There are many different academic paths into O.R. although most people tend to have undergraduate degrees with mathematics, statistics, computer science, engineering, economics, management or science content.
It is important that the degree you choose has a substantial amount of quantitative and analytical content.
You could also study for a degree in O.R. or for a degree with O.R. content. These courses would introduce you to a number of O.R. techniques such as computer simulation, optimisation, queuing theory, inventory control, and problem structuring methods.
You can view a list of universities that offer undergraduate degree courses in O.R. and with O.R. content on the Undergraduate Degree Courses page.
You may also find that many mathematical degree courses offer a module on O.R. techniques in the second or third year.
If you choose to study a degree with little or no O.R. content, you may wish to consider doing a Masters in Operational Research once you have graduated or started work.
You can view a list of universities that offer postgraduate degree courses in O.R. and with O.R. content on the Postgraduate Degree Courses page.