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Operational Research and Applied Statistics (MSc)

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 a number of interesting and varied 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).

Critical to our programmes is 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. Studying our MSc programmes offers the possibility of exciting and rewarding career opportunities and progression.

We have designed and structured the programmes with both full and part-time students in mind. By adopting an efficient modular approach to teaching, 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, and complete the taught component of the programme over two years with up to a further year to complete the project dissertation. 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.

Visit the Operational Research and Applied Statistics (MSc) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Claire Heaney (Fluid Dynamics)

"After thoroughly enjoying my MSc course I decided to continue working in the area of Fluid Dynamics by studying for a PhD. I chose Cardiff because my supervisor is an expert in this field and because the university has an excellent reputation. With so many well-qualified students the competition for jobs is fierce, so a PhD will improve my chances when it comes to finding a career."

(Student Profile)

Mari Jones (PhD in Operational Research)

I thoroughly enjoyed my time as an undergraduate student at Cardiff and really enjoyed the Operational Research modules in my course, so I decided to continue with my education by studying for a PhD. Cardiff School of Mathematics, as well as being a very good department, is a very friendly and welcoming department. My supervisors are experts in the field of Operational Research and are very supportive to my learning. I saw this as an opportunity to develop my career prospects by continuing to do something that I enjoyed very much.


Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applications are welcome from people with: * A first degree (minimum second class honours) from a recognised university in a numerate subject such as Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics, Management Science, Economics, Engineering, Computer Science, Geography or a suitable Science degree. * A good level of English language, both written and oral (applicants whose first language is not English will normally require an IELTS score of 6.5 or internet based TOEFL 90). * Willingness to engage with staff and students for mutual benefits. * Motivation to establish or accelerate a career in Operational Research and Statistics.

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