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Institute for Transport Studies

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.

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.

With 95% of our students securing a professional role or engaged in further study within six months after graduating, you can be confident of acquiring knowledge that is highly regarded and in demand (HESA Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2016-17).

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.


We offer scholarship opportunities to support and reward UK, EU and International students.

Apply now to join us in 2020.


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