requirements with a project lasting over 3 months.

Compulsory modules: Corporate finance; Deterministic OR methods; Presenting reports; Spreadsheet and database modelling; Statistical methods; Stochastic OR methods; Visual basic for applications

Optional modules: Constraint satisfaction; Consultancy skills; Credit scoring and data mining; Economics; Financial portfolio theory; Financial risk management; Forecasting; Game theory; Project management; Trends in IT.

Learning & Assessment

The programme is taught through a mixture of lectures, computer workshops, case studies and project work. Assessment is made using examinations, presentations, coursework assignments and a final dissertation.

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This programme will show you how to use mathematical techniques to tackle real-life problems ranging from scheduling flights and routing mobile phone calls to managing investments and minimising risks. Read more

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 to managing investments and minimising risks. Operational Research (OR) is an important skill that is in high demand.

This MSc will give an Operational Research perspective on risk and its management.

Programme structure

This programme involves two taught semesters of compulsory and option courses followed by your dissertation project.

Compulsory courses:

Computing for OR and Finance
Fundamentals of Optimization
Fundamentals of OR
Methodology, Modelling and Consulting Skills
Probability and Statistics
Simulation
Stochastic Modelling

Option courses are generally grouped into the following areas:

Finance
Industry
Optimization
Statistics

As part of your option course choices Operational Research with Risk requires you to study a combination from:

Credit Scoring
Financial Risk Management
Stochastic Optimization
The Analysis of Survival Data
Statistical Modelling
Risk Analysis

Career opportunities

The skills you will learn are in demand by a vast range of high-profile organisations including consultancy firms, companies with operational research departments such as airlines or telecommunications providers, financial firms and the public sector.

Recent graduates have joined British Airways, the Government OR Service, Barclays, Deloitte, Capgemini and smaller specialised OR, finance and energy companies.

Industry-based dissertation projects

The dissertation projects of approximately half the students on this programme take place in public and private sector organisations. Other students choose a University-based project.

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This MSc programme, which has been designed in conjunction with leading risk professionals, aims to meet the growing demand for professionals who are highly skilled in quantitative risk management. Read more
This MSc programme, which has been designed in conjunction with leading risk professionals, aims to meet the growing demand for professionals who are highly skilled in quantitative risk management. Students gain core competencies in risk analysis and have the opportunity to tailor the programme to their own interests and needs through the wide variety of options available.

Degree information

Students will be educated to an advanced level in programming and computing and will gain mathematical, statistical and computational modelling skills. They will have a clear appreciation of different types of risk within the industry, and of the managerial and psychological issues related to risk control.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four options (60 credits) and the research dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma will be offered to the students that have completed 8 taught modules (120 UCL credits). A Postgraduate Certificate will be offered to the students that have completed 4 taught modules (60 UCL credits).

Core modules
-Financial Data and Statistics
-Market Risk, Measures and Portfolio Theory
-Financial Engineering
-Stochastic Processes for Finance

Optional modules - four modules must be chosen from the following list:
-Applied Computational Finance
-Asset Pricing in Continuous Time
-Equities, Foreign Exchange and Commodities Modelling
-Financial Institutions and Markets
-Forecasting
-Networks and Systemic Risk
-Numerical Analysis for Finance
-Operational Risk Measurement for Financial Institutions
-Quantitative Modelling of Operational Risk and Insurance Analytics
-Market Microstructure
-Compliance, Risk and Regulation

Dissertation/report
Students undertake modelling, research and data analysis which takes place over the summer placement. This forms the basis of the 10,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and project work. Modules are assessed by written papers and/or coursework. The research project is assessed by a written report and (optional) oral examination.

Placement
Students undertake a summer work placement in an industry environment organised by the department.

Careers

Many students have gone on to careers in financial services in the City of London or in their home countries; a number of graduates have proceeded to PhD-level study.

Employability
Students acquire mathematical, statistical and computational skills which are highly sought after by the financial industry to assess, quantify, model, simulate and edge risk.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Bank of England (BoE), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the financial services industry place great emphasis on raising the level of quantitative analytics used in risk management and compliance. UCL, in collaboration with the BoE/FCA, aims to set a new benchmark in this area, based on training students to become risk professionals who are good scientists in the area of risk management.

UCL Computer Science is recognised as a world leader in teaching and research. Our Master's programmes have some of the highest employment rates and starting salaries, with graduates entering a wide variety of industries.

We take an experimental approach to our subject, enjoy the challenge and opportunity of entrepreneurial partnerships and place a high value on our extensive range of industrial collaborations.

