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Transport Planning and the Environment - MSc/PGDip/PGCert


University of Leeds    Institute for Transport Studies

Full time & Part time September MSc, PGDip, PGCert 1 year full time, 2 years part time

About the course

This Masters degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills to address the environmental impacts of transport. From urban pollution, public health and policy-making, to road safety management and traffic network modelling – you’ll gain insights into how a range of disciplines can work together to design sustainable solutions to global challenges.

You’ll learn the techniques behind cutting-edge data collection and analysis that help improve the air quality of our cities and the wellbeing of your fellow citizens. You’ll also study environmental research techniques to help develop transport networks founded on robust evidence, sustainable and equitable principles, state-of-the-art modelling, accurate data analysis, and a profound understanding of human psychology.

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related subject such as (but not limited to) engineering, environmental science, maths, physics, computing, natural sciences and quantitative subjects.

Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional qualifications plus experience in the sector will also be considered.


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Mario Rivas Sanchez

Why did you choose to study this course at the Institute for Transport Studies?

I chose this course because I wanted to enhance my knowledge in Public Transport, including topics related to vehicle emissions and impact on environment and health. Additionally, I looked at each transport department in the UK and I realised that ITS is the best in the UK and one of the best around the world. Secondly, the wide range of areas covered by the course was relevant for me because I did not want to learn about specific topics or fields in transport. Besides this, ITS gives us the opportunity to choose the modules which you are most interested in.

What has been the best aspect of studying your course so far and why?

There are several interesting aspects, but the most relevant for me is that ITS has a close relationship with companies, councils, institutions and communities, and is involves in the most relevant transport issues in the UK. Therefore, we are learning about current matters, projects and transport issues as well as learning the new trends for building sustainable cities.

What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

I think the most helpful experience will be the dissertation because I am working with TfL on the topic of bus reliability and the impact this has on revenue and demand. Therefore, I am working with one of the most important department of transport around the world and solving real issues, adding value to the transport system in London.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed.

One of the exciting projects was finishing the redesign of Leeds City Square. In this project we were working in groups with students from different backgrounds, developing a sustainable solution for the council in order to increase the levels of walking and cycling across the city square.

How has the Institute’s link with industry improved your future job prospects?

ITS has close connections with companies and, because of this, we recently spent two days with relevant people from the best transport companies around the world, where they did a presentation about their companies, projects and positions. Furthermore, we had the opportunity to get interviews with them which was amazing for me since I got a job in London in a fantastic company.

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