The MSc Operations Research & Analytics provides you with the skills needed to apply mathematical methods to real-world analytics problems faced by companies, governments, and other institutions.
With study in practice and theory, you will gain deep insight into analytics problems. On the practical side, you will learn how to model a range of real-world problems using optimisation, simulation, and statistics, with specialist software taught with accompanying computer lab sessions. On the theoretical side, you will learn to recognise canonical underlying mathematical problems, and how to solve them with state-of-the-art methods.
You will also have the opportunity to undertake a Project in Operations Research & Analytics, working in a consultancy role in a host organisation, where you will turn a real problem faced by the organisation into a mathematical model whose solution provides tangible benefit. Alternatively, you may choose to write a dissertation, supervised by a faculty member.
The programme is designed for students with strong quantitative backgrounds wishing to deepen and broaden their mathematical knowledge while gaining applicable skills in high demand in the marketplace.
This programme is ideal preparation for a range of careers in quantitative positions in consultancy, management, finance, government and business, anywhere in the world.
Do you want your work to involve revenue management, transport planning and scheduling in railways, shipping lines and airlines or supply chain design? Or would you rather excel in science? Do you have sound academic training in econometrics, mathematics, physics, industrial, mechanical or systems engineering? Then you should seriously consider the Operations Research and Quantitative Logistics programme.
Operations Research is a broadly applicable discipline in which advanced quantitative methods are used to help make better decisions. Quantitative Logistics studies the application of quantitative techniques to design, plan and control logistics systems. This programme trains you in both fields, while addressing real-world problems.
This specialisation focuses on areas in transport and logistics requiring strong quantitative skills. It differs from other standard logistics or supply chain management programmes in the sense that you also learn all about the methodology underlying advanced decision support systems. Giving you the edge.
With this specialisation, you can easily secure employment in sectors that are in increasing need of quantitative skills, like logistics / transport, healthcare and utilities. Records show that the analytical skills acquired in this programme will give you distinctive hiring and starting salary advantages over many other graduate programmes. Today’s need for data-driven management is fulfilled by our graduates. Examples of companies include:
Do you share our students’ sound academic training in a quantitative domain? Does the transport/logistics sector appeal to you, too? Are you ambitious and analytical just like they are? They will gladly share their thoughts on the programme with you.
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We offer a Master's in Management (Operations and Supply Management) for students from any background who would like to work in business or management. The Management (Operations and Supply Management) programme has been specifically designed with a clear focus on management in an interconnected global community. This programme in Management (Operations and Supply Management) covers core management concepts such as international marketing, operations management, global strategy, finance and international human resource management. To help you get the best from your studies, the programme also includes an academic skills module that covers issues such as research methods, presentation skills, group dynamics and employability support.
- Generalist MSc Management - for you to create your own mix of specialist modules
- Marketing - focused on the challenges of global marketing activities
- Finance – for students interested in financial aspects of management
- Human Resource Management – focused on the challenges of leadership and managing a global work force
- Entrepreneurship – for students interested in the dynamics of starting their own business
- Operations and Supply Management – focused on the management of global operations and supply networks
- International Management – considers contemporary management practice in a global setting
- International Standards – focused on the role of internationals standards (such as ISO) in quality improvement
- Business Analytics – to equip students to work in the era of ‘big data’
- E-Business - investigates the challenges and opportunities of global information systems networks and e-commerce
- All modules on the Management (Operations and Supply Management) programme are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge
- Swansea is joint 1st in Wales for international ranked research (REF 2014)
- 93% of Swansea students in employment six months after graduating
- High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in class sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in class sizes capped at 30) every single week
- Fully refurbished facilities – we have invested half a million pounds in a recent refurbishment to our student facilities
- Scholarships available for outstanding students
- Swansea is 1st in Wales for world-leading impact - 60% at 4-star level (REF 2014)
The MSc Management (Operations and Supply Management) is for students with a clear interest in understanding how things (be it products or services) are made and in improving this transformation process. The pathway offers students the opportunity to focus on modules relating to operations management, supply chain management and project management.