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Safety and risk management education benefits managers and leaders across any organisation. This course is designed for managers, professionals and senior leaders who are required to understand and apply safety and risk management principles. Read more

Why this course?

Safety and risk management education benefits managers and leaders across any organisation.

This course is designed for managers, professionals and senior leaders who are required to understand and apply safety and risk management principles. This might be in daily decisions, as part of a strategic overview or as a requirement of continuing professional development (CPD).

The course is a flexible, tailored programme. It can be customised to individuals and their organisations, all with the support of a personal tutor providing the appropriate level of guidance and feedback.

This course is available by distance learning only. If you have full-time work commitments, part-time distance learning study enables you to participate in your own time from any location and achieve a valuable qualification of benefit to both you and your organisation.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/safetyriskmanagementleadership/

Key benefits of the course

- You'll gain a solid understanding of leading, managing and ensuring effective implementation of safety and risk management systems in industry.
- The course gives managers, professionals and leaders a flexible learning pathway. Modules are designed to deliver current, relevant and applied safety and risk management training and education. These meet the needs of CPD criteria.
- We can tailor the programme to satisfy your individual, organisational and continuing professional development needs.

You’ll study

The Safety & Risk Management Leadership programme offers two study options.

- Postgraduate Certificate
This course runs over one full academic session. You're required to successfully complete 12 modules.

- Non-graduating course
This allows you to complete individual modules for University credit which may be useful for those looking for career development or building a CPD portfolio. You can undertake one or more modules over the course of the academic session and pay your fees per module.

Entry requirements

This programme is designed for people who already have a suitable combination of academic ability and work experience.

Admission to the programme is determined by both academic and work experience criteria.

Applicants holding a recognised University degree or equivalent qualification will be eligible to join the Safety and Risk Management Leadership Programme at Postgraduate Certificate level. Applicants who don't have the relevant qualifications will be assessed for admission on the basis of their portfolio of courses undertaken, accreditation of prior learning and relevant work experience.

Further information is available on request.

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Safety and Risk Management Leadership may then consider entry to the Postgraduate Diploma in Safety and Risk Management followed by the MSc.

Learning & teaching

This course is by distance learning only, delivered online via the University's Virtual Learning Environment, Myplace. Each student will be assigned a personal tutor, who will provide you with an appropriate level of guidance, assessment and feedback.

Assessment

Assessment is based on continuous assessment of written assignment - there's no examinations.

Careers

Job titles of students who completed the course include:
- Head of Planning & Performance Management
- Vice President Safety & Operational Risk
- Business Manager Risk
- Crisis & Continuity Manager
- Head of Communications Development
- Operational Risk Analyst
- Cargo Assurance Specialist
- Lead Project Engineer

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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Gain the technical and business skills required to be an effective risk practitioner. Through a mixture of study and practical activities, which include real-world consultancy, you develop an understanding of how theory underpins applications in a developing sector. Read more
Gain the technical and business skills required to be an effective risk practitioner. Through a mixture of study and practical activities, which include real-world consultancy, you develop an understanding of how theory underpins applications in a developing sector.

This course develops a distinctive blend of technical and business skills enabling you to become a risk practitioner operating effectively in the public and private sectors.

The course enables you to gain the skills and knowledge required by practitioners who cover business strategy, managing change, operations, quantitative modelling and information systems to maximise business benefits. There is the opportunity to use these skills by taking part in consultancy projects with employers while studying on this course. The course also develops your understanding of the theoretical concepts that underpin the approaches and their application in the real world.

You choose to specialise as either an operational risk specialist or as an information systems risk manager. The content of the course gives you a solid understanding of the different specialist routes.

You use specialist risk software to model risk scenarios. Modelling risks using computer based applications are vital in today's corporate environment. The modules are designed to include real case studies and industry examples, the modelling work will focus on past risk scenarios. All these experiences will enhance your employability.

This course is for:
-Recent graduates in business, management, accounting, law, economics, finance, IT and computing and the natural sciences, wishing to increase their knowledge and skills before starting a career as a risk practitioner, operational risk specialist or information systems risk manager.
-Those already employed in the field who wish to strengthen their career prospects.
-It is also suitable for international students as English is the international language of risk management of systems and financial risk management.

You study:
-Enterprise systems risk management.
-Total risk management.
-Financial risk management.
-Electronic crime.
-Corporate governance and ethics.
-Consultancy project.
-International management competencies.

