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MSc Transport Planning


Course Description

Overview

If you are an ambitious social science, engineering or mathematics graduate, the internationally-recognised Transport Planning course will equip you with the tools to help address global challenges such as climate change mitigation and reduction through the development of safe and efficient city transport networks and mass public transport.

93% of our Masters’ graduates find employment in a professional or managerial role, or continue with further studies.*

This ranges from transport consultancies and operating companies, through to planning departments, international agencies and academic research.

For those already in the profession, this course is seen in the industry as the passport to recognition by professional bodies.

Be taught by academics with an international reputation whose research sets industry standards, on a course that has been designed in close collaboration with industry. This includes policy, travel behaviour, modelling, data analysis, land use planning, and public transport planning and management using research and evidence from around the world.

Use research models and tools developed by our staff that set industry standards around the world.

A degree in Transport Planning will not only provide you with a deeper understanding of these analytical and predictive tools, but also gives you:
• Hands on experience of collecting and evaluating data: the key to good planning
• Expertise in sustainable spatial analysis
• Deep insights into human travel behaviour to ensure plans are successfully implemented.

And experience what it is like to be part of a project team working across numerous subject boundaries relevant to the transport sector. Through this, gain insights into how transport planning, social science, economics, environmental science, modelling and engineering can work together to design transport solutions to global challenges. This industry-inspired initiative will enable you to apply your knowledge to real world transport 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 planning techniques that will help you develop transport networks that are founded on robust evidence, sustainable and equitable social principles, state-of-the-art modeling, accurate data analysis, and a profound understanding of human psychology.

You can also study this programme as a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) qualification full or part-time – this means you’ll study the same content as the MSc but you won’t complete a dissertation.

*Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2014.

Visit the MSc Transport Planning page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Fitria Nur Rifa

1176.jpg WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO STUDY AT THE INSTITUTE FOR TRANSPORT STUDIES (ITS)?
I chose ITS because the Institute is known as one of the best places in the world to study transport. ITS was also familiar to me due to its record of publishing research in various transport journals.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT TRANSPORT THAT MOTIVATES YOU TO STUDY IT?
My main motivation is to gain more knowledge about transport. As an official in the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation, I can then contribute more to developing better planning and policies for my country, particularly on transport safety.

HOW HAVE YOU FOUND LIVING IN THE UK AND LEEDS IN PARTICULAR?
I found living in the UK a wonderful experience to meet people from various backgrounds, as many people from different parts of the world come here to study or work. The UK is a melting pot of different cultures, and so far I have found that most people in UK are very welcome and open with foreigners and also respect the differences. Leeds is a nice place to explore in the day and also at night. I am really enjoying my time in Leeds, so much so that when I was away for a holiday in another city, after a couple of days I was missing Leeds.

WHAT HAVE YOU ENJOYED MOST ABOUT BEING AN ITS STUDENT?
I've really enjoyed meeting new friends from all over the world in the ITS classroom. I have also been impressed with the friendliness of all the lecturers and ITS staff - they make me feel at home.

WHAT HAVE THE LECTURES BEEN LIKE? AND THE TEACHING STAFF?
The lectures and seminars in ITS are very interesting since they always encourage the students to think critically and be aware of the latest issues in transport. The teaching staff are all very helpful and friendly, the students can ask about anything whether in class, after class, or when having a break in the common room.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR ANYONE THINKING ABOUT STUDYING FOR A MASTERS AT ITS?
If you are interested in making real contributions to the transport sector, then ITS is a perfect place to start. The lecturers are the top experts and they are all happy to share their knowledge and experience with their students. I had no idea that studying abroad could feel so wonderful - the learning and experiencing go hand in hand.

(Student Profile)

Anna Fenton

1177.jpg WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO STUDY AT THE INSTITUTE FOR TRANSPORT STUDIES (ITS)?
After coming to an the Open Day, I was impressed with the range of subjects you can study within the transport department. I had reviewed other Universities and their departments but ITS had the best reputation and was closest to what I wanted to study.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT TRANSPORT THAT MOTIVATES YOU TO STUDY IT?
Many people have asked me why I am studying transport and the main reason is because it affects all of our lives every day. There is no-one on the planet that is not affect by where they can access, how far they can travel or how they travel.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING AN ITS MASTERS STUDENT?
Hard, enjoyable work. There is a lot to do and a lot to learn, but it is all very interesting stuff! Everyone is getting stuck into the same topics, issues and coursework so the camaraderie between students is amazing.

WHAT HAVE THE LECTURES AND SEMINARS BEEN LIKE? AND THE TEACHING STAFF?
The lectures have been an eye opener as to how much there is to learn about transport. I never knew there was so much being researched, studied and how interesting it is. The staff are so knowledgeable and on the top of their field, so they deserve the respect they are given.

WHAT’S IT BEEN LIKE LIVING AND SOCIALISING IN LEEDS?
Leeds is a great city; the shopping is amazing- spoilt for choice, the nightlife is varied and energetic, and they people are so nice. I would like to stay in Leeds after finishing my course as I am enjoying living in the city so much.

WHAT DO YOU AIM TO DO ONCE YOU’VE COMPLETED YOUR MASTERS?
My next step is to get a job, using the skills I have learnt during my time at Leeds. I am unsure which direction to go in as there are many possibilities for me to choose from. I would like to apply the skills and knowledge I have learnt, however the option of further study is not far away.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR ANYONE THINKING ABOUT STUDYING FOR A MASTERS AT ITS?
Do it! I know I will always remember the skills I’ve learnt, the people I’ve met and the experiences I have had.

