Operational Research has been taught at LSE for over 50 years. Although our Group is relatively small, we maintain useful links in both teaching and research with related disciplines. In the 2001 Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Research Assessment Exercise the Group was in a group that was awarded a 5 rating.
Our emphasis is primarily on postgraduate work and our two MSc programmes reflect our interests in both 'hard' optimisation techniques and 'soft' problem structuring methods, including decision analysis and system dynamics.
Our particular strengths lie in the well established school of mathematical programming, and decision sciences and applied research in public policy. The students in the Group come from a large number of countries, giving a highly international flavour to the study environment.
Graduates from the Group generally find ready employment in financial institutions, consultancies, government departments and software houses. Recent commercial employers of our students include Accenture, BAE Systems, Barclays, BNP Paribas, The Boston Consulting Group, CitiFinancial, Debenhams, Dresdner Bank, Elexon, El Paso Europe, Federal Express, Ford Motor Company, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Lloyds TSB, Logica, London Stock Exchange, Mayo Clinic, Morgan Stanley, PA Consulting, Pfizers, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Proctor & Gamble, Rothschilds, Royal Bank of Scotland, Schroeders, Virgin Holidays and equivalent organisations overseas. Some students go on to pursue academic careers.
As is usual at LSE, you would be registered in the first instance for the MPhil/PhD from which you may be transferred to the PhD depending on the progress of your research.
International Student Requirements:
IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 627