Master of Science in Operational Research and Risk Analysis

Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 63024

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

OFM (Full-time)
OPM (Part-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

1.5 years (Full-time)
3 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
9 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

HK$3,200 per credit for local students
HK$4,000 per credit for non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Dr Li Xun
BSc, MSc, PhD

Deputy Programme Leader

Prof. Wong Heung
BSc, MSc, PhD

Assistant Programme Leader

Dr Lee Yu-chung, Eugene
BSc, MSc, PhD


Non-local applicants must be registered as full-time students.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

The primary aim of this programme is to produce graduates with strong operational research, risk analysis and statistical skills and a thorough understanding of their application in the world of modern operational research and risk analysis. The programme develops students’ analytical, critical and communication skills, which enables them to pursue a variety of jobs related to operational research and risk analysis, in areas such as logistics service provision, retail, banking, procurement/sourcing and supply chain functions, and modern financial product development and pricing.

Operational research, risk analysis, mathematics and statistics are fundamental yet constantly developing subjects. As well as being disciplines in their own right, they form the basis of modern commercial, financial, industrial and technological activities. Mathematical/operational research/statistical models underpin many aspects of operational research and risk analysis today. The secondary aim of the programme is to provide a solid theoretical foundation of operational research, risk analysis and statistics to its students, who will then be able to develop an outlook and powerful methodology that remains valuable in whatever careers they pursue in the fast moving world of business, commerce and finance industry.


Hong Kong is a gateway between East and West. As a global service centre, it plays a major role in interfacing between suppliers and customers around the world. To retain their leading competitive position in serving international markets, it is crucial for Hong Kong businesses to embrace best practices in operational research. As a result, companies are increasingly looking for innovative leaders with the vision and skill to manage their logistics. Moreover, this programme provides training in risk analysis so that graduates can serve policy makers and institutional investors, with foci on various types of financial products such as mutual funds and hedge funds.

Recognition & Prospects

No information is available at present.


Programme Structure

Students must complete 7 Compulsory Subjects (21 credits) and 3 Elective Subjects (9 credits) or a Dissertation (9 credits).

For details of the programme structure, please refer to

Core Areas of Study

 Seven Compulsory Subjects (21 credits)

  • ​Operations Research Methods
  • Probability and Stochastic Models
  • Principles of Risk Analysis
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Forecasting
  • Simulation and Risk Analysis
  • Advanced Operations Research Methods

Three Elective Subjects from the following list or a Dissertation (9 credits)

  • ​Optimisation Methods
  • Scheduling
  • Loss Models
  • Mathematics of Finance
  • Multi-criteria Optimisation
  • Investment Science
  • Mathematics of Derivative Pricing
  • Corporate Risk Management
  • Economics for Financial Analysis
  • Principles of Corporate Finance
  • Risk Analysis for Epidemics
  • Scientific Computing
  • Statistical Data Mining
  • Stochastic Optimization
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Analysis
  • Statistical Inference
  • Dissertation


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at

Entrance Requirements

  • ​A Bachelor's degree with Honours in engineering, computer science, basic science, finance, economics or the equivalent (industrial or business experience will be an asset).


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.

Other Information

Some of the subjects in this programme have been included on the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) list of reimbursable subjects.


The CEF list includes:

  • ​Operations Research Methods
  • Probability and Stochastic Models
  • Financial Modeling
  • Advanced Operations Research Methods


For further information, please contact:

Dr Li Xun, Programme Leader
(tel: (852) 2766 6939; email:;
or Dr Lee Yu-chung, Eugene, Assistant Programme Leader
(tel: (852) 2766 6957; email:;
or Miss Chan Lok-lam, Forest, Assistant Officer
(tel: (852) 3400 3141; email:

Student Message

I was very impressed by the experience and wisdom of the well-established faculty and the kindness of the staff members whenever I was in need of support while studying for my MSc in Operational Research and Risk Analysis. As a student with an undergraduate background in finance, the MSc programme enriched my knowledge of numerical systems and helped me to further understand risk control and optimisation methods through real-life case studies. The subsequent improvement in my analytical and decision-making skills helped me to be more competent in my job. The programme was a perfect opportunity to receive a top-notch education and to take in the most up-to-date information in the field.

Li Jialin

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