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Visit the Institute for Transport Studies at our Masters. Open Days. 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. Read more

Visit the Institute for Transport Studies at our Masters Open Days.

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:

  • Traffic management
  • Road geometry and infrastructure
  • System dynamics
  • Road safety management
  • Public transport planning.

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:

  • Engineering design principles
  • Integrated transport networks - road, rail, and aviation
  • Refining models to fit local contexts.

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).

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.




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IN BRIEF. Member of the national Universities Transport Partnership. Emphasis on methodology and practice, guided by the needs of employers. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Member of the national Universities Transport Partnership
  • Emphasis on methodology and practice, guided by the needs of employers
  • Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (Institution of Structural Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Highways & Transportation) as fully satisfying requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

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.

COURSE DETAILS

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.

TEACHING

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

Assessment is by a combination of formal examinations, tutorial and seminar work, course assignment portfolio and a dissertation.  The overall breakdown is:

  • Examination: 50%
  • Coursework: 50%

CAREER PROSPECTS

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.

FURTHER STUDY

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.

http://www.cse.salford.ac.uk/research/engineering-2050/civil-engineering/



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This well respected and industry credited course offers the gateway to a successful career in the transport professions. Developments in transport shape the world we live in and influence communities’ economic and social wellbeing. Read more
This well respected and industry credited course offers the gateway to a successful career in the transport professions

Developments in transport shape the world we live in and influence communities’ economic and social wellbeing. Transporting people and goods provides a serious challenge for politicians, transport planners and engineering specialists.

During your studies you will examine the major transport issues facing society and learn the main techniques applied in analysing and resolving transport problems.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Transport-Planning-and-Engineering-Postgraduate-FullTime

Part-time options

Part-time study is flexible. Normally students will take three years to complete the programme if they undertake one module per week but the length of the course can be reduced to two years, if two modules are taken each week. Many part-time students undertake projects in their place of work. http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/msc-transport-planning-and-engineering-postgraduate-parttime

Distance Learning: Identical in duration and content to a part-time course, this option replaces campus attendance with specially developed printed and online learning materials. You can study at your own pace, in your own time. http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/msc-transport-planning-and-engineering-postgraduate-distance-learning-part-time

What you'll learn

You will gain an understanding of transport systems through studying issues such as transport modelling and appraisal techniques from a theoretical and practical perspective. You will also learn how to develop effective transport strategies to address a range of different scenarios.

Your studies will also benefit from our excellent links with industry and the transport research community, allowing you to gain a good understanding of the profession from industry-relevant teaching, guest lecturers and by engaging with transport practitioners and researchers.

Part-time and distance learning options allow those working in the industry to expand their professional capabilities and meet the educational requirements for chartership.

Modules

• Public transport
• Transport policy
• Development planning and transport assessment
• Traffic engineering control
• Transport and traffic models
• Transport research methods
• Transport economics and appraisal
• Traffic management
• MSc project

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Careers

This industry accredited qualification offers good career prospects, especially as there is an increasing demand for transport planning graduates in the UK.

On completing the course, you will go on to a career in one of the major transport consultancies, a local authority or a government agency.

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

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Transport engineering is about efficiently moving people and goods through the use of scientific principles. Journeys may be made by foot, bicycle, private motorised transport and public transport. Read more
Transport engineering is about efficiently moving people and goods through the use of scientific principles.

Journeys may be made by foot, bicycle, private motorised transport and public transport. The varied means of transport available require infrastructure comprising either of public rights of way or dedicated systems such as railways, which need to be sized, designed, built and maintained.

Taken together, transport and its infrastructure has significant impacts on society and the environment and these impacts need to be estimated.

The MSc Transport Engineering and Planning provides systematic knowledge and skills in the analysis and design of transport systems which are grounded in advanced engineering science, statistical modelling and planning theory and practice.

Accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Modules

Analysis and design of transport systems
Asset management and project appraisal
Railway engineering and operation
Safety, survey techniques and quantitative methods
Transport society and planning
Finite elements and stress analysis
Project (masters)
Property development and regeneration

Employability

Employment prospects for graduates of the MSc Transport Engineering and Planning remain very good in the long term. Transport infrastructure is one of the most significant assets which a country possesses and there will remain a strong need for skilled professionals working in transport engineering and planning.

