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We have 43 Operational Research PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

Operational Research involves the application of mathematical methods to solve a problem at hand. If you’re thinking of doing a PhD in Operational Research, you’ll be working on solving numerical versions of problems in sectors like healthcare, public health, finance and transportation among many others.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Operational Research?

A PhD in Operational Research will require you to put to use scientific methods and study complex organisational problems and use your existing knowledge of mathematical models to help in decision-making.

Most Operational Research PhD topics have a large mathematical component. Some of the most popular topics in Operational Research are:

  • Mathematical optimisation
  • Queuing systems
  • Healthcare modelling
  • Environmental modelling
  • Data analytics
  • Finance and risk

By the end of your PhD, you’ll have produced an in-depth thesis that makes a unique and significant contribution to your field of study. You will have to submit a final thesis of about 80,000 words to be defended in a oral viva examination to complete your PhD.

Operational Research doctoral programmes are sometimes offered with a research objective attached. However, some universities might also ask you to propose your own research idea as part of your application.

In the UK, most Operational Research PhD students first register to an MPhil. You can upgrade to a PhD, after a review at the end of your first year, if your supervisor feels your work meets certain standards.

Entry requirements

Most Operational Research PhDs require you to have a strong mathematical background so a honours degree and a Masters degree in a relevant subject is often necessary.

Depending on where you apply, you might also have to give a language test showing you are fluent in the language of instruction at your university.

PhD in Operational Research funding options

In the UK, a PhD in Operational Research is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). They offer fully funded studentships along with a monthly stipend. If you are applying for an advertised PhD with the funding attached, you’ll get the funding if you’re successful in your application. However, if you are proposing your own research project, you’ll have to first be accepted by a university and then apply for funding separately.

PhD in Operational Research careers

A PhD will equip you with the skills required to excel in academia. Most Operational Research students work as postdoctoral research fellows, research impact officers or lecturers. You could also work for governments or financial firms.

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Mobility as an early predictor of deterioration and discharge destination for older people admitted to acute hospitals

Applications are invited for a fully funded three-year full time PhD to commence in October 2023. This PhD studentship, based primarily within the Faculty of Science and Heath at the University of Portsmouth, is an exciting opportunity to do research that is directly relevant to the NHS. Read more

INSEAD PhD in Management

We are now looking for candidates to join our mid-Aug 2024 intake. Attend our recruitment events beginning this Spring. Online application opens this Sept, with a deadline on 08 Jan 2024. Read more

Routing and Scheduling Movements at Airports Considering Interdependence and Intermediate Holding

Project Details. Balancing the trade-off between increasing demand of airport capacity and tighter environmental regulations has been recognised by the European Commission as one of the grand challenges. Read more

Physics-informed transfer learning for engineering asset management

Overview. This research aims to develop a physics-informed transfer learning model for engineering asset management, by effectively incorporating domain knowledge of experts/engineers into the machine learning model to improve its explainability. Read more
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Sustainable Intelligent Transport Systems with Digital Twins

Project ID. SST8. Despite the potential benefits of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in addressing traffic issues, there is a need for more sustainable solutions that take into account the environmental impact and resource management of these systems. Read more

Describing, measuring and defining process capability in health modelling and simulation studies

The project. Why is the organisation and delivery of health and care services so difficult to plan for and manage? Difficulties and delays in accessing care services, cancellations and increasing costs have a negative impact on all of us. Read more
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OPTIMISE: Towards Personalised care strategies for patients with cochlear implants via customised pathway modelling and prediction

We need more effective resource management for improved healthcare outcomes. This project will see you combining machine learning and stochastic modelling to develop a framework that characterises individualised patient pathways, in this case for people with auditory implants. Read more

OPTIMA PhD -optimisation of windfarms with AGL

A PhD is available with our industry partner AGL. The project is called Optimisation of production by “selected turbine de-rating”. This will be led by OPTIMA CI Kate Smith-Miles at the University of Melbourne. Read more

Individual decisions for transport network efficiency and sustainability

The University of Sheffield invites applications from outstanding candidates for this PhD scholarship opportunity. The project is looking at understanding the interplay of selfish routing, social norms and the availability of transport modes for the development of sustainable mobility at urban and regional scale. Read more

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