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Overview

If you are an ambitious engineering graduate – from a civil, mechanical, computing or electronic engineering background – this course is a smart route to a career in the expanding field of transport consultancy and public policy.

Learn to develop solutions to engineering problems that fit the broader aims of transport and planning policy, from academics with an international reputation whose research sets industry standards. This includes studying the principles of transport engineering and data collection and analysis. Other options include:

  • Traffic management
  • Road geometry and infrastructure
  • System dynamics
  • Road safety management
  • Public transport planning

Develop an early understanding of four-stage modelling before gaining hands-on experience of SATURN and other Leeds-built models so that you become fluent in their use in live environments.

Deepen your knowledge of:

  • Engineering design principles
  • Integrated transport networks - road, rail, and aviation
  • Refining models to fit local contexts

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

Together you will learn engineering techniques that will help you develop transport networks that are founded on fundamental principles, robust evidence, sustainable and equitable principles, state-of-the-art modelling, accurate data analysis, and an understanding of human psychology.

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.

Online taster course

‘Transport Systems: Global Issues and Future Innovations’ is a free online course, delivered via FutureLearn, introducing how the transport sector can develop infrastructures that meet the needs of a 21st century population.

This course may be of interest to undergraduate students and mid-career professionals who are considering a transport Masters at the University of Leeds. Join the online course now.

Course content

Gain a range of specialist knowledge and advanced research skills with our taught modules. In your dissertation, you’ll apply these to a research 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 Modelling
  • Transport Data Collection and Analysis
  • Principles of Transport Engineering
  • Transport Dissertation
  • Transport Integrated Project

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Public Transport Planning and Management
  • System Dynamics: Modelling Policy
  • Traffic Management
  • Road Geometry and Infrastructure
  • Traffic Network Modelling
  • Railway Signalling and Control
  • Road Safety Management
  • Deterioration and Maintenance of Pavements

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: Please see our website.
  • International: Please see our website.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

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

Additional cost information

Students wishing to attend the annual European Field Trip should allow approximately £500 for travel and accommodation during the 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

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.

The organisations that have advertised and/or recruited directly from us 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 Planning and Engineering MSc (Eng) page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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