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If you are a numerate graduate who wants a smart track to employment in a rapidly expanding sector addressing the environmental impacts of transport, or a practitioner who wants insight into best-practice research to accelerate your career, this Masters is for you.

Learn the cutting edge data collection and analytical skills to translate your passion for improving the air quality of our cities and the wellbeing of your fellow citizens into a reality.

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

Be taught by researchers who are shaping the national and international environmental transport agenda – members of our team advise European and national governments on emissions control.

Study on a course that is designed in collaboration with industry, and covers transport and urban pollution; transport and public health; road safety management; green logistics; traffic network modelling; system dynamics: modelling policy; and global transferability in policy-making. In particular gain:

  • Inside knowledge of how diverse data sources can be used to improve government policy making
  • Fluency in the design of sophisticated models to design traffic systems and pollution controls to reduce harm to people and the environment
  • Hands on experience, using state-of-the-art monitoring tools:
  • Measuring vehicle emissions and evaluating the data
  • Analysing and shaping policies to reduce air traffic pollution.

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 environmental science, modelling, planning, economics 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.

Your colleagues will be among the best and brightest from Latin America to the Far East, from Africa to Europe and the UK. Together you will learn environmental research techniques that will help you develop transport networks that are founded on robust evidence, sustainable and equitable principles, state-of-the-art modeling, accurate data analysis, and a profound understanding of human psychology.

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.

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.

Accreditation

This programme is recognised by the major professional bodies in the transport sector. It fulfils the educational requirements for membership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK) and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and provides a pathway towards the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification.

It is also accredited as meeting the requirements for technical Further Learning for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status for candidates who have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng (Hons). Please see the Joint Board of Moderators website for further information.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Environmental Science and Sustainability for Transport 15 credits
  • Shaping Future Transport Systems 15 credits
  • Principles of Transport Modelling 15 credits
  • Transport Data Collection and Analysis 15 credits
  • Transport and Urban Pollution 15 credits
  • Transport Dissertation 60 credits
  • Transport Integrated Project 15 credits

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

For more information on typical modules, read Transport Planning and the Environment 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.

Modules are arranged so that part-time students can attend one day per week, but this may limit the optional modules available to you. Some modules are taught intensively over 3-5 consecutive days.

Assessment

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

Field Trips

Transport at ITS is an applied subject. We offer plenty of opportunities for students to experience transport systems in action, both within the UK and Europe, allowing you to meet and hear directly from transport professionals and see what you’ve learned in practice.

For many of our students, the highlight of their year is the European Field Trip. This week-long trip which takes place after the summer exams and has been a fixture in the ITS calendar since 1987. The itinerary varies from year to year, but has often included Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany.


Visit the Transport Planning and the Environment MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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