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Sustainabilty in Transport MSc


Course Description

If you are passionate about solving the grand transport challenges of our time – with benefits for climate change, pollution, urban congestion, economic growth, social justice and energy scarcity – then this Masters will inspire and equip you to tackle these issues.

97% of our graduates find employment in a professional or managerial role, or continue with further studies.*

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 perhaps 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:

  • Study a range of modules from environmental policy and governance, shaping future transport systems, environmental science and sustainability for transport through to investigating the links between transport and climate change, the environment and economic development.
  • Develop the management skills to lead strategic reviews of transport policy.
  • Undertake strategic assessments and reviews of transport and environmental policies.
  • Be taught by internationally renowned academics from the Institute for Transport Studies and the School of Earth and Environment. Their work is developing sustainable solutions in transport and beyond.
  • Gain industry-specific skills for access to a fast expanding employment market.
  • Have a choice of modules including gaining leadership skills to effectively chair visioning workshops, stakeholder engagement events, strategy meetings, and make persuasive presentations to policy makers.

And experience what it is like to be part of a project team working across disciplinary boundaries within the transport sector. Through this, gain insights into how planning, economics, environmental science, modelling and engineering can work together to develop sustainable solutions to global challenges. This industry-inspired approach will enable you to apply your knowledge to real-world transport issues in the field.

Your colleagues will be among the best and brightest from the UK and across the globe. Together you will develop the strategic vision needed to help you design transport solutions founded on sustainable and equitable principles.

ITS – the global institute teaching the transport leaders of tomorrow.

*Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2015, http://www.hesa.ac.uk

We have redesigned our suites of courses following close consultation with Industry and academia.

With a strong focus on industry needs, our degrees will prepare you for employment in your chosen field. They will also address the multi-disciplinary nature of transport – enabling you to make effective decisions for clients, employers and society.

And to experience what it’s really like to work in the transport sector, collaborate with a project team of students from our other degrees through our new Transport Integrated Project module.

Research environment

The Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) was established as the UK’s first multi-disciplinary transport department, and we continue to lead the field with our research.

Our reputation allows us to invest in world-class facilities, such as the University of Leeds Driving Simulator – one of the most sophisticated in any university in the world, allowing us to research driver behaviour in controlled lab conditions. We also have access to a variety of specialist software tools including those we’ve developed in-house such as SATURN, PLUTO, DRACULA, MARS and KonSULT.

You’ll also be supported by the Sustainability Research Centre (SRC), an interdisciplinary centre for cutting-edge research in this dynamic field. SRC works with partners and funders such as Marks & Spencer and Asda to address key challenges facing businesses and governments alike.

Other Study Options

This programme is available part time, allowing you to combine study with other commitments. You can work to fund your studies, or gain a new qualification without giving up an existing job. We aim to be flexible in helping you to put together a part-time course structure that meets your academic goals while recognising the constraints on your study time.

You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma level, part time or full time, or at Postgraduate Certificate level with our PGCert in Transport Studies.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Environmental Policy and Governance 15 credits
  • Environmental Science and Sustainability for Transport 15 credits
  • Shaping Future Transport Systems 15 credits
  • Transport Data Collection and Analysis 15 credits
  • Transport Dissertation 60 credits
  • Transport Integrated Project 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Sustainability in Transport MSc Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Sustainability in Transport MSc Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Postgraduate study involves a range of teaching methods, supported by independent learning. In addition to the traditional lecture and seminar formats, you’ll experience a blend of workshops, computer exercises, practical sessions, directed reading, reflective journal, student-led discussions, fieldwork and tutorials.

Assessment

Assessment is equally varied and can include coursework essays, case-study reports, group assignments, posters, presentations and exams.

Career opportunities

Links with industry

ITS has close working relationships with a number of organisations and many employers visit ITS each year to interview our students for graduate schemes and other vacancies. ITS also regularly circulates specific job vacancies to students.

Our students are highly sought after and have a good reputation with transport consultants, and may receive a job offer before or shortly after graduation.

The organisations that have advertised and/or recruited directly from ITS include Arup, Mott MacDonald, AECOM, Capita, Transpennine Express, Transport for London, Pell Frischmann, Leigh Fisher, JMP, Amey and Hyder among many others.

Read more about Graduate Employability at the Institute for Transport Studies.

Graduate destinations

A degree from ITS opens up a range of opportunities to develop a challenging and rewarding career. Transport consultancies are the largest employers of ITS graduates, but other common careers include those in government, academia, regulatory bodies, transport operators, logistics companies, not-for-profit and international agencies.

ITS graduates work across the private and public sectors. Many work abroad, whether for UK companies with overseas offices, for international organisations or for national governments.


Visit the Sustainabilty in Transport MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Marc Fialkoff

1175.jpg WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO STUDY AT THE INSTITUTE FOR TRANSPORT STUDIES (ITS)?
I chose ITS after seeing that of all the UK institutions that have transport studies programs, ITS at Leeds was the best. What attracted me to ITS and the MSc Sustainability (Transport) was the interdisciplinary nature of the course and the crossover with the Sustainability Research Institute in the School of Earth and Environment. Coming from an interdisciplinary background, this was my first choice. Part of the Fulbright program is building international understanding in areas of study; learning transportation studies from world-renowned faculty members definitely feeds into the ideal.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING AN ITS MASTERS STUDENT?
Amazing. Every lecture is an experience and I learn something new. Inside and outside the classroom, my classmates make the time here fun and exciting. It truly is an interdisciplinary field and you need to be open to seeing the different perspectives that emerge.

