Master in Mathematics and applications

Master in Mathematics and applications

Operations Research, combinatorics and optimization (ORCO)

Presentation and goals

Semester 9 corresponds to the specialization training and 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 master in Operations research, combinatorics and optimization is one of the possible specializations for the second year of the master of science in Computer science. The courses are taught in English.

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...)
  • 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 leaving this course equipped to, according to their preferences, move towards the research professions (academic or industrial thesis), enter, as a specialist engineer, major research and development departments in optimization (SNCF, IBM, Air France, Amadeus etc) or enter optimization consulting firms (Eurodécision, Artelys...). They will also be able to enter less specialized companies by highlighting their ability to methodologically analyse operational problems, thus demonstrating that they are 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.



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

Internationally oriented training



Program under construction - awaiting CFVU vote

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Master 2nd year

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Practica, projects, and missions

Internship: Mandatory
Duration: 5 to 7 months

In the first year of the master, a study of 39 days of immersion in a laboratory (supervised research sork) allows all students to discover the world and the work of research. 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 first year master's is accessible to candidates according to their transcripts (and/or interview) :

  • Proof of a national degree conferring the degree of bin a field compatible with that of the master's degree
  • Or by validation of studies or acquired experience according to the conditions determined by the university or the training

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

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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...)