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Financial Operational Research (MSc)

Course Description

This programme will not be delivered in 2016/17.

Programme description

This programme will show you how to use mathematical techniques to model and solve real-life financial problems. Operational research is an important skill that is in high demand in the finance industry.

Programme structure

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

Compulsory courses

Computing for Operational Research and Finance
Fundamentals of Operational Research
Financial Mathematics and Investment
Financial Risk Management
Methodology, Modelling and Consulting Skills
Stochastic Modelling

Optional courses are generally grouped into the following areas:


Learning outcomes

By studying Operational Research you will develop a highly marketable combination of mathematical, modelling, analytical, computing, interpersonal and communication skills.

Career opportunities

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

Recent graduates have joined Capgemini, British Airways, Orange, Moody's 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.

Visit the Financial Operational Research (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in a numerate discipline such as mathematics, engineering, computer science, physical or biological sciences, economics or business.

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