Career paths in transport engineering

Successful students will enter into a variety of positions with employers which might include:

• Designing and constructing transport systems
• Procuring and maintaining transport systems, including central and local government agencies
• Financing transport systems who need specialist transport engineering and planning knowledge to assist in financial assessments of proposed schemes involving private sector finance
• Management of transport operations

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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The intercollegiate Transport MSc, offered in conjunction with Imperial College London, brings together the transport research and training capabilities of the civil engineering departments of the two universities. Read more

The intercollegiate Transport MSc, offered in conjunction with Imperial College London, brings together the transport research and training capabilities of the civil engineering departments of the two universities. Students benefit from the multidisciplinary transport expertise of both departments and their 50 years' experience as leaders in this field.

About this degree

Students gain a systematic understanding of the causes, motivations and means of personal travel and goods movement; techniques for analysing and resolving transport problems; and methods of evaluating transport projects, plans and policies, recognising the need for public consultation and the political, social, commercial and financial issues involved.

Students undertake modules to the value of 90 ECTS Credits.

Core modules

  • Transport and its Context
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Transport Engineering and Operations
  • Transport Economics
  • Transport Demand and its Modelling
  • Transport Policy

Optional modules

Options may include the following:

  • Highway Engineering
  • Road Traffic Theory and its Application
  • Public Transport
  • Transport Safety and Risk Management
  • Quantitative Techniques for Transport Engineering and Planning
  • Advanced Transport Modelling
  • Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Design of Accessible Transport Systems
  • Freight Transport
  • Air Traffic Management
  • Ports and Maritime Transport
  • Roads and Underground Infrastructure: Design, Construction and Maintenance
  • Railway Management, Operation and Engineering
  • Transport, Environmental Impacts and Safety

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a Special Project of 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, computer-based work and coursework. Assessment is through unseen written examinations, coursework, an individual literature review, presentations and the dissertation focussing on the final project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Transport MSc

Careers

Transport graduates find employment with transport operators, consultancies, and local and central governments in various countries and supranational organisations. Many graduates are employed by companies involved in the manufacture of instrumentation and in companies specialising in software and other services for the engineering industry.

Employability

Successful completion of this MSc meets the academic requirements for corporate membership of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Centre for Transport Studies is an energetic and exciting environment. Students benefit from engaging with the teaching staff who are actively involved in internationally leading research, and advising local, national and international governments and transport agencies.



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Our Transport and Operations Research Group is a leading centre of transport technology in Europe. We conduct world leading research that has commercial impact. Read more
Our Transport and Operations Research Group is a leading centre of transport technology in Europe. We conduct world leading research that has commercial impact. You will be able to develop your work into ground breaking research through working with our experts.

By pursuing research in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences you will join an extremely successful research group focussing on transport and civil engineering. Our mission is to foster, promote and conduct research of international quality. This means that we attract high quality graduates and researchers and train them to international standards.

Research into transport and civil engineering is conducted by our Transport Operations Research Group (TORG), one of the leading centres of transport technology in Europe. We are central to key research in areas such as road user charging and smartcards, developing both the policy ideas and the underlying technologies.

We are currently running a world-leading trial in electric vehicles and public charging infrastructure in the north east of England. This research is informing policy, international standards development and its impact on energy demand and environmental emissions. We have also developed a low-cost wireless sensing technology, Motes, which is being used to monitor traffic pollution, help develop strategies to manage traffic demand and reduce emissions. This world-leading technology is being used commercially by several local authorities and it is being assessed for deployment in a number of high profile international cities.

Our main research areas are:
-Land use and network models
-Passenger transport and policy
-Transport and the environment
-Infrastructure design and telematics

We supervise MPhil and PhD students in the following areas:
-Freight and traffic loading
-Public transport management and operations
-Traffic management and control
-Road traffic safety and accident analysis
-Transport emissions and the environment
-Transport telematics and image processing
-Intelligent transport systems (ITS)
-Travel behaviour
-Highway design and engineering
-Operating speed models
-Environmental impact and monitoring of transport activities

Delivery

During term time, TORG has weekly seminars where staff, current PhD students and invited speakers make presentations. The current research themes deal with:
-Transport telematics
-Public transport
-Transport and the environment
-Pollution and congestion
-Road-user charging and infrastructure

You have the opportunity to attend and make presentations at conferences, including the Universities' Transport Study Group Annual Conference.

Placements

We have extensive UK and international contacts so that research can be carried out in collaboration with industry and government agencies. Research projects are supervised by staff with a wide range of industrial and academic experience.

