Double Master Degrees

Master of Science in Operational Research and Business Statistics (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Master of Science in Operational Research and Business Statistics (University of Kent)1,2

Eng /

The aim of the programme is to provide an opportunity of further education for working professionals in the field of Operational Research and Business Statistics, and to offer well-motivated individuals a path for career conversion into the field of Operational Research and Business Statistics. After completing all the courses and getting GPA 2.5 or above, students will have two master degrees:

  • Master of Science in Operational Research and Business Statistics (Hong Kong Baptist University)
  • Master of Science in Operational Research and Business Statistics (University of Kent)1,2

Students acquire a solid foundation in the principles of Operational Research and Business Statistics, and a wealth of knowledge of software packages and their applications.

Introduction to the MSC ORBS Programme

Applicants should normally

  1. possess a Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, Business or other related majors;
  2. be proficient in Basic Mathematics;
  3. satisfy at least one of the following requirements on English language proficiency:
    1. he/she used English as the medium of learning in his/her Bachelor's degree course,
    2. a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based) in TOEFL,
    3. a minimum score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System,
      or
    4. equivalent qualifications.

For exceptional cases in which applicants have other qualifications or substantial experience, the Programme committee will determine their suitability based on individual merits and interviews.

Students may be requested to complete an English Language course at the discretion of the Programme Committee. Such course fees are to be borne by the students.

Students can select full-time (starting from 07-08) or part-time (starting from 07-08) study-mode. For both study-modes, students will attend classes on weekday daytime/evenings and/or Saturdays/Sundays.

Full-time | Part-time

For the full-time study-mode, the normal period of study is 12 months (3 semesters) and the typical study schedule is as follows:

Semester 1
(units)
Semester 2
(units)
Summer Semester
(units)
Core courses 14 8 3
Elective courses 0 6 3
M.Sc. Dissertation 0 3 3

For the part-time study mode, the normal period of study is 24 months (6 semesters) and the typical study schedule is as follows (the total number of units for elective courses should be 9 in Year 1 and Year 2):

Year 1 Semester 1
(units)
Semester 2
(units)
Summer Semester
(units)
Core courses 9 6 3
Elective courses 0 3 3
M.Sc. Dissertation 0 0 0
 
Year 2 Semester 1
(units)
Semester 2
(units)
Summer Semester
(units)
Core courses 5 2 0
Elective courses 0 3 0
M.Sc. Dissertation 0 3 3

Matricalated in September 2017 or later | Matricalated in September 2016-17 | Matricalated in 2015 or before

For students matricalated in September 2017 or later:

Each student is required to complete 40 units as follows:

  1. 25 units of core courses
  2. 9 units of elective courses
  3. 6 units of M.Sc. Dissertation project

Core Courses | Elective Courses | Dissertation Project

Core Courses (Required Units: 25 units)
Course Code Course Title Syllabus unit(s)
ORBS7010 Business Decision Modelling PDF 3
ORBS7020 Techniques of Production Operations Management PDF 2
ORBS7030 Business Statistics and Database Management PDF 3
ORBS7040* Business Simulation CEF PDF 3
ORBS7070 Quantitative Business Analysis and Forecasting PDF 3
ORBS7080* Advanced Spreadsheets and Decision Support SystemsCEF PDF 3
ORBS7090 Managing Organisational Performance PDF 2
ORBS7250 Applied Multivariate Analysis PDF 3
ORBS7260 Applied Time Series PDF 3
* The course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses for CEF purposes.
Elective Courses (Required units: 9 units)
(Not all the courses below are opened in each year)
Course Code Course Title Syllabus Unit(s)
ORBS7110 Quantitative Models for Marketing PDF 3
ORBS7120 Knowledge Discovery and Business Intelligence PDF 3
ORBS7130 Survey Sampling and Experimental Design PDF 3
ORBS7140 Actuarial Statistics PDF 3
ORBS7160 Network and Project Management PDF 3
ORBS7200 Derivatives PDF 3
ORBS7210 Work-based Learning PDF 3
ORBS7220 Risk and Portfolio Management PDF 3
ORBS7280 Advanced Operational Research PDF 3
M.Sc. Dissertation Project (Required units: 6 units)
Course Code Course Title Syllabus Unit(s)
ORBS7231 Dissertation I PDF 3
ORBS7232 Dissertation II PDF 3

