Duration
Full-time: 1 year
Next start date
2021 Semester One – 1 March
2021 Semester Two – 19 July
Available locations
City
Points
120
Programme type
Postgraduate

Programme overview

Rapid technological change has created an increasing range of applications for Operations Research and Analytics. This programme meets industry needs by enabling students from a range of undergraduate backgrounds to gain the fundamental, practical skills needed to become versatile practitioners.

Core topics such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, operations research, optimisation under uncertainty, financial statistics, and time series analytics are covered, showing the direct influence of the field.

While the PGDipORan focuses purely on taught courses, students will additionally gain the right foundations to pursue further study in the research-based Master of Operations Research and Analytics.

Programme structure

The PGDipORAn is a 120-point taught programme, and you are required to complete all the following.

At least four of the following:

  • ENGSCI760 Algorithms for Optimisation
  • ENGSCI761 Integer and Multi-objective Optimisation
  • ENGSCI762 Scheduling and Optimisation in Decision Making
  • ENGSCI763 Advanced Simulation and Stochastic Optimisation
  • ENGSCI765 Studies in Operations Research I
  • ENGSCI768 Advanced Operations Research and Analytics
  • STATS720 Stochastic Processes 
  • STATS723 Stochastic Methods in Finance 
  • STATS724 Operations Research
  • STATS783 Simulation and Monte Carlo Methods

At least three of the following:

  • COMPSCI753 Uncertainty in Data
  • COMPSCI760 Machine Learning and Data Mining 
  • COMPSCI761/367 Artificial Intelligence 
  • COMSCI762 Advanced Machine Learning 
  • ENGSCI712 Computational Algorithms for Signal Processing 
  • ENGSCI755 Decision Making in Engineering
  • OPSMGT766 Fundamentals of Supply Chain Coordination 
  • SOFTENG753 Probabilistic Machine Learning
  • STATS726 Time Series 
  • STATS731 Bayesian Inference
  • STATS763 Advanced Regression Methodology
  • STATS769 Data Science Practice

And up to one approved 600 or 700-level course offered by the University of Auckland.

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

2020 entry requirements

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Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 120 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 3.0

Further programme requirements

Taught 120 points

You must have completed a relevant Bachelor Honours degree in a relevant subject from this University with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher in 120 points above Stage III.

Note: A relevant Bachelors Honours degree may include the Degree of Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours), Bachelors of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), or Bachelor of Science (Honours).

Or

A relevant Bachelor degree in a relevant subject from this University with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher in 75 points above Stage II.

Note: A relevant Bachelors degree may include the Degree of Bachelors of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, or Bachelor of Science.

A relevant subject may be analytics, artificial intelligence, computer science, data science, economics, engineering, information systems, information technology, machine learning, management science, mathematics, operations research, operations and supply chain management, software engineering, structural engineering, electrical engineering, statistics or technology.

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 120 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 3.0

    An undergraduate degree

  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5

Further programme requirements

Taught 120 points

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject from a recognised university (or similar institution).

A relevant subject may be analytics, artificial intelligence, computer science, data science, economics, engineering, information systems, information technology, machine learning, management science, mathematics, operations research, operations and supply chain management, software engineering, structural engineering, electrical engineering, statistics or technology.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

How much does a Postgraduate Diploma in Operations Research and Analytics cost per year?

2020 fees

Domestic students
NZ$9,461 – $10,534*
International students
NZ$42,814*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $7.86 per point, estimated at $943.20 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

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For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Where could this programme take you?

The PGDipOR supplements your undergraduate background with the right skills and theoretical foundations careers that demand continuous improvement through computational mathematics and data science.

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