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This course is an excellent route to a wide range of career opportunities. Estimating transport needs, providing systems and infrastructure to meet those needs, and addressing the impacts of transport on society and the environment all require the understanding and skills this course offers. Read more
This course is an excellent route to a wide range of career opportunities. Estimating transport needs, providing systems and infrastructure to meet those needs, and addressing the impacts of transport on society and the environment all require the understanding and skills this course offers. The module content draws on our strong industry links, our research and our local and national project-based work.

MSc Transport Engineering and Planning is run by UWE Bristol's Centre for Transport and Society. All the teaching staff are engaged in research and consultancy, and often advise national and local government.

Key benefits

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.

Course detail

Bristol is the home of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and an exciting place to study transport and engineering. The city has some interesting and complex transport problems of its own, and plans to tackle them include a bus rapid transit network, continuing developments to cycling networks as the country's first Cycling City, and experimental closures of the city centre to motor traffic on Sundays. Our close links with local authorities in the area means we were commissioned to evaluate Bristol's Local Sustainable Transport Fund project.

Why do most Park and Ride schemes cause an increase in traffic? Why do people living in high-density housing make fewer journeys than people in suburbs, yet cause more traffic congestion? Does an increase in traffic inevitably increase collision and injury rates? These are just some of the questions posed by our researchers in the Centre for Transport and Society at UWE Bristol.

This course draws on the latest research and practice, and attracts students from a wide range of countries, and from employers around the region. We welcome applicants from all over the world.

Modules

The course modules cover the following topics:

• Transport Infrastructure Engineering
• Traffic Engineering
• Transport Economics and Appraisal
• Travel Demand Analysis
• Transport Policy and Finance
• Changing Travel Behaviour
• Sustainable Transport Management and Operations

You will also study:

• Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
• Dissertation - including research training and the potential for a work placement

Format

We use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, fieldwork and laboratory work, debates and discussion, teamwork, presentations and external visits. Teaching staff are mainly active researchers in the Centre for Transport and Society, but, where appropriate, we include contribution from UWE Bristol experts working and teaching in other related fields.

We also have guest lectures from professional practitioners, who give you valuable insights into the latest developments in practice.

Transport engineers must be numerate. If you lack confidence in this area, we can provide help for the mathematical content of the course.

Placements

A feature of this course is the potential for a work placement. This gives you the chance to gain valuable experience in practice and gain a competitive edge over graduates from other courses. If you choose to, we will help you find a suitable placement with an employer based in the area, for a few weeks in the summer after the end of teaching and assessment. The placement (which may be unpaid) will involve a project designed to address an employer's genuine needs. Your experience and findings will contribute to your project-based dissertation.

Assessment

Assessment is mainly through coursework, presentations, and exams.

Careers / Further study

Opportunities in transport engineering and planning are growing. UWE Bristol's transport graduates have an excellent reputation in the marketplace, and several have since secured senior positions around the region and further afield.

Every year, employers ask the programme leader to circulate details of vacancies with them. Several of our students have been hired as a direct result by employers such as Arup, Halcrow, ITP, WSP, Matrix, Parsons Brinkerhoff and Bristol City Council.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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The Sustainable Transport Engineering MSc is a mainstream mechanical engineering course with a focus on vehicles and drive systems, and energy sources and management. Read more
The Sustainable Transport Engineering MSc is a mainstream mechanical engineering course with a focus on vehicles and drive systems, and energy sources and management. For anyone wishing to specialise in railways, the course also has a rail option.

This course is intended for honours graduates (or an international equivalent) in mechanical or mechanical-related engineering (eg automotive, aeronautical or design), maths, physics or a related discipline.

Course structure

All Sustainable Transport Engineering MSc students will undertake taught modules in the following core subjects:
-Mechanical power transmission
-Vehicle drives and dynamics
-Human-systems integration
-Energy sources and storage
-Sustainable energy management

You then have the option to take further general engineering modules or rail transport modules. See the module page for more information.

Alongside students undertaking other mechanical engineering MSc courses, you will also be introduced to engineering software and computational methods, ie Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA).

Your research project is chosen from an extensive range of subjects. Project work can range from fundamental studies in areas of basic engineering science, to practical design-make-test investigations.

If you are specialising in the rail option, you will undertake a railway-themed research project. Newcastle University is actively involved in a wide range of railway research projects.

Some research may be undertaken in collaboration with industry.

There is an established programme of research seminars. These are delivered by guest speakers from academia and industry (both national and international), providing excellent insights into a wide variety of engineering research.

