Masters degrees in Transport Engineering equip postgraduates with the skills to devise, plan, develop and construct routes intended for terrestrial transportation.
Taught MSc degrees are typical for the field, though research oriented MRes and MPhil programmes may be available at some institutions. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Planning or Environmental Engineering.
You will learn to engage with and address a range of transport needs, and develop strategies to construct safe, reliable and sustainable transportation networks.
Transport systems are broad-ranging, and include public transport motorway systems, public footpaths and bicycle trails. Across these systems, you will investigate their infrastructure and economic significance, the policy surrounding their development, and the technical means to construct them.
This includes techniques in project management such as asset management and procurement, scheduling, and budgeting. You will also examine methods for traffic management, and analyse environmental impact.
Careers may include roles in transport consultancies, or work on behalf of a local authority or a government agency. You might also work with or for charities which monitor certain areas of land, particularly listed monuments.
If you are an ambitious engineering graduate – from a civil, mechanical, computing or electronic engineering background – this course is a smart route to a career in the expanding field of transport consultancy and public policy.
97% of our graduates find employment in a professional or managerial role, or continue with further studies.*
Learn to develop solutions to engineering problems that fit the broader aims of transport and planning policy, from academics with an international reputation whose research sets industry standards. This includes studying the principles of transport engineering and data collection and analysis. Other options include:
Develop an early understanding of four-stage modelling before gaining hands-on experience of SATURN and other Leeds-built models so that you become fluent in their use in live environments.
Deepen your knowledge of:
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 engineering, planning, economics, environmental science and modelling can work together to develop 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 engineering techniques that will help you develop transport networks that are founded on fundamental principles, robust evidence, sustainable and equitable principles, state-of-the-art modelling, accurate data analysis, and an understanding of human psychology.
This course provides you with a clear pathway to the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification and is accredited by the major professional bodies in the transport sector, including Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK) and Chartered Institution of Highways and Transport (CIHT).
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Assessment is equally varied and can include coursework essays, case-study reports, group assignments, posters, presentations and exams.
Links with industry
ITS has close working relationships with a number of organisations and many employers visit ITS each year to interview our students for graduate schemes and other vacancies. ITS also regularly circulates specific job vacancies to students.
Our students are highly sought after and have a good reputation with transport consultants, and may receive a job offer before or shortly after graduation.
This course has been running for more than forty years and is recognised as providing a good grounding for students interested in the management, engineering and planning of transport infrastructure. It takes students from a wide range of relevant backgrounds.
The emphasis of the course is on current methodology and practice to improve your employability with engineering and planning departments of local and central governments, passenger transport executives, and transport consultants.
This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.
Transport engineering modules relate to traffic engineering and transport systems design. Transport planning modules consider policy (such as reducing car dependency), travel demand forecasting and appraisal. If you have a civil engineering background you can elect to take an optional module in transport infrastructure design as an alternative to the extended modelling and appraisal work.
The course is supported by field surveys, seminars and studio work, allowing students to experience a range of relevant computer packages and methodological approaches.
You are also required to produce a dissertation with the close supervision of an expert academic member of staff.
This course may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The part-time course enables candidates who would not normally be able to obtain a year’s release from employment to also study in depth and is used by some employers as part of their formal graduate training programme.
The course combines formal lectures and seminars with extensive coursework including transport planning studio work, traffic survey projects, appraisal assignments and statistics tutorials. The teaching panel includes visiting specialists with expert knowledge of specific topics.
You will be exposed to a range of relevant transport software.
Part-time students study the taught modules over two years on a day-release basis (currently Thursdays)
Assessment is by a combination of formal examinations, tutorial and seminar work, course assignment portfolio and a dissertation. The overall breakdown is:
Graduates from this course work in local authorities, consultancies and transport utilities. Some graduates work on projects overseas. The postgraduate qualification is highly valued by employers.
The MSc award is approved as further learning for those working towards Chartered Engineer status. The programme team has close contacts with local employers and the Professional Institutions.
Some of our students go on to study in our Civil Engineering Research Centre.
Research in this Centre is focused into four main themes, aligned with the core elements of the civil engineering curriculum: Structural Engineering, Transport Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering and Hydraulics. Our aim is to provide leading edge sustainable research that is both fundamental and relevant in today’s changing society and environment that is underpinned by strong links with academics from throughout Europe and with industrial partners, such as Network Rail, GMPTE, Atkins, Veolia and UIC.
Our MSc Transportation, Planning and Engineering (Infrastructure) course focuses on the design, engineering and operation of land transport systems, with modules looking in detail at road and railway systems.
This MSc is appropriate for students interested in a career in the transport industry. The infrastructure pathway is differentiated through the compulsory study of highway and traffic engineering, and railway engineering and operations. Whilst this pathway is very suitable for engineers; graduates from other disciplines - science, mathematics, planning and geography – would be welcome on this course.
Compulsory modules: Transport Economics; Transport Data Analysis and Techniques; Transport Planning: Policy and Governance; Transport Planning: Practice; Transport Modelling; MSc Research Project; Highway and Traffic Engineering; Railway Engineering and Operations
Optional modules:: Transport, Energy and the Environment; Human Factors in Engineering; Transport Management and Safety; Logistics Systems Operations
Our MSc Transportation, Planning and Engineering (Operations) focuses on issues relating to the operation and management of transport systems.
This MSc is appropriate for students interested in a career in the transport industry or an experienced transport professional keen to enhance their skills.
The behaviour pathway is differentiated through the compulsory study of transport management and safety, and logistics systems operations. This pathway may be particularly suited to people with a business or management background but graduates from all disciplines would be welcome on this course.
Compulsory modules: Transport Economics; Transport Data Analysis and Techniques; Transport Planning: Policy and Governance; Transport Planning: Practice; Transport Modelling; MSc Research Project; Logistics Systems Operations; Transport Management and Safety
Optional modules: Highway and Traffic Engineering; Transport, Energy and the Environment; Railway Engineering and Operations; Human Factors in Engineering