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Course content

Overview

If you are passionate about solving the grand transport challenges of our time – with benefits for climate change, pollution, urban congestion, mobility, economic growth development, liveable cities, social justice and energy scarcity – then our Sustainability in Transport MSc will inspire and equip you to tackle these issues.

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:

  • Study a range of modules from shaping future transport systems, environmental science, sustainable transport and environmental policy and governance 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 practical approach will enable you to apply your knowledge to real-world issues in sustainable mobility and transport systems.

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.

Other study options

This programme is available part time over 24 or 36 months. We are flexible as to how you choose to study this course so that you can combine it with other commitments, such as an existing job.

Please get in touch with our  to discuss part time study options.

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 content

You’ll gain a range of specialist knowledge and advanced research skills throughout the programme. In your dissertation, you’ll apply these to a project chosen from a wide range of topics. Some topics are suggested and supported by industry, giving you the chance to address a real-world problem and gain experience of working with industry.

Modules

Compulsory modules

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

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Critical Perspectives in Environment and Development
  • Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Tools and Techniques in Ecological Economics
  • Sustainable Spatial Planning and Analysis
  • Green Logistics
  • Analysing Transport and Society
  • Public Transport Planning and Management
  • System Dynamics: Modelling Policy
  • Traffic Management
  • Global Transferability of Policies, Models and Methods
  • Transport and Public Health
  • Transport Investment Appraisal
  • Transport and Urban Pollution
  • Transport in Development
  • Road Safety Management

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.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

To find out more, read Language for Engineering (6 weeks) and Language for Science: Engineering (10 weeks)

How to apply

Application deadlines

We don’t have a specific application deadline, but we recommend you apply as early as possible, especially if you are hoping to apply for a scholarship.

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Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Fees

  • UK/EU: £9,500 (total)
  • International: £22,750 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course.

Scholarships and financial support

The Institute for Transport Studies offers a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Find out more about our Scholarships.

Career opportunities

Links with industry

We have close working relationships with a number of organisations and many employers visit the Institute for Transport Studies each year to interview our students for graduate schemes and other vacancies. We also regularly circulate 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 the Institute 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.


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

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