Delivery

The taught component of the course makes use of a combination of lectures, tutorials/labs and seminars. Assessment is by written examination and submitted in-course assignments.

The research project (worth 60 credits) is undertaken throughout the duration of the Master's level course. Project work is assessed by dissertation and oral/poster presentations. You will be allocated, and meet regularly with, project supervisors.

Effective communication is an important skill for the modern professional engineer, and this course includes sessions to help develop your ability, both through formal guidance sessions dedicated to good practice in report writing, and through oral/poster presentations of project work.

Accreditation

The courses have been accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Facilities

The School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering is based in the Stephenson Building. It has both general and specialist laboratories and workshop facilities. These are used for training, course delivery and the manufacture of materials/components needed to support project work.

The Stephenson Building houses one of the largest networked computer clusters on campus (120+ PCs), which supports all of the specialist software introduced and used within the course (eg CAD, stress analysis, fluid dynamics, signal processing packages) in addition to the School’s own cluster (60+ PCs) used for instrumentation and data acquisition laboratories.

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This industry accredited Transport Planning and Engineering MSc is designed for both practising professionals and new graduates. You will develop and apply advanced skills and understanding to the planning, management and operation of transport systems. Read more
This industry accredited Transport Planning and Engineering MSc is designed for both practising professionals and new graduates. You will develop and apply advanced skills and understanding to the planning, management and operation of transport systems.

Along with developing essential skills and understanding of the planning, management and operation of transport systems, we aim to help you establish a responsible attitude towards the needs of society, the environment and transport safety considerations. We will teach you core skills in:
-Information processing
-Data analysis
-Problem solving
-Teamwork
-Communication and presentation

Delivery

You will take 10 taught modules, which will mostly be transport related but you can choose modules from other subject areas. You will undertake a research project written up as a dissertation.

You can also go on a study tour to Europe to examine the different approaches to transport management in other countries. You will see the operation of various public transport systems and study the principles behind advanced transport planning software.

Accreditation

The course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) (comprising ICE, IStructE, CIHT and IHIE), as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for students with an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng Honours degree or Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc Honours degree.

It is also accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and it meets the academic requirements for the Transport Planning Professional qualification.

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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. . Read more

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.

Introducing your degree

Whether you are interested in starting a career in the transport industry, or an experienced transport professional keen to enhance your skills, our MSc in Transportation Planning and Engineering (Infrastructure) is the masters course for you. Covering everything from the fundamentals of modelling and economics through to the application of software and planning tools using real life examples from around the world, it is the perfect way to improve your capabilities and employability in the transport sector.

Overview

The one year full-time course starts in September each year and includes two semesters of taught modules and a summer period devoted to your individual project, from which you produce a Dissertation. Lectures take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week – allowing the course to be undertaken on a part-time basis over 2 years, with attendance on one day each week. The course includes a 2 day residential field trip which in the past has featured behind-the-scenes site visits, museum trips, and a 'transport challenge' competition.

Career Opportunities

  • Transport engineering (rail infrastructure companies, local highways departments),
  • Transport planning,
  • Transport management,
  • Transport consultancy.


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Our MSc Transportation Planning and Engineering (Operations) focuses on issues relating to the operation and management of transport systems. You will study modules covering transport management and safety, and freight transport and logistics. . Read more

Our MSc Transportation Planning and Engineering (Operations) focuses on issues relating to the operation and management of transport systems. You will study modules covering transport management and safety, and freight transport and logistics. 

This MSc is appropriate for students interested in a career in the transport industry or an experienced transport professional keen to enhance their skills. This behaviour pathway - differentiated through the compulsory study of transport management and safety, and logistics systems operations - is suitable for students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds.

Introducing your degree

Whether you are interested in starting a career in the transport industry, or an experienced transport professional keen to enhance your skills, our MSc in Transportation Planning and Engineering (Operations) is the masters course for you. Covering everything from the fundamentals of modelling and economics through to the application of software and planning tools using real life examples from around the world, it is the perfect way to improve your capabilities and employability in the transport sector.

Overview

The one year full-time course starts in September each year and includes two semesters of taught modules and a summer period devoted to your individual project, from which you produce a Dissertation. Lectures take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week – allowing the course to be undertaken on a part-time basis over 2 years, with attendance on one day each week. The course includes a 2 day residential field trip which in the past has featured behind-the-scenes site visits, museum trips, and a 'transport challenge' competition.

