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Cranfield University Applied Mathematics and Operational Research Group

About the Courses

Taught Courses
MSc students must complete the taught phase consisting of eight modules and an individual project dissertation in a relevant topic. Postgraduate Diploma students are required to undertake the taught phase without the project. Postgraduate Certificate students need complete only four modules (including the core modules).

The course in Defence Simulation and Modelling covers the main principles underpinning syntheticenvironments, including the underlying models, the hardware and the software and considers theirapplication in a defence context. The course in Military Operational Research covers the principlesof operational research and the methods and techniques applicable to industrial and military systems whichlead to better decision making. The course in Scientific Computation covers the development of high qualitysoftware and the computational solution of problems from science and engineering using numerical methods.

The Group also runs about 25 specialist short courses each year inoperational research, scientific computing, numerical methods andstatistics. These courses cater for people from both civilian and militarybackgrounds and some can be tailored to meet specific needs.

Research Degrees
Opportunities for research, leading to the degrees of MSc, MPhil and PhD are available to students with interests in one of the following areas: Mathematical Modelling and Applied Mathematics;Scientific Computation; Operational Analysis/Research; Statistics; Intelligent & Decision Support Systems.

About the University

Cranfield University is one of the largest centres for post-graduate teaching and research in the UK. Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the UK at Shrivenham provides a unique partnership between Cranfield and the MoD.

The Applied Mathematics and Operational Research Group, within the Engineering Systems Department of Cranfield University, at the Defence Academy of the UK, has 12 academic members of staff with responsibilities for a wide range of teaching and research. In addition to the suite of modular Postgraduate courses, the Group offers courses on numerical and software aspects of scientific work to graduates from industry, commerce and public services and operational research courses aimed at the operational analysis community in the defence sector. The Group has an active research programme including full-time funded research students and research contracts with both MoD and non-defence industry. It currently has strong research interests in applied and numerical mathematics, in statistics and in operational analysis, particularly in combat modelling. Mathematical and computational modelling are vital tools in all industry sectors. The Group applies these methods to real problems in science, engineering and management.

Address Information:

Address Defence Academy, Shrivenham, Swindon, Wilts. SN6 8LA . UK
Tel. No. +44(0) 1793 785316
Fax No. +44(0) 1793 784196
E-mail address
Taught MSc/PgDip/PgCert
  • Defence Simulation and Modelling
  • Military Operational Research
  • Scientific Computation
  • Postgraduate Research Degrees MSc/MPhil/PhD in mathematics, statistics andoperational research
  • Length of courses MSc - 1 year FT, up to 5 years PT
    PgDip – 9 months FT, up to 4 years PT
    PgCert – 4 months FT, up to 3 years PT
    PhD - 3 years FT
    Date of commencement FT MSc/PgDip/PgCert - September
    Class size 10-20
    Student accommodation May be available
    Cost / Fees Taught MSc£14,500
    PgDip £10,500
    PgCert £5,750
    Research Degrees £5,500-£7,500 per annum
    Student grants / Financial assistance Some bursaries available
    Course director Mr M R Bathe
    Admission requirements Taught Post-graduate Courses -
    Equivalent of UK 1st or 2nd class honours degree in ascientific discipline. IELTS score of 7.0
    Research Degrees -
    Equivalent of UK 1st or Upper 2nd class honours degreein a mathematical discipline IELTS score of 7.0
    National / Overseas students MSc + Research Students 1:1
    Men / Women 10:1
    Age range 21-45
    Contact person for application Mrs. E. S. Smith, MSc Administrator

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