University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Transport Planning

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. 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.

Course modules

Modules include: Sustainable spatial planning and analysis; principles of transport modelling; understanding travel behaviour; transport data collection and analysis; shaping future transport systems; transport integrated project; transport dissertation; analysing transport and society; choice modelling and stated preference survey design; funding for projects; global transferability in policy-making; green logistics; public transport planning and management; road safety management; system dynamics (modelling policy); traffic management; traffic network modelling; transport and urban pollution; transport and public health; transport in development; transport investment appraisal.

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 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 (Eng) Full-time September 2017 - 12 Months
MSc (Eng) Part-time September 2017 - 24 Months

Campus details

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

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Institute for Transport Studies
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