Career Opportunities

  • Logistics
  • Transport Planning
  • Transport Management
  • Transport Consultancy


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The Road Management and Engineering programme is designed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge of management procedures for the planning, appraisal, design, construction and maintenance of road networks. . Read more

The Road Management and Engineering programme is designed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge of management procedures for the planning, appraisal, design, construction and maintenance of road networks. 

The programme is relevant to conditions found in both developed and developing countries and are suitable for road engineers and civil engineering graduates who want to pursue a career in road management.

Leading to:

  • Master of Science degree, MSc (12 months full time, 24-36 months part-time)
  • Diploma (10 months full-time, 24-36 months part-time)

Course details

The course has been devised to meet the demands of both the UK and overseas road industry. It offers advanced training to engineers aspiring to higher or middles management in public and private sector road management.

Management-focused modules complement the range of subjects taught in the engineering oriented modules and include state-of-the-art principles and practices associated with road asset management, economics and financing, HDM-4 (the World Bank’s de facto standard for road investment appraisal) and planning.

  • Modules are delivered via a variety of lectures, tutorials, team exercises, projects and site visits.
  • Those taking the MSc progamme undertake a research project which accounts for 60 credits (one third of the overall programme).
  • An important feature is flexibility of delivery, allowing primarily UK-based practising road engineers to attend on a part-time basis.

Programme content

The programme consists of taught modules and a research project. Student development is through a combination of lectures, tutorials, site visits and major and minor projects. Student-centred, computer-based and flexible learning are important elements. Coursework and oral presentations are required for many projects. The syllabus includes:

  • Road asset management 
  • Road economics and financing
  • Pavement engineering
  • Sustainable road transport
  • Road design 
  • Road safety
  • Rural roads

The programme is also designed with part-time students in mind, and is formulated specifically to facilitate the career development of individuals working in the roads sector and meet the demands of both the UK and overseas road industry. Part-time students take the same modules as full-time students, but can opt to take the programme over a two or three-year period. To facilitate this, each module is delivered two separate one-week blocks over the course of a semester.

Learning and teaching

The primary teaching interest is to provide postgraduate taught programmes (MSc, Diploma and Certificate) for both practising road engineers and Civil Engineering graduates that want to pursue a career in road management. 

The programmes are designed to provide current knowledge in management procedures for the planning, appraisal, design, construction and maintenance of road networks. The programmes will be relevant to conditions found in both the developed and the developing countries. A key feature of the programmes delivery is flexibility that allows primarily UK-based practicing road engineers to attend the programmes on a part-time basis.

Employability

Graduates are held in high regard and many of today’s senior executives in road authorities throughout the world are

graduates of the programme. Our excellent links with industry ensure that the vast majority of graduates find rewarding

employment and amongst our recent graduates are those who have joined the World Bank, government road agencies,

local authorities, international arms of consulting engineers, niche asset management specialists and road contractors as well as those who have gone on to PhD study.

Your MSc counts towards achieving Chartered Engineer accreditation.

University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.



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MSc in Transport. MSc in Transport & Business Management. MSc in Transport & Sustainable Development. These MSc courses are offered jointly with University College London (UCL). Read more
MSc in Transport

MSc in Transport & Business Management

MSc in Transport & Sustainable Development

These MSc courses are offered jointly with University College London (UCL).

They provide a thorough understanding of the movement of people and goods, and of techniques for analysing transport problems and evaluating measures for resolving them.

They prepare students for work in the fields of planning, engineering, operations, policy and research.

All of our MSc courses are career-orientated and cover both theoretical background and practical design considerations.

Lectures are given mainly by full-time staff but important contributions are made by visiting professors and guest lecturers who are eminent industrialists.

Many of our students continue their studies to undertake research towards a PhD.

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Railway risk and safety management are both vitally important worldwide, for not only the ongoing operation of existing railways, but also for the design and the development of new systems. Read more

Railway risk and safety management are both vitally important worldwide, for not only the ongoing operation of existing railways, but also for the design and the development of new systems. Much work is being done by companies involved in both mainline and urban transportation systems to improve safety, for the public, their passengers and their workforce. The prevention of the loss of life and livelihood associated with railway crashes and incidents are high priorities for all organisations involved.

This programme in Railway Risk and Safety Management (RRSM) is the first of its kind in the UK and is jointly delivered by the Universities of Birmingham and York. You will benefit from the expertise of two leading UK universities and spend around half of your time with the Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education(BCRRE) and half at the High Integrity Systems Engineering Group (HISE) in York.

