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Operations Research - Postgraduate options

Subject description


The Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Operations Research are interfaculty postgraduate degrees that enable students with undergraduate backgrounds in arts, commerce, engineering or science to undertake graduate studies in Operations Research.

Operations Research (OR) is the application of mathematical and scientific methods to solve certain classes of problems in the design and management of large or complex systems found in business, industry and government. Typical problems involve deciding how to make the most effective use of limited resources such as people, machines, money and time. Frequently mathematical and computer representations of problems are used to solve them.

Operations Research courses teach the basic techniques used in solving resource management problems and discuss the most common areas of applications.


Structure and prerequisites

Postgraduate Diploma in Operations Research (PGDipOR)

The prerequisite is a completed bachelors degree with:

  • An average grade of B or higher in at least 75 points at Stage III in approved subjects
  • An average grade of B or higher in STATS 320 and ENGSCI 391

Candidates with an equivalent level of practical experience in the operations research profession may be considered.

Note: Students should refer to the regulations before making an application.

Course requirements:

See more details on the Engineering website.

Master of Operations Research (MOR)

A bachelors (honours) degree in arts, commerce, engineering or science is normally required for admission to this programme and students must have passed either of the following:

  • ENGSCI 760 and 761
  • ENGSCI 460 and either ENGSCI 450 or 451

Alternatively, students may have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Operations Research.

Note: Students should refer to the regulations before making an application.

See more details on the Engineering website.


Career opportunities

Operations research graduates work in a wide variety of businesses and industries, including health, transport, telecommunications, broadcasting, mining, and utilities. The aim is to turn data into meaningful information that can be used to increase the effectiveness or efficiency of systems, or to optimise resource allocation. As a result, analysts or consultants contribute to improvements in the design, performance, and management of large and complex systems. Graduates tend to work as consultants (for external clients) or as analysts (within a single organisation).


Help and advice

For further information, refer to the Engineering website or contact:

Ilze Ziedins
Head of Department - Statistics
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 85051
Email: ziedins@stat.auckland.ac.nz