Modules on the Management (Operations and Supply Management) programme may include:
Managing Financial Resources
Human Resource Management
Global Supply Chain Management
We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates including those from the Management programme with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.
From the moment you arrive at the School of Management as a student on the Management programme we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:
- Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative
- Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme
- In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India, with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting
- Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week
- Complete the Swansea Employability Award
- Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’
The School of Management's vision is to make a difference to society and the economy locally and globally through excellence in research-led teaching that has resulted in the School being ranked 17th in the UK for research impact* and 26th in the UK for research excellence, all working towards continuing our trend of becoming one of the top business schools in Wales and the UK.
The School of Management comprises over 150 staff and more than 2000 students studying at the new £450million Bay Campus, with the School of Management building itself providing truly world-class facilities with an impressive communal Atrium, new teaching rooms, meeting room and IT equipment.
School of Management, alongside the Great Hall, also proudly offers high quality conferencing and event capacity all within half a mile of the M4 corridor, that has already attracted several high profile and key events during the short time that the Bay Campus has been open.
Through its enterprise and innovation activities of business engagement the School plans to focus on three global challenges: Health & Wellbeing, Digital Society and Sustainable Economies. The School of Management's aim is to deliver world-class education through collaboration, innovation and fresh thinking, and we pride ourselves on the outstanding student experience on offer here at the School of Management ensuring a rich learning environment, while also developing our staff in line with Swansea University's wider ambition to anchor and underpin everything we do with a core set of values.
School of Management aspires to be known globally as a centre for educational excellence, working in partnership with other Swansea University departments and organisations to create joint programmes that reflect the skillsets required by an evolving workplace.
*THE Research Excellence Framework 2014: Institutions ranked by subject
Gain an understanding of a range of research methods and strategies relevant to the investigation of business in all its aspects, alongside underpinning theories and philosophies. You gain the skills you need to carry out research in a variety of areas using qualitative or quantitative research methods.
It is ideal if you have a degree in business and management or other related discipline and you plan to work in, or conduct research in business and management or related subject areas.
Through designing and conducting research in your specialised area, you gain technical competence in research and evaluation. You develop your knowledge and critical understanding of research theories and methods and the ethical issues involved. This course also equips you to carry out further research as part of a PhD programme of study.
Modules are taught by staff within applied social sciences in the Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School and by staff in our Sheffield Business School. In some modules, you have the opportunity to meet and discuss research issues with students from other MRes Social Sciences routes.
All staff teaching and supervising are research active. Research areas include • business operations • financial information systems • facilities management • financial services • banking • financial accounting • management accounting • marketing • organisational behaviour • human resources • strategic management • food • hospitality management • international business • languages • leisure management • tourism • corporate social responsibility/sustainable development • social enterprise and mutuals.
Approaches and methods used during the course include biographical research • case study • ethnography • experimental design • media analysis • survey design and analysis.
The skills developed in the taught element of this course, along with the research based dissertation you complete for the Masters degree, form a sound basis for students wishing to take their research further and apply for a PhD.
Short courses/Postgraduate diploma/Postgraduate certificate
You can take individual modules as short courses or combine them towards a PgDip/PgCert Research Methods in Business.
Full-time – one year
Part-time – typically three years
Depending on your route and starting time in the year (September or February), classes run in the evenings and/or in blocks of study during the day. Please contact us for more details.
180 credits for the MRes
You may substitute up to 30 credits from the modules above (marked *) with the following elective modules
To gain the MRes Business, you must present a 60 credit research-based dissertation, supervised by staff in an area of your choice. This piece of work is intended to display the skills you have learned and your understanding of the research process and underlying philosophies. You can use this work as a pilot study towards a PhD.
You learn the skills to carry out independent research in the business sector. These skills include the ability to consider a research problem and associated ethical issues and select a suitable approach. Such skills and knowledge are in demand in many organisations.