Transport Planning - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

University of Leeds Institute for Transport Studies

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Institute for Transport Studies

The Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds is the UK’s largest and most respected academic centre for transport teaching and research. We’re ranked 12th in the world for Transportation Science & Technology, according to ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019.

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Full time & Part time September MSc, PGDip, PGCert 12 months full time; 24 months part time

About the course

This Masters degree will equip you with the knowledge and planning techniques to help you develop transport networks that are founded on robust evidence, sustainable and equitable social principles, state-of-the-art modelling, accurate data analysis, and a profound understanding of human psychology. You’ll also develop the tools to help address global challenges such as climate change mitigation and reduction through the development of safe and efficient city transport networks and mass public transport.

You will also experience what it is like to be part of a project team working across disciplinary boundaries within the transport sector. Through this, you’ll gain insights into how planning, economics, environmental science, modelling and engineering can work together to develop

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as (but not limited to) geography, town planning, earth and environment, architecture, sustainability, logistics, business and management, psychology, social policy, history, politics or public administration.

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

 Course Content

Where is University of Leeds


Student Profile(s)

Haruko Nakao

What experiences at Leeds do you think have particularly helped with your career?

Through MSc Transport Planning, I could obtain deeper and wider understanding of transport related issues from a diverse perspective including modelling, social science, and economics. Since my background is in Civil Engineering, getting to see transport from different perspectives helped me to rethink what is transport and what is mobility. This experience influenced when I considered my PhD subject. Also, since Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) is culturally very diverse community, I experienced very interesting, thought-provoking and enjoyable interaction with my course mates. I could make a strong global network throughout my masters course and it will definitely help my future career after my PhD.

Looking back, why did you choose to study your particular course?

The reason why I chose ITS was because ITS was globally famous as one of the best transport research centres in the world. Besides, I was planning to do a PhD after my master’s course and my undergraduate dissertation supervisor knew Prof Dave Watling in ITS who is now my current supervisor and he recommended me to do PhD study under his supervision. For me, a masters course was preparation for my PhD study as well as an opportunity to get better knowledge and insight of transport studies.

What was the best aspect of the course/the University and why? Any highlights?

The best aspect of the course was the high quality of lectures and course works. The structure of the lectures was organised very well. In addition, by doing coursework and attending lectures, I could gain a solid understanding of transport issues. Also, all the staff were really friendly and supportive. I didn’t feel any hesitation or difficulty to get any help when I faced a problem.

What would you say to students thinking about studying the same course at Leeds/thinking about the same career?

I’m confident that ITS is the right place to study master course for your academic and professional carrier. You are required to do a lot of hard work, and especially it is not easy for international students to study and get used to a new environment at the same time. However, if you need any help, you can always reach support easily. Just be ready for a hard work, do your best, and enjoy the whole experience with your course mates!

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Institute for Transport Studies

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The Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds is the UK’s largest and most respected academic centre for transport teaching and research. We’re ranked 12th in the world for Transportation Science & Technology, according to ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019.

Taught by internationally recognised researchers, on a course designed in collaboration with leading figures in the Industry, you will develop a range and depth of expertise that will equip you for a rewarding career – from private sector consultancy to developing public policy.

With the close support of the industry, a key feature of your course will see you collaborating with colleagues from other disciplines. You will experience how industry uses multidisciplinary teams to develop integrated solutions which tackle real-world problems.

Our courses

A Masters course can really help you to stand out in today’s competitive job market.

Our courses have been developed in partnership with industry, and our active research environment means you’ll be taught by academics working at the forefront of their research areas.

As a leading worldwide transport research centre, we deliver internationally excellent research outputs which impact transport policy and practice, contributing to the wider economy and society. 85% of our research is considered ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014), and is conducted across a range of different research groups and themes.

Institute for Transport Studies


We offer industry-relevant degrees, with course content discussed annually with our industrial advisory board – ensuring that courses remain relevant and that learning outcomes meet the changing needs of employers, whilst ensuring that they prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career in transport.

As part of an industry-inspired, multi-disciplinary team, you will have the opportunity to experience what it is like to tackle real world challenges.

As well as collaborating with industry on course content, our links go even further through hosting annual employer visit days. These visits provide a unique chance to gain invaluable experience with recruitment processes and interviews with transport employers before graduating.


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