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Master of Transportation Sciences


About This Masters Degree

Course Description

The Master Programme in Transportation Sciences of Hasselt University is a multidisciplinary master programme, which trains students and practitioners to identify transportation and traffic safety issues and to come up with solutions by themselves, taking into account several parameters: economy, society, urban development, environment and infrastructure. Several transportation and traffic safety issues are thus highlighted in an overall multidisciplinary perspective.

Transportation drives our society

A modern and international transport system is important for moving people, goods and information in a local, regional and (inter)national context. Moreover, it is connected to economic growth! A continuous increase in traffic volumes, for passenger transport as well as freight forwarding transport, leads to major challenges concerning land use, impact on urban areas, traffic safety issues, traffic flow, atmospheric pollution and travel behaviour.

A multidisciplinary master programme

The Master Programme in Transportation Sciences of Hasselt University is a multidisciplinary master programme, which trains students and practitioners to identify transportation and traffic safety issues and to come up with solutions by themselves, taking into account several parameters: economy, society, urban development, environment and infrastructure. Several transport and traffic safety issues are thus highlighted in an overall multidisciplinary perspective.

A pronounced international orientation

Since transportation is a cross-border field, it is also important to put the focus on the international aspects related to this domain. We offer you the opportunity to regularly exchange views with experts from home and abroad. Within the master programme there are teachers, both nationally and internationally recognized as an expert in their field. Students and practitioners from different countries exchange information about transport and traffic safety problems, solutions and strategies.

PROGRAMME

In the Master of Transportation Sciences, students can choose between 2 specialisations: Traffic Safety or Mobility Management.

Traffic Safety

Road safety is a global problem which is increasing in size. In their lifetime, 1 in 3 citizens is involved in a traffic accident with casualties. In the specialisation Traffic Safety, students investigate which factors (infrastructure, vehicle, road user) cause traffic accidents and how these risks can be decreased. In this specialisation, attention is paid to technological innovations with regard to infrastructure and vehicle, as well as how to understand and influence human behaviour through policy, education and sensitization. The programme also has a driving simulator at its disposal. With the driving simulator, students can carry out experiments into the effects of physical, mental and visual limitations and the effects of road design and environment on driving behaviour in a controlled environment.

Mobility Management

In the specialisation Mobility management, students focus on how to influence modal choice and how to organize transport. If a certain traffic and transportation supply is created by means of road networks, public transport systems, bicycle networks … it is up to you as transportation expert to tackle the challenge of using this supply as efficiently (minimum of traffic jams) and sustainable as possible. This demands a multidisciplinary approach. E.g. to influence the behaviour of individuals in favour of sustainable transport modes (bus, train or bicycle), transportation managers have to develop a set of services/tools which complement infrastructural and pricing measures.

Impact of chosen specialisation
1. students should take up at least 12 credits, and preferably 24 credits, of courses in their chosen specialisation
2. the master thesis, and preferably also internship topic should be situated in the domain of the student's chosen specialisation

Course list

(more specific information about these courses can be found on http://www.uhasselt.be/mts under ‘content and structure’)

- Intelligent transportation Systems
- Microsimulation Models
- Traffic Flows
- Freight Transport
- Environmental Economic Evaluation of Transportation Policy
- Strategic Project Analysis
- Study Visit & International Topics
- Management and Prediction of Travel Demand
- Management of Transportation Companies
- Traffic and Transportation Models
- Analytical Skills for the Interpretation and Analysis of Travel Demand
- Behavioural Influence
- In-Depth Crash Investigation
- Traffic and Travel Behaviour
- Road Safety Evaluation: Methods and Applications
- Internship
For the internship, students have the option to do this abroad (e.g. in home country, Erasmus exchange, etc.) as long as the topic is suitable for the chosen specialisation.
- Master Thesis
+ optional interdisciplinary courses

In the master programme, students can choose the course "Study Visit & International Topics". During this course, students visit some examples of best practices in the field of traffic safety and mobility management abroad. This trip is organised every two years. Its destination can vary. In the past, this study visit has been organised in Denmark and Sweden.

Career prospects

As a graduate of the master in Transportation Sciences, you can work in a varied number of organisations or professions. After all, transport experts are needed both by governmental bodies, private companies and in the non-profit sector. If you wish to have an exciting job, offering many career opportunities, a master degree in Transportation Sciences is the right choice for you! Examples of job content: Transportation Planner, Traffic Safety consultant, Manager or advisor at a Public Transporation company, …

Contact and more information

More information about this course can be found on www.uhasselt.be/mts. For questions or queries, please contact Mrs. Nadine Smeyers ([email protected]).

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a university diploma or a diploma equivalent to a (academic) bachelor degree. Holders of a bachelor diploma will have to do a preparatory programme and holders of a professional bachelor degree will have to do a link programme (Dutch-speaking students). A good command of English is required. This should be confirmed by a recent score on a TOEFL test (paper based: 550 or more/pc based: 213 or more/internet based: 79-80) or IELTS test (overall band score 6.0). Chinese citizens will need to obtain an APS certificate from the German embassy in Beijing before enrolling.

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