Master in Computer science

Master in Computer science

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

Presentation and goals

Semester 9 corresponds to the specialization training, semester 10 consists of a practicum in a company or laboratory of 5 to 7 months, which represents 30 European credit transfer and accumulation system credits.

The scientific objectives are 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.

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.

The course is labelled "Core AI" by MIAI.


Some teaching units of the program, 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
- Communicate in English and French



Further information

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.

International dimension :

Internationally-oriented programmes

Possibility of doing a double degree with the University of Swansea

Accredited organizational unit(s)
  • Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble
Other partner structure(s)



Program under constrcution - awaiting CFVU vote

Master 2nd year

Master 2nd Graduate School program

Practica, projects, and missions

Internship: Mandatory
Duration: 5 to 7 months

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.

Registration and scholarships

Registration and scholarships

Access condition

The second year master's is accessible to candidates according to their transcripts (and/or interview) :

  • Having validated the first year of a compatible course - or by validating studies or acquired experience according to the conditions determined by the university or the training

Public continuing education : You are in charge of continuing education :

  • if you resume your studies after 2 years of interruption of studies
  • or if you followed a formation under the regime formation continues one of the 2 preceding years
  • or if you are an employee, job seeker, self-employed

If you do not have the diploma required to integrate the training, you can undertake a validation of personal and professional achievements (VAPP)

Candidature / Application

Do you want to apply and register? Note that the procedure differs depending on the degree considered, the degree obtained, or the place of residence for foreign students.

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Language requirements :

  • Students are required to provide evidence of Competence in English.
    English scores required for the MSIAM, programs: TOEFL IBT 78, CBT 210, Paper 547 / TOEIC 700 / Cambridge FCE / IELTS 6.0 min.
    This is equivalent to CEFR level B2.

    If you have successfully completed a degree (or equivalent) course at a University in one of the following countries then you meet the English requirement automatically: Australia, Canada, Guyana, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, West Indies.

And after

And after

Further studies

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

Sectors of activity

  • Operational research engineer
  • Logistics engineering engineer
  • Optimization development engineer
  • R&D engineer in operations research
  • Teacher/researcher in operational and combinatorial research