(Student Profile)

Thassos Frangeskou

1178.jpg WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO STUDY AT THE INSTITUTE FOR TRANSPORT STUDIES (ITS)?
ITS is one of the highest ranking schools for transport in the UK. It was one of three choices I had chosen due to the programme, location and price. The staff were friendly and responded to my questions and needs and accepted my application with no problem even though I had applied very late.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING AN ITS MASTERS STUDENT?
Being a student at ITS has been a fantastic experience. The years you spend at university are the ones you should enjoy the most, and so far I have not been disappointed. The lessons are stimulating, the lecturers are engaging and respond to the students' needs, the support staff have been supportive and everyone is nice!

WHAT HAVE YOU ENJOYED MOST ABOUT THE FIRST SEMESTER AND WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE NEXT SEMESTER?
My all round experience in the first semester has been very positive, but I have to say the most enjoyable aspect has been the field trips and the Induction Week in general. In the second semester, the fact that you get to choose the majority of the subjects you are studying is very advantageous.

WHAT HAVE THE LECTURES AND SEMINARS BEEN LIKE? AND THE TEACHING STAFF?
They are very thorough and examine all aspects of the subject in question which I am very happy with. The way case studies have been used in subjects such as road pricing have been very helpful in showing the theory we are learning in action. The staff genuinely show that they care about your progress and do their utmost to answer questions and provide a lot of help. All you need to do is knock on their door and they are happy to help.

WHAT DO YOU AIM TO DO ONCE YOU’VE COMPLETED YOUR MASTERS?
After completing my Masters, I plan to start a career in transport. I understand the difficulties in doing so in the current economic climate, but with the drive to succeed and with a Masters from a department with a high reputation in the transport sector, it is possible. The job search has taken me to consider even moving abroad to gain vital experience, with a lot of companies offering the chance to do so, such as Arup and Mott McDonald.


(Scholarship)

Transport Employers' Scholarships - 2 Awards

The Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds, is offering two fees scholarships, each worth £2000, to provide development opportunites to students of outstanding ability, achievement and potential. The scholarships will fund 30% of the tuition fees for two UK/EU students to undertake a full-time Masters degree. The scholarships are funded by the employer organisations which recruit staff for their graduate intake directly from the ITS postgraduate cohort. Each year, these employers come to ITS to present their career opportunities and to conduct initial interviews of our students. Reflecting the high quality of our Masters programmes, our students often receive one or more job offers before the end of their studies.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000

Eligibility

You must first hold an offer (conditional or unconditional) of an academic place on a full-time ITS Masters programme for the academic year commencing September 2016, and be designated by the University as being of UK/EU fee status. All applications will be assessed on a competitive basis. A scholarship award cannot be deferred and will lapse if not accepted in September 2016.

Application Procedure

You should submit the ITS scholarship form, including a statement of 500 words on how a Masters degree would enable you to make a difference to transportation (e.g in your country, region or area) and specifically to tackle a significant problem or issue.

Further Information

http://www.its.leeds.ac.uk/courses/masters/fees-scholarships/


(Scholarship)

International Transport Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds is offering 50% fees scholarships, each worth £8,500, to provide development opportunities to students of outstanding ability, achievement and potential. The scholarships will fund 50% of the tuition fees for international students to undertake a full-time Masters degree programme. The scholarships form part of the ITS mission to advance the understanding of global transport, via the development of future transport professionals.ITS is globally recognised as one of the world’s largest and most successful University departments for transport teaching and research. ITS Masters programmes are accredited by leading professional bodies and equip you with the practical skills for progression to a range of professional-level careers in the transport industries. Scholarship applications can be made for any of the six programmes:• MSc Mathematical Modelling for Transport
• MSc Sustainability in Transport
• MSc Transport Economics
• MSc Transport Planning
• MSc Transport Planning and the Environment
• MSc (Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£8,500

Eligibility

You must first hold an offer (conditional or unconditional) of an academic place on an ITS Masters programme for the academic year commencing September 2016, and be designated by the University as being of international fee status. All applications will be assessed on a competitive basis. A scholarship award cannot be deferred and will lapse if not accepted in September 2016.

Application Procedure

You should submit the ITS scholarship form, including a statement of 500 words on how a Masters degree would enable you to make a difference to transportation (e.g in your country, region or area) and specifically to tackle a significant problem or issue.

Further Information

http://www.its.leeds.ac.uk/courses/masters/fees-scholarships/


(Scholarship)

UK/EU Transport Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds is offering 50% fees scholarships, each worth £3,250, to provide development opportunities to students of outstanding ability, achievement and potential. The scholarships will fund 50% of the tuition fees for UK/EU students to undertake a full-time Masters degree programme. The scholarships form part of the ITS mission to advance the understanding of global transport, via the development of future transport professionals.ITS is globally recognised as one of the world’s largest and most successful University departments for transport teaching and research. ITS Masters programmes are accredited by leading professional bodies and equip you with the practical skills for progression to a range of professional-level careers in the transport industries. Scholarship applications can be made for any of the six programmes:• MSc Mathematical Modelling for Transport
• MSc Sustainability in Transport
• MSc Transport Economics
• MSc Transport Planning
• MSc Transport Planning and the Environment
• MSc (Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,250

Eligibility

You must first hold an offer (conditional or unconditional) of an academic place on an ITS Masters programme for the academic year commencing September 2016, and be designated by the University as being of UK/EU fee status. All applications will be assessed on a competitive basis. A scholarship award cannot be deferred and will lapse if not accepted in September 2016.

Application Procedure

You should submit the ITS scholarship form, including a statement of 500 words on how a Masters degree would enable you to make a difference to transportation (e.g in your country, region or area) and specifically to tackle a significant problem or issue

Further Information

http://www.its.leeds.ac.uk/courses/masters/fees-scholarships/



Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as 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. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

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