Operational Research The Science of Better

HOW TO GUIDES: If you need help to study O.R., find student placements, get Pro Bono help, locate O.R. type people in your organisation and much more, here's HOW TO...


Placement students

At http://www.learnaboutor.co.uk/careers_university/postgraduate.htm you’ll find a list of universities that offer a Masters Course in O.R. (some may call it ‘Management Science’). Most, or all of these courses will require students to undertake a ‘real-world’ project with an external organisation. By making contact with a University’s Industrial Liaison office, you will be able to discover whether opportunities exist.

In most UK universities, there are different types of placements:

  1. Summer projects – a student works on a specific business problem defined by the company, for three months over the summer and write this up as their Masters dissertation. Students are given academic supervision. A student is usually not employed by the organisation for the duration of the project.

  2. Placements – between one month and one year, a student works in a department of a company and is paid a salary. The student may be required to do a work related project.

  3. Internships – work experience, often unstructured and unpaid.

With respect to finding out about placements, not all universities have an industrial placement person, if they do the best place to find out who they are is probably the website for the O.R. Group at the university. Alternatively contact the Head of O.R. / Maths / Stats at the university. Other good contacts would be the careers service for the university in question. 






Is help already at hand?

Inside your organisation: You may find employees with O.R. training in one or more departments – Analytics, engineering, R&D, IT, scheduling, planning, logistics, pricing, etc. If you don't, consider hiring an O.R. professional and adding him or her to the mix, or even creating a new department.


Need some training?

Over the years The OR Society has organised hundreds of courses, seminars and conferences, including major international events; and we have earned a reputation for friendly, efficient and professional organisation. Quality is our major concern. Those providing the courses in this programme have been carefully selected for their expertise in the field and their experience as trainers.

In 2014, the 31 course topics include Simulation, Data mining, Decision and Risk Analysis, Process Improvement, Optimisation, Credit Scoring and two one-week introductory courses that cover a wide range of techniques.

The full programme is here: http://www.theorsociety.com/Pages/Training/CourseCalendar2014.aspx


Pro Bono O.R. in the Third Sector

The OR Society has helped several third sector organisations by connecting them with practitioners who are prepared to offer Pro Bono support. If you work for a third sector organisation, would like to discuss pro bono support or need more information, please write to felicity.mcleister@theorsociety.com  quoting ‘O.R. in the Third Sector’.


Hiring an O.R. Consultant

The ‘O.R. Professional Search’ facility on this site at http://www.scienceofbetter.co.uk/or-professional-search is designed to help you find consultants with the appropriate expertise.

Just complete the search tool ticking as many boxes as you can and you’ll find the most appropriate help for your needs.


Studying for an O.R. career

If you enjoy maths but you’re not sure how you could use it in a career, take a look at our sister site: http://www.learnaboutor.co.uk/university.htm. Have a look in the Postgraduate courses section to see what's available after finishing your degree. If you’d like to see the kind of issues you’d be studying, we’ve included some learning materials and subject guides.

Our careers pages feature some profiles of people who work in O.R. and describe what they do. You’ll also find details of our annual Careers Open Day where students can learn more about careers in O.R. and meet potential employers.