This module can be taken as a Short Course for Credit or a Standalone Short Course.

Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

This short course will introduce the basic philosophy of operational research and a selection of the analytical techniques used by practitioners.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 09 - 13 Sep 2024
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£2,350 - Short Course for Credit fee 

    £2,100 - Standalone Short Course fee  Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion you should be able to:

  • use the basic concepts of probability,
  • formulate problems into mathematical programming formulations,
  • solve linear programming problems using a graphical method or the simplex algorithm,
  • demonstrate understanding of the ideas of queuing theory by using mathematical methods to analyse queuing systems,
  • classify simulations,
  • design and carry out discrete event simulations,
  • use a network algorithm to find the critical path through a network,
  • formulate and solve dynamic programming problems,
  • apply the basic principles of search theory.

Core content

Module content:

  • concepts of probability,
  • mathematical programming:
  • linear programming,
  • simulation,
  • onetwork analysis,
  • dynamic programming,
  • search theory,
  • queuing theory.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Defence and Security (Technology) MSc or Military Operational Research MSc.

Find out more about short course credit points.



A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available. 

There are limited places on these modules. You may not receive an offer until places have been confirmed, usually 1 to 2 weeks before the start date.

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

For further location and travel details

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.