We give you a broad foundation for more specialised career advancement in insurance, and risk management in banks and other corporates. Opportunities for PhD research are available for those interested in a career in academia.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-risk-management

Course structure

Full time – 1 year
Starts September

Semester One – Postgraduate Certificate
-Enterprise systems risk management
-Methods of enquiry: research and consultancy in finance
-Financial risk management
-Total risk management

Semester Two – Postgraduate Diploma
-Consultancy project
-Corporate governance and ethics
-Electronic crime
-International management competencies

Semester Three – MA
-Research methods
-Dissertation

Assessment: coursework, examinations, dissertation.

Other admission requirements

If you do not meet the above criteria you can apply for the Graduate Diploma in Business and English. After passing this diploma we automatically offer you a place on one of our business-related masters degrees. Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. A TOEFL test minimum mark, paper-based 550, computer-based 213, internet-based 79 or an IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills, is the standard for non-native speakers of English.

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Developed in response to the global attention to risk and insurance – particularly from a technological and political view, our MSc Insurance Risk Management course focuses on the relationship between the two disciplines, ensuring you graduate ready to become a leading force in any organisation. Read more
Developed in response to the global attention to risk and insurance – particularly from a technological and political view, our MSc Insurance Risk Management course focuses on the relationship between the two disciplines, ensuring you graduate ready to become a leading force in any organisation.

There is an increased demand for directors, risk managers and consultants qualified at postgraduate level, to help appreciate the increasing demand for organisations to implement effective risk reporting systems. With this in mind, our course is designed to enhance your skills and train you to become a qualified, assured director.

What's covered in the course?

This is a part-time course delivered online, with material developed for you to explore and apply the techniques of risk management to the world of insurance.

The course is aligned to the Certificate and Advanced Diploma in Insurance of the Chartered Insurance Institute, which grants students significant exemptions from the Advanced Diploma from the CII. It is also aligned with the International Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management from the Institute of Risk Management.

You’ll be encouraged to share your work experiences and to evaluate real-life case studies, both of which will bring real-life experiences to your studies.

Why Choose Us?

-Earn and learn at the same time
-The course has a strategic focus rather than operational
-You will be taught by an established team with over 20 years’ experience of delivering risk based courses.
-The Centre prides itself on its extremely high pass rates.
-We get to know our students as individuals and support their specific needs, or can signpost them to other areas of the University that can provide additional, complimentary support.
-Our course is delivered with flexible distance learning, so you can fit your studies alongside work and personal commitments.
-We use real live international case studies to facilitate learning and bridge the gap between theory and practice.
-Exceptional value for money

Distance Learning

This course is offered as a distance learning option, enabling you to study at a time that suits you. Delivery of course materials is done through our e-learning platform, Moodle. Supporting materials are made available via email.

If you’re an international student, you can sit your examinations at your British council offices for a fee payable locally of around £100 per examination.We encourage your communication and confidence with active learning methods, such as group work, seminars, debates and quizzes.

You will have in-depth look at risk management and insurance concepts, combining risk and insurance to provide an effective understanding of how both in strategic management and organisation management, as well as a wide range of internal audit techniques. These topics will help you become ingrained in successful audit and business management.

Employability

All assignments are grounded in real working organisations, allowing you to apply your knowledge into a real working environment. The majority of students enrolling on this course will already be in employment, although not necessarily in the area of insurance risk management.

You will be encouraged to use your own organisations in the consideration of topic areas thus increasing their profile within that organisation.

Should this prove difficult the team has a strong track record of working with individual students to provide either case studies and / or internships which can also be utilised.

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Learn how to overcome the major challenges facing industry, business and the public sector today, and influence the decision-making processes of the future. Read more
Learn how to overcome the major challenges facing industry, business and the public sector today, and influence the decision-making processes of the future. This course gives you the cutting edge analytical approaches, methodologies and tools you need to confidently tackle problems and improve outcomes.

It allows you to specialize in a diverse range of areas including:
-Consulting skills
-Big data and web analytics
-Information systems concepts and tools
-Decision behaviour and psychology of decision making
-Financial modelling
-Operations management and process change and improvement approaches
-Project management
-Supply chain management, logistics and procurement
-Traditional operational research and applied mathematics and statistics

The aim of the course is to give students a solid quantitative foundation alongside practical problem-solving techniques. Much of your learning involves real-life scenarios using case studies, individual and team consulting-based assignments, presentations and software tools. Much of the coursework takes the form of consulting-style cases, some done in small teams and including presentations.

