MSc Transport Planning and Engineering
This well respected course offers the gateway to a successful career in the transport professions.
Combined with a suitable accredited undergraduate degree, the course satisfies the academic requirements of the UK Engineering Council for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status with the Institute of Chartered Engineers and also meets the requirements for Transport Planning Professional (TPP) designation with CIHT.
Developments in transport shape the world we live in and influence communities’ economic and social well-being. 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.
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.
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.
This programme allows those working in the industry to expand their professional capabilities and meet the educational requirements for chartership.
Earn a world class MSc Transport for under $10,000.
|Modules (ALL COMPULSORY)|
|Trimester 1 (15 weeks)||Trimester 2 (15 weeks)|
and Appraisal20 Credits
Traffic Models20 Credits
|Trimester 3 (15 weeks)||Trimesters 4 (15 weeks)|
Management and Road Safety20 Credits
|Transport Research Methods
|Trimester 5 and 6 (15-30 weeks)|
The module starts by considering the process of policy making and who is responsible for transport policy e.g. supranational, central and local government structures and the role of the private sector. Problems and trends in transport demand and an introduction to policy perspectives; economic instruments in transport; taxes and subsidies, funding mechanisms, road pricing; direct regulation of street space); Land use planning and the management of transport demand; evolution of road and rail networks; rural transport policy; parking policy; town-friendly traffic planning; green commuter plans; “Smarter Choices” behavioural change measures, the mobility impaired in transport policy. Implementation and evaluation of transport policy. Case studies of transport policy and planning approaches in various International cities.
This section outlines the major roles that public transport plays within society today, the different governance structure surrounding the delivery of public transport, the different approaches taken to the delivery of bus and rail public transport services, and some of the practical outcomes of these approaches.
Transport Economics and Appraisal
In the “economic” part of the module, we introduce the crucial economic problem of scarcity, and its relevance to transport issues. We describe the characteristics of free and planned markets, and how these resolve the basic questions of what, how and for whom goods and services should be produced. We then examine the underlying economics of the market in terms of demand and supply. The economic costs of mobility and how these are accumulated are then examined, before we study the economists’ model of perfect competition and then, from this hypothetical “ideal”, we move to consider government intervention in the form of transport subsidies and regulation that are needed in reality to provide society with the level of accessibility it requires in a sustainable and equitable way.
The “appraisal” part explains the need for appraisal procedures in the private and public sectors. We examine the business cases required to take decisions on public transport investments in the UK. We present WebTAG, the UK public appraisal system used to generate the evidence required in the transport business cases. We analyse the content of transport studies produced according to WebTAG guidelines, with particular focus on calculation of benefits for transport users and social cost benefit analysis. Finally, we examine the potential wider impacts of transport investments on the economy, the environment and society, and discuss the necessary conditions to foster positive welfare impacts.
Transport and Traffic Models
Introduction to transport planning and modelling; methods and types of data collection; network and zoning systems. Trip generation techniques; trip distribution modelling (growth factor and synthetic techniques); modal choice modelling. Route choice studies; traffic assignment models (including capacity restrained and stochastic methods); elastic demand methods; matrix estimation. Overview of currently used transport modelling software. Practical experience with software (generation, modal split and assignment).
Traffic Engineering Design
Traffic flow – traffic flow theory, data collection surveys, traffic analysis.
Road geometric design – design speed, horizontal alignment, vertical alignment, stopping sight distance and overtaking sight distance.
Isolated junction design and operational analysis – priority junctions, roundabouts and traffic signal control, soft.
Linked traffic signals – design and analysis.
Road safety – road collision prevention and reduction procedures, road safety audits.
Transport Demand Management and Road Safety
Development planning – development management, planning applications, Transport Assessment, Masterplanning.
Parking management and analysis.
Street layout and design.
Designing for walking, cycling and inclusive mobility.
Road safety – road collision prevention and reduction procedures, road safety audits
Transport Research Methods
The module will be broken down into the following three components:
Part 1 content concentrates on issues relevant for the research process from developing research ideas to writing research projects: Research paradigms and methodologies; Research strategy definition and assessment; Literature review.
Part 2 focuses on some research methods, e.g. survey through questionnaires and qualitative research methods such as focus groups and interviews.
Part 3 provides insights on fundamentals of inferential statistics and tutorials on the use of common statistical software packages (e.g. SPSS or R).
Students learn how to identify research objectives and questions linked to the existing knowledge gaps in the transport field. They develop the skills to carry out a literature review, searching for literature by means of the resources available through the University, and learn about research philosophies and methods. We exemplify research methods by focusing on surveys. The second component is the development of a dissertation on a topic chosen by the students. Students work under the supervision of a member of the staff.
- Assessments are completed and submitted through the secure learning environment. The schedule for assessments is published in advance. There are 5 formal exams to complete and students will be expected to make local venue arrangements and will be responsible for exam costs involved.
- The MSc Transport Planning and Engineering comprises seven “taught” modules and a Dissertation to a timescale that matches your requirements, but can be completed in 20 months minimum.
- Ideally, you will hold a first degree at 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in Civil Engineering, Social Sciences, Geography, or Maths in order to be eligible for the programme.
- We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.