Transport Planning - MSc

University of Leeds    Institute for Transport Studies

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full time, 2 years part time
Architecture, Building & Planning (3) Business & Management (5) Geography (17)

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Are you passionate about developing sustainable and efficient transport networks? Our Transport Planning MSc at the Institute of Transport Studies at Leeds is the perfect programme for you. Gain the knowledge and planning techniques needed to create transport systems rooted in robust evidence and equitable social principles. You'll also tackle global challenges like climate change mitigation through the development of safe and efficient city transport networks. With a wide range of optional modules, you can tailor your degree to suit your career aspirations. Plus, benefit from industry collaborations and gain hands-on experience through real-world projects. Join us and shape the future of transport planning.

About the course

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

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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.


UK: £12,500 (Total)
International: £30,750 (Total)

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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!


These competitive scholarships are awarded in the form of a 25% tuition fee reduction to international candidates who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. There are limited scholarships available.

Eligible courses:
Sustainability in Transport MSc
Transport Economics MSc
Transport Planning MSc
Transport Planning and Engineering MSc(Eng)
Transport Planning and the Environment MSc
Railway Operations, Management and Policy MSc
Eligibility criteria:
To be considered for the scholarship you must:

be classified as an International student for tuition fee purposes

have applied for 2023/2024 entry for a Masters programme included in the eligible courses section

be a self-funding student

demonstrate an excellent academic track record, and be predicted to achieve or have achieved a Bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons), based on the criteria used by the School for offer purposes, or equivalent

show excellent professional and personal skills evidenced through work experience and/or extracurricular activities

demonstrate the potential to contribute to the social and cultural diversity of our Masters programmes and student community.

Value of Scholarship(s)

25% tuition fee deduction


International applicants. See eligibility criteria for details.

Application Procedure

Apply now by completing the online form. Please note that you will require your University of Leeds Application ID to proceed.

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