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Overview

If you are an ambitious numerate graduate, or a practitioner in the field, this Masters will equip you with the analytical skills for a rewarding career supporting transport delivery and policy-making at national, regional and local level.

You'll study transport economics, as well as econometrics and cost-benefit analysis.

Expand your fluency in:

  • Economic appraisal – to better understand the complex interface between transport and the wider economy
  • Micro-economics – to understand pricing techniques, the importance of economic regulation and the valuation of third party costs and benefits
  • Econometrics – to develop your quantitative models with real world data and test economic theories
  • Independent research – opening the gateway to a career in transport research in either academia or consultancy.

Also 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 economics, planning, environmental science, modelling and engineering can work together to design sustainable solutions to global challenges. This industry-inspired approach will enable you to apply your knowledge to real-world issues in the field.

Our economics research has been successful in bridging the interface between academia and industry. For example, CQC (Cost, Quality, Customer) Efficiency Network initiative which is based at the Institute for Transport Studies and a joint venture between the National Highways & Transport Network (NHT) and the University of Leeds. The CQC Efficiency Network offers local authorities throughout Britain the ability to quantify the scope for cost savings in the delivery of highway services and to identify better practises.

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.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK).

Course content

To experience what it’s really like to work in the transport sector, you will collaborate with a project team of students from our other degrees through our new Transport Integrated Project module. Employing project management scenario-based learning, you will cover a range of transport disciplines and be supervised by experts in the field. Join forces to develop a solution to a ‘real-world’ transport problem, identifying how your own interests need to interact effectively with others to achieve an effective solution.

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. Your supervisor will support you throughout the process of developing your dissertation topic.

Modules

Compulsory modules

  • Shaping Future Transport Systems
  • Principles of Transport Economics
  • Welfare Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Transport Econometrics
  • Economics of Regulation
  • Economic Appraisal and Economic Performance
  • Transport Dissertation
  • Transport Integrated Project

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Funding for Projects
  • Green Logistics
  • Public Transport Planning and Management
  • System Dynamics: Modelling Policy
  • Choice Modelling and Stated Preference Survey Design
  • Transport in Development

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.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Economics and Finance (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Economics and Finance (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

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.

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. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Additional cost information

Students wishing to attend the optional European Field Trip are advised to allow a minimum of £500 for accommodation and travel during the week-long trip.

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

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 circulates specific job vacancies to students.

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


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

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