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MSc Transport Engineering and Planning

Course Description

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.


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


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.


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 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


- 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

Visit the MSc Transport Engineering and Planning page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

We normally require a first degree of 2:2 honours or above.The course is designed to suit graduate engineers or scientists, mathematicians or statisticians, geographers, planners and economists. Graduates in other disciplines may be considered if they are able to demonstrate they have studied subjects containing a good level of numeracy.We can consider applicants who do not meet the normal entry requirement, but who do have relevant professional experience or qualifications. In your application, you should describe in detail your professional experience and qualifications.

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