WHAT HAVE YOU ENJOYED MOST ? Induction week and the field-trip around Leeds were really fun. It gave all of us time to really get to know one another. The discussions that emerged during our lectures were interesting and forced us to look at our own of opinions of transport and at times re-evaluate them. Next semester, I am looking forward to my module in Green Logistics and doing my fieldwork at Hull and Immingham for my dissertation. In addition to the semester activities, I am really excited about the ITS field trip to Europe and my own travelling to Ireland.

WHAT HAVE THE LECTURES AND SEMINARS BEEN LIKE? AND THE TEACHING STAFF?
At first glance, I did not realise that the material we would be reading in our classes are written by the faculty members of ITS. I thought that would be a bit intimidating, but once I was in Leeds and met the Professors and started attending the lectures, I found the faculty are amazing. They are very approachable and enjoy challenging us to think ‘outside the box’ and see new perspectives on transport related issues.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR ANYONE THINKING ABOUT STUDYING FOR A MASTERS AT ITS?
Be prepared to hit the ground running. ITS is a wonderful place and the courses are great but be prepared to work on day one. Be open to new ideas and have fun. The year goes fast and enjoy every day of the program.


(Scholarship)

Transport Employers' Scholarships - 2 Awards

The Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds, is offering two fees scholarships, each worth £2000, to provide development opportunites to students of outstanding ability, achievement and potential. The scholarships will fund 30% of the tuition fees for two UK/EU students to undertake a full-time Masters degree. The scholarships are funded by the employer organisations which recruit staff for their graduate intake directly from the ITS postgraduate cohort. Each year, these employers come to ITS to present their career opportunities and to conduct initial interviews of our students. Reflecting the high quality of our Masters programmes, our students often receive one or more job offers before the end of their studies.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000

Eligibility

You must first hold an offer (conditional or unconditional) of an academic place on a full-time ITS Masters programme for the academic year commencing September 2016, and be designated by the University as being of UK/EU fee status. All applications will be assessed on a competitive basis. A scholarship award cannot be deferred and will lapse if not accepted in September 2016.

Application Procedure

You should submit the ITS scholarship form, including a statement of 500 words on how a Masters degree would enable you to make a difference to transportation (e.g in your country, region or area) and specifically to tackle a significant problem or issue.

Further Information

http://www.its.leeds.ac.uk/courses/masters/fees-scholarships/


(Scholarship)

International Transport Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds is offering 50% fees scholarships, each worth £8,500, to provide development opportunities to students of outstanding ability, achievement and potential. The scholarships will fund 50% of the tuition fees for international students to undertake a full-time Masters degree programme. The scholarships form part of the ITS mission to advance the understanding of global transport, via the development of future transport professionals.ITS is globally recognised as one of the world’s largest and most successful University departments for transport teaching and research. ITS Masters programmes are accredited by leading professional bodies and equip you with the practical skills for progression to a range of professional-level careers in the transport industries. Scholarship applications can be made for any of the six programmes:• MSc Mathematical Modelling for Transport
• MSc Sustainability in Transport
• MSc Transport Economics
• MSc Transport Planning
• MSc Transport Planning and the Environment
• MSc (Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£8,500

Eligibility

You must first hold an offer (conditional or unconditional) of an academic place on an ITS Masters programme for the academic year commencing September 2016, and be designated by the University as being of international fee status. All applications will be assessed on a competitive basis. A scholarship award cannot be deferred and will lapse if not accepted in September 2016.

Application Procedure

You should submit the ITS scholarship form, including a statement of 500 words on how a Masters degree would enable you to make a difference to transportation (e.g in your country, region or area) and specifically to tackle a significant problem or issue.

Further Information

http://www.its.leeds.ac.uk/courses/masters/fees-scholarships/


(Scholarship)

UK/EU Transport Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds is offering 50% fees scholarships, each worth £3,250, to provide development opportunities to students of outstanding ability, achievement and potential. The scholarships will fund 50% of the tuition fees for UK/EU students to undertake a full-time Masters degree programme. The scholarships form part of the ITS mission to advance the understanding of global transport, via the development of future transport professionals.ITS is globally recognised as one of the world’s largest and most successful University departments for transport teaching and research. ITS Masters programmes are accredited by leading professional bodies and equip you with the practical skills for progression to a range of professional-level careers in the transport industries. Scholarship applications can be made for any of the six programmes:• MSc Mathematical Modelling for Transport
• MSc Sustainability in Transport
• MSc Transport Economics
• MSc Transport Planning
• MSc Transport Planning and the Environment
• MSc (Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,250

Eligibility

You must first hold an offer (conditional or unconditional) of an academic place on an ITS Masters programme for the academic year commencing September 2016, and be designated by the University as being of UK/EU fee status. All applications will be assessed on a competitive basis. A scholarship award cannot be deferred and will lapse if not accepted in September 2016.

Application Procedure

You should submit the ITS scholarship form, including a statement of 500 words on how a Masters degree would enable you to make a difference to transportation (e.g in your country, region or area) and specifically to tackle a significant problem or issue

Further Information

http://www.its.leeds.ac.uk/courses/masters/fees-scholarships/



Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as 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. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

Last Updated

10 August 2017

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