The core of the course is formed by four analytics units covering fundamental toolkit areas of decision sciences, applied operational research and statistics. The approach is to consider application of these analytical methodologies and toolkits to common problem areas across business and management. You then chose four other units from a broad range of options, according to your interests, background and intended career directions.

Aims

The course is intended to provide management, engineering, science, mathematics, economics or similar graduates who have a solid quantitative foundation with deeper analytical skills and an understanding of how these are applied to business and management problems.

Special features

We run a core module on Data Analytics which will introduce students to SAS Enterprise. A coursework prize for this project will be sponsored by SAS.

Recent highlights included a case study run by British Airways,a presentation from SAS on the Future of Analytics and ongoing dissertation projects with Unilever and LBM.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment varies depending on course units taken. It may include a combination of course work, group project assessment and presentations, report, assignments, in-class tests and examination. The dissertation normally ranges between 12,000 and 25,000 words.

Career opportunities

There are many potential career roles for postgraduates with an understanding of analytical approaches in business and management - including job titles such as operational research analyst, systems analyst, risk analyst, financial analyst, performance analyst, business analyst, marketing analyst, business modeller, and operations, logistics, production, project, risk, quality, performance, or general manager. Employers include general and specialist consultancies, the finance, retail and manufacturing sectors, government analytics units, defence and major `solution providers' in IT systems, outsourcing and telecoms.

In many of these areas an MSc is generally accepted as highly desirable for developing an initial career in the field. In addition to preparing you for specialist professional work, the course is also a valuable preparation for further study and for research degrees.

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Operational Research (called "Operations Research" in some parts of the world) has been briefly described as the "scientific analysis of decisions". Read more

Why this course?

Operational Research (called "Operations Research" in some parts of the world) has been briefly described as the "scientific analysis of decisions". It's concerned with assisting and advising decision-makers in a wide variety of settings.

The MSc in Operational Research aims to realise the potential of graduates, so that you immediately can play an effective role in providing model-based support to managers helping them to make better decisions at an operational/technical level.

You’ll develop a rigorous academic understanding of advanced analytical methods that are used to provide structured and analytical approaches to decision-making. You’ll also develop practical skills in using operational research models to support decision-makers.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/operationalresearchdistancelearning/

You’ll study

All classes are taught using material presented via the internet. Classes are supported by faculty members who also teach on the full-time course. They will guide and support discussion via discussion forums.

The programme contains three stages. In progressing towards completion of the MSc students will undertake the following:

Postgraduate Certificate in Operational Research

This includes five compulsory classes and one elective class all of which can be completed fully online.

Compulsory classes:
1. Foundations of Operational Research & Business Analysis
2. Quantitative Business Analysis
3. Managing Business Operations
4. Spreadsheet Modelling & Demand Forecasting
5. Operational Research Methods

Elective classes:
One optional class chosen from:
1. Business Simulation Methods
2. Risk Analysis & Management
3. Decison Analysis
4. Advanced Operations Research Modeling using specialist software tools

Postgraduate Diploma in Operational Research

After completion of the Postgraduate certificate two further elective classes and one compulsory class are required to be undertaken.

Compulsory class:
1. Becoming an effective operational research modeller

Elective classes:
Two elective classes chosen from same list as for the Postgraduate Certificate.

If you wish to proceed to the Postgraduate Diploma you need to be in appropriate employment. The final decision as to what is "appropriate employment" remains with the University of Strathclyde. However, if your employment covers all of the following, you're likely to be in the correct type of post:
- solving problems owned by someone else
- ill-defined problems
- working in teams
- the opportunity to use a variety of Business Analysis techniques
- your work has an influence on the operation of your organisations

Your employment should require some analysis of business situations, in the private or public sector. Samples of your work will form the basis of reflection and learning projects, guided by a personal mentor.

MSc in Operational Research

Students who complete the Diploma and gain sufficient marks to proceed to the MSc will be expected to undertake a project. The project will be integrated with your employment. You'll have individual personal mentoring to guide you in reflection and learning.

Technical requirements

To undertake this course you need to have:
- Modern PC running Windows Vista or higher, web cam, headset with microphone
- Minimum 2Mb/sec broadband connection
- Microsoft Excel 2010 or higher

NB: Some of the course software is Windows-only and will not run under Linux or on Macintosh computers so use of a PC or PC-emulation software is essential if these operating systems are used.

Start dates

You can start the Certificate programme in October or April. The Diploma course usually runs between September and May, though there is some flexibility with this. It's followed by the project which has a flexible timetable.

