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Master of Transportation Sciences (by distance learning)

About This Masters Degree

Course Description

A master programme for practitioners with a unique international profile

The Master of Transportation Sciences by distance learning is specifically tailored to the needs of practitioners who want to earn a specialised qualification and broaden their knowledge and work experience in the rapidly changing transportation field. The programme has a pronounced international orientation. Students from all over Europe join this programme and the exchange of experience and knowledge between the international student group brings added value to the course. The programme is taught by internationally renowned professors from Hasselt University's Transportation Research Institute (IMOB) and other leading European universities, e.g. the course "In-Depth Crash Investigation" is taught in cooperation with dr. Andrew Morris and dr. Richard Frampton of the University of Loughborough (UK) and the course "Intelligent Transport Systems" is taught in cooperation with the university of Maribor (Slovenia). A guided study visit abroad (such as in 2013 to Denmark and Sweden) is also organised to experience first-hand some of the best practices in traffic safety measures and mobility planning world-wide.

Made to measure for professionals who want to combine job and studies

The content and the degree of the programme are equal to the full-time programme, but the courses are organized in such a way that students are able to combine a job with their studies. The courses are grouped so practitioners only have to attend one week of lessons per semester on campus. The internship and master thesis can be carried out at your place of employment, so you will already benefit from your studies in practice while still earning your degree.

The distance learning programme can be completed at your own pace and for every module that you complete, a certificate can be requested. The full programme can be completed in 3 and a half years, including the preperatory programme, the internship and the master thesis.

There are 2 specialisations in the Master in Transportation Sciences by distance-learning:

Traffic Safety

Road safety is a global problem which is increasing in size. In their lifetime, 1 in 3 citizens is involved in a traffic accident with casualties. In the specialisation Traffic Safety, students investigate which factors (infrastructure, vehicle, road user) cause traffic accidents and how these risks can be decreased. In this specialisation, attention is paid to technological innovations with regard to infrastructure and vehicle, as well as how to understand and influence human behaviour through policy, education and sensitization. The programme also has a driving simulator at its disposal. With the driving simulator, students can carry out experiments into the effects of physical, mental and visual limitations and the effects of road design and environment on driving behaviour in a controlled environment.

Mobility Management

In the specialisation Mobility Management, students focus on how to influence modal choice and how to organize transport. If a certain traffic and transportation supply is created by means of road networks, public transport systems, bicycle networks … it is up to you as transportation expert to tackle the challenge of using this supply as efficiently (minimum of traffic jams) and sustainable as possible. This demands a multidisciplinary approach. E.g. to influence the behaviour of individuals in favour of sustainable transport modes (bus, train or bicycle), transportation managers have to develop a set of services/tools which complement infrastructural and pricing measures.

Impact of chosen specialisation

- students take up 18 credits of courses in their chosen specialisation
- the master thesis, and preferably also internship topic should be situated in the domain of the student's chosen specialisation

Additional (employment) admission requirements

To obtain the statute of practitioner at Hasselt University, the student needs to submit one of the documents below during registration (before 15 October at the latest):
* provide proof of employment of min. 80 hours/month;
* provide proof of employment in a self-employed statute of min. 80 hours/month;
* provide proof of being a job-seeker who is entitled to benefits.

Course list

(more specific information about these course profiles can be found on http://www.uhasselt.be/UH/Master-in-Transportation-Sciences/Distance-Learning-for-Practitioners.html under 'content and structure')

- Intelligent transportation Systems
- Microsimulation Models
- Traffic Flows
- Freight Transport
- Environmental Economic Evaluation of Transportation Policy
- Strategic Project Analysis
- Study Visit & International Topics
- Management and Prediction of Travel Demand
- Management of Transportation Companies
- Traffic and Transportation Models
- Analytical Skills for the Interpretation and Analysis of Travel Demand
- Behavioural Influence
- In-Depth Crash Investigation
- Traffic and Travel Behaviour
- Road Safety Evaluation: Methods and Applications
- Internship
For the internship, practitioners have the option to do this in their own organisation as long as the topic is suitable for the chosen specialisation.
- Master Thesis

In the master programme, practitioners enroll for the course "Study Visit & International Topics", where some examples of best practices in the field of traffic safety and mobility management abroad are visited. This trip is organised every two years. Its destination can vary. In the past, this study visit has been organised in Denmark and Sweden.

Career prospects

As a graduate of the master in Transportation Sciences you can work in a varied number of organisations or professions. After all, transport experts are needed both by governmental bodies, private companies and in the non-profit sector. If you wish to have an exciting job, offering many career opportunities, a master degree in Transportation Sciences is the right choice for you! Examples of job content: Transportation Planner, Traffic Safety consultant, Manager or advisor at a Public Transporation company, …

Practitioners who study the Master of Transportation Sciences by distance learning are usually
already employed in the transportation or traffic safety sector, but wish to increase their knowledge to be able to move on to higher positions within their organisation.

Contact and more information

For more information on this degree programme, please visit http://www.uhasselt.be/UH/Master-in-Transportation-Sciences/Distance-Learning-for-Practitioners.html. For questions or queries, please contact Mrs. Nadine Smeyers ([email protected])

We look forward to welcoming you at Hasselt University!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a university diploma or a diploma equivalent to a (academic) bachelor degree. Holders of a bachelor diploma will have to do a preparatory programme and holders of a professional bachelor degree will have to do a link programme (Dutch-speaking students). A good command of English is required. This should be confirmed by a recent score on a TOEFL test (paper based: 550 or more/pc based: 213 or more/internet based: 79-80) or IELTS test (overall band score 6.0). More information about the statute of practitioner at Hasselt University can be found below.

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