Operational Research and Logistics postgraduate research degrees
If you're ready to take your existing qualifications and expertise in Operational Research and Logistics into a postgraduate research degree, Portsmouth is the perfect place for you.
We're showing how better analytics for healthcare, risk and security can have a positive impact on the lives and wellbeing of people around the world.
From how to make renewable energy cheaper and how to use new tech to make transport smarter, faster and greener, our Operational Research and Logistics research is helping public and private organisations around the world to answer these sort of complex questions – and when you study with us for a postgraduate research degree, you'll play your own part in transforming our expertise into impact.
Our research brings together the University's maths, technology, business and industrial research experts. and encompasses analytics, data, algorithms, system design, simulation, modelling, programming, forecasting – and a whole world of problem-solving.
Types of research degrees
Find out about our PhD, MPhil, Professional Doctorate and PhD by Publication opportunities in Operational Research and Logistics below, including how to apply, entry requirements and funding your degree. For more detailed information about the application process, visit our How to Apply pages.
Operational Research & Logistics PhDs and MPhils
Explore our pre-approved funded and self-funded PhD projects in Operational Research and Logistics, or submit your own research idea.
Phd and MPhil projects
There are currently no funded PhD projects available in this area – for more information on funding your own research project, visit our pages on funding your research degree.
There are currently no pre-approved self-funded projects available in this subject area. If you'd like to submit your own PhD proposal, please read the information below.
Submit your own idea
If you already have a research idea, find a supervisor whose research interests match yours using the Portsmouth Research Portal. Once you've identified someone suitable, contact them to discuss your idea. You'll find their contact details on their profile on the portal.
PhD by Publication
A PhD by publication is a postgraduate research degree based on research you've already undertaken and had published (excluding self-publishing) before registering with us.
Eligible research outputs include peer-reviewed academic papers, complete books or chapters in anthologies, and other materials accepted for publication, exhibited or performed. You'll have to submit these materials for examination between 6-12 months after registering with us.
For more information, please visit our PhD by Publication page.
If you're a working professional interested in pursuing work-based research in the field of business and management, find out more about our Professional Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA).
Duration, fees and funding
How long will my research degree take?
- MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
- PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
- PhD by Publication: 1 year part-time
How much will my research degree cost?
PhD and MPhil
- Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,260 p/a*
- Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,130 p/a*
- International full-time students: £14,000 p/a*
- International part-time students: £7,000 p/a*
PhD by Publication
- External candidates: £4,260 p/a
- Members of University of Portsmouth staff: £1,550 p/a
*All fees are subject to annual increase
MPhil full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Postgraduate Loan.
PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Doctoral Loan.
For information on other sources of funding, visit our funding your postgraduate research degree page.
The entry requirements for a PhD, MPhil or Professional Doctorate include a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications may be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.
If English is not your first language, you'll need English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Support and facilities
When you join us, you'll be supported by our Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team, who'll help you get the most from our facilities. The Graduate School will help you become part of our thriving, collaborative research community, and help grow your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.
You'll be able to use open access computer suites across campus. These are great working spaces with high-spec PCs, Macs and printing facilities. You can also use more specialised software and equipment, such as large format printing and audio-visual equipment. Specialist technicians are on hand if you need assistance.
What can a postgraduate research degree do for my career?
Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.
Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.
Explore the work we're doing across our areas of expertise in Operational Research and Logistics.
Research in the design of decision support systems, and use of data analysis, to help people make better decisions through a better understanding of their data.
Heuristic and metaheuristic techniques are powerful and flexible research methodologies that offer a faster way of solving complex logistical challenges.
From nurse scheduling to infection and disease modelling, our research provides decision-makers in the healthcare sector with optimal strategies for treatment.
As well as improving business efficiency, we're enabling people to make optimal decisions that can lead to practices with enhanced economic, environmental or social benefits.
Modelling to answer a host of questions, from how to produce renewable energy more cheaply, to how the associated logistics can be sustainable.
We help organisations learn from failures, so they can improve the quality and resilience of their operations, and we develop new analytic approaches to detect security threats.