Master in Computer science

Master in Computer science

Operations Research, Combinatorics and Optimisation (ORCO) 2nd year


Semester 3 corresponds to the specialization training, Semester 4 consists of a practicum in a company or laboratory of 5 to 7 months, which represents 27 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System credits.

Scientific objectives:

To train students in the foundations and methods of Operational Research (Mathematical Programming, Graph Theory, Complexity, Stochastic Programming, Heuristics, Approximation Algorithms, etc.) and

To prepare students to use and develop these methods to solve complex industrial applications (supply chain, scheduling, transport, revenue management, etc.) and implement the corresponding software solutions.

Professional objectives:

Students departing from this course intend to, depending on their preferences,- orient themselves towards the research professions (academic or industrial thesis),- enter, as a specialist engineer, major research and development services in optimization (SNCF, IBM, Air France, Amadeus, etc.) or- enter consulting firms in optimization (Eurodécision, Artelys, etc.).

They will also be able to enter less specialized companies by highlighting their ability to methodologically analyse operational problems and thus displaying themselves as potential key elements in the improvement of the company's performance (by linking up with specialized firms or developing in-house methods).

In the longer term, students who are oriented towards the industrial world should be able, with their experience in improving company performance and good "business" knowledge, to naturally access decision-making positions at high levels of responsibility.



Atouts de la formation

This course is also interesting for students with a general engineering degree (e.g. central schools) and wishing to acquire a complementary skill in optimization. It also hosts students from the first year of Master's in Computer Science and Mathematics and Applications and students in the last year of Grenoble National Polytechnical Institute or Polytech'. The latter undertake this program in place of their last year.


Formation tournée vers l’international


Science, Technology, Health

skin.odf-2017:SKIN_ODF_CONTENT_PROGRAM_COMPETENCES_LABELSome Teaching Units of the programme, of common core or labelled research, allow students to acquire organizational skills and skills related to research work - Formulate a research problem and propose a solution; - Position a research problem in the scientific literature; - Evaluate and validate a solution to a research problem; - Write a scientific publication; - Communicating the results of research work; - Develop and use mathematical and computer tools; Master computer software and hardware; - Communicate in English and French;

Accredited establishment(s)
  • Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble





A mandatory practicum or research project of 5 to 7 months is carried out in the second semester. It can be done in a research laboratory but also in the R&D department of a company. In this case, a teacher-training researcher ensures the quality of the research training provided. This research project allows good immersion in the world of research, the discovery of the research profession, and preliminary contacts for a possible thesis or employment in an R&D department.



Access conditions

Continuing education community:

You are in continuing education:

  • if you resume your studies after 2 years of interruption of studies,
  • or if you were undergoing continuing education in one of the previous 2 years
  • or if you are an employee, jobseeker, self-employed person.

 If you do not have the required diploma to enter the training, you can undertake a validation of personal and professional learning.


Would you like to apply and register?

Please note that the procedure differs depending on the degree, the diploma obtained, or the place of residence for foreign students.

  • You are a non-EU citizen, resident in (you live in one of these countries):

Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Egypt, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Russia, Senegal, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam.

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Further studies

This programme allows students to write a thesis. Its strong industrial basis especially allows students to find industrial theses with very good conditions (CIFRE, contract...)


Operational Research Engineer - Logistics Engineering Engineer - Optimization Development Engineer - R&D Engineer in Operations Research - Teacher/researcher in Operational and Combinatorial Research.