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Research Master in Business: Operations Research track

2 years English Starts end of August

The Research Master’s specialization in Operations Research prepares students for the PhD programs in fields such as operations management or optimization techniques. This Research Master’s track in Operations Research is an in-depth study program focused on cutting edge research in Operations Research.

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in Business & Economics worldwide

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The Research Master in Business is a "Top rated program"  in the Dutch Keuzegids Masters ranking 2019

Program and structure

The program is structured in two phases:

  • a two-year Research Master (RM)
  • and a three- to four-year PhD phase

A graduated student from this program has gained knowledge of and insight in the tools and methodologies of operations research, including optimization, stochastic modeling, simulation, combinatorics, and game theory. Teaching is led by academics who are at the forefront of their fields.


A Research Master student is part of a select group of the finest students from all over the world. It is aimed at ambitious students who want to distinguish themselves. Students follow classes in small groups. This allows intensive interaction with professors who are top-notch researchers, both during as well as outside of classes. This program offers many different courses and students are free to choose most of the offered courses.

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Career perspectives

Graduates of the Research Master program qualify for research positions anywhere in the world.

Several of our Research Master students embark on a 3-year Ph.D. program and later become professors themselves. With their research, discoveries, and insights – expressed through writing, speaking, and teaching – they help shape academic world. Others opt for business practice with international companies and consulting firms.

Prof. dr. P.E.M. Borm

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Become an integral part of the Econometrics & Operations Research department

We want our students to share the faculty’s passion for research.

  • Students are an integral part of the Econometrics & Operations Research department, benefiting from the many workshops, conferences, and visitors and overall lively, informal but intellectual culture.
  • We encourage students to work together with faculty on their research ideas and students have easy access to all the department’s research resources.

Short overview of the Research Master's track in Operations Research

Language English
Start End of August
Duration 2 years (those with one or two MSc relevant degrees with excellent grades, are eligible for a reduction to 1 year of doctoral course work is possible for )
Title Master of Science with a Master of Philosophy supplement
Tuition fee Tuition Fees
Specifics Specialized program to prepare for a PhD or for a professional career in a (international) research-based environment
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