The course provides a detailed exposure to the context, issues and methods used to analyse the increasingly complex problems which are found in the defence environment and to support decision making. The course is suitable for both military and civilian personnel, including those from the defence industry and government departments. ten places are normally available for the full-time cohort. The course provides a detailed exposure to the context, issues and methods used to analyse the increasingly complex problems which are found in the defence environment and to support decision making. It exposes the types of analysis and allows the practical experience of tools and methods which are used, ranging from judgemental analysis through mathematical techniques to models and simulations. The course includes judgemental elicitation and analysis techniques, mathematical analysis methods (including optimisation), war gaming and combat modelling, logistics modelling and simulation methods. The use and utility of all the methods are explored through practical exercises and studies. On successful completion of the course, you will: demonstrate a thorough understanding of the methods, techniques and tools for modelling defence problems and systems, be able to critically assess a range of approaches and methods to help support defence analysis and decision-making.
MSc students must complete a taught phase consisting of 12 standard modules, which includes two core, plus four advanced modules, followed by an individual thesis in a relevant topic.
All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course:
- Introductory Studies
- Introduction to Operational Research Techniques
- Decision Analysis
- Discrete and Continuous Simulation
- War Gaming and Combat Modelling
- Logistics Modelling
- Statistical Analysis and Trials
- Weapon System Performance Assessment
- Intelligent Systems
- Advanced Module 1
- Advanced Module 2
- Advanced Module 3
- Advanced Module 4
An individual research project on an agreed topic that allows you to demonstrate your technical expertise, independent learning abilities and critical appraisal skills.
This course equips you for appointments within the armed forces or government, or in the defence related activities of commercial organisations. Successful completion of the course can lead to further research and to a PhD.
A first or second class Honours degree or equivalent in science, engineering or mathematics. Alternatively, a lesser qualification together with appropriate work experience may be acceptable. If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification, with a minimum IELTS of 6.5.
About the School
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