Normally, a student should be able to complete the MSc programme in around two and a half years. Please contact us if you need advice about the best start date for you.

English language requirements

In addition to academic qualifications, you must also be able to show that you have a sufficient grasp of English. If English is not your first language you'll need to provide evidence of your proficiency before you can begin the course.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Careers

In the department, we have very good links with business and have hosted recruitment events for many companies including Barclay’s Wealth, British Airways, Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, Rolls Royce, Sopra and SIMUL8, to name a few.

The skills you learn in the MSc make you very marketable to potential employers. Other employers where our graduates have found work include Clydesdale Bank, HSBC, PWC, RBS, Roland Berger and the Scottish Government.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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Our MSc in Operational Research, Applied Statistics and Financial Risk aims to 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. Read more
Our MSc in Operational Research, Applied Statistics and Financial Risk aims to 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 course is ideal training for those who wish to study, in greater depth, risk models, particularly for application to financial markets but also to other sectors.

You will undertake case studies and project work which will give you the opportunity to put your skills into practice and provides valuable experience of working in the field. The dissertation project, typically undertaken with an industrial partner, will allow you to work with complex data in a creative manner and a problem-solving environment, as well as to communicate your ideas and findings effectively.

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This programme will show you how to use mathematical techniques to tackle real-life problems ranging from scheduling flights and routing mobile phone calls to managing investments and minimising risks. Read more

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 to managing investments and minimising risks. Operational Research (OR) is an important skill that is in high demand.

Our intensive programme allows you to specialise in an area that best suits your career goals. In addition to this general MSc in Operational Research, the following degrees are offered:

-Operational Research with Risk
-Operational Research with Computational Optimization

Programme structure

This programme involves two taught semesters of compulsory and option courses followed by your dissertation project.

Compulsory courses:

Computing for Operational Research and Finance
Fundamentals of Optimization
Fundamentals of Operational Research
Methodology, Modelling and Consulting Skills
Probability and Statistics
Simulation
Stochastic Modelling

Optional courses are generally grouped into the following areas:

Finance
Industry
Optimization
Statistics

Career opportunities

The skills you will learn are in demand by a vast range of high-profile organisations including consultancy firms, companies with operational research departments such as airlines or telecommunications providers, financial firms and the public sector.

Recent graduates have joined Capgemini, British Airways, Orange, Barrie & Hibbert and HM Revenue & Customs.

Industry-based dissertation projects

The dissertation projects of approximately half the students on this programme take place in public and private sector organisations. Other students choose a University-based project.

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This programme will help you develop professionally in the theory and practice of statistics and operational research (OR), providing the foundations for a successful career. Read more

Programme description

This programme will help you develop professionally in the theory and practice of statistics and operational research (OR), providing the foundations for a successful career.

This programme will prepare you for work in areas such as the medical and health industry, government, the financial sector and any other area where modern statistical tools and OR techniques are used. You will also develop the wider skills required for solving problems, working in teams and time management.

You will be able to identify appropriate statistical or operational techniques, which can be applied to practical problems, and will acquire extensive skills in modelling using the packages R for Statistics and Arena for simulation. In addition, you will acquire the ability to use high-level applications in Excel.

Programme structure

This MSc consists of lecture-based courses and practical, lab-based courses. You will be assessed by exams, written reports, programming assignments and a dissertation project.

Compulsory courses

Computing for Statistics
Fundamentals of Operational Research
Fundamentals of Optimization
Likelihood and Generalised Linear Models
Methodology, Modelling and Consulting Skills
Simulation
Statistical Regression Models
Statistical Theory
Stochastic Modelling

Option courses:

The Analysis of Survival Data
Categorical Data Analysis
Clinical Trials
Computing for Operational Research and Finance
Credit Scoring
Data Analysis
Genetic Epidemiology
Large Scale Optimization for Data Science
Machine Learning & Pattern Recognition
Multivariate Data Analysis
Nonparametric Regression
Operational Research in the Airline Industry
Operational Research in Telecommunications
Risk Analysis
Stochastic Models in Biology
Stochastic Optimization
Time Series Analysis and Forecasting

Career opportunities

This programme is ideal for students who wish to apply their statistics and operational research knowledge within a wide range of sectors including the medical and health sector, government and finance. The advanced problem-solving skills you will develop will be highly prized by many employers.

Industry-based dissertation projects

The dissertation projects of approximately half the students on this programme take place in public and private sector organisations. Other students choose a University-based project.

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