There is barely a field of modern society, business and government that does not rely on operational research to help with major decisions and problems and the quest to be as efficient as possible. It’s a technique that helps to determine everything, from the layout of equipment in a factory with the aim of reducing manufacturing time, or the setup of telecommunication networks with the aim of maintaining service during outages, to bus routes or the flow of water from reservoirs.Operational research involves a huge variety of mathematical and analytical tools, from simulations and optimisations to the likes of queueing theory and neural networks, and is an area in which a great deal of academic and industrial research is continually being carried out.
At Middlesex we have very strong links with industry and our focus is on not only helping you to become an expert in the theory, but giving you the skills and experience that are in demand with employers. During the course you will be tasked with solving real-world problems and evaluating their impact in business, government and industry – at the end you’ll work on an independent project and dissertation and our intention is that you’ll base that in industry too. We work in partnership with software company LAMA, who offer internships and projects for our students.