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If you are passionate about solving the grand challenges for sustainable transport – responding to the critical need for decarbonisation, tackling urban pollution, enabling inclusive mobility, economic development, liveable cities, social justice and energy scarcity – then our Sustainability in Transport MSc will inspire and equip you to tackle these issues.
Whatever your background, this course will fire your imagination and expand your horizons.
You could be a social or political scientist, a geographer, philosopher, or law graduate, or an engineering or science graduate with an interest in environmental and social issues. What’s most important is that you thrive on critical thinking and have a willingness to move outside disciplinary comfort zones. You will:
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A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as (but not limited to) geography, town planning, earth and environment, architecture, sustainability, logistics, business and management, psychology, social policy, history, politics or public administration.
Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional qualifications plus experience in the sector will also be considered.
Why did you choose to study this course at the Institute for Transport Studies?
After graduating I decided to do a Masters, the only question was where? Application deadlines in my home country and most Northern-European countries are in March and April, but the UK has different deadlines. When the UK seemed to be my only option at that point, it was an easy choice to come to Leeds. Not only because of ITS’ world-leading expertise in transport and wide variety of transport masters, but also because I lived for a short period in Manchester 2 years prior so I was familiar with the area.
What has been the best aspect of studying your course so far and why?
It is hard to mention one aspect. When I arrived, I really enjoyed the introduction weeks. I was amazed by the help and support offered to students. If you have any problem, there is always a person on campus who can help you. Even for things like culture shock, support is offered. Regarding the course, I would definitely call the variety of ways to learn the best aspect. There are not just lectures being given, but also site visits, external seminars, job fairs, trips and things like the Metropoly game and the bumper cars challenge that are organised.
To clarify, the Metropoly game aims to collect as many points as possible that can be collected by visiting West Yorkshire’s train stations and other points of interest over the period of a day. As a fanatic team player, I was super excited to take up this challenge. In the end, it was all about having fun and exploring rail and bus travel and the beauty of West Yorkshire’s scenery.
What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?
The Career Centre provides effective support in finding a job from application process to interviews. Since I never applied for a graduate role, it really contributes to my current skill set. Critical thinking and essay writing are things I am also really advancing during this course. Lecturers push you towards the critical mindset, which you will require throughout your professional career. Additionally, functioning in a multicultural environment prepares you in the best way for your career, by overcoming communication and methodological issues.
Read more on our website: https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/student-and-alumni-profiles/single/6/institute-for-transport-studies/245/charline-dielen
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