University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Transport Economics

If you are an ambitious numerate graduate, or a practitioner in the field, the Transport Economics Masters will equip you with the analytical skills for a rewarding career supporting transport policy-making at national, regional and local level. 93% of our Masters' graduates find employment in a professional or managerial role, or continue with further studies.* Study transport economics, as well as econometrics and cost-benefit analysis. Develop a suite of economic skills that will help promote economic growth within a regulatory framework that minimises any damaging health and environmental impacts, whilst incentivising the best use of resources. Expand your fluency in: -Economic appraisal - to better understand the complex interface between transport and the wider economy -Micro-economics - to understand pricing techniques, the importance of economic regulation and the valuation of third party costs and benefits -Econometrics - to develop your quantitative models with real world data and test economic theories -Independent research - opening the gateway to a career in transport research in either academia or consultancy. 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 economic research techniques that will help you develop transport networks that are founded on robust evidence, sustainable and equitable principles, state-of-the-art modelling, accurate data analysis, and an 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.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree with a 2.1 (Honours) in economics (single or joint Honours). Graduates from other disciplines with professional qualifications and experience in the sector will also be considered. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Course modules

Modules include: Principles of transport economics; welfare economics and cost-benefit analysis; transport econometrics; shaping future transport systems; economics of regulation; economic appraisal and economic performance; transport integrated project; transport dissertation; funding for projects; green logistics; public transport planning and management; choice modelling and stated preference survey design; system dynamics (modelling policy); transport in development.

Assessment methods

Assessment is equally varied and can include coursework essays, case-study reports, group assignments, posters, presentations and exams.

Sponsorship information

ITS and the University of Leeds administer a number of scholarships each year for UK, EU and international students. These range from partial tuition fee awards to full maintenance grants. Scholarship competitions include: ITS, Brian Large Fund, Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, Tetley and Lupton, Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, University of Leeds Full-Fee Scholarships.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 17,000 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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Key information

Institute for Transport Studies
Telephone number: 
0113 343 5325