The programme will give you a deep and robust understanding of the approaches to managing safety and risk in transport systems and related projects. The York modules are highly structured around the general topics of risk and safety management, while the Birmingham portion of the programme focuses on railway systems and the application of risk management principles in this sector. As a result, this course will give you a thorough education and knowledge which can take you into many areas of engineering and business management, as well as in safety-specific functions of railway or transportation organisations.

  • Application deadline for full time study is Wednesday 31st May
  • Application deadline for part time study is Friday 30th June

The development of the RRSM programme was sponsored by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

Course details

The Railway Risk and Safety Management programme is delivered jointly by the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) at the University of Birmingham and the High Integrity Systems Engineering (HISE) Group at the University of York. We recognise that each transport sector and mode has its own specific features but seek to ensure that a common approach is taken to the generic issues involved in ensuring dependable operations. As a result, you will develop a deep and robust understanding of approaches to manage safety and risk in transport systems and projects, taking advantage of expertise from two leading UK universities.

The programme consists of a series of taught modules which cover the topics of safety and risk management, safety systems, railway technologies, railway systems and operation, ergonomics and business management for the railway industry. These are supported by learning about research skills and then followed by an individual research project, supervised by academic experts in the specific field of the project. Part-time and distance-learning students follow the same syllabus as full-time students but complete the taught modules in a sequence that suits their work-commitments.

The full-time study periods are:

  • Master of Science Degree: 12 months full-time, 24–36 months part-time
  • Postgraduate Diploma: 10 months full-time, 24–36 months part-time
  • Postgraduate Certificate: 4 months full-time, 8 months part-time
  • Continuing professional development options: 1 week modules

Learning and teaching

Teaching takes place in week-long blocks of time which allows for deep learning to be achieved from immersion in the subject. The primary method is classroom-based lectures and these are enriched by industrial speakers, group exercises, assignments, site visits, study excursions and working weekends throughout the year. A several day European study tour is also part of the MSc programme.

BCRRE is privileged to work with many colleagues from the railway industry who regularly contribute seminars and talks. Not only do these enrich amd embed your learning, they provide excellent opportunities for networking with others in the industry.

Several lectures are given by industrial speakers. Further learning is achieved through individual literature review, as part of assignments, or in group exercises.

Employability

This postgraduate programme is intended for those who wish to establish or enhance their career in the safe operation of transport systems. Companies employing graduates include mainline railways, metros, tram systems and automated people movers. Safety is high on the agenda of transport operators around the world and our graduates are in high demand.



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Research profile. The Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE) is among the leading centres of civil and environmental engineering research in the UK. Read more

Research profile

The Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE) is among the leading centres of civil and environmental engineering research in the UK. The Institute seeks new technologies to solve real-world problems in order to promote sustainability.

Key research areas include:

  • behaviour and design of structures in fire and other extreme events
  • fire science and fire safety engineering
  • shells and containment structures
  • nonlinear finite element modelling of complex structures and structural collapses
  • mechanics and transport of granular materials and multiphase media
  • computational mechanics and bio-mechanics
  • fibre-reinforced polymer composites in structural strengthening and repair
  • high-speed rail
  • intelligent infrastructure and non-destructive evaluation
  • sustainable water and wastewater treatment technologies
  • water supply
  • waste management and resource recovery

IIE has excellent laboratory and computing facilities, including the latest facilities and instrumentation for experimental and computational research in structures, granular solids, fire safety engineering, non-destructive testing and environmental engineering.

Masters by Research

An MSc by Research is based on a research project tailored to a candidate’s interests. It lasts one year full time or two years part time. The project can be a shorter alternative to an MPhil or PhD, or a precursor to either – including the option of an MSc project expanding into MPhil or doctorate work as it evolves. It can also be a mechanism for industry to collaborate with the School.

Training and support

Students are strongly encouraged and trained to present their research at conferences and in journal papers during the course of their PhD.

Students are also encouraged to attend transferable skills courses provided by the University and to participate in external courses provided by organisations such as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

PhD candidates pursue their research projects under continuous guidance, resulting in a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge. You will be linked to two academic supervisors, and one industrial supervisor if the project is industrially sponsored.

Facilities

The Institute has excellent laboratory and computing facilities, including the latest instruments for experimental and computational research in structures, granular solids, fire safety engineering, non-destructive testing and environmental engineering.



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