PDF Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

For students matricalated in September 2016-17:

Each student is required to complete 40 units as follows:

  1. 25 units of core courses
  2. 9 units of elective courses
  3. 6 units of M.Sc. Dissertation project

Core Courses | Elective Courses | Dissertation Project

Core Courses (Required Units: 25 units)
Course Code Course Title Syllabus unit(s)
ORBS7010 Operational Research I PDF 3
ORBS7020 Techniques of Production Operations Management PDF 2
ORBS7030 Statistical Software in Business and Management PDF 3
ORBS7040* Computer Tools for Simulation CEF PDF 3
ORBS7070 Business Statistics and Modeling PDF 3
ORBS7080* Operational Research II CEF PDF 3
ORBS7090 Performance Management PDF 2
ORBS7250 Applied Multivariate Analysis PDF 3
ORBS7260 Applied Time Series PDF 3
* The course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses for CEF purposes.
Elective Courses (Required units: 9 units)
(Not all the courses below are opened in each year)
Course Code Course Title Syllabus Unit(s)
ORBS7100 Managing Complexity: The Systems Approach PDF 3
ORBS7110 Quantitative Models for Marketing PDF 3
ORBS7120 Knowledge Discovery and Business Intelligence PDF 3
ORBS7130 Survey Sampling and Experimental Design PDF 3
ORBS7140 Actuarial Statistics PDF 3
ORBS7160 Network and Project Management PDF 3
ORBS7180 Heuristic and Structured Problems in Operational Research PDF 3
ORBS7200 Derivatives PDF 3
ORBS7210 Work-based Learning PDF 3
ORBS7220 Risk and Portfolio Management PDF 3
M.Sc. Dissertation Project (Required units: 6 units)
Course Code Course Title Syllabus Unit(s)
ORBS7231 Dissertation I PDF 3
ORBS7232 Dissertation II PDF 3

PDF Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

For students matricalated in September 2015 or before:

Each student is required to complete 39 units as follows:

  1. 25 units of core courses
  2. 8 units of elective courses
  3. 6 units of M.Sc. Dissertation project

Core Courses | Elective Courses | Dissertation Project

Core Courses (Required Units: 25 units)
Course Code Course Title Syllabus unit(s)
ORBS7010 Operational Research I PDF 3
ORBS7020 Techniques of Production Operations Management PDF 2
ORBS7030 Statistical Software in Business and Management PDF 3
ORBS7040* Computer Tools for Simulation CEF PDF 3
ORBS7070 Business Statistics and Modeling PDF 3
ORBS7080* Operational Research II CEF PDF 3
ORBS7090 Performance Management PDF 2
ORBS7250 Applied Multivariate Analysis PDF 3
ORBS7260 Applied Time Series PDF 3
* The course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses for CEF purposes.
Elective Courses (Required units: 8 units)
(Not all the courses below are opened in each year)
Course Code Course Title Syllabus Unit(s)
ORBS7100 Managing Complexity: The Systems Approach PDF 2
ORBS7110 Quantitative Models for Marketing PDF 2
ORBS7120 Business Intelligence and Decision Support PDF 2
ORBS7130 Survey Sampling PDF 2
ORBS7140 Actuarial Statistics PDF 2
ORBS7150 Experimental Design PDF 2
ORBS7160 Network and Project Management PDF 2
ORBS7180 Heuristic and Structured Problems in Operational Research PDF 2
ORBS7190 Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery PDF 2
ORBS7200 Derivatives PDF 2
ORBS7210 Work-base Learning PDF 2
ORBS7220 Risk and Portfolio Management PDF 2
ORBS7270 Financial Calculus PDF 2
M.Sc. Dissertation Project (Required units: 6 units)
Course Code Course Title Syllabus Unit(s)
ORBS7231 Dissertation I PDF 3
ORBS7232 Dissertation II PDF 3

PDF Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

The tuition fee for the entire programme is HK $150,000 (for Year 2017/18).

If a student cannot complete the programme within the normal study period, he/she is required to pay an extension fee.

For Non-local Student

The NTT International House (on-campus) and Carlon Court at Kowloon City (off-campus) provides assistance for MSc students in finding suitable accommodation during their study in Hong Kong.
For details, please click here.

The medium of instruction is English. All teaching and learning materials are in English.