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Master of Science (MSc) in Operational Research & Business Statistics

Faculty of Science


Study Mode Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fee HK$180,000/programme

Cut Off Date 24 Jul 2023

Year of Entry 2023 September

Funding Nature Self-financed

Application Start Date5 Oct 2022

Application Deadline7 Jun 2023 (non-local)
24 Jul 2023 (local)

Programme DirectorDr LUO Dehui

Programme Office (852) 3411 2347  

Selection Process
  1. Short-listed applicants may be interviewed should the Programme Board deem it necessary.
  2. Application result will be reflected in the application status in the online application system.

Operational Research and Business Statistics is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions. It gives organizations the power to make more effective decisions and build more productive systems based on:

  1. more complex data 
  2. consideration of all available options
  3. careful predictions of outcomes and estimates of risk
  4. the latest decision tools and techniques


The programme aims to:

  1. provide an opportunity of further education for working professionals in the field of Operational Research and Business Statistics.
  2. offer well-motivated individuals a path for career conversion into the field of Operational Research and Business Statistics.

Programme Structure

Units Requirement 40 units
Required Courses 25 units
 Elective Courses 9 units
Dissertation 6 units
Study Curriculum The study curriculum may change from time to time. Applicants may make reference to the programme website or the University Student Handbook for details of the list of courses.

Academic Qualification

Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics, engineering, business or other related majors; and be proficient in basic mathematics.

Language Proficiency Requirement

Applicants should satisfy at least one of the following requirements on English language proficiency*:

  1. English as the medium of learning in bachelor’s degree programme; or
  2. a score of 79 (internet-based) or above in TOEFL; or
  3. an overall band score of 6.0 in IELTS with a minimum of 6.5 or above in the sub-test of reading or listening; or
  4. equivalent qualifications. 



*Students who marginally fulfill the English requirements may be requested to complete additional English remedial course(s). The cost is to be borne by the students.

MSc Scholarships

Scholarships will be awarded to full-time students of the programme on the basis of their academic results in the following 5 core courses:

ORBS7030 Business Statistics with Python

ORBS7260 Applied Time Series

ORBS7250 Applied Multivariate Analysis

ORBS7010 Prescriptive Analytics for Decision Making

ORBS7070 Machine Learning and Forecasting

The scholarship schemes are:

Scholarship of HK$50,000 will be offered to students with a GPA of 4.00

Scholarship of HK$40,000 will be offered to students with a GPA of 3.90-3.99

Scholarship of HK$30,000 will be offered to students with a GPA of 3.80-3.89

Scholarship of HK$20,000 will be offered to students with a GPA of 3.70-3.79

Scholarship of HK$10,000 will be offered to students with a GPA of 3.60-3.69

Scholarship of (not more than) HK$5,000 will be offered to students with a GPA of 3.40-3.59


This master programme is jointly operated by the Department of Mathematics of Hong Kong Baptist University and Kent Business School of the University of Kent in the United Kingdom.

Students who have satisfactorily completed the programme requirements will be awarded the following two degrees:

  • Master of Science in Operational Research & Business Statistics (conferred by Hong Kong Baptist University, HK) and
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics (conferred by the University of Kent, UK)*

The University of Kent has an excellent international reputation and Kent Business School has a very strong faculty in both teaching and research. Their experience and expertise, in particular in the area of business and management would give us the strength in practical, operational and managerial areas. The faculty members in the Department of Mathematics of Hong Kong Baptist University have a very strong background in Operational Research & Business Statistics. Therefore, the launch of this joint MSc in Operational Research & Business Statistics programme would be an ideal and perfect match and cooperation between the two universities.

* This is an exempted course under the NON-LOCAL HIGHER AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION (REGULATION) ORDINANCE CAP 493 (Ref. no.: 452850).
It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead

  1. The above information is for reference only and is subject to change without prior notice. Hong Kong Baptist University reserves the right of final decision and interpretation in case of any dispute.
  2. Please note that a non-refundable admission confirmation fee, including the first instalment of tuition fee plus other administrative fees must be paid upon acceptance of the admission offer.