Operational Research

Operational Research is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Mathematics research programmes (MPhil, PhD).

The School is part of the EPSRC Science and Innovation funded LANCS Initiative in the Mathematical Underpinnings of Operational Research.

The following specialisations are available within this research area:

  • Modelling of traffic flow
  • Healthcare modelling
  • Modelling of the spread of infectious diseases
  • Queueing theory
  • Scheduling and timetabling problems
  • Metaheuristics
  • Discrete optimisation.


Academic contact(s)

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Professor Paul Harper

Deputy Head of School, Professor of Operational Research

+44 (0)29 2087 6841

Interger Optimisation

This project will develop novel algebraic and geometric methods that can be successfully applied to study integer optimisation problems.

On multi-dimensional continued fractions

This project will establish analytic bounds for the accuracy of the convergents for the multi-dimensional continued fraction algorithm.

Hawkes processes and financial applications

This project aims to answer novel but cutting edge questions in multivariate Hawkes processes.

Metaheuristic methods for probabillistic graphical models

This project will focus on metaheuristic methods for probabillistic graphical models.

Optimisation of Placement of Charging Stations for Electrical Vehicles in Road Networks

The aim of the proposed PhD project is to develop novel modelling and algorithmic solutions for the above optimisation problem by drawing from existing research in the fields of optimisation and network theory.

Development of a platform for healthcare operations management underpinning strategic, tactical and operational decisions

This project will develop a platform for healthcare operations management underpinning strategic, tactical and operational decisions.


There are currently no funding opportunities available.

Tuition fees

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Programme information

For programme structure, entry requirements and how to apply, visit the Mathematics programme.

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Find out more about Postgraduate study at our Open Day on 21 November 2018.

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