MSc in Operational Research and Management ScienceWatch
Most of the posts on OR date back to 2005.So i decided if anyone can help me with more recent information that would be great.I have offers from Warwick,Manchester,Lancaster,Strathclyde and LSE for OR.From my understanding LSE is very theoretical while at Warwick and Lancaster not only are the depts excellent but the course content cover all areas of OR.I would appreciate any pointers as to which is the best uni in terms of quality for OR and also with regards to job opportunities after completion.Thanks
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I can only a little information regarding Warwick: WBS is one of only 3 business school in the UK with a 5* research rating, you'll be taught by experts of the field.
Furthermore, some of your modules will be taught by Warwick's statistics department
I'm fairly certain this isn't true!
While this is true, Lancaster is one of the other two. In fact, Lancaster is rated 6* as it achieved the maximum research rating in the previous RAE assessment too.
I'm fairly certain this isn't true!
WERE U ABLE TO FIND ANY OTHER INFO ON THE BEST OPTIONS FOR MSC IN OPERATIONAL RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT SCIENCE? i HAVE TO DECIDE MYSELF AND i AM HAVING DIFFICULTY PICKING A UNI.
Ps - thanks for responding Roughy_ruff!!!!!
I took bits and pieces of info from different websites in order to explain what is operational research. However, the bulk of thei definition came from Wikipedia - check it out for more info,
In a nutshell, operational research (O.R.) is the discipline of applying appropriate analytical methods to help make better decisions. (http://www.orsoc.org.uk)
The terms operations research and management science are often used synonymously. When a distinction is drawn, management science generally implies a closer relationship to the problems of business management. Operations research also closely relates to Industrial engineering. Industrial engineering takes more of an engineering point of view, and industrial engineers typically consider Operations Research (OR) techniques to be a major part of their toolset.
Some of the primary tools used by operations researchers are statistics, optimization, probability theory, queuing theory, game theory, graph theory, decision analysis, and simulation. Because of the computational nature of these fields, OR also has ties to computer science, and operations researchers regularly use custom-written or off-the-shelf software.
Operations research is distinguished by its frequent use to examine an entire management information system, rather than concentrating only on specific elements (though this is often done as well). An operations researcher faced with a new problem is expected to determine which techniques are most appropriate given the nature of the system, the goals for improvement, and constraints on time and computing power. For this and other reasons, the human element of OR is vital. Like any other tools, OR techniques cannot solve problems by themselves.
Scope of operations research
Examples of applications in which operations research is currently used include:
* designing the layout of a factory for efficient flow of materials
* constructing a telecommunications network at low cost while still guaranteeing QoS (quality of service) or QoE (Quality of Experience) if particular connections become very busy or get damaged
* road traffic management and 'one way' street allocations i.e. allocation problems.
* determining the routes of school buses (or city buses) so that as few buses are needed as possible
* designing the layout of a computer chip to reduce manufacturing time (therefore reducing cost)
* managing the flow of raw materials and products in a supply chain based on uncertain demand for the finished products
* efficient messaging and customer response tactics
* roboticizing or automating human-driven operations processes
* globalizing operations processes in order to take advantage of cheaper materials, labor, land or other productivity inputs
* managing freight transportation and delivery systems (Examples: LTL Shipping, intermodal freight transport)
o personnel staffing
o manufacturing steps
o project tasks
o network data traffic: these are known as queueing models or queueing systems.
o sports events and their television coverage
* blending of raw materials in oil refineries
Operations research is also used extensively in government where evidence-based policy is used.
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Lancaster has the best for research in MSOR, However, LSE's MSc Operational Research provides their students a summer placement
BTW about the summer internship that LSE offers: where can i find this? i cannot find anything in LSE's website!!
Even if Lancaster is really good business school, i think that LSE or Warwick are two universities with high employability and better brand names. Also LSE is in London - connections with the industry.
Interested to know what the range of students is like on Lancaster MSc... Eg mature age w work experience or recent graduates?
How do you find Lancaster?
I was looking for doing MSc in either of the following two programmes:
- MSc in Business/Market Analytics (BAC) and/or
- MSc Management Science & Operational Research (MSOR)
I found Warwick, LSE, Lancaster, Manchester, Southampton, Aston, Strathclyde and a few other universities offer similar programs. But Warwick is too expensive for me. Hence, I was wondering which schools I can go other than Warwick (& also Oxford/Cambridge) for Business/Market analytics and/or MSOR that has/have really good programmes and also has/have high employability? Could you help?
I have offers from University of Edinburgh and LSE in MSc Operational Research and I am confused as most students would be with these 2 offers in hand. Any inputs on the course and employability between LSE and UoE for MSOR ?