Postgraduate Research Course

MPhil Operational Research

MPhil Operational Research

Overview

The details
Operational Research
October 2020
Full-time
3 years
Colchester Campus

Our MPhil Operational Research gives you the opportunity to explore areas where optimisation and mathematical modelling are important. These include logistics, revenue management, networks and stochastic control; areas of great practical interest and use in the public and private sectors. Our projects often have an experimental aspect which is underpinned by forefront mathematical and computational research in these areas.

Our staff are strongly committed to research and teaching. They have published several well-regarded text books and are world leaders in their individual specialisms, with their papers appearing in learned journals such as; International Journal of Mathematics in Operational Research, Transportation Science, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Mathematical Problems in Engineering, and European Journal of Operational Research.

We also offer a PhD and an MSD in this subject, and part-time research study is also available.

Why we're great.
  • Students have access to software including MATLAB, R, and LaTeX.
  • Access to Proficio, the University's unique professional development scheme for postgraduate research students.
  • Our Department of Mathematical Sciences has an international reputation in many areas like such as semi-group theory, optimisation, probability, applied statistics, bioinformatics and mathematical biology.
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Our expert staff

The Department of Mathematical Sciences has an international reputation in all areas of Mathematical Sciences including: statistics, operational research, applied mathematics, pure mathematics, and actuarial science.

We encourage MPhil students to meet with their supervisor regularly. While undertaking your research within Mathematical Sciences, joint supervision across other Essex departments and schools is possible. Joint supervision allows you to have a supervisor based in our Department and another in a relevant Department or School (such as Biological Sciences, or Computer Science and Electronic Engineering).

Specialist facilities

The Department of Mathematical Sciences is based in the University’s state-of-the-art STEM Centre. Research students have a dedicated work space and PCs, with access to software such as MATLAB, LaTeX and R.

All University of Essex research students have access to our innovative and unique scheme, Proficio. Postgraduate research students are automatically enrolled on Proficio, which provides a variety of training courses, and a fund of up to £1500 per MPhil student for attendance on these courses.

Your future

Studying a research degree in mathematics gives you the opportunity to develop new skills and enhance your CV. It can also be the next step towards a PhD and an academic career.

Our graduates have joined organisations like the Met Office, the Ministry of Defence, and companies based in the City of London. There is a high demand for those with a numerate background in all sectors of the economy, so our graduates are sought after in the UK and abroad.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

You will need a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a related subject. A well-developed research proposal is also essential.

You will normally be required to attend an interview/Skype interview for acceptance, and acceptance is subject to research expertise in the department.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language , we require IELTS 6.0, or equivalent with a minimum of 5.5 in all other components.

Structure

Example structure

A research degree gives you the chance to investigate an area or topic in real depth, and develop transferable research skills. During your time in the Department you have opportunities to attend conferences, publish papers, and give talks at departmental research seminars. You may also attend some university modules, and will meet with your supervisor typically on a weekly basis.

Within our Department, our MPhil students are usually encouraged to take our taught module, Research Methods, in the first year of study, so you are well equipped with the necessary skills to undertake effective research. You may also attend some other modules on an informal basis.

All our students wishing to study for a PhD enrol on a combined MPhil/PhD pathway. This gives MPhil students an opportunity to extend their research to a PhD if it is proceeding well. This decision will typically be made early in your second year.

Our full-time research students have a supervisory board to review their progress every six months (or annually if studying part-time). Typically, the board involves your supervisor and one other academic. The recommendations of this are considered by our Departmental Research Students’ Progress Board, which will make decisions on your registration status.

Assessment

An MPhil takes two years, and typically involves wide reading round the subject area in your first year, then developing and writing up original results over your second year. The resulting thesis is expected to make a contribution to knowledge.

Your MPhil is awarded after your successful defence of your thesis in an oral examination (viva), in which you are interviewed about your research by two examiners, at least one of whom is from outside Essex.

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£5,103

International fee

£15,460

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

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2020 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020
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