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Master in Science in Operational Research & Management Studies

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  • Entry requirements
    Good UK Honours Degree (minimum of a lower second class) or an overseas degree recognised by Aston University, plus two references. International students whose native language is not English and have not completed a full degree programme taught in English, will also need a TOEFL score of 600 (paper based) or 250 (computer based) with a TWE of 4.5 equivalent to 100 (internet-based) with a minimum score of 23 in writing and speaking and 20 in reading and listening OR an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in reading and listening. Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.
  • Academic Title
    MSc in Operational Research & Management Studies
  • Course description
    These two MSc courses share a core in operational research, statistics and information technology. They are especially suitable for those wishing to combine the use of quantitative skills and information technology with modern management methods for effective intervention in business decision making.

    Outline of programme

    Core Modules (For both MSc courses):

        * Spreadsheets
        * Operational Research Methods
        * Organisational Behaviour & Business Performance
        * Statistical Analysis.

    MSc in Operational Research & Management Studies

    Choose two Modules from:

        * Data Envelopment Analysis
        * Econometric Methods for Performance Management.
        * Simulation for Managerial Decision Making
        * Data Mining for Managerial Decision Making.

    Choose three Modules from:

        * Accounting for non-Financial Managers
        * Marketing Management
        * Operations Management
        * Organisational Behaviour
        * Strategic Management.

    Students choose one more module from a range of different subjects.

    MSc in Operational Research & Performance Management

    Specialist Modules:

        * Data Envelopment Analysis
        * Econometric Methods for Performance Management
        * The Application of Comparative Performance Management Methods.

    Choose three modules from a range of subjects including, but not limited to the following

        * Developing Business Systems
        * Simulation for Managerial Decision Making
        * Data Mining for Managerial Decision Making
        * Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
        * Marketing Management
        * Operations Management
        * Organisational Behaviour.

    Assessment

    The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework (details of the assessment criteria for each module is given in its module outline). The taught element of the course is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation in a student’s particular area of interest.

    Career opportunities

    There is a strong demand for individuals with quantitative modelling skills who are able to make effective use of information technology and have familiarity with modern management methods.

    Example jobs of recent graduates include:

        * Operations Analyst – Vodafone
        * Consultant – Oxera Consulting
        * Sales executive – CPP.

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